Summer Beach Bag Essentials: 12 Must-Haves for a Day of Fun in the Sun

Summer’s here and with it comes trips to the beach or neighborhood pool. When there are children in tow, those trips become more complicated with appetites anticipated and anxiety about excessive sun exposure. From light-weight, absorbent microfiber towels to soothing essential oil-infused after sun skin sprays, here is a round-up of nifty products for those warm weather jaunts:

1. Beach Bag ($9.99)
The Ikea Solur beach bag is reasonably priced and at-the-ready in an assortment of colors. Big enough to pack multiple items and changes of clothing, this tote is lightweight and durable. The detachable zipper-pocket makes it easy to carry cell phone, wallet and keys when running to the snackbar. The beach bag can be purchased on the Ikea website or at an Ikea near you:

Ikea SOLUR Beach Bags
Ikea SOLUR Beach Bags

2. Microfiber Beach Towel ($55)
SolEscapes Travel Lux Microfiber Beach & Pool Towels are 40 x 7 inch towels that are practical and easy to stow. I love the light weight of this product and how absorbent they are without getting heavy. That means less weight in the bag hauled back and forth from the car, less room used up in the bag and best of all, faster drying. Purchase on the SolEscapes website:

SolEscapes Microfiber Beach Towels
SolEscapes Microfiber Beach Towels

3. Zausner Hydrating Mist ($13)
I love this product and keep a year-round supply in my fridge to soothe stressed skin or to spray on kitchen burns. Zausner Hydrating Mist is a sun recovery system for sun-damaged or dehydrated skin. An all-natural, 12 oz. bottle has a delicate, fresh aroma thanks to essential oils like lavender, sesame, geranium, roman chamomile and sandalwood, leaving a cooling, fresh fragrance behind. Natural vitamin E, calendula and French seaweed boost its healing properties and moisturize sun damaged skin. Tip: Leave the spray in a cool beverage cooler for an even more invigorating cool down. The spray is sold at Whole Body stores and is also available on the Solar Recover website:
Save Your Skin

Zausner Solar Recovery Hydrating Mist
Zausner Solar Recovery Hydrating Mist

4. Zausner “Save Your Lips” Lip Balm ($4)
Protect the pucker. The Solar Recovery SPF 16 lip balm glides smoothly over lips to protect them from the harsh UV rays emitted from the sun. Ingredients beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil, calendula, lavender oil, vitamin E and geranium oil. The lip balm is available on the Solar Recover website:

Zausner Save Your Lips SPF 16 Lip Balm
Zausner Save Your Lips SPF 16 Lip Balm

5. COOLA Citrus Mimosa Organic Sun care ($32)
COOLA Sport SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray has an easy spray-on application and is water-resistant to last you the whole day. This 6 fl oz. sunscreen is infused with anti-aging antioxidants and is made with 97% organic inactive ingredients such as Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry extracts, and Red Raspberry Seed oil. It is naturally scented with a subtle sweet orange aroma. The Sunscreen Spray is available on the COOLA website:

Coola Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray
Coola Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray

6. Maui Jim Polarized Sunglasses ($100-$400)
Maui Jim Polarized Plus Lens Technology gives a whole new meaning to eye protection. With various designs to choose from, Maui Jim enables you to pick your favorite frame and match it with your preferred lens. With nine types of polarized lenses, these sunglasses not only block out the sun but are waterproof and oleophobic, which means that they shed water and repel grease. No wonder they are a top choice among surfers. he sunglasses are available to custom build on the Maui Jim website:

Maui Jim "Mavericks" and "Surf Rider" Sunglasses
Maui Jim “Mavericks” and “Surf Rider” Sunglasses

7. Coolibar Women’s Water Jacket ($75)
For a chilly day at the beach or protection while you are on the boat or in the water, Coolibar women’s water jacket offers strong sun protection without the worry of reapplying sunscreen. The jacket is made of suntect fabric, which blocks 98% of harmful UV rays. Chlorine and salt water pose no threat to its ability to block harmful rays. The jacket can be purchased on the Coolibar website:

Coolibar Women's Water Jacket
Coolibar Women’s Water Jacket

8. Alkazone Water ($47.76 for a 24-pack of 23.7-ounce bottles)
Keeping your body hydrated ensures you have energy and keeps your skin healthier. Alkazone antioxidant water is electrolyte enhanced and has a 9.5 pH alkalinity, ideal to keep you truly hydrated and refreshed throughout the day. The water is sodium free and enriched with Selenium which is a natural antioxidant found in blueberries that slows down oxidation. Alkazone can be bought separately or in 12 or 24 packs on their website:

Alkazone Antioxidant Water
Alkazone Antioxidant Water

9. Beach Store Umbrella ($59.95)
The Beach Store umbrella contains a wind vent for those breezy days at the beach and comes with a convenient carrying bag for easy travels and clean up. This eight foot, 20-panel beach umbrella has been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation and provides SPF 100 protection. The umbrella is available on the Beach Store website:

The Beach Store 20 Panel Blue Umbrella
The Beach Store 20 Panel Blue Umbrella

10. Yes To Cucumber Wipes for a Post-Beach Rinse Off ($2.99- $5.99)
Yes To Cucumber facial towelettes are 98% natural and hypoallergenic, ideal for sensitive skin. These oil-free facial wipes are made up of organic cucumbers, aloe vera and green tea to gently remove excess dirt and oil along with sweat and makeup. They offer an easy way to remove excess oil from skin and that streaking mascara from wave riding. The towelettes come in mini and regular size and are available on the Yes To website:

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes
Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

11. Aubrey Swimmer Shampoo and Conditioner ($14.98)
Chlorine, salt and the summer heat can cause hair to become brittle and damaged. Aubrey’s Organic Swimmer’s Normalizing Shampoo is made up of organic rice extract, citric acid, organic shea butter and Aloe Vera to restore moisture balance and help remove chlorine and other chemicals. The Normalizing Conditioner detangles and restores brittle hair with organic Aloe Vera, Jojoboa oil, B vitamins, amino acid complex and horsetail ingredients. This shampoo and conditioner combo with its pH-normalizing ingredients helps to strengthen and protect hair fibers while adding body and softness to the hair. Use it before you get in the car for the drive home to keep chlorine and salt from doing further damage to your locks. The shampoo and conditioner are available in 2 oz, 11 oz and 16 oz sized bottles on the Aubrey-Organics website:

Aubrey Organics Swimmer's Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Aubrey Organics Swimmer’s Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner

12. Healthy Hoohoo Wipes ($13.99)
After a long day in a wet bathing suit, we may not be feeling our freshest. Healthy Hoohoo wipes are a gentle and natural feminine freshen up wipes with a touch of aloe for moisturizing. We like the fact they are paraben and fragrance free, along with being sold in nifty little pouches for easy stow in purse or beach bag. In case you run out of baby wipes, they’ll do gentle double duty on little bottoms. Think of this product as baby wipes, for grown-up gals. 😉
The wipes are available on the Healthy Hoohoo website:

Healthy Hoohoo Single Wipe
Healthy Hoohoo Single Wipe

Nicolette Bussanich, research associate, contributed to this round-up.


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