Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Beach Weekend Essentials

Hey y'all! I hope this week is going well for you. Can you believe it's already August?! I'm freaking out a little bit. This year has been a wild one and I am just in shock that it's already the 8th month of 2015. This past weekend, I took some of my own advice and headed out for a spontaneous trip to the beach with a few girlfriends. I had the most rejuvenating time! We packed up the car and drove to Delaware for what was supposed to be a day trip, but we ended up finding a hotel vacancy and turned it into a little weekend getaway. More to come about my trip on Friday- be sure to check back! We had packed contingency bags just in case we were able to find a room but to say we were ill-prepared is an understatement! While you definitely need fewer items for a one night stay, there are a few things you shouldn't forget. To help you avoid my same issue, I wanted to put together a list of essentials for a quick beach getaway!
Well-packed beach bag. A beach bag is the first essential for a beach trip- for obvious reasons! You need a bag that you're ok putting on the sand and won't be upset if sand gets in. A few things I don't want to be caught on the beach without are sunscreen, chapstick (with SPF), a snack, headphones, a sunhat, and a coverup! Here are a few cute ones out there:

Towel. I'm a fan of the over-sized towels or beach blankets out there! It's nice to spread out. Also, if you're going with a group it helps you to claim more space on the beach. This is super helpful on some of the more crowded beaches.

Reusable water bottle. These are great for the beach- especially if it's insulated! That way, you are able to get some refreshing sips of water while you're out in the heat. There are usually water fountains to refill at, or if your beach has nearby restaurants you can full up at their drink stations! There are so many cute bottles out there, I couldn't help but share a few!

Beach read. I've been making reading more of a priority, and the beach is absolutely one of my favorite places to read! I'm not sure that there is better place. The sounds of the beach in the background, the warm sunshine... total relaxation! I'm usually able to get through my books quickly because I'm undisturbed when sitting out on the sand! Check out some of my reads as of late here.

Flip flops. It's so useful to have a pair of rubber flip flops when visiting the beach! I usually don't like to bring expensive shoes just in case they get wet or messed up another way! Sand can be cruel.

Thankfully, I had most of these packed. I did forget my water bottle and was seriously regretting it every time I had to pay $5 for water! But you've gotta stay hydrated on the beach. Hopefully you'll be perfectly prepared for your next getaway, and I hope it's soon!

What are your beach essentials? Did I miss anything?


  1. Great list, definitely cannot leave home without any of these if you're headed to the beach! A lot of people forget water bottles, but they're super important to help you stay hydrated in the sun!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

  2. Great list! I definitely need the water bottle, and your totes are great!

  3. Perfect beach essentials! Nothing like a good beach day to relax and recharge.

  4. I know! 2015 has flyed by! I can't believe another school year is creeping upon on. Sunglasses and beach totes are my essential, as well as a nice read!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  5. Great essentials!
    I def need sunscreen, sunglasses, and a great book when I am on the beach.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. You most certainly cannot go to the beach without a fabulous book! Love the post!!

    Nicole // Chronicles of Home

  7. My biggest beach essential is a floppy hat! I am way to fair to face the sun without one! Love your tote bag choices!

    Carley @

  8. Water, sunscreen and a good book (or magazine) are my essentials for the beach (:

  9. Great essentials! I'm currently trying to plan a beach weekend trip in SC for next month- these items are all so important!

    xoxo A

  10. Love all of your essentials! I need to go to the beach before summer is over!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  11. Great post. Reading it makes me wish I lived closer to the beach. I feel like I've spent my whole summer looking at buildings. :(

    xoxo Alexis @

  12. I'm going to Beach this weekend and this post regarding beach essentials is really helpful for me!!

  13. What a great post! I'm going to the beach this weekend so I'm bringing a bag, a couple of books, my CamelBak, sunglasses, and sunscreen!

  14. Those water bottles are so cute!

  15. I always forget a water bottle! The ones you listed are so cute, need to snag that ASAP!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  16. I'm obsessed with water bottles. The Urban Outfitters one is so cool!

    Kayla |

  17. My beach essential is DEFINITELY a good book to read by the pool or the water. I need to take a fun trip before the summer is over!

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  18. Amen to all of the above! Have an awesome time. (:

    Coming Up Roses

  19. These are all essentials on my beach bag list! My biggest item to remember is a towel! When we went to Tybee, I was the only person that packed towels... Oops!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  20. Your weekend getaway sounds so fun and I can't believe it's August already (sad face), lots of magazines always get me through a relaxing beach weekend :)

  21. I completely agree - a good book is absolutely a beach trip essential! I always get so much reading done while I'm laying out :)

  22. I was at the beach last week and I totally agree with all of these picks!


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