7 Things You Need in Your Beach Bag


Today marks the summer solstice the longest day of the year. Which means, Summer is finally here!  Who else is looking forward to endless beach days and weekend pool parties? Here are a few suggestions on what not to forget when you head out to enjoy the water.


Sunburn is NOT a joke —it’s your health! You should choose a sunscreen with a high SPF, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage. I go with 50 SPF because I’m irish AF ? Make sure to pack sunscreen this summer or you’ll be regretting it later! Also, remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming.

Beach Towel

I probably have wayyy too many beach towels but they’re my weakness! There’s just so many cute designs, patterns, etc. Ivory Ella just released their new swim collection… including BEACH TOWELS! Grab one to lay on while you tan, listen to music, or read a book!


Who else is so over buying expensive sunglasses for them only to get lost or broken a week later? Sunglasses are a beach necessity or you’ll be left squinting and with a headache at the end of the day. Yes, they’re a great fashion accessory but they also protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging UV rays ? I got this cute pair of stunna sunnies at Target for 16.99$. 


Finish the lyrics, “I got my swim trunks and my —flippy floppies.” Well, in this case… sandals. As I’ve grown older, I’ve abandoned the flip flops for higher quality beach shoe-wear. One’s that don’t fling sand into my bikini bottoms everytime I take a step. Am I the only one? My feet will be thanking me as I rock these three pairs all summer long.

Phone Charger

I’ll admit it… we live in the day and age of technology. Most of us are going to be bringing our phones along to the beach! So whether it’s to take cute snap chats, play Spotify, or check your shark tracker, you’re phone just can’t die!! A portable phone charger is a life saver! Just plug it in and powerful dose of energy will be delivered to your phone.


Summer’s heat and fun can leave you high and dry. It’s important we stay hydrated during the warmer months! Especially on the beach or at the pool, when it’s not always easy to find a drink! Remember, to fill a water bottle (or two) before heading out the door. The average human is made up of 60% water. Dehydration will ruin your day in the sun.


Sun Hat

The sun can be fun but also harmful without the right protection. While this sun hat is adorbs, it will also provide you some shade! I love the hats that have an embroidered saying on them. This one reads, “Do not disturb” ✌️

What do you pack in your beach bag? 

Any necessities I forgot on my list?



  1. Nicole Green

    What a great list Carly! I think the phone charge is probably the most important for me as I always end up playing music or scrolling while I’m laying out.

    21 . Jun . 2017
  2. Jenny

    Yes to all of these! For me I need a lot of these + a good book haha.

    21 . Jun . 2017
  3. Annaliese

    This post reminded me I need to buy a new portable charger! I lost mine when moving a couple months ago 🙁

    xoxo A

    21 . Jun . 2017
  4. Rachel Ritlop

    I love Ivory Ella!!! such cute stuff!! Love the towel!

    21 . Jun . 2017
  5. Jasmine Maria

    Having sunscreen, water bottle and facial spray like Evian is a must for me. I don’t like to wear sunglasses too much at the pool or beach because I don’t want tan lines on my face.

    21 . Jun . 2017
  6. Anna

    Yes to all! Sunscreen and water are so important to stay healthy during the summer!!

    21 . Jun . 2017
  7. summer

    Yes, to all of these! Especially sunscreen and sunnies!

    21 . Jun . 2017
  8. Kuleigh

    You nailed all my essentials! I’d just add a book. I get so bored laying out on the beach!

    21 . Jun . 2017
  9. McKenna Bleu

    All of these are definitely always with me on my beach days!

    22 . Jun . 2017
  10. Melissa

    Sunscreen and water for sure! Also a book! I love reading on the beach

    xx, Melissa

    22 . Jun . 2017
  11. Casey

    Cute beach towels are a must! I have too many also!

    22 . Jun . 2017
  12. Southern & Style

    I totally do not go anywhere outside now without sunscreen, shades, and a hat unless I can help it! I’m usually a ball cap kind of girl, but those floppy sun hats are awfully cute!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    22 . Jun . 2017
  13. Megin Shearer

    I always forget a phone charger! These are all absolute beach essentials – perfect for summer!

    22 . Jun . 2017
  14. Ruth Ridley

    I always run out of juice on the beach!!! A charger is a must!

    22 . Jun . 2017
  15. Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    Perfect list! I also always bring my Kindle so I have something to read, but everything else is spot on!

    22 . Jun . 2017
  16. Alix Maza

    All of these thing + a good beach read is in my bag!

    22 . Jun . 2017
  17. Jenn @ Edamamu

    I love seeing the charger on the list! It’s a total must have.

    23 . Jun . 2017
  18. Silvia

    These are all such great things! I also include a lip balm because my lips get so dry!

    23 . Jun . 2017
  19. Amanda

    These are all musts for the beach, especially SPF- gotta protect that skin! Your post really makes me want to head to the beach now 😛

    23 . Jun . 2017
  20. Alexis

    Great post! This so has me wanting to find a beach this summer. City life has me itching for the feeling of sand in my shoes.

    25 . Jun . 2017
  21. Alex

    I always bring along some form of Beach Bum sunscreen, our favorite! And we have a water and sand-proof portable speaker!

    26 . Jun . 2017

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