Beach bag essentials: Here’s what to pack

Whether it’s freshwater or saltwater, spending time at the beach can be the secret ingredient to a perfect summer day.

Getting outside, soaking up the sunshine, playing in the water—add in a refreshing breeze, and it doesn’t get much better.

To make the most of this summertime fun, you’ll want to keep a beach bag packed and ready. That way, when the forecast says it’s a beach day, you can grab it and go. Here’s what you should include.

Sun protection for skin, hair

Soaking up the sun can feel so good, but overexposure can leave your skin feeling dry and looking damaged. Make sure to pack protection for your most sensitive areas.

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30. Try something like essentials by Artistry™ Multi-Protect Lotion SPF 30. It creates a protective barrier with zinc oxide, but at the same time helps nourish and hydrate your skin with coconut water and African watermelon.

If you want something with more protection, try Artistry Ideal Radiance™ UV Protect SPF 50+. Consider it a dose of prevention: It helps protects your skin from the sun while helping to keep discoloration and dark spots caused by harmful UV exposure from appearing.


Three young people walk on the beach wrapped in towels and carrying an inner tube, beach bag and other belongings.

The same prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays that can damage your skin can hurt your eyes and hair, too. Make sure you’ve got a good pair of sunglasses in your beach bag. Pick a type that will block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays, and keep your favorite beach hat right next to the bag to protect your lovely locks, too.

No hat? Try Satinique™ Dual Defend Spray. It shields hair from the sun’s damaging rays, leaving it hydrated, shiny and stronger.

Beach snacks

No beach day is complete without snacks and sustenance. With a little planning, there’s no need to stop for fast food on your way to the water. Small snacks like nuts, dried fruit, trail mix and pretzels can be easily stashed in a beach bag.

Trying to watch what you eat? BodyKey™ snacks are portion controlled and just as easy to toss in, including BodyKey™ Slim Popcorn with sea salt or BodyKey™ Whole Grain Tortilla Chips. BodyKey™ Meal Bars also make it easy to stay fueled without having to pack a lot of food.

Stay hydrated

You need to drink even more on days when you’re extra active or sweating in the sun.

Fill several bottles with water to avoid paying premium at the beach concession stand. And pack your own mix-ins, like XS™ CocoWater or XS™ Sports Twist Tubes, to get your hydration and great flavor, too.

Disposable wipes make cleanup easy

Messes on the beach are extra inconvenient. Keeping a portable pack of wipes, like Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-Purpose Wipes, makes it easy to keep things tidy.

Make sure you have a bag to collect all waste in before you leave. It will be simple to drop it in a trash can on your way out.

Two women running on the beach carrying beach bags with everything they need.

The beach essentials

Of course, you can’t forget the basics: A blanket to camp out on, a big beach towel, your swimsuit and favorite beach sandals can all be tossed in your beach bag ahead of time, as well as your favorite beach reading material. Pick up a pair of earbuds you keep just for the beach, too, in case you end up near some noisy neighbors.

While they might not fit in your bag, you can store a beach chair, umbrella and cooler in your car during beach season, so they are always at the ready.

Get the products and get going

Whatever beach escape you choose, you’ll get there faster when your beach bag is packed and ready when you are.

Want to learn more about the products mentioned here? Visit the websites for Amway US or Amway Canada.

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