Fun things to bring to the Ocean

Here are a few ideas for your next ocean trip.

There is a summer beach trip waiting for you. I love to sunbathe all day. As long as I bring along the beach must haves and go with the perfect people, I can stay all week and have a blast. If you're the same way, here are a couple of things to consider to the shore to transform your journey.

WHAT TO TAKE TO THE BEACH: THE ESSENTIALS

SOLID SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen is a requirement for all summer activities and typically I am a fan of the aerosol sprays (so I can get my back when traveling solo!) . When flying, that is not practical.

Solid sunscreen is a great solution because it is going to go right through airport security without constraints. I love Neutrogena's"Beach Defense Stick", but if you're the sort of person who does not sunbathe in-between dips in the ocean you might want something which applies on wet skin.

My husband hates sand, which is one of the reasons we never hit the beach together. The most easy way to get it off your body is using baby powder! If you sprinkle on it, the sand falls so you don't track it.

Yes, that's right. Pack a pair of underwear for the beach! It sucks heading out to lunch or grabbing a sundowner while wearing wet bathing suit bottoms, so having dry, clean underwear makes a significant difference.

When you've baby powdered the sand off, discreetly change under a towel, sundress, or beach tent (I suppose you could get an actual changing room) and you will feel a thousand times better.

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES

Whether traveling by plane or taking a road trip, a reusable water bottle is an absolute necessity. Not only is it great for the planet, it is cheaper than buying bottled water from convenience stores or shore vendors.

My sister got me a reusable bottle with a built in infuser last Christmas, and it makes water so refreshing that you won't have to try hard to hydrate! If you're stopping at a grocery store to stock your beach condominium, pack a couple of extras to infuse in your water.

TRAVEL TOWEL

Beach towels are big and bulky, so I never pack one when I am flying. We used hotel towels as often as possible when my sister and I went to Hawaii, but if we had been properties that were in-between, I depended on my microfiber towel.

These are basically so you can stick them in your bag for a flight last-minute -- soft shammies that absorb water better than a towel, pack into a compact size, and dry quickly.

Our annual girls' getaway took us out to Hawaii's Big Island!

WATERPROOF BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

Take your music to the beach this summer with a Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof. Many have a wireless connection range around 30 feet and a battery life of up to 12 hours -- enough to enjoy your favorite songs . There are other technology pieces you can bring such as wireless security cameras, drones, GoPro’s, and other underwater equipment.

Why I recommend upgrading

you still want great sound quality!

A sand-proof version is much better

an all-in-one that you can use in your home will save you money in the long term

Don't forget to relax a bit when you are deciding what to take to the beach!

WATERPROOF CARDS

Okay, so you have the music and I'm sure you have cold drinks, so now it is time to pull out the cards. Waterproof cards are beach vacation must haves since you'll end up with a torn mess very quickly. Pack along a deck of plastic Uno cards or a normal deck and make some new friends.

Other great game ideas are inflatable ball, a frisbee, or sand toys.

There is about studying on the beach, something ultra-relaxing and there is no sunglare when you read in comparison to a tablet. (Seriously, at $79, Kindles pay for themselves so buy one today ).

But just to be on the safe side (especially if you're floating on a tube while reading!) , a waterproof case is the way to go. This one has great reviews and doesn't seem as cumbersome as the plastic bag designs -- although I don't have one for my Kindle though my birthday is coming up.

I pack light and everything fits in a beach bag...unless it's a day trip to Virginia Beach. Then we've got beach chairs, a cooler, and pretty much anything else we can scrounge up. And we too cheap to pay for parking that's near the beach itself.

Enter the beach wagon! Load it up and wheel it. Since it's built for sand it works far better than a rolling cooler and it folds down so you can really keep it.

BEACH ITEMS TO LOOK YOUR BEST

HAIR PROTECTION

I love the shore waves I get from saltwater and a sea breeze in my hair, but it is going to wreak havoc if you do it for over a day or two.

If my hair did this daily!

There are an assortment of hair products designed specifically for the shore, including a spray to protect hair or shampoos and conditioners. If you are at the beach all week, they're worth the price...for two or three days, just be sure to state extra or give yourself a coconut oil treatment.

BETTER THAN ALOE

I love everything since it treatments made by Sierra Sage. Their"Green Goo Skin Repair" contains Aloe and Vitamin E, and other essential oils. It goes on light (not oily!) Relieves sunburns. Since it's a salve that is good, no problems when flying.

I have also been known to use it after a night's sleep. I have no idea why it works, but it gets rid of better.

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