Summer Lovin’ ~ Beach Bag Essentials

With the heat of summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your beach bag organized. Here’s my list of beach bag essentials you’ll need when sitting poolside or on a sandy beach.

Carry a Cute, Yet Practical Beach Tote – When selecting a beach bag look for one that is big enough all your beach items. I love the chic clear vinyl tote by Trina Turk – it’s waterproof, easy to clean and allows you to view what’s inside. I picked mine up at Bloomingdales – Trina Turk stores are sold out of this bag already!
Pack a Generous Beach Towel – A big, soft towel should be at the top of your beach bag essentials list. Amy Butler is offering several bright and vibrant options this summer with unique seashell green, orange peacock and floral reef designs. Any would make a great companion at the beach or pool. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Throw on a Versatile Cover Up – The right cover up will allow you to transition seamlessly from beach to dinner with friends. The Elina cotton tunic by Lilly Pulitzer gets my vote for it’s flexibility – wear over swim, skinny pants or jeans. Also, it’s colorful, bright pattern is perfect for summer!
Slip on Some Chic Summer Sandals – A fun flip-flop sandal is a must. Lilly Puliter’s McKim pearlized patent sandal in “shorely blue” is one of my favorites. Love the signature metal o-ring detail. I will take them in black too, please.
Protect Your Eyes – No beach bag should be without a pair of sunglasses. I am smitten with Kate Spade’s “Ally” Petite Aviator Sunglasses. Available at Bloomingdales. And be sure to protect your eyewear with a “SPECS” needlepoint glasses case by Jonathan Adler.

Keep Your Hat On – Shade your face from the sun with a hat like the darling “Malibu” Terry Hat from Juicy Couture. Available at Nordstroms.
Toss in Some Sunscreen – Sunscreen is a must for every beach bag. Don’t mess around with sunscreens that include lots of harmful chemicals. My favorite is Lavera’s Sun 40SPF because it is an USDA-certified organic sunscreen free from ingredients we should all avoid, including fragrances, gluten and parabens. Wouldn’t want it any other way.
Keep Hydrated – Fill up a reusable water bottle to pack in your beach bag. I love the Dragonfly water bottle by EarthLust. It is handmade from high quality #304 food grade stainless steel and non-toxic paints – a stylish way to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. Available at Paper Source.
Now, grab your Elle Décor, House Beautiful or book of the week and head out for a day at the beach. What’s a must in your beach bag?
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18 Responses to Summer Lovin’ ~ Beach Bag Essentials

  1. Jess May 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Glad I read this — I've been looking for some bright beach towels! Great find!


  2. Cristin May 14, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    Yes, I have used Lavera Sunscreen and purchased it at Whole Foods… the best, but pricey.

    It was beautiful in SF today too!


  3. Splendid Willow May 14, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    Christin dear, it is hot in Seattle today and I just about to do some research on good high spf sunscreens – and here you serve me something on a plate! Have you tried it? And if – where did you get yours? Whole Foods?

    I will also check out the lovely beach towels!

    ox and happy weekend!


  4. 妍慧 May 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm #


  5. 淑婷RubinB May 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    good~ keep sharing with us, please….I will waiting your up date everyday!! Have a nice day........................................

  6. LindsB May 13, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    cant go wrong with that specs case- love it!

  7. VictoriaArt May 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    Oh, great minds think alike… just a few days ago I bought two lovely beach totes one from B&N and one from OneKingsLane just for the fun of it!

    Can't wait for the heat of summer!

    Great reminders!

  8. Leah May 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Can't wait for it to be warmer outside!

    I will def have to look back on this when I go to the pool!

    Love the SPECS bag!

  9. Cashon&Co May 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    i have wanted those sunglass holders forever.

  10. Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic May 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Great list! Am preparing myself for summer by shacking up bikinis… 😀 Am SOOO ready for the beach!!

    have a fabulous Wednesday!


    ps – we're giving away a full year's subscription to Norwegian Elle Interiør!

  11. Isabella & Max Rooms May 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    This post is torturing me! It is still cool in my area! But love your picks and yes, don't forget the sunscreen…you'll be happy later! Janell

  12. CDS May 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    Being prego this year, i don't think i'll be hitting the beach or pool too often…but I love your recs!

  13. Carly Anne May 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks for the sunscreen recommendation–I've been in the market!


    All this is Grace and Charm

  14. blydesign May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I am more ready for a vacation now then I was before reading this post! Thanks Cristen!

  15. Vanessa May 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Love the beach cover up and can't wait for the warmer weather!

  16. May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Love those sandals, but not the price tag. 🙁 I'll keep my eye out for something similar, because the color is fabulous! I'm headed to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, but it's probably gonna be cold!

  17. Deliciously Organized May 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    Love your list. I can't wait for it to be a warmer!

  18. Averill May 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    I'll take it all! Especially love the Lily Pulitzer tunic and the Adler sunglass case. As for me, my essentials are pretty much the same: sunglasses, book and LOTS of sunscreen.