If you’re craving a trip to a sunny, sandy locale, don’t resist the urge, embrace it! Bid farewell to the gray days that have dominated the calendar since last fall, and enjoy the warmer temps and sounds of the crashing waves. As you run toward a destination off the coast of somewhere, though, don’t forget to pack the essentials. These 10 items should be on every beach bag checklist to ensure a perfect time away.
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 The Beveled Edge, The Cosmetic Market, Hot Pink and Corzine & Co., 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 MODA, where prices start at $165.
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 Cumberland Transit.
√ 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. For men, consider packing a stick of Duke Cannon tactical lip protectant with SPF 15. Find Elta MD Skincare at Belle Meade Dermatology for $11 and the Duke Cannon lip protectant for $9 at Merridian Home Furnishings.
√ 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 of Aveda’s 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 today at True Blue Salon 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 around town at places like The Cosmetic Market, Hot Pink, Hot Yoga Plus, Pure Barre, Snap Girls and Woo Skincare + Cosmetics.
√ 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 T at AshBlue for $29 to $84.
√ 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 stumbled upon the BKR’s BPA-free, phthalate-free bottles. The small opening prevents spills, and the seal ensures that water won’t leak all over your bag. The glass bottles are wrapped in a silicone sleeve, which helps keep any drink cool. Local sellers include KORE + Nashville and The Cosmetic Market for $28.
√ 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 BNA hats at Batch, Hemline and Gus Mayer for $35 each.
√ Good reads
Treat yourself to a good book (or a trashy magazine) and slip away into pure relaxation. Next week, we will have a full list of beach books for spring break and beyond (so stay tuned). In the meantime, stop by BookmanBookwoman 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 maybe we’ll see you on the beach!