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Beach Bag Essentials: Must Have Items to Take to the Beach this Summer

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When summer approaches, there is no better way to celebrate the season than with a day at the beach. The sun and the sand: What more could you ask for? To make the most of your coastal getaway, be sure to avoid risks like dehydration or sunburn. These beach bag essentials will have you healthy, happy, comfortable and ready to make the most of a day at the beach!

The Perfect Hat
Keep the sun out of your face thanks to a hat that looks great on the beach. Playing beach volleyball? A simple cap will do. Opting for coastal chic? Try a woven cowboy hat for a funky look.

Whether you like a traditional sunscreen, a spray or a wipe, don't leave home without sun protection! When you're packing the perfect beach bag, sunscreen should be the first item on your list. Even if you put sunscreen on before you left the house, make sure to reapply often at the beach, especially if you're sweating or swimming in the ocean.

A Lightweight Cover Up
From the car to the sand, or the water to the beachfront bar, you might want a lightweight cover up to toss on over your swimsuit. This could be a simple shift dress or a trendy kimono-style wrap, depending on your personal style and preference.

Portable Shade
Don't throw shade - get underneath it! Something you shouldn't forget on your beach essentials list is some kind of portable shade. A tent or a beach umbrella can both be great options.

Plenty of Hydration
The last thing you want on your beach day is to leave early because of dehydration. Bring along plenty of cold water, and invest in a chilled bottle that will keep your liquids deliciously cool all day long.

Healthy Snacks
Of course you want snacks for the beach, but you don't want an unhealthy sugar bomb or something that will melt in the sun, either. The perfect solution is WOLO WanderBar Protein Bars, which are loaded with 15 grams of protein but also low sugar and gluten free.

Tote Bag
As you pick out beach bag items, don't forget the bag itself. A tote bag is ideal, because it is roomy enough for bigger items. Skip the purses and handbags, which can get damaged in the water or the sand.

Lip Balm
Most people remember to bring along sunscreen to protect their skin, but the skin on your lips is just as prone to damage from the sun. Bring along a lip balm, preferably with SPF added, to protect your lips.

Empty Plastic Bag
Need somewhere to put your wet bathing suit on the drive home? An empty plastic bag is perfect, not to mention free.

A Beach Read
Don't head to the beach without the perfect book to keep you busy while you soak up the sun. A paperback romance might be your cup of tea, but a waterproof e-reader can give you even more reading choices for your day at the beach.

Beach Towel
Don't just pack up your normal bathroom towel for the beach. Instead, grab an oversized towel that you can spread out on the sand, or opt for a quick-drying microfiber towel if you're trying to save space.

Too many ultraviolet rays from the sun can do serious damage to your eyes. Avoid that risk altogether by bringing along a pair of sunglasses.

Dry Bag
Some people say to leave electronics at home when you're at the beach, but then how could you get the ultimate beach selfie? Instead, keep your phone safe with a waterproof dry bag. These are affordable, lightweight and well worth the cost if they keep your electronics dry.

Wet Wipes
The sand is an integral part of the beach experience, but it doesn't feel so great when it is stuck to your skin. Clean yourself off quickly at the beach with some wet wipes. When you don't have time to hit the showers, wet wipes are the next best thing, and they fit neatly right into your beach bag.

Beach Toys
Who says beach toys are just for kids? Whether or you're hitting up the beach with little ones or not, a few beach accessories can be a blast. Pack an inflatable float for ocean lounging, or master the ultimate sandcastle with a bucket and spade. These toys are cheap, but they will definitely upgrade your beach experience!

Now you know exactly what to take to the beach for a day, you're ready to make a splash. Armed with these supplies, you'll have the time of your life this summer.

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