I love all of those beach packing lists that have every item you could possibly need on them, but when it comes time for me and my family to hit the sand I tend to have a brain cramp no matter what lists I’ve read. I’ve narrowed it down to my five beach bag essentials that are easy to remember and ones you will thank yourself for throwing into your purse or bag. Remember the acronym SLAPS and you’re good to go!
Please, please, please don’t bake your skin in the sun. Carry waterproof sunscreen with you and avoid paying super-inflated prices at the convenient stores or resort shops. Make sure you check the expiration date, too: sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time.
You know how you squint your eyes and cover your mouth when you spray sunscreen on your face? It turns out your lips are super sensitive and need sunscreen, too. Add a tube of lip balm to your bag to avoid sun burn! Note: lip balm tends to melt when in the hot sun so keep yours in your beach bag to avoid a melty mess!
Sandals or Aqua Socks
We’ve learned this one the hard way by wearing tennis shoes to the beach! Throw a pair of flip flops into your bag so you have something to slip on your feet at the end of the day and avoid burning the bottoms of your feet on all of that hot sand. The walk back to the car or resort is so much more pleasant that way.
Also, do yourself a favor and check what type of sand you’ll be playing in. We’ve cut up our feet compliments of rough rocks and sand in the breakers. Solution? Inexpensive aqua socks.
Most times, sand is impossible to remove from your skin. I swear, it seems like I find it for a week even after multiple showers. It’s itchy, scratchy, and just plain annoying- when you’re not on the beach. The simplest solution: carry a bottle of baby powder with you and squirt it over your legs, feet, and wherever else you have sand on you. The baby powder absorbs water and allows sand to slide right off your skin.
Protect your eyes from those damaging sun rays with a pair of sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. You know, I watched a television special about inexpensive versus expensive sun glasses and how each offers protection and guess what? The cheapies were just as good. Head to the dollar store and grab a pair for each family member so you won’t want to cry if/when they get lost in the sand or ocean.