(+ Sunburn Tips!)
If you keep up with me on social media (if not you definitely should!), you probably noticed I was in Florida late last week for my fiancé‘s cousin’s wedding. Quite the mouthful, I know! I had a wonderful time, and it was fun catching up with my fiancé‘s side of the family. Plus, my fiancé and I got to take a few post-ceremony pictures, which are always fun. We always seem to forget to take pictures when we’re dressed up!
Obviously while we were in FL, we headed out to the beach to soak up the sun. While I might have soaked up a little too much of said sun (if you saw my Instagram story you know what I mean), at least I waited until after the wedding to do it! Being pale AF, I generally avoid the sun as much as I can.
Despite slathering myself in ALL THE SUNSCREEN, I still managed to get burnt – and I mean BURNT. Like “my entire right side still hurts after several days” burnt. But thankfully I have a few tricks up my sleeve to fade that sunburn quick and prevent gross peeling! More on that later…
But if you’re like me and don’t get the chance to hit up the beach very often, either because of where you live or your lily-white complexion, then you might forget a few essential things! So without further delay, here’s my list of beach essentials!
One of those super obvious things that are so easy to forget at home. Do yourself a favor and make it the first thing you put in your beach bag! I like to apply a spray-version before heading to the beach before it soaks in, then applying an actual lotion once I get to the beach. I find that with it usually being a little windy on the beach itself, the sprays don’t do as good of a job actually getting the sunscreen on you. As much as I hate applying lotion, at least I know it made it on my skin. And don’t forget to re-apply every few hours!
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2) A Beach Bag
You have to have something that you can put all your stuff in! I personally don’t care about having a super-fancy bag. Mostly because it’s going to end up covered in sand or get wet anyway. I will say I like to keep my electronics (like my phone) in a sandwich bag so they don’t get wet or sandy.
So I one similar to those plastic-y fabric totes you can find at grocery stores or World Market. They’re cheap, big enough to hold all of my stuff, and sand generally won’t stick to it. The one I actually use is one of my “castle bags”. I bought one of these totes at each castle we visited in Scotland, the first of which we got engaged at (which you can read about here)! So I formed a bit of a collection, and still use them for random things.
If you want a trendier option that’s a bit more instagram-worthy, you can try one of these cool pom-pom straw bags:
3) Beach Towel
If you go to the beach, you’re probably going to want something to sit/lay on other than the sand. If I loved closer to the beach, I would definitely pick up one of these “sand-proof” mats. But because I don’t, a plain ol’ beach towel works just fine for me! If you want something a bit fancier than a regular old beach towel, but don’t want a super fancy mat, check out one of these round towel options:
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4) Water Bottle + Some Snacks!
Because I went with a bigger group and for the entire day, we decided to bring an ice chest along for all of our food/drinks. If you aren’t doing that, they I highly recommend brings your own water bottle and a few snacks. All that sun and heat will dehydrate you much faster than you realize, so it’s important to stay extra hydrated while at the beach!
To keep it colder longer, look at bringing an insulated water bottle. Or you can freeze your water bottle beforehand! These are a great affordable option that are pretty similar to a S’well bottle:
As far as snacks go, I love bringing granola bars or fruit/veggies that don’t require any peeling or leave trash (carrots, grapes, berries, etc.). Chips and crackers are also a great option!
5) Book / Magazine
I always manage to get a ton of reading done when I’m at the beach, so I make sure to bring my Kindle loaded up with a few books beforehand. If you need a few ideas for books check this out!
Also, just FYI – Amazon’s Prime Day is coming up, so you can score a Kindle Unlimited Subscription for 40% off (cursing myself for renewing it at full price just last week!). If you’re like me and read a literal ton of books, you might want to check it out and give it a try! I’ve had it now for almost a year and it has paid for itself. Audiobooks more your thing? Amazon also has 40% off 6 months of Audible!
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…so how about those sunburn tips I had?
ICYMI, this is me the afternoon we got back from the beach.
Ouch, am I right? Honestly, this picture doesn’t even do it justice (thanks old outdated phone!). I was a tomato.
If it wasn’t for us thinking ahead earlier in the trip and picking up some aloe vera gel with pain relief, I probably wouldn’t have slept that night. After taking a cold shower, I took some ibuprofen, and kept hydrated (both skin and body) the remainder of the trip. Because I’m pale AF, I pretty much know I’m going to burn so I make sure to bring super soft clothing with me. I also (thankfully) brought my worn-in pair of Toms, so my poor sunburnt feet didn’t bother me too much while we were going through the airport the next day!
So my quick and easy sunburn tips are:
- Keep your skin and body hydrated. Use a ton of lotion and drink a ton of water.
- Take some pain killers an hour before bed. This will give them time to kick in before you try and go to sleep!
- Be sure to use aloe vera gel that has pain relief. Look for lidocaine in the ingredients. Menthol is also commonly added, but note that this is for the cooling sensation only – not actual pain relief!
- Plan ahead and bring a soft pair of clothes and some sunburnt-feet-friendly shoes.
- Use after-sun care lotions or sprays to keep your skin hydrated and help prevent peeling
- I also found that cocoa butter or shea based lotions help fade the redness quicker!
So what are your beach essentials? Have any sunburn tips?
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