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My Beach Day Essentials

Good morning!  How’s your week going?  We made it to Cape May yesterday and had dinner with my husband’s aunt and grandmother.  We don’t really have plans for today, but we’re definitely going to make a stop at Cape May Zoo at some point this week.  We went last year and really enjoyed ourselves, so we want to go back.

Obviously when you spend the week in a beach town, you go to the beach at least once or twice.  I’m honestly not a huge fan of the beach; ocean water grosses me out, and sand gets in crevices where sand should not be.  However, my husband gets all sentimental about beach trips because he spent a lot of summers there with family, so I go for him and we always have a good time.


There are some obvious necessities for beach days (like a beach towel & sunscreen) but I have a few of my own essentials that I want to share with you.  Here’s what packed in my bag to make the most out of our beach days:

  • turkish towel – these towels were popular for a hot minute (maybe they still are?) because they’re light weight, absorbent, and versatile.  I’m a huge fan because it’s less bulky than traditional terry cloth towels, and that means I can fit it in my bag easily.  I got my towel from a subscription box a few years ago, so I don’t remember the actual brand.
  • Beautycounter sunscreen – Sunscreen is super important, and Beautycounter’s is my favorite because it’s formulated with safe, effective ingredients.  I use the mist at the house because its better to apply sunscreen before you’re actually out in the sun so that it has time to absorb, and I’ll reapply with either the mist or the cream depending on how windy it is. (using a mist/spray in windy conditions doesn’t do you much good because a lot of it will blow away)
  • A good book – I prefer “real” books for the beach because I don’t have to worry about batteries, screens, or sand in my e-reader.  This year I’m bringing The Happiness Project (I’m determined to finish it this week!) and The Four Tendencies – both by Gretchen Rubin.
  • Snacks are key if you’re going to be spending a few hours in the sun – I like to have options for both savory and sweet, so I have some meat sticks from The New Primal and fresh fruit in a small cooler.  I also have a few cold waters in the cooler to keep us hydrated.
  • Hat and Sunglasses – they’re not usually in my bag, but they’re definitely beach day staples.

What are your beach bag essentials?

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