Beach Bag Essentials


Temperatures and hemlines are on the rise, which can only mean one thing: it’s officially summer! Say goodbye to woolen socks and long, heavy coats—now’s the time to kick off your shoes and enjoy warm weather, long days and hours of fun in the sun.

For many, the first signs of warm weather mean jetting off to an exotic locale to enjoy surf and sand, but don’t worry if your summer plans keep you a little closer to home—a cute carry-all stocked with these vacation essentials will make sure you’re ready to enjoy some much needed Aloha Therapy and #AlohaYourSenses wherever you are under the sun!

Oversized Sunnies

We all know that a great pair of sunglasses is as essential to your beach look as a stylish swimsuit, but your shades do more than just make you look chic on the sand—they protect your peepers from harmful UVA and UVB rays while keeping you from squinting in the sun. Despite their importance, poolside pairs needn’t be pricey. Since there’s a good chance they’ll be dropped in the water or left behind on an adventure, opt for a pair that’s around $20 (we love these ones from Walgreens), and toss extra sunnies in your bag just in case.

Lip Balm With SPF

Keep your pout protected with a shimmering lip balm that contains SPF (we love Hawaiian Tropic® Sunscreen Lip Balm Stick SPF 45). A lip balm with SPF not only keeps your lips soft throughout the summer but helps protect against chapping and sunburn. (Bonus—the delicious tropical flavor is almost good enough to eat!)

Flip Flops

There’s nothing worse than emerging from a cool dip in the water, only to trudge along the beach and get sand all over your toes, your towel, and your lunch. Even if your tropical staycation doesn’t involve sun and sand, a cute pair of flip flops (paired with a killer pedicure – awesome colors here) will give you a sense of island living.

Beach Towel

Whether you’re sitting poolside or hitting the beach, a patterned Turkish towel is a must for maximum style and comfort when lounging on island time.  

Reading Material

A stack of magazines or a fun beach read is essential for your adventures. Whether you’re catching up on the latest celebrity gossip or current events, take advantage of the sunny weather to work on your mind along with your tan.

Hydration and Healthy Snacks

Serious sunbathing requires a little something to snack on, but resist the temptation to put your diet on hold by packing healthy alternatives from home. Fresh cut oranges are easy to transport and an insulated thermos full of water helps quench your thirst while keeping your drink cool in the sweltering sun. Prefer to sip something sweet? Slices of mango, pineapple or raspberries add a tropical twist without the added sugar.

Sunscreen/Skin Protection

Even if you’re not enjoying surf and sand, it’s important to slather on the sunscreen, no matter how little you’ll actually be in the sun. The good news is that sun protection has improved over the years, making smelly, sticky sunscreens a thing of the past. For sun protection that feels as luxurious as your favorite lotion, indulge your skin with the rich scent and lightweight formula of Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Lotion Sunscreen. With hydrating ribbons of silk protein and shea butter, this breathable formula makes sure you’ll feel the sun—not the sunscreen.

For a glowing complexion, apply Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Face Lotion. This unique lotion combines 12 hours of moisturization with a lightweight, oil-free formula that won’t clog pores. Once you’ve had your fun in the sun, remember to apply Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion. The soothing aloe gel formula soothes and revitalizes skin, while the luxurious island scent will indulge your senses and transport you right to the tropics.

We’re only given 93 days of summer, so stock your favorite tote with these shore-side essentials and get out there—adventure awaits!

Images supplied by: Kate Buntenbach – SoCal Runner Gal and Kelly Saks Guerra – Kelly’s Kloset Blog

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