Whats in Your Beach Bag?

May 30, 2013

As President Obama announced yesterday when he visited some N.J. beach towns, “The Jersey Shore is back in business!” Many of my beloved state’s shore towns have made remarkable recoveries after nasty Sandy blew through last fall, and most of the beaches are open!
I have my beach bag ready to go at a moment’s notice, and I thought it would be fun to talk about what goes in our beach bags. Here’s a glimpse into mine. I like to keep just the essentials so I’m not lugging too much with me.
My iPod with some new fun music. I already have my classic summer songs mix on my iPod along with a lot of my other favorite music. I’m also going to be adding something new for some beach listening – I’m thinking it’s going to be the new Vampire Weekend . Have you heard it? Can you recommend it?
There has to be some reading material in there, too, and I’m tucking Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham into my bag. It’s the first novel by the actress (you’re probably familiar with her from “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenting”) and it’s getting great reviews and made the NYT best seller list.
On the practical side, I’ll need sunscreen, and I’ll turn to the Environmental Working Group http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/”’s 2013 Guide to Safer Sunscreens to make sure that the ones I choose are protecting my skin and the environment.
This organic bamboo beach towel seems perfect for my bag. It’s supposed to stay soft even when it hang dries. I love that I won’t need a clothes dryer to keep it from scratching my skin.
A reusable water bottled filled with ice water is a must – no one time use bottles for me.
Healthy snacks like nuts and apples.
And, a few dollars, because while I love my healthy snacks, every once in a while when I hear the ice cream man ring his bell on the beach, I run and get an ice cream sandwich like I’m a little kid!
What are the essentials in your beach bag?
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