Spring Break Beach Essentials + What to Bring in Your Beach Tote ♡

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Break is on its way, and I know a bunch of people who are going to the beach! Here is a list of things that I think are must haves for going to the beach and bringing in your beach bag. I hope everyone has a fun Spring Break and gets a nice, relaxing break from work or school! If you haven't already, please take my survey for a school project I'm doing on cosmetic animal cruelty (click here). Thanks and enjoy! ♡

Towel (John Robshaw)- 
Definitely don't forget a towel when you go to the beach! This one is really cute, because it has fun little tassles and patterns on it. You will need a towel to dry yourself off with if you go swimming obviously, or to just lie on the beach with. 

Hair Ties (Emi-Jay)- 
Bring extra hair ties in your makeup bag, because you may want to put your hair up if it's really hot. Also if you don't want to get your hair wet then you'll want to put your hair in a bun. I like the cloth hair ties, because they don't leave creases in your hair, and they come in pretty colors and patterns.

Lip Balm (EOS)- 
Chapstick is great to have at the beach, because the heat can dry your lips out, so it's important to moisturize them. Also, some chapstick has SPF in it, which will protect your lips from getting chapped and burned.

Tote (Lilly Pulitzer)- 
You should bring a big tote or beach bag with you, so you can fit your towel in it, as well as all your other essentials. This one from Lilly Pulitzer is really beachy and vibrant!

Dry Shampoo (Batiste)- 
If your hair gets greasy or sweaty, you can spray some dry shampoo on your hair. This will make your hair smell good, and will also make it look fresh and clean.

Water Bottle (Kate Spade)- 
It is extremely important to hydrate yourself when you're at the beach, because you lose a lot of water when you sweat. Water has many important functions, and it's important to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. 

Flip Flops (Aeropostale)- 
You want to bring shoes that you can easily slip on and slip off, so that you don't have to worry about a bunch of straps when quickly taking your shoes off at the beach. You also don't want to bring expensive shoes, because your shoes will get dirty and sandy when you walk on the beach.

Hair Brush (Tangle Teezer)- 
When your hair gets wet, you want to use a comb or a brush specifically for wet hair when brushing it. Wet hair breaks a lot easier than dry hair, so you want to be careful about the brush you use. The Tangle Teezer brush is great at untangling your hair, and the bristles aren't very rigid, so they won't pull out your hair.

Mascara (Maybelline)- 
If you wear makeup while at the beach, make sure it's water proof! Even if you don't go swimming in the ocean, wear waterproof makeup, because you don't want it to sweat off. 

Bring a book or a magazine to read while you lay out in the sun, so you have something to do! The beach is a great place to catch up on some reading.

Phone Case (Lifeproof)- 
If you bring your phone to the beach, put a waterproof phone case on it to protect it from getting damaged if you accidentally get it wet. You can also bring a plastic sandwich bag, slip your phone inside and seal it, which will keep your phone dry if your fingers are wet. Don't try this when you go into the ocean though, because water will diffuse through the seal into the bag. 

Sunglasses (Steve Madden)- 
Sunglasses are a stylish way to protect your eyes from the sun. There are a bunch of different styles to choose from, and there are certain frame shapes that will flatter certain face shapes. I like mirrored aviators personally!

Sunglasses Case (Madewell)- 
Bring a structured sunglasses case, to keep your sunglasses from getting smushed or breaking in your beach bag.

Sunglasses Strap (Lilly Pulitzer)- 
Use a sunglasses strap to keep your sunglasses always on you. This will prevent you from losing them, and you won't have to carry them everywhere if you don't feel like wearing them on your head all the time.

Makeup Bag (Pour la Beaute)- 
Bring a makeup bag or a small cosmetic bag in order to store things like makeup and hair items. You may want to bring a plastic one, which won't get damaged if it gets wet and water won't sink through.

Nail Polish (Dior)-
 If you get bored at the beach you can also paint your nails. While they're drying you can read your magazine or book.

Sunscreen (Banana Boat)-
 Sunscreen is a must if you're going anywhere sunny! It's important to get a sunscreen with a high SPF.

Bronzer (NARS)-
 If you want to bronze your face a little, then you can brush on some powder bronzer, which will give you a healthy glow. 

Shirt (Billabong)- 
Bring a loose fitted tank top or t-shirt, so you can easily slip it on and off of your swimsuit. You don't want to bring a tight shirt, because it will feel uncomfortable if the swimsuit your wearing under it is still a little damp.

Highlighter (Benefit)- 
Bring a highlighter if you want a little shimmer and glow on your face!

Bikini (Beautiful Halo)- 
Of course you need a swimsuit if you are going to the beach! I really like this blue high neck bikini!

Shorts (Nike)-
Bring athletic shorts to slip over your swimsuit. Jean shorts will be uncomfortable to put on after you've been in the ocean.

Sea Salt Spray (OGX)- 
To add texture and volume to your hair, spray in some sea salt spray. This makes your hair look perfectly tousled and beachy.

Baseball Cap (Roxy Go Live)-
Bring a hat to cover your face, which will prevent your face from getting burned. There are some really cute caps from Brandy Melville and Urban Outfitters!

Playing cards, frisbees, beach balls, volleyballs and soccer balls are perfect things to bring for a fun day at the beach. 

Thanks for reading! I hope this list helped you for your Spring Break! ♡

Disclaimer: All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

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