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Summer has officially started, and with it comes long, relaxing days at the beach! I could spend every day at the beach for the rest of my life and have no complaints. Whether it’s the ocean or a lake, there is something so peaceful about relaxing by the water and enjoying time with family and friends. There are a few essentials that are always in my beach bag, and I thought I would share them with you!

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A bathing suit is a no brainer, but I still had to include it in my list. Target has so many cute ones for an affordable price. I love mixing and matching different tops with bottoms and get so excited when I find a cute combination. Also a must for the beach is a pair of flip flops; they’re so easy to slip on and off once your toes have been in the sand!

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You’re going to be in your bare feet a lot when you’re on the beach, so I think it’s nice to paint a fun pop of color on your toenails. Essie always comes out with the best colors for summer that will last way past your weeklong beach vacation.

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Essential to any beach bag is a pair of sunglasses. I got mine from Forever 21 for $5, but Target, Charlotte Russe, and Marshalls all have cute pairs for an affordable price. I have yet to splurge on a designer pair of sunglasses as I’m afraid I’ll break or lose them.

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Staying hydrated is so important, especially in the summer when you’re running around all day in the sun. A reusable water bottle is a great idea, as they usually hold more water than a plastic one, and are much better for the environment. Another thing that’s necessary for any day on the beach is sunblock. Sunblock can be pricy, so I normally stick to store brands, as they do the same thing as a name brand sunblock would. Make sure to reapply regularly! And don’t forget a lip balm with spf in it to protect your lips. A lot of brands make them, but my favorite is the lemon flavor from eos.

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I don’t like using the same sunblock on my face as I do on my body, as a have very sensitive skin. Right now I’m loving Olay’s all day moisturizer with SPF 15 for sensitive skin. I wear this every day in the summer because it’s so light and non-greasy. The last thing in my beach bag is a body spray. You never know where your friends might want to go after stepping off of the sand, and a shower might not be an option for a while. I’m not saying body spray is a substitute for good hygiene, but it’s nice to freshen up a bit.

Let me know what you put in your beach bag, and happy summer!

xoxo,

Audrey

 

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Cool, have a nice day.

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