Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Beach Essentials

As summer vacation is coming up, I'm already daydreaming about lying on the beach with my toes in the sand and not having a care in the world. And, being the obsessive list maker that I am, I've also been mentally checking off my "beach essentials list" for my summer trip, just to make sure I have everything and that it's ready.

I don't like dragging a lot of stuff along with me on a beach day, but these ten things are my absolute must haves.

My Top 10 beach essentials:

1. Bikini

And not just any bikini. It's important for me to have one that fits well and that I feel comfortable in. I bought this lovely coral bikini at Forever 21 in Japan back in April, and I can't wait to wear it for the first time this summer!

2. Sunglasses

This is an absolute must for me! Especially at the beach, with the sun reflecting on the white sand, it can be quite a treacherous experience if you don't have a good pair of sunnies to protect your eyes. (Yes, protect!) Get a good pair with proper UV protection. My first choice is always my Ray-Ban Aviators.

3. Bag

I definitely can't go to the beach without a big bag to carry all of my essentials. This summer, I'll be using this straw bag I bought at a store in Taipei. It's light, and the perfect size for all my stuff.

4. Sun protection

I don't have to tell you how important it is to protect your skin. You all know the deal. I love this one from Nivea. It's oily, but not overpowering, and it stays on forever.

5. Hat

I really love big floppy hats for the beach, but it's a hassle to carry that thing around, especially if it doesn't even fit in your bag. This fedora doesn't really do much on the sun protection front, but I still like it, and it keeps my hair out of my face.

6. Lip balm

Well, for me, this is an all around essential, not just for going to the beach. In the summer I like to use lip balm that has a high SPF. There's nothing worse than getting your lips burned by the sun. Ouchy! This one from Blistex has always been my favorite.

7. Camera

Well, duh, to capture the awesome moments and happy memories at the beach! The Boyfriend and I recently realized we were in desperate need of a new camera, and decided on the Canon G12 to take with us on vacation.

8. Flip flops

When I'm at the beach, and basically most of summer, I will live in my pair of Havaianas.

9. Sarong

I love sarongs! They can be used as a cover up, or something to lie on on the beach. Which cancels out having to take a big, heavy towel with you. I have a couple of cute, colorful ones that I bought in Thailand, that I always take to the beach with me.

10. Magazine / book

Even though I don't really read magazines anymore, I just love flipping through one when I'm at the beach. Or if I'm buying a book for the summer, I'll get something light and that's easy to read.

Do you have a beach essential that's not on my list?

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  1. Baby powder! If you have sand on your feet/legs, and there's not a shower to rinse off with, if you use baby powder and rub it, it'll come right off! It comes in good use with little children as well!

  2. I've never thought of that! Thanks for the great tip! :-)

  3. One of my essentials is my iPod. Got to have some tunes to soak up that sun! :)

    1. I actually never take my iPod, because I like the sounds at the beach.

  4. Oh I just want to go to the beach! Hope you have a great time :)

  5. I usually take my ipod or a book...it depends what mood I'm in. If I just want to lay back and relax, I take my ipod but if I'm in the mood to concentrate a little bit, then I take a book. It's winter here and it's been a while since I've experience true SUMMER beach weather. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. I usually only read a couple of pages from a book, then I'll get too lazy and put it away. That's why a magazine is the best choice for me. I can just page through it and don't really need to concentrate... :-D

  6. You would be amazed if you try Helen Kaminski's raffia hat, even big floppy hat can be packed pretty tiny for travelling. Love their products.

    1. Really? I'm scared it would get damaged while traveling. Maybe if I was just going to stay in one place. I really like Eugenia Kim floppy hats.

  7. HK's Raffia hat can't be damaged, you can reshape it with water. You should google about the material, very durable and it will be okay if you drop it in watwe. It's a bit pricey but totally worth it!



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