Once I’ve booked a holiday I sit at my desk during work fantasising about being at the beach. The sand, the sea and the sun are my favourite things about a summer trip but packing a bag for the beach can be difficult. As well as being exposed to the elements I know I need to have everything with me for a full day of fun and maybe even enough for going out in the evening without heading home to change! Here are the top ten things I won’t go to the beach without:
- Hand Wipes – during a whole day on the beach my hands get covered in sand, sun cream and sticky fruit so Halo Wipes are perfect for keeping clean, especially since they come in such a handy size.
- A bold nail polish – my favourite summer shade of nail polish is ‘Naughty Nautical’ by Essie as it looks just like the colour of the sea and matches my fave bikini.
- Hand Fan – I picked up this handmade lace fan in Portugal a few years ago and it’s perfect for keeping cool on a sun lounger.
- Sun cream – I have very sun intolerant skin so I always wear sun cream with a really high factor. My favourite is this La Roche Posay 50+ cream which has a rose coloured tint to give my skin a flawless look.
- Sunglasses – as well as protecting my skin it’s important to protect my eyes on holiday so I pack sunglasses by Zero UV as I love the vintage tortoiseshell frames.
- Lipstick – most of my swimsuits are bright colours so I love to have a bold lipstick to complete my beach look. This Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain by YSL Beaute creates the perfect glossy red lip so I don’t go anywhere without it.
- Stress Relief Mist – when I’m relaxing on the beach with a good book and a piña colada the scent of this calming spray by Neom makes me feel more peaceful instantly.
- Spring Water Spray – This Thermal Spring Water by La Roche Posay is a great product for anyone with sensitive skin. I spritz it onto my face to soothe sunburn or any nasty insect bites, it’s also great for just cooling down.
- Water – although most beaches have bars where you can buy soft drinks bottled water is usually very expensive so I prefer to save €3 (to go towards my cocktail fund for the evening) and bring my own from a local supermarket.
- Dry Shampoo – once I get out of the sea my hair can be so salty and flat so I carry a bottle of Batiste (which comes in this handy small size) so I can spray my hair at the roots for some added volume. My favourite is the tropical version as it smells so amazing!
I found this basket bag for the beach at a Cancer Research UK store so it was the perfect purchase before my holiday as it was a bargain at just £6 and the money went to a good cause. As well as bags charity shops are great for sarongs in unique fabrics, retro sunglasses and travel guides to pack for the beach.
What do you pack in your beach bag? Comment below to let me know your summer essentials!