This summer has been amazing. Unfortunately, I travelled so much and had so many loose ends to tie up for grad school, I didn’t really have time for the beach. Plans fell through with friends, but I refused to give up. I finally got to go to the beach last weekend and it was just what I needed. Four hours of splashing and girl talk is the perfect way for me to end my summer. Many of you will be hitting the beach today so I wanted to share my favourite items to take to the beach with me. I carry/use these 6 items every time and I think we can all agree they’re a must have for everyone hitting the beach before summer ends.
The perfect beach bag
I love my new beach bag I got in Exuma. It was costly, but this bag holds up well against sand and water. And it’s large enough to hold everything I need to carry. Try to find something cost-effective that still suits your personality. Don’t put too much thought into it though. No one really cares about the bag, it’s what in it that counts.
Absorbent Beach Towel
I’ve actually had this towel since high school. My dad bought it for me during one of his trips. The best part? It doubles as a bag! It’s pretty cool using this as a bag, then drying off with it and turning it back into a bag.
Not pictured, but sunscreen ismust. As black people we often think we don’t need sunscreen since our skin doesn’t burn as easily, but we’re actually at a higher risk for skin cancer. So take the time to use a waterproof sunscreen before you leave the house so you travel with less and can focus on diving right in.
A snazzy pair of shades
I don’t understand how people can lay on the beach without sunglasses. Everything is so bright and hot! I’m sure that damages your eyes or something. Either way, I think it makes me look cool 😉
Something to drink
For me I always have two options: a beer and water. The perfect place to enjoy a beer truly is the beach. This time I tried bud light margaritas. None of us liked them, but we don’t waste alcohol. And once we were done, we drank an entire bottle of water to fight dehydration. If you’re heading to the beach, you have to pack water to drink to stay hydrated.
Separate bottle of water
I always carry a jug of tap water to wash my feet off with before getting in my car. It decreases the amount of sand that ends up in my car as evidence that I went to the beach. It’s also great to get some of the salt off your skin before it dries and makes you itchy.