My huge LL Bean canvas bag with our last named emblazed on the side sits at the bottom of our hallway closet most of the year. Empty albeit for a few smaller bags tucked inside, most of its use comes in the form of summer outings to spray parks, the beach, or the relatives’ pool.
A trip to my friend’s beach house last August illustrated the importance for the pre-packed beach bag. Getting ready for a day, weekend, or even longer trip requires packing all the right things for my husband, my two year old – plus myself. But I always forget at least two or more things. Last August was no exception – this time I forgot a baby hat, chapstick, and a beach cover up. Nothing too monumental as it was easy enough to spray the baby’s head with SPF 30 & wear my shorts/t-shirt when it got cold, but the chapstick was another story. My husband’s only other option was sticky colored gloss – not so appealing to him…
This year I resolve to never forget an item again! I got a chance to finally pack that bag full of every item I needed for many a fun-filled beach adventure. It was great! I just grabbed it out of the closet – put it in the car and away we went. Not only was it quicker to get ready for the beach – but it also made for a faster unpacking time. The beach bag went right back to its place in the closet and I was done!
Here’s a list of “essential” items that are in my bag. Give it a try!
- Chapstick/lip balm
- Hats for each member of the family
- Cover up
- Beach towel
- $20 – just in case you want to leave your wallet in the car
- A plastic back full of napkins, cups, and utensils
- Wine key with bottle opener
Have a great summer!