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Compact Summer Essentials That Fit Inside Your Beach Bag

Are you planning a trip to the beach this summer? Before you head out to enjoy the sand and surf you’ll need to gather your sunny day essentials in an extra large tote bag. If you want to maximize space and limit the number of trips to and from the car you’ll need to come up with a list of compact, lightweight items that are easy to carry. If you aren’t sure how to cram everything into one bag we’re here to help. The list below will provide you with functional streamlined necessities.

Water-Resistant Blanket

Nothing ruins a trip to the beach faster than a super wet blanket covered in sand. This summer skip those extra large beach towels in favor of a water-resistant blanket that won’t soak up all the seawater. Unlike beach towels that tend to be extremely bulky and heavy most water-resistant blankets are lightweight and easy to carry. The Outdoor Water Repellent Montauk Travel Throw Blanket comes with an easy to carry padded shoulder strap. This blanket can easily fit up to four seated adults.

Quick-Dry Beach Towels

Even if you bring a blanket to the beach you’ll still need to towel off from time to time. This summer skip those big, bulky beach towels in favor of quick-drying microfiber ones. Dock & Bay microfiber towels are constructed of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide mix. They are thinner than traditional towels, smooth to the touch and extremely lightweight. They are compact, which helps you save space in your beach bag, but most importantly they are also super absorbent. You can find these towels in six different colors and multiple sizes and shapes.


When it comes to sunscreen there are literally hundreds of options to choose from and while protection from the sun is an important aspect of choosing a brand there are other factors to consider including whether or not the product is biodegradable and waterproof for an extended period of time. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen fits both of those bills. It also doesn’t contain oxybenzone, which is known to destroy coral reefs.

SPF Lip Balm

Sunscreen protects your skin from those harmful UV rays, but before you grab your bag and head out the door don’t forget to pack SPF lip balm to protect your lips. You can find a wide variety of lip balms containing SPF protection. Some will hydrate, soften, highlight and can even provide a subtle shade of color to your lips. The Liplux SPF 30 Original product from Coola will moisturize and protect your lips while soothing and nourishing them. This product is hypoallergenic, 70%+ certified organic and made with natural food grade ingredients. You can find Coola at Ulta.

Waterproof Phone Case

Most of us carry our phones with us wherever we go, which means your cell phone is likely to tag along to the beach with you. To make sure your phone stays high and dry consider purchasing a universal waterproof case to store it in. JOTO makes a cellphone dry bag pouch that fits just about every type of cell phone that exists. Place your phone inside the bag then snap and lock it into place. It will stay clean, dry and sand-free.

Bottled Water

In the summer a day at the beach is bound to leave you quite hot and thirsty. Make sure you bring along at least one or two bottles of water per person. Reusable water bottles are the best option and a double-walled vacuum insulated bottle like the one from Klean Kanteen will keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours. This bottle is available in eight different colors, so it might be wise to assign each of your family members a different color so they always know which one to drink from. You can find a variety of Klean Kanteen bottles at


If you plan to go to the beach for an extended period of time it’s a good idea to bring snacks. Pack items that can withstand the heat and are unlikely to melt from a day in the sun. This list might include nuts, dried fruit, apples and sandwiches that don’t require refrigeration. Think peanut butter and jelly, not tuna fish or chicken salad.