9 Essential Items to Pack in Your Beach Bag

It’s June! It’s SUMMER (okay, maybe not officially), but c’mon, we all know once Memorial Day hits, we are ready for Summer Fridays, barbecues, and, most importantly, beach vacations! And whether it’s a whole week at a beach house or a mini weekend trip, you’re going to need to pack a beach bag.

Essential Items for Your Beach Bag

Here are 9 items you need to pack in your beach bag.

Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag

Those reusable grocery bags won’t cut it here. You’ll need an actual beach bag. The Baja Beach Bag will hold everything you need, plus, it’s waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if you (or anyone you’re with) drips on it, or you need to put a wet towel in it.

Amazon User Review: This very cute bag arrived right on time. It is a nice, heavier weight fabric bag that feels sturdy but not bulky or heavy on the shoulder, even when packed, and it holds a LOT of stuff.“

Price: $26.94 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 5

Kiss My Face Sport Sunscreen

Another obvious item: Sunscreen. Kiss My face Sport Sunscreen goes on light, is waterproof, and lasts. Try a face sunscreen if you are worried about breakouts or oil. 

Amazon User Review: "Smells great! We get compliments on the scent all the time and people are always asking what type of sunscreen it is because it does not smell like sunscreen, at all! Stays on for a great amount of time and does not feel oily. I love that it is safe and doesn't use all the harsh chemicals a lot of the other sunscreens use."

Price: $10.46 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Kindle Oasis

One thing you see most people doing on the beach is reading, and the Kindle Oasis is just what you need. There is no glare, so you won’t have to worry about figuring out some shade. Plus, it’s waterproof, putting it above the other Kindles as far as beach-going. This is just a reader: no fancy apps or internet.

Amazon User Review: “I'm officially in love! Got my Kindle about a week ago and I love it! It fits great in my palm; I love the rotation ability since I am always switching hands makes it comfortable In both hands. I love the large screen and the fact that its waterproof since I'm a bath reader and live by the beach. I have owned the Kindle Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook color, and Nook classic. By far this is my favorite e-reader. I bought a decal for it by decalgirl, and it fits just right with my kindle leather case. I haven't tried the audible yet but I will soon! I would highly recommend!”

Price: $249.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Mattel Games Uno Splash! Game

There may be plenty to do during a day at the shore, but if you bring your kids, no matter how fun swimming and playing in the sand is, chances are you’ll hear “I’m bored” at least once. Throw these in your bag, and you’ll be set- even if you don’t have kids with you, UNO is a game for all ages. They are plastic, durable, and will last many summers at the beach.

Amazon User Review: “We go camping, boating and swimming A LOT. We bought these to do with my toddler while we are near the water and they are a hit with everyone, kids and grown ups alike! I even pack them in my purse for restraints etc. Love the clip they come with and the no fuss cleanup with them.”

Price: $9.97 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Waboba Pro Water Bouncing Ball

Sometimes you find that standing in the ocean is only fun for so long. Bring along this Waboba Ball, and you’ll have instant entertainment as you ride the waves.

Amazon User Review: “These things are so much fun for kids and adults. Always a big hit at the sandbar. I've many people ask me what it is and where I got it.”

Price: $9.28 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

64 Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle

I know, this seems excessive, but getting your 64 ounces of daily water is important, and even more so when you are in the sun all day. This Hydration Bottle holds the recommended 64 ounces, so you’ll be good to go. It’s insulated, so will keep your water cold, and has an integrated carrying handle for ease of transportation. Available in 3 colors.

Amazon User Review: “I got this water bottle for my girlfriend because she needed something to 1) hold a lot of water and 2) keep the water cool. Now, it doesn't keep the water as cold and chilly as something that's metal. However, for the material, it's really quite marvelous. The lid/spout opens easily, and the water flows out so easily! It doesn't gulp or splash - it flows easily into our mouths. The handle is a nice addition, easy to hold onto. Definitely a great purchase!”

Price: Starting at $19.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Bearz Outdoor Beach Blanket

No one likes to sit directly on the sand, and often, your towel just doesn’t cut it. This Outdoor Beach Blanket folds up compact, so won’t take up a lot of room in your bag. Available in 5 colors.

Amazon User Review: “We used this everyday of our beach vacation because it was so super simple to use. folds up so tiny. completely sand and waterproof. Just a shake and it’s completely clean. Very simple to get back into its pouch.”

Price: $20.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Spray

Hypoallergenic, vegan friendly, moisturizing and cooling, this After Sun Spray is a must in your beach bag. No matter how much sunscreen you lather on, chances are you’ll be feeling the heat after a day at the beach. Use this after sun spray to give your skin some relief!

Amazon User Review: “Great product. It keeps you from peeling, and it helps you recover after a long day of sun. Sometimes I even use it as a moisturizer before bed because I tan often. It keeps my skin from getting dry, and is a much more effective way to keep your skin hydrated than lotion. Oily at first, but it soaks in.”

Price: $12.50 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

The Original Scalp Screen

If you don’t want to wear a hat, be sure to pack this Original Scalp Screen by Sun Splash. It protects your scalp without the grease, and is waterproof.

Amazon User Review: “I got this for its intended purpose (scalp/part) but actually really love it for other exposed areas. For some reason, most sunscreen (even spf 50 lotions) has no effect in protecting my really fair skin. It’s like I didn’t put anything on. This stuff actually works, though! I’ve used it on my face and shoulders when working out in the sun. It isn’t greasy, and the spray pump makes it easy to apply.”

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 3.5


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