May 22, 2013

*Summer Essentials*

Since it's about that time when the temperatures are finally warm enough to go to the beach and the days are long, I thought I would share some of my favorite beach essentials. I've lived in a coastal state all my life and have spent countless days at the beach and have discovered a few things that you should never leave home without.

Beach Essentials
Beach Essentials

1. A cute suit, of course!
2. Lots of sunscreen - I generally start out using SPF 30 and might go down to SPF 15 if I get a good base tan. Otherwise, during the late summer, I might switch back to SPF 30 when the UV index is at it's max. You will still get a tan, even if you use sunscreen, trust me! I also use at LEAST SPF 30 on my face, this particular one is SPF 50.
3. A floppy hat for later in the day when you've already had enough sun on your face.
4. Some shades of course, you won't be able to see much without them.
5. A cute cover-up for grabbing a bite after the beach.
6. I know a lot of southerners are Rainbow fans, but I personally prefer Reef flip flops. I think they are much better quality and not quite as expensive. I am currently loving the ones pictured and they were only $38 (compared to $50+ !)

Monogrammed Beach Tote

Yes, it's from PB Teen, what of it? It's cute and it's pink and purple and I had it monogrammed! Looking forward to receiving my new beach tote any day now... :)

Big, Super Soft Beach Towel

Kohl's is currently having a special on The Big One beach towels for only $9.99. They are really good quality, big, soft, and have lots of pretty colors. I picked up a couple for S and I and might just have to pick up a couple more before the summer's over.

Last, but not least...

1. or 2. Some type of shade. We don't mess around in the South and days at the beach are never-ending. When July/ August hits, the sun can literally be too much so bringing the shade with you is a necessity.
3. A comfy chair, of course! I prefer the Rio brand, they are made really well.
4. A cooler and lots of water to keep cool and hydrated.
5. If you're taking all my advice, you are either going to need a couple friends to help you carry everything or pick up one of these babies to tote your stuff along :)

Has anyone been to the beach yet this year??? What is your favorite beach?

PS - Don't forget to enter my giveaway to Sassy Shortcake Boutique out of Charleston!


Jen said...

I love that coverup! :)

Dabbling in Dixie said...

Love the list! I'm about to hit up Kohls for some of those towels! We need some extra around here :)

Mrs.B said...

I use 50 spf and still always get tan! I try to tell people you don't need tanning oil but they don't listen. Love that cover up and the Reefs. We have a huge pop up tent that we use since I prefer shade for Em.

Kristen said...

I love Reef sandals. By far the most comfortable pair I have ever owned.

The Pink Growl said...

gotta have the cute sunnies! Love that suit too!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

Haven't gotten to the each yet, it's driving me crazy! I love long days at the beach. I've made sure both my boys have love for sun and sand too. Those tents for shade are a must have for sure, makes all the difference when you're there day after day!

Kate said...

I always try to bring an umbrella or some sort of shade tent. Otherwise it's too exhausting and hot to spend more than a couple of hours in the sun!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Ooh yeah, I love my aviators! I should remember to bring an umbrella next time I go to the beach!

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