Packing for the beach can seem like a struggle. You need to remember items for the whole family, and forgetting the sun protection can ruin your whole day. That’s why we’ve created this handy-dandy checklist of things you should never forget when packing for the beach. Just go down the list, and you’ll never leave the beach looking like a lobster.
It’s a given that you need sunscreen, but have you packed enough? If you’re using a lotion, you need to squirt out the amount that would fill a shot glass to properly cover your skin.
Plus, you need to reapply every 2 hours (or after swimming or sweating). If you’re heading out with the whole family, you might need more than one bottle. Yes, we’re serious!
Pack extras so that you don’t run out and have to cut your beach trip short. Don’t forget a good lip balm with SPF!
One way to extend your sunscreen is to wear sun protective clothing. A long-sleeved rashguard covers those easy-to-miss spots, like between your shoulder blades, your elbows and the area under your arms.
Luckily, we have rashguards for women, rashguards for men and rashguards for boys, girls and infants, so you don’t have to put up with your struggling toddler while you’re trying to smear them in sunscreen every 2 hours. (Of course, you’ll still need to apply sunscreen to the exposed areas, but you’ll save a lot of time and headache if you wear sun protective clothing).
Have you ever gotten a painful sunburn behind your knees? That’s one of the most commonly missed spots when people are out in the sun.
Prevent that from happening by wearing beach pants. You can get our swim leggings and beach pants wet, and they’ll keep you cozy when the breeze picks up. Plus, you’ll look super stylish when you’re heading to and from the beach. You won’t even have to change when you go out for a sunset cocktail.
A cooler is handy for drinks and snacks, of course. It’s also a great place to stash your sunscreen.
Did you know that sunscreen deteriorates at high temperatures? If you leave the bottle of sunscreen to bake in the sun on your beach towel, the UV-absorbing chemicals in the bottle will break down and do nothing more than moisturize your skin when you slather it on. The ideal temperature for sunscreen is less than 77 degrees Fahrenheit, according to The Derm Blog.
The Scout Cooler Bag in our Moroccan Tile print doesn’t take up a lot of space and matches with the rest of your Cabana Life gear.
Hydrating is key when you’re outside in hot weather. Make sure that you bring enough water for everyone. One way to ensure that you bring plenty of water without cramming the cooler is to freeze disposable water bottles the night before. Toss them all into a sturdy tote along with a couple of refrigerated bottles, and they’ll thaw out throughout the day.
A floppy hat gives you added protection from the sun. UV rays can still reflect off the sand and water, so you’ll need to use sunscreen on your face and neck too. The hat gives you added shade and peace of mind. You’ll thank us for this tip when you rock fewer wrinkles as you age.
There are so many quick and easy options for shade at the beach nowadays. A sturdy umbrella (with a sand screw at the bottom to prevent it from toppling over in the wind) is lightweight and practical.
Easy-up shelters can give you a wider range of protection, especially when you’ve got the whole family with you. Plus, they give you a cool place to hide out from the heat. Easy Go and Cool Cabanas are just as streamlined as an umbrella but toss down much more shade.
You might not have thought to tote along some resealable plastic bags. These come in handy for protecting your phone or camera. They can also be used to transport wet items. You can also use them to portion out snacks for the kids so they don’t stick their handy hands right into the family-sized bag of chips.
A few large beach bags can help you keep towels, sand toys and other accessories organized.
There you have it! The 7 things you should never forget when packing for the beach. Of course, you probably want to toss in your sunglasses (your eyes need UV protection too!) and a good book. Bring sand toys and snacks for the kids. Don’t forget a soft fleece blanket for those cooler days. It doubles as a towel but is much cozier to snuggle up in.