Beach Bag Essentials

Summer means beach trips, and when you’re preparing your beach bag, it’s easy to forget a thing or two.

If you live near the beach, I envy you. But if you’re like me, you only get to venture out to the coast once or twice a year, and packing your beach bag for the day can be daunting. Your mind can just go blank. More often than not, you arrive, lay out your blanket and get a sinking feeling – you forgot something.

Never fear: ELYSIAN is on the case. We’ve crafted the perfect checklist to ensure that you’re ready and well-prepared to enjoy a day at the seaside. And it’s not just sunscreen and towels that you’ll need – we’ve added a few beachside luxuries to improve your excursion and make you the expert beach goer.

Beach Blanket

This blanket from Nikiani is an absolute must-have. Think about it: how many times have you laid out a beach blanket only to have a gust of wind force you to scramble to weigh it down with a shoe, a cooler, anything. This Hail Mary beach blanket is waterproof and stays anchored via weighted pouches at its corners. Boom, problem solved.

Nikiani Large Weighted Waterproof Blanket


A big, colorful umbrella is probably the most recognizable symbol of a seaside sojourn. You can always go with the classic rainbow model (or one in a classier blue), but depending on how you like to lounge, you can also go with the Sportbrella – perfect for naps – or an EasyGo Cabana to provide shade for you and the whole family.

MAISCENT Beach Umbrella

EasyGo Cabana

Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather Umbrella

Beach Chairs

No wants to spend the day laying in the sand – a reclining chair with attached pillow is a much more comfortable option. Or if you enjoy laying out, try this Beachcomber mat with reclining backrest.

Picnic Time Monaco Beach Chair

Picnic Time ‘Beachcomber’ Beach Mat

All-Terrain Cart

An all-terrain cart is a lifesaver when trekking from the car to the shoreline. No one wants to lug all of it by hand. Umbrella, towels, chairs – even if you’re with a posse, it’s hard to navigate the sun-heated sand with your hands full. Try this Wagon Beach Cart from Mac Sports to alleviate your load. (It even folds down to only ten inches thick when you’re finished unloading.)

Mac Sports Wagon Beach Cart

A Good Book

The beach is the perfect place to settle down with a good novel. The wind, the waves, the sun – prime elements to help transport you to a faraway place. Read ELYSIAN’s list of the 10 Best Beach Reads for the summer.

Sun Protection

The beach wouldn’t be the beach without that ever-satisfying scent of sunblock (and yes, the sun protection it provides). Instead of your run-of-the-mill drugstore brand for your face, try this Bienfiat UV cream from Lancôme. It doesn’t clog pores, dries quickly without greasy film and can be used on the most sensitive of skin. For the whole body, try a continuous spray like Kiss My Face, which has the added bonus of being organic, cruelty-free and water-resistant. And last but not least, it’s also a good idea to protect your scalp and hair with this sunscreen care oil from Clarin. Don’t worry – it won’t leave your locks feeling slimy.

Lancôme BIENFAIT UV Facial Sunscreen

Kiss My Face Organics Mineral Sunscreen

Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil for Skin & Hair

Waterproof Pouch

A waterproof pouch is a must-have for any getaway that involves sand, swimming and the spray of the ocean. Store your phone, keys and even your book in this handy pouch from Blue Sky. It has a strap to be worn as a fanny pack (or a not-so-trendy purse) when you take long walks down the each. If you’re the kind of person to have your phone constantly under your thumb, try a pouch made specifically for your phone, and take some selfies beneath the waves!

blue sky BASICS Waterproof Pouch

Sylris Universal Waterproof Case

Waterside Tunes

Music on the beach is a must-have to keep the party going, and this speaker from Altec Lansing has all the specifications for the ultimate beach speaker. It’s waterproof, shockproof and the rubberized case makes it buoyant in water. It has a 16-hour battery life and can act as a charging port for your other devices – a lifesaver when you’re far away from an electrical outlet.

Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket Waterproof Speaker

Sand Remover

Now, this is a product that changed everything I ever knew about beach trips – sand-coated ankles, bring home half the beach in the floorboard of your car. Beach Behind changes all of that. This handy powder easily removes sand from the skin and leaves you feeling fresh and smooth – and you won’t track the dunes home with you.

Beach Behind Sand Remover

Beach Toiletries

Finally, you want to make sure that you’re prepared to take care of yourself and your skin. Don’t forget basic things like lip balm with sun protection (we like this balm from Bobbi Brown) and an after-sun lotion to rejuvenate after a day of soaking up Vitamin D. (You can even get some leave-in conditioner to rehydrate and restore shine to your beachy locks.)

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15

MOROCCANOIL After-Sun Milk Body Lotion

Sachajuan Hair After the Sun

And last but not least, we recommend carrying a travel-sized tube of mascara and some deodorant wipes. Once freshened up, you’re ready to go straight from the beach chair to the pier for a seaside dinner.


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