If you haven’t already, you need to take a full two-minutes to read our no BS guide to being beach ready! And if that’s TL;DR: have skin and wanna go to the beach? Then you’re ready!
Here are a few other essentials we suggest:
Plenty of ice water, or at least enough ice water to sub between beachy cocktails!
Obviously, don’t forget the sunblock, preferably one that isn’t expired, covers UVA and UVB rays, and is at least SPF 30.
- Really good snacks like crisp watermelon and fresh fruits and berries, chips and salsa, veggies, and popcorn all hold up well under the summer rays. Or treat yourself to some no-heat summer desserts!
Now, before you head out for R&R in the sand and sun, be sure to pack a new pool- or ocean-side book to stick your nose in. Take a pic of your toes and the water for Instagram, then put the device away and give your brain a mental break and emotional reboot.
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