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What’s in my Beach Bag: Essentials for the Perfect Summer Day

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Happy Summer, friends!

Summer is hands down my favorite season, and after a few weeks of Chicago not getting the its summer memo, it is finally in full swing. Living in Miami meant summer  24/7 and going to the beach was socially acceptable year round. Over the years I have created my version of the “perfect” beach bag filled with every essential for the best beach day.

Beach Bag

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**Dog not included**

This is a total “duh moment”, but having the perfect beach bag is the key to the perfect beach bag. I personally love to go for an oversized tote bag, I used to rock a cute mini backpack, it’s not the greatest fit for all the items. A great tote bag has plenty of room, pockets, and comfortable straps [nothing hurts more than putting on a stramp after getting a sunburn, we’ve all been there ladies + gents]. The CHAARG Adventure Tote has been my go-to bag the last year and is the perfect Mary Poppins bag. The two side pockets are so big and keep from freaking out about losing my keys [again, I know you’ve felt this panic].

Water Bottle

Hydration is the number one important thing about going to the beach especially on a very hot day, so everyday in Miami. I always make sure I have a water bottle filled with water (most of the time ; ) ) I’ve been loving this LOLE water bottle, its made of metal and keeps my drinks so cold for basically the whole day. Pro tip: add ice to your bottle before leaving the house so your bottle stays extra cold while at the beach. Hydroflasks ++ Yeti’s also make great beach drink ware.

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Snacks

A beach day isn’t complete without any snacks. When it comes to snacking at the beach I always go for very hydrating foods. Watermelon, pineapple, ++ cherries were today’s pick, but cucumbers, strawberries, carrots, ++ coconut water are some of my favorites. Also, 21+ snacks are always appropriate, not a necessity, but appropriate ; ). If you’re staying for a good part of your day, it’s the perfect opportunity to try a new sandwich or wrap idea you’ve been eyeing on your insta feed.  

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PROTECT YO SKIN

Okay, let’s talk about the most important thing SKINCARE. As cute as the sun can seem, it honestly it is so bad to be out in the sun for more than a few hours, and even worse without any proper protection. I know we all want to be our best shade of coco-gold, but skin cancer is not cute either! We want to be wrinkle free as long as we can, ladies. I will be the first to admit [as I sit with my back facing a fan dealing with a  serious sunburn right now], I am guilty of only putting on SPF 4 Deep Tanning Oil and not understanding why I was so sunburnt?? Every skin type is different, so it is important to do what’s right for you. For those who need all the SPF, I recommend the Alba SPF 50 for Sensitive Skin. It is fragrance free, free of parabens +phthalates, ++ is good for the coral reefs and oceans, which most aerosol bottles can’t say. So basically this sunscreen is a win/win in my book, good for the environment, good for me. I personally layer both as I am blessed to be able to achieve the tan I want, but I can also burn easily if I am not protected. + for those who do burn, fresh aloe vera straight from the plant is so refreshing. Remember to reapply your sunscreen about every two hours and maybe more frequently if you decide to take a dip in the water.

Face

Fresh faces are beautiful faces, and during the summertime I take advantage not wearing any makeup, but protecting my face from harmful sun rays is so important. I’ve been loving the Burt’s Bees BB Cream with SPF 15. I’m pretty sure this product + I are beauty soulmates. It is a non-toxic, lightweight product, and has a powder finish. It doesn’t feel sticky on the face + most importantly protects my face from the skin. It is just enough coverage to hide any blemishes or dark spots.  The main ingredient Noni extract which is suppose to help protect your skin environmental stressors + help with anti-aging. For more about Noni Extract read about here! AND it’s under $20, AHMAZING.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

I’ve been using this product for years, especially during the summer. It is a great spray to put in your hair after a long beach day to keep those beach waves for any post-beach activity. I always keep it in my bag in case my friends + I decide to go to go out for drinks + food after the beach. This product is also great if you want to create the illusion that you’ve been at the beach all day when in reality you’ve binged watched two seasons of Sex and the City [or is that just me…awk]
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Sunnies

“Future so bright, I gotta wear sunglasses”

 [I’m officially the lamest person we both know].

But seriously, find a pair of sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV/UB. When I’m not feeling sunglasses, I usually go for a baseball cap—this “But First, Cafecito” baseball cap has been my go-to lately + if I say so myself completely on-brand ; )

Here are some other favorites
Cub’s Baseball Hat
Ray Bans

Summer Reading

Okay, when it comes to reading on the beach, I’m a fake [lol]. 9/10 I bring a book to the beach I won’t read it unless I’m alone. If you are into reading a book on the beach instead of your twitter post, like me; here is my summer reading list:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Run My World by Kesinger
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Paula by Isabel Allendale

If reading hard copies isn’t your thing or you might wanna lay out, try audio books so you can enjoy both worlds with ease.

Am I missing any beach essentials? Let me know what your must haves for the perfect beach day? Let’s Talk!

Stay gold beeches,

Anais 

 

 

 

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