Packing for a day at the beach

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My love affair with the beach began while I was still in diapers.  Born in Eastern North Carolina with a Dad who grew up spending summers frequenting Cherry Grove, Myrtle Beach and OD and a Mom who spent her childhood summers in pluff mud, salt marshes along Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach, it was natural that I’d be whisked to the Atlantic Ocean before I could walk.  So what do I pack for a day at the beach?

The chair is key.  I love a good sand chair, one that is perfect to sit in the water with the tide.  Umbrella and straw mat are other necessities.  I typically grab a grass mat at the local beach store. They tend to cost around $3.00 and are great for lying on to sunbathe.  They also serve as a place for the cooler, beach bag and other assorted items to avoid dumping everything in the sand.  As gorgeous as the Carolina coast is with that sugar white sand, I try to avoid bringing it home with me.

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Next up is a cooler packed with ice, drinks, sandwiches and a spray bottle of water.  There is nothing better to cool off with than ice water.  I love Evian but there are multiple options that include just a drugstore pump spray filled with water.  I keep a bottle of Evian in the refrigerator so I always have one cold for tennis and the beach or pool.

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My beach bag filled to the brim with all those things one needs – sunglasses, sunscreen, towels, goldfish, my kindle and my iPod.  This year I’ve got a new beach bag, the Goyard Belharra.  I am loving it.  It is easy to stuff with everything I want for a day walking along the beach, reading in the sun, and swimming in the ocean.  See my post from last summer for What’s in My Beach Bag.

 

What’s in my beach bag?

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I love WIMB posts. The feature of what’s in my bag from purse blog at purseblog.com and sharing on purseforum.com. got me hooked. I’m not certain if it is my inner organizer seeking that elusive greater knowledge of a better way to organize my stuff or if I’m just a snoop at heart. Either way, I love seeing what and how people organize what is in their bag. Now is my turn to share what is in my beach bag!

My beach bag must hold everything I need for a day at the beach or the pool.  I constantly try to edit what I carry but that is something of a lost cause.  In addition to those items pictured here I often add a collapsible dog bowl and Swell bottle of water if the quadruped is along for the day.

My beach bag is from Rae Feather customized with painted stripes and my initials. It is roomy and holds everything I need for a day at the beach.

 

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My iPod and ear buds in a waterproof bag, since music and audiobooks are a must.  Yes, I still have a small iPod that I use on the beach and when I exercise. It is smaller than my phone and great for the audiobooks and music I love to listen to while walking or sitting on the beach.

My kindle full of great books to while away the time while I’m soaking up the sun. I prefer my kindle over my iPad when I’m outside. My iPad tends to over-heat after a few minutes in the sun and the kindle’s liquid paper and lighting makes it easier to read in full sunlight.

Sunny the goldfish full of original recipe fish to munch on during the day.

My towel is a monogrammed bath sheet from Neiman Marcus bought during their white sale. The bath sheet is monogrammed with my initials using Neiman’s in-house service. My preference is white for the ability to spot clean but they have many colors and patterns.

I always wear a hat to block sun from my face. I’m a firm believer in sunscreen and cover ups. I have quite the collection of Master’s baseball style caps and large floppy sun hats.

Evian mist! For those of you who’ve spent any amount of time in the low country you know how hot it can get. My trick is to keep spray bottles of Evian in my refrigerator. When I leave the house, I grab a cold can of Evian and I have a cool spray of water to cool off.

I carry baby wipes for cleaning hands and sunnies and anything else that gets sandy.

Towel clips to keep my towel in place are necessary.   It can get windy on the beach! These are part of a set of eight I found on Amazon. I also have a whimsical set that look like whales.

I keep lots of sunscreen in my bag. At the start of the summer I lather on nothing less than 50!

Filling up the rest of my bag is a koozie for my drink of choice, sunnies, Tory Burch swimsuit and flip flops, and a J. McLaughlin tunic as my coverup.

I keep a zip pouch that was a gift from my cousin in my bag that holds the smaller pieces and my keys.

What’s in your beach bag?