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Summer Beach Bag Essentials

A successful day at the beach starts with a well packed beach bag. Here's what we're carrying in our tote this summer...

1. Mineral Sunscreen


Badger suntan lotion SPF 35 tube standing in sand on beach


First thing's first, sunscreen is a non-negotiable before a day at the beach, or any day for that matter! Opt for reef-friendly options containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and steer away from ones containing oxybenzone and octinoxate (these chemicals are a huge factor in the bleaching and damaging of coral reefs).

Zinc sunscreens tend to be thick and goopy, and we're still on the hunt for the perfect one. Coola Full Spectrum 360° Mineral Face Sunscreen, Kinship Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen, and Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Spray all get good reviews and are next on our list to try. 

2. Baggu Reusable Tote
Baggu reusable shopping bag with grapefruit design
A tote within a tote may sound like over-kill, but Baggu's reusable bags are extra compact and hold "2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff." Take it anywhere and everywhere and politely decline a bag in the check-out line. 

3. S'Well Original Water Bottle


S'Well  reusable canteen water bottle in beach bag with blue striped beach towel


Ditch single-use plastic water bottles and opt for a stylish canteen instead like this one from S'Well. The 25oz size "keeps drinks cold for 54 hours or hot for 26" and there are tons of color and pattern options for everyone. 


4. Burt's Bees Lip Balm SPF 15


Burt's Bees SPF 15 all-weather lip balm


Keep sunburnt lips at bay and make sure to use a chapstick with SPF. Burt's Bee's is sold in most pharmacies and with a price tag of around $4, you can't go wrong.


5. Fair Seas Supply Co. Organic Turkish Towel


Fair Seas Supply Co. quick drying towel with gold and white stripes and fringe


This lightweight, quick-drying towel from Fair Seas Supply Co. won't take up much space in your bag and is great to travel with. It's made from organic cotton grown near the Aegean Sea and can also double as a bath towel or a picnic blanket.


6. Phlur S.C. 59 Eau de Parfum


Phlur non-toxic perfume sample bottles with blue sky and clouds in background


There's nothing better than scents that remind us of summer. Phlur's S.C. 59 is "inspired by the bold and daring surf clubs of the 1950's" and "a warm and modern twist on the classic surf scent". They offer a sample pack of 3 scents for $18-perfect to toss in your beach bag n' go.

7. Oversized Straw Beach Hat


Cuyana straw hat with black ribbon with Hello Summer printed on rim


An over-sized beach hat is both practical and chic. We bought the one pictured above in Greece last year but this one from Cuyana is super cute and made sustainably. It's hand-woven in Ecuador from Toquilla straw- "a renewable resource made from young Toquilla palm fronds that are harvested without harming the main tree". 


 & more must have's..

Corksicle Tote Bag Cooler - An insulated tote that "holds 24 cans or 16 cans and 2 wine bottles" and is made from vegan leather? Yes please! 

Wear a Crown Wander Wet Bag- Perfect to throw your wet bikini in to keep it separate from your dry stuff. Machine washable and made in CA. 

Sandcloud Wanderlust XL Towel- Pre-order only due to high demand; dries 3x faster than regular towels and spans 62"x76".

Anything that you can't leave the house without before heading to the beach? Let us know in the comments!

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