Somehow I ended up with TWO beach vacations scheduled for the month of May. I was way overdue for some sand between my toes (I couldn’t tell you the last time I even SAW a beach), so I was pretty darn excited.
I’m the type of person who starts mentally packing WEEKS before a trip. I’m always terrified of leaving something important behind or not having enough underwear to get me through. I started a packing list over a month before we were set to leave for the first trip so I had plenty of time to shop for the stuff I was missing!
Here are the 7 things that are bare style essentials for my beach vacations. Add a really good book and I’m ready to go!
The beach is the sort of place where you're in and out of your shoes a lot. I can't stand having anything with buckles that takes more than just a second to slide on or off! Flip flops are acceptable beach footwear but I still prefer something a little nicer looking, like this pretty option with fun metallic detail!
When I go to the beach I like to play in the waves with my boys, which means I need my swimsuit to be securely fastened to my person. I've been on the hunt for a new suit for months and I finally ordered this bikini top from Athleta. I am totally in love! It's super cute and my upper-half stayed safely under wraps even while getting rolled around by some pretty serious waves.
I bought myself a pretty new beach towel on clearance the other day. My husband raised an eyebrow and asked why I needed another beach towel when I had a perfectly serviceable one in the linen closet. I responded, "This one is pretty." I could see him fighting with the wisdom of asking, "Does it matter if your towel is pretty?" Yes, it matters! Also, my new one is HUGE, which is awesome for laying on the beach with my book.
I have light blue eyes and am completely nonfunctional without sunglasses. If you're going to be spending some quality time in the sun, consider going for a larger pair to protect both your eyes and the delicate skin around them. Also, before you pick a pair, make sure they have UVA/UVB protection!