Beach Vacation Essentials

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Being a stone’s throw away from the water is by far my favorite part of living in Connecticut.

All summer long (and usually well into the fall) I try to spend as much time as possible at the beach.

I’ve my listed my basic essentials before, but here’s an updated list on my coastal must-have’s.

  •  Fouta – this thin, but surprisingly absorbent and quick drying towel is perfect for the beach, and can double as a bath towel since it’s a suitcase space saver.
  • Tangle Teaser – I’ve owned this strange looking brush for less than a year but I honestly can’t fathom how I lived without it. It can tackle even the most sea wrecked, tangled mess of a mop with ease, making hair maintenance as breezy as being on the coast.
  • Sunglasses – Obvious, but always a must. 
  • Water (preferably frozen) – If you freeze a bottle the night before, you’ll have perfectly chilled water for hours at the beach.
  • Sunscreen – Make sure it’s at least SPF 15 and reapply every 2 hours, no acceptions.
  • Reading Material –  When you’re not swimming, and sunning gets tired, reach for a book or magazine to keep you entertained.
  • Double Step by Julep – This unique product is designed to prevent blisters and cuts from rough sandals. Apply the waxy cream to your feet where your shoes lie, and you’ll avoid the painful breaking in period, especially in the heat.
  • Lip Balm – Lips are the first and most exposed parts of our bodies in the sunshine, so make sure your lip balm contains sunscreen.
  • Facial Mist – Nothing refreshes you on a scorching hot day than a quick mist of facial spray containing soothing botanicals, like the Kora Organics Mist pictured above.
  • Solid Perfume – You know you’re going to sweat the at the beach, so bring along a solid perfume to keep smelling fresh throughout the day.
  • Playing Cards  – Sometimes, a book or magazine isn’t enough to keep you busy at the beach, so bring some cards that are waterproof and add a little healthy competition to your relaxing afternoon.
  • Speaker – Let’s face it, your iPhone (even turned up to full volume) doesn’t make a notable peep outdoors, so bring along a tiny, but powerful speaker (like the Beats by Dr. Dre speaker) and enjoy some calming beach tunes.
  • Antibacterial Gel – Most beaches have bathrooms, but sometimes they are lacking in the basic amenities (read: soap). Avoid having grimy hands by bringing a small bottle of antibacterial gel.
  • BB Cream – If you’re going straight from the beach to lunch, bring along a BB Cream to give your skin a pretty, but natural glow.

What are you beach essentials? Let me know in the comments below!

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