Six Essential Items in my Beach Bag

I just returned home from a tropical vacation, but I’ve got one more beach trip planned for August.  It’s a trip to our local beach with the entire family.  Hey, summer doesn’t officially end until September 3rd, so I say rock on, summertime!  Maybe I can squeeze in more than one trip.

I’ve collected many beach bags over the years and I’ve also learned how to pack them.  I use heavy duty freezer bags to keep things separate and organized.  I use gallon sized bags for sunscreen and smaller bags for my phone, etc.

What's In Your Beach Bag?

Six Essential Items in my Beach Bag

1.  Sunscreen 

That’s a no-brainer!  I actually keep a bottle (or 2) stored in my latest beach bag.

Helpful Hint:  Sunscreen is formulated to maintain its original strength for up to three years, so yes, you can use last year’s sunscreen.  I hate wasting perfectly good sunscreen.

2.  Lip Balm with Sunscreen

There’s nothing worse than having parched, red, sunburned lips!  I always have an SPF45 lip balm with me at all times and especially when I’m at the beach.  I like the ones that include Aloe Vera and vitamin E.  Gotta keeps those lips kissable. 🙂

3.  Ice Cold Bottled Water

It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re spending the day on the beach.  Don’t wait until you’re actually thirsty.  If so, you’re probably already well on your way to dehydration.

Did you know that you can tell if you’re dehydrated by the color of your urine?  It should (ideally) be the color of lemonade.  You’re welcome.  If it’s amber or honey colored, drink water immediately.  I have no idea why I know random facts like this, but I do.

I usually put my bottled water in the freezer for an hour or so before heading to the beach.

4.  Cell Phone

I keep up with the time and keep my phone sealed up tight in a small freezer bag.  Also, it comes in handy for taking photos of the family enjoying the beach.

5.  E-Reader

I’m never on the beach without a good read.  I like to read awhile, doze awhile, swim and play in the waves with the kids.

6.  Snacks

Swimming makes me ravenous!  When I discovered the new Nature Valley® Almond, Cashew and Sea Salt Simple Nut Bars at my local Publix, I was thrilled to add them to my beach bag.  I also grabbed the Roasted Peanut and Honey.

Beach Bag Essentials

I don’t like complicated when I’m looking for a beach snack.  These bars are simple and have only  7 ingredients. They’re simply delicious!

$15.00 Cash Giveaway

I’d love for you to try Nature Valley® Simple Nut Bars, so I’m giving away $15.00 cash via Paypal.  You don’t have to jump through hoops or follow a gazillion people.  Just visit Nature Valley® by clicking here and then leave a comment and tell me which flavor you’d like to try. That’s it.  A winner will be randomly chosen on August 10th.

You can also grab a coupon for $0.75 off a box of Nature Valley® Simple Nut Bars.

Beach Bag Essentials

What flavor would you love to try?

Beach Bag Essentials



About Alli

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  1. We used to go to the beach almost every weekend in Hawaii. Since we moved to California I’ve only been a few times 🙁 Great packing tips and I would bring the salted caramel with me. Sounds delicious.
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  2. I bet my husband would love those Nature Valley Nut Bars. He loves nuts of all different types. I am not that huge of a fan of them, but he loves them. I should show him this post. He may not stop drooling if I do.
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  3. The only thing that I a;lways forget is a good book. My iPhone’s battery don’t last so I don’t get to finish reading my stuff.

  4. These are all great items to have in your bag. Snacks are especially important. It’s hard to have a good time when your stomach is growling!
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  5. I’m with you … I like to eek every last minute out of summer, too. I’ve tried several different Nature Valley granola bar varieties, but I’ve never tried the nut bars. They look yummy – I’ll definitely give them a try.
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  6. I definitely have bottled water and chap stick in my beach bag. I totally forget to include a few snacks!
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  7. As long as I have my eraeder and snacks I’m good but your list has me thinking I need to add some other essentials to my beach bag. Thanks for the great list!
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  8. I’d love to bring my e-reader out to the beach. I’ll be bringing snacks for sure so we can stay as long as possible.
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  9. Awww I love packing my beach bag. I always like to take things that we may not have at home all the time. It makes the day that much more enjoyable.
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  10. I love your list of goodies. I haven’t gone to the beach in a long time. If you have a blanket, umbrella (beach kind), or some type if shade, then it would be perfect. 🙂
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  11. We haven’t been to the beach this year, but these are all items I take onto our deck when the kids go swimming. It’s nice not having to leave the house but I do miss the sand under my feet!
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  12. I love Nature Valley products. These are one of the few ones I haven’t tried yet from this brand. They do look very good and healthy, so I’ll have to pick some up the next time I’m shopping. Both of those flavors look yummy!

  13. CourtneyLynne says

    We are all about the snacks!!!! All trips go a lot smoother when everyone is full 😉 I just love Nature Valley 🙂

  14. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Nature Valley makes great products. I always pack a few for any trip. I love to go to the beach. It is so relaxing to feel the sand between my toes.

  15. I would love to try the roasted peanuts and honey. In my beach bag essential I would add a hat to keep the sun off my face. 🙂
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  16. Lisa Bristol says

    Sunscreen is so important to have. I always carry some in my purse. I did not know it could last three years.

  17. I have never tried the Nature Valley® Simple Nut Bars, but I have heard that they’re really good! Maybe I’ll give them a try sometime soon.
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  18. The Almond Dark Chocolate variety sounds yummy!

  19. That beachbag with the glasses is too cute! I love Nature Valley brand always a great snack!
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  20. Mine are almost the same with yours. I love bringing my ereader because I find it very relaxing to read at the beach. I love the Nature Valley snack bars as well.
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  21. Rebecca Swenor says

    These are great items for a beach bag indeed. It is so important not to forget the sunscreen or the snacks for the kids or your self. I would love to try the Almond, Cashews, and Sea Salt Natural Valley Nut Bars. Thanks for sharing.

  22. These are very good. I pack these for all our long adventure days. Good share.
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  23. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    I love your beach bag! I love Nature Valley as well but haven’t seen this particular bar yet. They sound amazing.

  24. Sunscreen and snacks are a must and always in my beach bag too. I’d love to try the almond cashew sea salt flavor!
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  25. Our kids love the nut bars and I don’t mind giving them to them, so it works out very well.
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  26. I need to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and lots of snacks… we are a big eater, my kids always get hungry and snack bar is a must have item!
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  27. Firstly I love that Kate Spade beach bag, it is adorbs! Secondly I think all of those items would be my go to items as well.
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