Beach Bag Essentials

Beach Bag Essentials |

Tomorrow Isaac and I will begin our road trip to Florida for our quick anniversary beach trip, and I am so excited! I can’t believe we have been married for almost a year (our anniversary is on Monday), and I couldn’t think of a better place to spend our anniversary than soaking up the Florida sun on the white sand beach. I still haven’t packed, but that is on my to do list today… Along with about five thousand other things I’ve been putting off this week! I did manage, however, to get my beach gear in order (because that’s what really matters, right?). So today, before I head off on my trip, I want to share some of my favorite beach bag essentials! 

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Beach Bag Essentials |

Beach Bag Essentials

1. Beach BagI know this is a no-brainer, but choosing the right beach bag is so important! You need to find one that will work for you and what you are planning on bringing with you. You don’t want to lug around a jumbo bag full of things you’ll never need, but you also don’t want to bring a tiny bag you can’t fit anything in. I love mine, because it’s the perfect size for what I need to bring, and it’s canvas, so I don’t care if it gets sandy or wet because I can just throw it in the wash with everything else.

2. Beach Towel: You can find these bad boys are everywhere right now! My two suggestions are to get one that is long enough to lay down on when you’re on the beach, and to splurge and get one that will last. I still have a beach towel from when I was in high school, and we use it all the time. It’s totally worth the initial investment! 

3. Cover Up or Sarong: There are so many ways to cover up when you’re walking to and from the beach. My favorites are using a kimono or sarong. I have bought almost all of my kimonos on Amazon (they are so cheap y’all!). They are perfect for wearing to the pool or beach, and also work great with dresses and tank tops during the work week. I’ve had my sarong since the 5th grade (I can’t believe I’ve been able to  keep up with it for so many years), and I absolutely love it. When I wear it, I wrap two corners around my neck and tie it in the back. It’s super cute, and covers up so well! 

4. Sunscreen: When I was younger, I used to hate putting on sunscreen, because I didn’t like the smell or feeling of it on my skin. However, I was a good little girl and I diligently applied it every so often like I was supposed to. Now that I’m older, I understand the importance of taking care of my skin, and I make sure to wear it every time I go to the pool or beach. I love my Hawaiian Tropic Sport Sunscreen, because it smells amazing, and stays on even when you sweat or swim. Perfect for the beach! 

5. Sun Hat: I used to make fun of my mom for wearing floppy sun hats, but now here I am telling you how much I love them! They are perfect for the beach, because they provide the shade you need on your face and shoulders, and help keep you cool in the hot summer’s sun. 

6. Sunglasses: 
Because it’s sunny. And bright. And you need to protect your eyes. ‘Nuff said.

7. Waterbottle: 
I received my S’well bottle as a bridesmaid gift in December, and I use it all the time! It keeps your cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. It’s a great bottle to bring to the beach, because you don’t have to worry about the ice melting and you can enjoy your cool drink all day. 

8. Healthy Snacks: I hate when I feel bloated and gross when I’m wearing a swimsuit. That’s why I try to bring lots of healthy snacks with us to eat when we’re at the beach. For this trip, I’m packing KIND bars, Lara bars, baby carrots,  popcorn and cracker chips. 

9. Lip Balm and Lotion: I don’t go anywhere without my EOS lip balm and lotion. I love the mint flavor, because it’s so bright and fresh, and the lotion is super creamy and smells amazing. It keeps your lips and hands feeling soft and moisturized, which is essential when dealing with salt water drying everything out. 

10. Book: Because who doesn’t love reading a good book when they’re at the beach? I’m currently reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, which is about instilling a love for reading your students. I just started it, but so far it’s amazing!  I’m also reading Frozen in Time, by Mitchell Zuckoff, which is a story about a plane that crash landed in Greenland during WW2 and the epic story of survival that followed. It’s pretty intense and interesting! My Nook GlowLight is great for reading outside, because it’s waterproof, helps reduce the glare, and the paper-like look is amazing. 

What are your favorite beach bag essentials? 

Keep up with our road trip fun and shenanigans on Instagram @happilythehicks and Snapchat @rsuehicks! 


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  1. Lauren @theSCOOPmama

    July 15th, 2016 at 6:36 am

    YES! The Yeti cup is essential for any long day out in the sun. And my 8 month old just broke my sunglasses so I’m in desperate need of new ones. I’ll have to check out your recommendations for sure! Love it!

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Great! I hope you find some. I can’t live without sunglasses!

  3. Jessica McAlexander

    July 15th, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Great list! The beach is my happy place :) Another essential for me is lip balm with SPF in it too.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:55 am

    YES! I hate when my lips are sunburnt.

  5. Jessica Bradshaw

    July 15th, 2016 at 8:29 am

    We have very similar things in our beach bags. I LOVE your bag and the ones you picked out. So cute!!

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Thanks girl!! I’ll have to check your post out now :)

  7. Charlotte

    July 15th, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Amazing list–totally agree re: beach bag and sturdy beach towel. They are worth the $$!! I have a very heavy beach bag that is so cute but it never comes with me for that reason, who wants to lug that around on a hot day??

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I know, right?! I end up stuffing it WAY too full with stuff I’ll never need. I like having a smaller bag for that reason!

  9. Brittany

    July 15th, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I haven’t been to the beach in forever and I’m finally going this year. I have so many of these items on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Yay!! I hope you have fun on your trip. We had a blast :)

  11. Katie Arnold

    July 15th, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This really makes me want to hit up the beach now! :)
    Also, I need to figure out how you did the Amazon lists like that… I like it!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Katie! It’s a new feature from Amazon Associates called “Native Shopping Ads”. You can use ones they recommend or build your own like I did!

  13. Nellwyn

    July 15th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I always forget to pack a hat! Definitely need to pick one up before my trip to the coast!

    Nellwyn |

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Yes!! Hats are a must. I hate having a sunburnt scalp haha

  15. The Cuteness

    July 15th, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    These are all awesome picks, and I agree! We’ve been spending tons of time at the beach this Summer!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:58 am

    How fun!! We loved the beach, and I only wish we lived closer to the coast.

  17. Karin Rambo

    July 15th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Have fun on your trip! I wish we were heading out on a vacation, but there was no opportunity to take one this summer. We’ll live vicariously through you!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Thank you Karen! We had so much fun. I’ll be posting about it soon, so keep an eye out for it!

  19. Susannah

    July 15th, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Wonderful picks! Have a great trip! <3

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Thanks Susannah! :)

  21. Jessica Hughes

    July 16th, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Great picks…makes me want to go to the beach!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Thanks Jessica! We had a really good time :)

  23. Sue Colerick

    July 17th, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Fantastic list of beach items! I love the nautical striped beach bags, which are a must have.

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Thank you Sue! I love all things nautical when we go to the beach. It’s definitely a must have on my list!

  25. Neely

    July 17th, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    We have a lot of the same essentials. I hvae a post like this later this week!

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 11:00 am

    How funny!! Great minds think alike, I guess. I’ll have to go read it :)

  27. leah herring

    July 17th, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Love all of those totes, such great choices!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Thanks Leah! I definitely have a tote bag problem.

  29. Jenny

    July 17th, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Love it all! I can’t wait to head to the beach.

    xoxo, Jenny

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I hope you have fun! :)

  31. Sarah Jean

    July 25th, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    ooh getting that large floppy hat!

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I'm a sinner saved by grace who loves staying active and eating healthy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Isaac, and I'm mama to James and an adorable puppy named Lillie.

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