So it's finally Summer! For lots of people this means escaping the UK's unpredictable weather for warmer climates across Europe and the World. Beach holidays are very popular as who doesn't love a bit of relaxing by the sea, so I've put together some beach bag essentials that are needed for a trip to the beach.
A necessary item if you don't want to be constantly covered in sand or sticking to an uncomfortable sun lounger! If possible you want a slightly larger towel that you can fully lie on without your legs and head getting sandy.
A sunburnt head is never fun, especially when trying to brush your hair! So to minimise the risk a sunhat is useful, also great for keeping your face out of the sun, and keeps you looking super stylish. I love ones with wide flopping brims, but anything that covers your head does the trick. They are a bit of a struggle to pack though and I usually carry mine in my hand through the airport.
Another item to minimise burn, something that covers your shoulders is the best option. It's also a great option if you're a bit self conscious and don't feel comfortable wandering around in a bikini. Also great to chuck on for the walk to and from the beach, or to the cafe to grab a ice cream.
Protecting your eyes from UV rays is as important as protecting your skin. So make sure you've got your sunnies with you and that they block both UVA and UVB rays. They're also a great way to people watch (check out the hotties) at the beach without looking like a creep.
A Good Read
Sunbathing can be boring so something to pass the time is usually a good bet. I always take at least 3 books with me when I go away as I spend most of my holiday reading! I like most genres but find a good chick lit is an easy read when you're lounging by the pool or sea. This is one of my favourites and I really recommend it; You don't have to say you love me by Sarra Manning.
Whatever genre it is music is a necessity. It can put you in a great mood and also fill the hours of sunbathing where you would otherwise have to make conversation! Nobody wants that!
You don't want to take your whole purse down to the beach with you, firstly for security reasons and secondly, are you really going to need your library card?! I like to take a small purse with a small amount of money for essential purchases like ice cream.
Probably the most important thing in your beach bag. Firstly, burning is painful and looking like a tomato is not cool, but even if you don't burn you should be wearing suncream to help prevent skin cancer. Try to use a SPF of 30 or above to make sure you're fully protected. I also think suncream on your face of 30+ is important to minimise the signs of ageing. You should also take a Lip balm with SPF in it to protect your lips, also make sure not to use a lip product that will attract more sun and result in burnt lips!
Keeping fresh is always difficult in hot countries, but making sure you've got some deodorant or body spray with you can help combat the sweat and smell. The new compressed cans are perfect for travelling due to being that bit smaller.
A pack of face wipes will definitely come in handy, when your face starts feeling like it needs a bit of a break from all the cream and sand and salt just give it a wipe and reapply a fresh layer of suncream. They're also useful for cleaning mucky hands and wiping off those sand grains that just won't brush off.
Beautiful beach'd hair is basically impossible no matter how many products you put in your hair. At some point you're going to need to tie your hair up, whether thats in a bun on top of your head so it doesn't get wet, or in a pony tail just to get it off your sweaty neck. Hairbands are always useful so make sure you've got some stashed away in your beach bag.
If you're off on holiday or going to be heading to the beach make sure to include all these essentials in your bag.