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Beach Bag Essentials
Location: Santa Monica, California – Date: June 3, 2016
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m SUPER excited about summer. One of my absolute favorite things to do during summer is go to the beach! I have been going quite a bit now that it’s starting to warm up a little, and I wanted to share what I pack in my beach bag with you guys! I know I’ve gone so many times and forgotten little things, but last time I made a list and want to share it with you!
Normally, I’m so excited to get down to the beach that I just grab my towel and swimsuit and run out to the car. But I have started packing a designated beach bag to bring with me, and that has made my life so much easier.
The first thing I pack are the products that will protect me from the sun. It’s so important to take care of our skin. We only have one body, so we have to protect it! I grab sunscreen, tanning lotion, sunglasses and chapstick with built in sunscreen. Nobody likes getting burned! I’ve found this combo saves me from that disaster.
I always use sunscreen on my face (because it burns so easily). At the beginning of the summer I use the sunscreen on my body too, but by the end, once I’ve got a little bit of a tan, I’ll use the tanning lotion. I ALWAYS use the sunscreen chapstick, because having burnt lips is the absolute worst!
The next thing I make sure to bring are my clothing options. I normally start out to the beach wearing whatever clothes I want for the day, and I bring my swimsuit to change into at the beach. i also always bring a thick sweater and scarf, because I like to stay for the sunset, and as soon as the sun goes down it gets so chilly! My body temperature is always freezing, so it’s good to have something snuggly and warm for when the temperature drops.
I find that if I bring these clothing options, I’m never in need of anything else!
Something new that I’ve added to my beach bag recently are bottles of Energems! I just found out about these, and they are the thing my bag has been missing. They’re little chocolate chews filled with energy. Three Energems have 133mg of caffeine which is equivalent to a cup of coffee. I don’t know about you, but I never want to be drinking hot coffee on the beach, and I always need more energy – these little Energems solve that problem!
If you’re like me and you haven’t heard of these energy supplements before, you’re in for a treat. Not only do they contain the same amount of caffeine as a large cup of coffee, but they don’t give you the energy crash that coffee does.
I have been having them for about a week now, and can honestly stand behind them and say they do not make you jittery or give you a crash in the middle of the day. PLUS you can carry them around with you because the bottles are really small. The recommended serving size is three Energems, but you can take either one, two or three depending on what your body responds best to (I like taking two).
I pop over to Walmart and grab mine. You can learn everything you need to know about them and where to find a Walmart that carries them near you here. And the people behind Energems want to offer you a rebate as well (how awesome!), which you can find here.
I’m so glad I found out about Energems, because they’re going to be a permanent staple in my beach bag. I always want to do so much on my beach trips, and these Energems give me the energy to do anything I want to!
Now that I’m not dosing off all the time at the beach, I make sure to bring plenty of options for things to do. I like to bring a couple book options (because I’m never sure what I’ll want when I get there). Right now I’m reading Concussion (because I can’t wait for football season to be back), the first book in the Gunslinger series (my boyfriend recommended it to me) and How To Be Lost (because I found it at one of the Little Free Libraries at the beach)! I also bring my 52 Lists Journal because I’m obsessed with it, and some music to listen to.
I’m so happy that I’ve finally found what to pack for a beach trip. It was always so discouraging to go to the beach and realize I’d forgotten something. That’s why I’m sharing this list with you! If I can stop you from forgetting some beach day items, I’d be so thrilled!
I have a relatively large bag that a friend gave me ages ago, so I can fit everything in it with no problem! I hope this guide has been helpful for you in making a list of what to put in your own beach bag! Let me know in the comments what your beach bag essentials are! I’d love to hear from you!
Beach Bag Details: Beach Bag (old), Energems (Rebate), Neutrogena Sunscreen, Coppertone Tanning Lotion, Banana Boat Chapstick, Striped Beach Towel, Calvin Klein Sweater, Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Top, Old SPRIT Swimsuit Bottoms, Vintage Scarf, Aviators, iPod (old), 52 Lists Journal, The Gunslinger Part 1, How To Be Lost, Concussion.
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