Things to Pack in Your Beach Bag ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

If you’re like us, you’re counting down the days until the beaches are open again. We can’t wait either! All of this extra time to prepare for our summer trip to the beach is perfect though; it gives us time to find the perfect beach bag and get it packed and ready to go for summer. In no time at all, we’ll be packing the coolers, loading up our cars, and getting ready to soak up some sun. If you need some inspiration or don’t know where to start with your essentials, check out our list of things to pack in your beach bag. It features all of our favorite items from the best beach tote to accessories like waterproof speakers and sunscreen. We hope our handy tips will help you know what to pack in your beach bag and keep you from forgetting anything.

Beach Bag

Before you can compile your sunscreen, sunglasses, and towel, you need a good beach bag. We like this one, available on Amazon in a variety of colors. Not only does it have an inside zipper pocket, but it’s easy to carry and fits in your suitcase. The neoprene makes it machine washable and quick to dry as well!

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are essential for a day at the beach, especially when the clouds are sparse and the sun is bright! While you may be tempted to bring your name-brand sunglasses to the beach, opt for a pair under $20 for the inevitable wear and tear that comes with a day at the beach. You’d hate to lose your Ray-Bans in the ocean! Also, look for sunglasses that filter out UVA and UVB light to help protect your eyes!

Beach Hat

Whether it’s a wide-brim or a baseball cap, a hat at the beach is a great way to protect your scalp from the sun! We slather on the sunscreen before we head to the beach, but nine times out of ten our scalps go unprotected. A hat will also help protect your face and neck from UV rays.

Things to Pack in Your Beach Bag
Things to Pack in Your Beach Bag

Sunscreen

When heading to the beach, we certainly couldn’t forget our sunscreen! With so many options on the shelves these days, it can be hard to narrow one down. The American Cancer Society¬†recommends finding a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection, which fights against UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer, and UVA rays cause premature aging. In addition, your sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or higher. Anything with an SPF of below 15 only protects against sunburn, not skin cancer or aging. And lastly, “water resistant” does not mean “waterproof!” Apply sunscreen every two hours when under the sun, and every hour when swimming or sweating.

Sunscreen Lip Balm

Your lips need protection, too! Toss this lip balm from Alba Botanica into your beach bag to keep your lips safe from harmful sun rays.

Beach Towels

Whether you’re a towel or a blanket person, or even opting for a chair, you’ll need something to sit on when you’re at the beach! Leave the old bed sheet at home and opt for Turkish towels. They fit well in your suitcase and beach bag and dry faster than you can believe! These Turkish towels are top-rated and come in a variety of fun colors for your beach vacation. This may be one of the most important things to pack in your beach bag!

…And now, for the fun stuff!

Beach Spiker

Nothing is worse than setting your drink down in the sand, only for the outside to get sandy or to fall over and spill out everywhere. With a Beach Spiker, your drink can rest comfortably up in the sand without getting caked in sand. In addition, the Beach Spiker can hold your phone, sunglasses, sunscreen – if it fits, it can hold it!

Water Resistant Phone Pouch

Keep your phone dry and free of water (and sand!) with a water-resistant phone pouch. While we don’t recommend taking your phone out into the water with you, it will at least stay dry in a water-resistant pouch! Not to mention, you can also fit your cards and some cash in there as well.

Bluetooth Speakers

If you’re heading to the beach with a group of friends, Bluetooth speakers are something you’ll want to consider with the list of things to pack in your beach bag! Nothing tops off a beach day like your favorite tunes. Just be sure to be courteous of your fellow beach-goers and keep the noise to a minimum.

What are your favorite things to pack in your beach bag? Let us know! We can’t wait to welcome you on your vacation to Destin, Pensacola Beach, or wherever you choose to vacation along the Gulf Coast!