I’ll admit it; I’m a beach baby. Every Summer of my life has been blissfully spent basking in the ocean and sands from south coast beaches to my second home at Bondi. I feel so lucky to have grown up immersed in a beautiful beach culture, and over the years I’ve come to value it’s ever evolving meaning in my life. Even though it’s currently winter here in Australia, that sure didn’t stop me spending the entire week at the beach. So here’s my must have list of essentials for embracing the beach whatever the season, wherever you are! Check out my polyvore collection for more inspiration!
The Actual Bag
Try and opt for something that is both practical and fashionable, durable and stylish. Most practically, you should seek something with a zip to keep the sand out and one that isn’t clear so people can’t be tempted to steal what’s inside.
Protect yourself from chapped lips, stings and chafing with the wonder ointment. Cheap and accessible, it’ll become your new best friend and not just at the beach.
A beach staple, sunglasses are essential for walking and reading in the heat of the day, protecting your eyes from sun and allowing you to bring a bit of style to the sand. You can grab a hat too to top off the look!
A little bit luxurious but a whole lot practical, you can find a variety of these lotions, (I recommend Le Tan if you can find it) get smothered and stay sun safe, and enjoy a delectable smelling and soft moisturising experience in and out of the water. If you find yourself in harsh sun conditions it’s always better safe than sorry, especially with the risks of skin cancer and melanoma.
Perfect for lounging about on the shore lying down or on a chair, going to the beach can be a perfect time to indulge in magazines and small books (especially when you don’t have to be too precious or nervous about sand or water getting on them) and you can simply relax and rejuvenate. I recommend a good glossy or novella. Just make sure you’re not risking it too close to oncoming waves!
Invest in a really nice big beach towel, one that you’re excited to bring with you and you know you’ll enjoy. You can find a whole range of really pretty ones. If I could get anyone I wanted it would definitely be one from Fresco Towels, they are just gorgeous.
Whilst some people believe beaches are best kept phone free zones, I love to bring mine to use for relaxing music (check out our 8tracks for some fresh playlists), keeping track of the time and temperature, and particularly for taking photos (especially when it hits dusk!) Various beaches like Bondi actually have free summer wifi which is wonderful if you need it. It’s also essential if you’re making your way there and back on your own.
No one wants to be lugging around half their fridge or pantry with them at the beach, nor do you want to be keeping wads of cash with you. Within a little purse, pack enough money to maybe buy yourself a coconut juice, yogurt or gelato for a refreshing pick up at nearby cafés or ice-cream shacks on the beach.
Remember to stay hydrated! Even when you’re surrounded by water, it’s good to have a bottle of cold water at hand, or if you’re feeling fruity, freeze a juice popper and bring a spoon to scoop it like a slushie once it’s melted in the sun a bit. It’s not worth risking getting a heatstroke or dehydrated.
Don’t you hate it when you’ve just come out of a wonderful swim but your mouth itself is swimming with salt? Fresh healthy snacks like watermelon, rockmelon and pomegranate pieces are perfect for this occasion! Cut them up at home and pack them in freezer boxes to keep them cool.