Summer Essentials: Beach Edition

July 19, 2011 · 8 comments

I am a planner so it should come as no surprise I always have a large bag full of goodies when it’s time to hit the beach.  Here are my must haves and recommendations for your weekend excursion at the beach.

Floppy Hat – My recent purchase of a large floppy hat made it official, I’m getting old.  However, I wish someone had told me to wear one when I was younger.  Perhaps if I did, I would not have dark spots on my face from sun damage that I now spend $50 per bottle on lotion to try and fade them.  You can also wear a baseball hat, but the large rim also helps protect your chest and shoulders.

A Good Book or Magazine – The most recent book I completed is called The Island The Island: A Novel by Elin Hildebrand.  It was amazing and I highly recommend reading it if you like girly novels that make you laugh and smile.  It takes place on an island off of Nantucket it focuses of a set of two sisters, one mom, an aunt and 2 single daughters. My favorite magazines right now are Women’s Health, Runners World and Real Simple.

Satisfying Beach Snacks – Although Cape Cod chips are a staple where I go on the weekends, it’s not exactly the safest option.  I bring a bunch of goodies including a salad or sandwich from The Mercantile in Dennis.  I also make sure to throw in some Mini Babybels, fresh fruit like cherries or grapes, and trail mix.  The wax around the Mini Babybels make them an ideal beach best friend keeping them cool.  Of course bringing a cooler is the best option but if you can’t bring one, Mini Babybels are good option.

Sunscreen – Most of my sunscreen is natural without parabens.  The one pictured above obviously isn’t but it’s a good one and affordable.  I like to use at least 15-30 SPF.

Sunglasses with Croakies – What is a croackie you ask?  It’s the pink thing pictured above!  Stop putting your sunglasses on top of your head.  It stretches them out and then they don’t fit.  Put them around your neck instead.

Water or Electrolyte Enhanced Drink – I usually bring a gallon of water to the beach.  Yes, a gallon!  Sure it’s a bit of a workout walking down the beach but it’s important to stay hydrated on hot days.  I like to bring electrolyte beverages as well on super hot days like Gatorades G Series FIT Hydrate bottle.  It has only 20 calories and is super delicious, without artificial sweeteners.

What are your beach must haves?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cassie July 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I read that book and loved it too! Same list I have :)

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2 vanessa July 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

Pretty similar list here, although I always bring a sarong and a bandana, as well. I wrote about this recently, myself! I also wish I had worn more sunblock growing up. But the sun gives you a glow that no bronzer can rival!

http://agenerouspour.blogspot.com/2011/07/formula.html

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3 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 20, 2011 at 2:24 am

Hey Girlie – Where did you buy your floppy beach hat!? I’ve been lookin’ all over for one that I like…

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4 Sarah July 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I got it at Century 21 in NYC! But it is by Ralph Lauren.

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5 Sarah July 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Sarah,
I was trying to look at some of your recipes and when I click them it refreshes to the same page. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

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6 Sarah July 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Sarah! if you can see what the recipe is and let me know, that would be very helpful! Thanks :)

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7 Jessica July 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I love your blog!! Quick question, you said you use face cream for the sun spots, what kind? When I am in the sun for even an hour my freckles(which you can’t see when I am pale) start to show and above my lip is AWFUL! I wear SPF 70 and it doesn’t help…thanks!

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8 Sarah July 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Thanks Jessica, I actually haven’t found one that works just yet! Bummer. But also I don’t want to waste money. I’m going to do some serious research and trials this fall when I’m out of the sun. I often buy retinols at marshalls – they are cheaper

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