Whether you're heading to a beach down the block, or on the other side of the planet, you've got to make sure you're well-prepared and know all of the things you need to keep in your beach bag. Being ready for anything doesn't just mean being ready for the worst-case scenarios, it also means being ready to make the best of a good situation.
Here's a list of 6 things that you probably don't have in your beach bag, and you probably should have.
6. A Perfect Beach Tumbler & a Great Book
Whether you're going to be enjoying tea, coffee, water that's been infused with fruit, or just wine that you're pretending is Sprite, a nice beach tumbler is a great addition to your bag. Look for something that's light weight, guaranteed not to leak, and any additional features you may want (like a tea infuser).
And what goes better with your favorite drink than a great book?
5. A Little Extra Room in Your Beach Tote Bag
Okay, this first one might be cheating about since it's not technically something you put 'in' your bag, but rather something to do with your bag itself. It's a really good idea to make sure that your bag is big enough that you've got room for a few extra things, but not so huge that it's like you're ready to go on a backpacking trip.
Personalized tote bags are fun, if you find a few friends to go in with and order matching ones this is one easy way to accomplish your squad goals. A mesh beach bag is a great choice, but it really comes down to preference. Instead of getting a custom one, you could also just find one that’s already amazing like these.
4. SPF Lip Balm
Protect your lips from the heat!
Sometimes, this gets overlooked, but burnt lips are THE WORST. There are some really cute choices out there with different tints so you can look great while having fun in the sun - and staying safe!
3. Diaper Duty
This next one is kind of weird, but can be very effective to deter theft on a busy beach. Instead of keeping their valuables right next to them in a pile and hoping that nobody sneaks over and snatches them, some beach bums have been using a fresh baby diaper to wrap around their stuff.
On the one hand, nobody is going to want to touch that. On the other hand, you've got to make sure there's nobody going around cleaning up the beach or your stuff may end up in the trash. Sometimes, it's all about thinking outside the box - but this might be a little TOO outside the box!
2. A Nice Little Tea Set
There are plenty of great little tea sets that'll help you make tea on the go. As day turns to evening, and the sun starts to set, tea is a perfect way to stay warm, and makes a great, relaxing way to unwind after a long day right before bed, especially if you're away from home for the night.
They say that echinacea tea in particular can help with a wide range of ailments, but putting all of that to the side, it's just a nice drink to enjoy at the beach. On a hotter day, iced tea is a great bet.
You don't have to bring your grandmother's finest China teaware to the beach, there are all sorts of tumblers and water bottles with built-in steeping functions. With one of those, your water bottle can pull double-duty when you decide it's time to enjoy some tea.
1. Waterproof Speakers
The little speaker on your cellphone just isn't going to be good enough, even if you've got the beach all to yourself. Headphones work, but if you're with some friends, a little portable bluetooth speaker can really take a great afternoon and make it perfect. There's something about having your favorite songs playing in the background, or just an appropriate Spotify playlist, that can turn good memories into great ones.
If you've ever been caught off guard by an unexpected wave or gotten in the cross-fire of a watergun battle, you'll understand why we recommend that it's waterproof.
Those are some of the more surprising things that can come in quite useful, but don’t forget all the standards – either! These suggestions assume that you’ve already got your bases covered when it comes to things like towels, an empty grocery bag for your wet clothes, proper sunscreen, sunglasses, cute flip-flops, a large hat, an umbrella, towels, all that stuff…