If you’re craving a trip to a sunny, sandy locale, don’t resist the urge, embrace it! Whether it’s a spring break trip with the family or a beach getaway with the girls, these 10 items should be on your beach bag packing list to ensure a perfect time away. We’ve even suggested some exact products to grab, to make your packing easy peasy.
10 Beach Bag Essentials
√ A bag to hold it all
Perhaps the obvious starting point is the actual beach bag itself. Scout Bags are known for their durability and playful patterns, which make them ideal beach bags. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, Scout Bags can be used even after you leave the beach, as the polypropylene is easy to clean. If cold drinks and snacks are on your packing list, grab a Scout Bag insulated cooler, too! A selection of Scout Bags is sold at Babcock Gifts, RSVP Stationers, The Racquet Club of Memphis and Gild the Lily, and prices range from $8.50 to $68.
√ Eye protection
Whether you spend your hours on the beach people watching, reading or snoozing, you need to protect your eyes from the relentless sun. KREWE du optics is a glasses brand that was founded in New Orleans to celebrate individual style. Not only do the lenses offer UVA/UVB protection and color clarity, but they are also highly scratch resistant and extremely cool in design. Find a selection at Eclectic Eye, where prices start at $195.
We are all ready to give our bodies an extra dose of vitamin D this spring, but don’t forget to lather up for long days on the beach. Sun Bum is a young company — started in 2010 — that specializes in sun care products formulated for people who live in and love the sun. The original line of sunscreen offers sheer coverage that protects and moisturizes. Find SPF 15 through SPF 70 starting at $9.99 at Outdoors, Inc.
√ Lip protector and hydrator
Many of us have mastered the art of applying sunscreen, but one spot that often gets overlooked is our lips. Keep your lips hydrated and burn-free with Elta MD Skincare SPF 31, a water-resistant lip balm that moisturizes lips and protects them with transparent zinc oxide. Find Elta MD Skincare at Mona Esthetics in Laurelwood for $12. For guys, try Let’er Buck Mint Lip Balm, SPF 30, for no-shine coverage. Find it at Dixie Pickers for $4.
√ Dry shampoo
If you want to hold on to those beach-y waves as you grab afternoon cocktails at the beach bar, toss in some Aveda Shampure dry shampoo. It will dry up any excess oil left on your scalp, and the natural scent will leave you feeling — and smelling — fresh. The dry shampoo is actually a dry powder, so be sure to seal the lid and not overapply! Grab a bottle at Pavo Salon.Spa for $30.
√ No-fuss hair ties
Emi Jay hair bands were all the rage when they hit the market a few years ago, and their following has held strong. All hair ties, which are made in the USA, are crafted with soft, stretchy materials that will hold your hair without leaving a crease and are a great way to manage tangly locks at the beach. Find these hair ties for $3 and up at Lansky 126 in the Peabody.
√ A way to stay dry and stylin’
Founded by a Nashville gal, Turkish T is a brand of Turkish towels, many of which are great for tossing in your beach bag. The material is thin and quick drying, meaning it can double as a beach towel and a sarong. The towel is also lightweight, so it won’t weigh your bag down! Shop Turkish Ts for $29 at Social, a Shop for Gracious Living.
√ Hydration holder
Stop dehydration in its tracks by packing water to sip on throughout the day. When looking for a lightweight, durable option that keeps liquids cold, we’re in a committed relationship with our Tervis water bottle. It holds 24 ounces of fluid and has a snap-top lid to keep the sand out. $18.99 at Babcock Gifts
√ Cover for your locks and shade for your face
As the day goes on, throw on an Aviate cap for added protection. The lightweight fabric is breathable, while the brim is sturdy enough to provide good face shade. Aviate hats are adorned with city airport codes. Southeast spots that are represented include: Athens, Anna Maria Island, Atlanta, Auburn, Gainesville, Huntsville, Jackson, Miami, Tampa, Mobile, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Knoxville, Oxford, New Orleans, Birmingham, Louisville, Tuscaloosa, Nashville, Baton Rouge, Charleston, Charlotte, Lexington and Memphis. Find MEM caps at Muse and Dixie Pickers for $35 each.
√ Good reads
Treat yourself to a good book (or a trashy magazine) and slip away into pure relaxation. (Check out our just-published list of great beach reads here). Stop by Booksellers at Laurelwood and ask what they suggest. No matter if you are looking for a captivating mystery, a love story or an account of moments in history, real or fictionalized, you are sure to find something you love.
Safe travels, and hopefully we’ll see you on the beach!
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