Beach Bag Essentials (Plus a Giveaway!)

Beach season is my favorite season! Give me the sand, sun and salt water and I’m the happiest person ever. This summer I’ve been able to make it to the beach a handful of times which is a step up from last summer. Even though I don’t get to make it to the beach as much as I’d like, which would be every day, I try to go a few times during the summer and I always try to go on vacation to the Caribbean during the winter months. These are the beach bag essentials I always take with me.

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker – No beach trip is complete without music and I always connect this speaker to my phone.

Portable Rechargeable Fan – I love the beach but sometimes I don’t love getting overly hot so this little fan is perfect and has 3 different speeds.

Hydroflask – Fill this Hydroflask bottle with ice and cold water before heading out to the beach and the water stays nice and cold for the entire day!

Good Reads – I always have either a book or some magazines with me. Currently, I’m reading Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller which Amazon Publishing was kind enough to send to me. It’s a wonderful memoir about coming to terms with the struggle to achieve the so-called perfect body. It’s available through Amazon on July 25th. It’s both an eye-opening read but also entertaining.

Healthy Snacks – Something about being outside all day just makes me want to snack on stuff non-stop. I do try to keep it healthy though so I like to take lots of mixed fruit with me or nuts.

Shade – It’s smart to take breaks from the sun so I recently purchased these chairs from Amazon with a built in cover on them! I obviously don’t take these chairs with me on vacation but they go with me to every beach in driving distance.

Cute Sandals – No beach outfit is complete without cute sandals. I have many but I’m still eyeing this pair from Steve Madden. How cute are they??

Sunglasses – I always have a pair of sunglasses on me and going to the beach is no different. Did you know sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the harmful sun rays? My current fave pair is my Prada ones which are sold out but here is a similar pair

Oversized Bag – What else am I supposed to fit everything in? I know right now straw beach bags are the trend but I prefer slightly more durable bags. I use a Nylon bag I purchased years ago from Rue LaLa but here is a similar affordable one from Target.

Beach Bag Essentials // The Krystal Diaries


Alba Botanicals Spray Sunscreen // Coola Facial Spray Sunscreen //  Portable Bluetooth Speaker // Portable Rechargeable Fan // HydroFlask // Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller // Shaded Chair // Steve Madden Sandals // Prada Sunglasses //  Nylon Beach Bag

Share your beach bag must-haves below! 


Now for the giveaway. I’ve teamed up with some lovely bloggers to celebrate The Blush Blonde’s 4 year Blogiversary!

Beach Bag Essentials // The Krystal Diaries


This giveaway includes a straw handbag, pool floatie, beauty products specially picked for the warm weather, and a gift card to Nordstrom!


Beach Bag Essentials // The Krystal Diaries


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  • Reply rosannaalicia

    Such a good list! I love the healthy snacks idea – I always head out for a long day and end buying quick food 🙁 definitely going to add that to the list. Rx

    July 10, 2017 at 10:14 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      It’s so much easier to bring something healthy along plus it saves money!

      July 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM
  • Reply Amber

    I think one of those mini fans will be coming with me to this summers weddings! 😀 thanks for sharing

    July 10, 2017 at 10:23 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Oh that’s a good idea!

      July 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM
  • Reply Sheismelrose

    Just entered wishing everyone good luck.

    July 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Thanks for entering & good luck!

      July 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM
  • Reply Summer Telban (@SummerTelban)

    Sunnies are always needed at the beach! Also, love that bronzer.

    July 11, 2017 at 8:13 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Sunnies should be an everyday requirement!

      July 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM
  • Reply adriana

    Healthy snacks are MUST! Such a great time to eat healthy – when you’re at the beach and all you’ve packed are healthy foods haha!

    July 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Ha if all I bring are healthy snacks I have no other choice!

      July 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM
  • Reply The Southern Thing

    These are all must haves for a day at the beach!

    July 11, 2017 at 5:02 PM
  • Reply Befitting Style

    I love reading at the beach!!! Sunnies are essential to me as well!

    July 11, 2017 at 7:34 PM
  • Reply robin rue

    I go with kids, so my bag is filled with completely different things 🙂 The most important thing is powder so I can get the sand off of their feet.

    July 11, 2017 at 8:41 PM
  • Reply kansasbonanno

    I have to agree on the big bags! I have 3 kids i try and shove everything in for them. I need to invest in one of those fans too!

    July 11, 2017 at 8:43 PM
  • Reply Jill Conyers (@jillconyers)

    We have the same beach bag essentials. Except for the fan. I never thought to take a fan.

    July 11, 2017 at 9:43 PM
  • Reply Jennifer L

    Great beach essentials! I love the Coola sunscreens and the hydroflasks. I’ve been using them all summer long.

    July 11, 2017 at 10:01 PM
  • Reply thekusilife

    Totally agree with bringing a book – your choice sounds like and interesting one! I love the idea of having a little fan – just in case you get too hot and don’t want to get wet – all great ideas!

    July 12, 2017 at 1:40 AM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    I never would have thoughts on a portable fan! That’s a great idea, giving yourself a breeze definitely would make beach time last longer!

    July 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    Such a great list, I find cooling spray, suntan cream, sunglasses and a book to be the complete top line essentials that I couldn’t go out without x

    July 12, 2017 at 6:55 AM
  • Reply Kim

    A good book and sunscreen are a must for me. I love that the beauty products you picked out too.

    July 12, 2017 at 9:47 AM
  • Reply Kim

    The pom poms on that beach bag are adorable too!

    July 12, 2017 at 9:47 AM
  • Reply Melissa Chapman

    Safety and health go first on any trip even for a day. I love the idea of healthy snacks instead of chips and beach fare. I would love to try that SPF 50 sunscreen for protection and my umbrella.

    July 12, 2017 at 10:54 AM
  • Reply taylermorrell

    I ALWAYS pack water…but also a favorite drink, like Pepsi….but WATER first and after!

    July 12, 2017 at 1:13 PM
  • Reply TColeman

    An oversized bag is definitely a must! Plus some cute shoes, well now that’s obvious. Love your list!

    July 12, 2017 at 2:41 PM
  • Reply asseenonjean

    These are great beach bag essentials! Love that bad. And a fab giveaway too 🙂

    July 12, 2017 at 5:23 PM
  • Reply Shannon Gurnee

    These are definitely some great beach bag essentials to have when heading out to the beach or even pool! Sunscreen, phone charger, lip balm and a towel are always in my bag!

    July 12, 2017 at 7:40 PM
  • Reply Blythe Alpern

    My beach bag essentials definitely starts with a well made bag. I also can’t live without my wet/dry bags and my Pacifica moisturizing and deodorant wipes.

    July 12, 2017 at 8:40 PM
  • Reply Carly

    These are definitely some of my essentials! Great giveaway too!

    July 12, 2017 at 9:53 PM
  • Reply The Belly Rules The Mind

    Apart from the sunscreen, sunglasses and beach towel, my beach bag definitely has a few snacks that are healthy. They always come handy and help you tide over until you get to the restaurant.

    July 13, 2017 at 12:02 AM
  • Reply Carolyn

    Cute bag. I also love the chair with the shade. I don’t like to be out in the sun without shade because it is so hot here in the south. I have been known to carry my umbrella to soccer games to watch my sons. I hold it over my head and now even more moms are bringing umbrellas too. I feel like I started a trend.

    July 13, 2017 at 9:57 AM
  • Reply Alison R (@SoChicLife)

    I love all these things for the beach! Just got myself a bluetooth speaker too – how have I survived summer without one? Love that beach bag too!

    July 13, 2017 at 11:32 AM
  • Reply Courtney

    So many key items here!!! My daughter can’t go outdoors for more than 5 minutes without turning into a lobster, so sunscreen is always a must have item for us!

    July 13, 2017 at 9:07 PM
  • Reply Renée ♥

    The most essential thing in my beach bag – or whenever I’m going out into the sun – is a parasol. I’m from Portland, Oregon, so I’d never be caught dead with an umbrella for the rain (we’re funny that way) but I’ll whip one out any time the sun is beating down.

    July 14, 2017 at 5:45 PM
  • Reply Louise x (@withlovefromlou)

    You’ve picked out some great items here, Krystal 🙂 I never leave for the beach without my sunglasses and flip flops!

    Louise x

    July 24, 2017 at 10:06 PM
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