I live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State, so as I am sure you can imagine the beach is an important part of our summer. Around here people have packing a beach bag down to an art form, but everyone has their own distinct formula for packing the perfect beach bag. My own beach bag contents have changed throughout the years, especially since having my daughter, but some items are universal must-haves.
- Sunblock– This one is a no-brainer, unless you are fond of painful burns & peeling skin, not to mention premature aging and skin cancer.
- Towel– Even if you bring a beach chair, you will still need this for drying off, and sand removal.
- Sanitizing Wipes or Gel– There are some pretty funky things at the beach, and facilities are often minimal.
- Band-aids– No need to carry a full medic kit, but a couple band-aids along with the a fore mentioned sanitizer can handle minor cuts.
- Cover-up– Whether an actual cover-up, or just a gauzy shirt or over sized tee you will be grateful to have it on hand, if the breezes get chilly or you have to run into the store on the way home.
- Healthy Snacks– Even if the beach has a concession stand, odds are most of the items will be fried or other high calorie/ low nutrition foods. Avoid packing on pounds at the worst time, by bringing along better options like a protein bar, fruit or some bean salad, all of which will remain food safe, during a day at the beach.
- Beverage– It is easy to get dehydrated at the beach. If you don’t want to drag a lot of heavy beverages with you, bring a refillable bottle, along with some packets of Lipton Tea and Honey. You can get water from the fountain (called a bubbler here in RI), then add your packet and shake, for an instant 5 calorie beverage.