It's just now occurring to me that I haven't even shown you what's in my beach tote this summer. I mean, I have been spending more time with this bag than I have with my purse.
I have my usual Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion and Coppertone dry oil but this year I also added Neutrogena Sport Face lotion for even more protection.
Two beach towels and a camera are a must.
In this little mesh cosmetic bag I keep my hair supplies and chap stick. I love the Burt's Bees Shimmer Stick. It adds a touch of sheer sparkling color.
You can't hit the beach without shades. We can't leave the beach without picking up a few shells, so I made this little beach shell collecting bag earlier this year. I even added a little pouch for sharks teeth.
I take a book to read and Neil usually brings a crossword book to pass the time. Since the beach can make you ravenous, I always pack plenty of snacks, the non-melting kind, along with water and drinks. Neil's drink of choice is Lipton Diet Sparkling Kiwi Green Tea, he loves it. Mine is always coke, but I'm actually enjoying water more than soda these days.
I also have this cool little insulated beach cooler seat. It folds up and is so easy to tote. It's the perfect size for the 2 of us. It's got 2 zippered compartments, one can hold a whole 6 pack of drinks. The other's perfect for keys, change, etc...
I almost forgot, a cover-up like this tee-shirt dress is a must. No putting shorts on over my bathing suit for the ride home. Yuck.
My Top TipsTip #1: I hand wash my swimsuit out as soon as I get home for 2 simple reasons. First it keeps my suit from fading and keeps it nice looking, secondly it's washed and ready for that next trip to the beach or pool.
Tip #2: I wash my beach towels and repack my tote, so that I'm ready to go at a moments notice. I NEVER turn down a trip to the beach.
This year I traded in my usual beach bag for this huge tote bag instead. I'm loving how roomy it is. It's so much easier to find things now. But I did need to glam it up, so I sewed on a cute shell charm to the front. Every bag needs a little sparkle.
So that's a glimpse inside my beach tote. My motto is keep it simple. Of course I don't have any little ones to pack for. Been there - done that.
Are you a beach, lake or pool type of girl or guy? What's in your bag?