The key to the perfect day at the beach is to pack the perfect bag. And as any active woman knows, the bag’s got to be outfitted to carry food, games, and fun. Girls Gone Sporty searched high and low to find 10 perfect items to stuff in your beach bag… including the perfect bag to carry the stuff.
Bonus! We’re giving away a bag and a towel to get you started! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter to win.
1. 6 Pack Fitness Camille Tote, $90
A perfect day at the beach starts with the perfect bag, and there’s no better bag than the 6 Pack Fitness Camille Tote. This bag is genius. In addition to a spacious interior, five interior pockets and one exterior pocket, the bag also has a built-in cooler that’s accessible from the side, opening up to display the “six pack” – a storage area that holds four food containers and two freezer packs. This means that in addition to packing up all your beach must-haves, you can carry up to four meals with you, keeping them cool, organized, and easily accessible throughout the day.
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2. BOOM SWIMMER Speaker, $60
You need to take your jams with you to the beach, but you don’t want to ruin your phone or speakers in the process. The BOOM SWIMMER Speaker is the perfect solution. This adorable waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof speaker is Bluetooth enabled for easy listening. Leave your phone tucked safely in your bag, sync up the speaker, and let your tunes play. Plus, the flexible tail wraps around your beach bag handle, so you don’t even have to store it inside.
3. Kindle Paperwhite, $119
Stop carrying bulky books with you to the beach! When it’s time for a little R&R, pull the newly updated Kindle Paperwhite from your bag to access whatever books you please. The Paperwhite weighs in at only 7.3 ounces, and is a razor thin .36″ wide, taking up almost no space at all. The Paperwhite is also designed to read like paper – there’s no glare in bright sunlight, the whites are whiter, the blacks are blacker – so it’s easy to read wherever you are. The built-in light even makes it possible to read easily at night without eyestrain.
Upgrade to the new Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 per month to instantly access more than 600,000 titles. If you know you’ve got a beach vacation coming up, you can even use the free 30-day trial to test out the service while devouring all the books you’ve been dying to read.
Paddle ball is by far my favorite beach game – it’s fun, challenging, and takes no prior knowledge or skill. Plus, the paddles and balls are easy to pack and store, requiring little room in your bag. This “Paddle Your Own Canoe” set has the perfect, beachy vibe. Take it with you, and when you need a little break from the water, enlist a friend to hit the ball around.
5. Roxy Love Seeker Romper, $48
Finding the right coverup can be tricky. You want something that’s casual and cute, that stays put no matter what you’re doing, and can even transition to a walk on the boardwalk. The Roxy Love Seeker Romper is the perfect fit. This black, mesh romper offers a peek of what you’re wearing underneath, but doesn’t give away the whole package. The shorts make it practical for active pursuits, but the cut and style make it cute enough for dinner on the shore. Pair it with the Indosole Ikhannas and the Paula Bianco scarf for the perfect beach-chic look.
You know you need to protect your skin from UV rays, but do you really want to do it by layering on sunscreens packed with chemicals? Go the all-natural route with this non-oily, all-natural sunscreen from California Naturel. Not only is it full-spectrum to protect from UVA and UVB rays, but it’s packed with antioxidants, such as shea butter and pomegranate extract, to increase skin hydration and reduce sun damage. Plus, it has a fresh, almost minty scent, so you’re not left smelling “sunscreeny” throughout the day.
7. Indosole Ikhanna, $50
A beach trip isn’t a beach trip without a great sandal, but why settle for a cheap thong from Walmart? A shoe like that is really only suitable for the beach, and will end up hurting your feet. Instead, grab the Indosole Ikhanna as the perfect transitional sandal. It’s casual enough for the beach, but can be dressed up for dinner or a relaxed evening out. The best part is that the soles are made for walking – they’re designed with an EVA foam footbed wrapped in vegan suede. So grab a pair and get stepping!
8. Findikli Design Anatolia Towel, $28
Here’s the problem with most beach towels: They’re giant, hard to pack, and take forever to dry out. The Findikli Design towels are different. They’re made with Turkish Peshtemal, a fabric that’s thin, absorbent, quick-drying, and actually gets softer with each wash. They’re also 10-inches bigger than most beach towels (but take up much less space), and don’t pick up sand the way terry fabric does. They come in many beautiful colors and designs, but we love the beachy feel of the Anatolia towels in lime green and turquoise.
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Enjoy the rays without squinting your eyes! The Sunpocket sunglasses are one of the coolest inventions I’ve ever seen. In addition to being 100% UV protective, cute, and virtually unbreakable (made with a polycarbonate lens), they fold down at the bridge of the nose into a tiny package that takes up less space than your traditional shades. Plus, the company was inspired by the ski and surf lifestyle, so you know the sunglasses are suitable for the active beach-goer.
When the sun starts to set and the wind starts blowing in off the water, the temperature can cool down quick. Plan ahead by packing a lightweight scarf in your beach bag. The infinity scarves by Paula Bianco are thin enough to easily pack away, but soft and warm enough to guard you from the evening’s chill. Paula Bianco scarves are also favorites of celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker and the Kardashian sisters, so you know they’re chic enough to take you from the beach to the boardwalk in style. The scarves come in many colors and styles, but we’re fans of the light grays and creams for summertime.
Get started with a giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a 6 Pack Fitness Camille Tote and a Findikli Design towel for her next beach getaway. Enter below for your chance to win!