Everyone has different essentials for the beach, but there are just something you can't go with out whether you are pool side or beach bound. Whether it be lotions and potions or beach accessories to get you through a tough day of sun bathing.
First things first, we ALL need sun lotion. I always wear a minimum of factor 30. A few years back I got so badly sun burnt that I decided I needed to start taking way better care of my skin and keep that premature aging at bay! I use NIVEA for my body (30 all over, 50 for my burn prone areas). New to my beach bag is this little NIVEA roll on which is SO handy! When it's windy or sandy... it's so much easier to use a roll on to just top up the places you feel burning. On to my face now.... I use this little bottle PIZ BUIN face lotion. Choosing a lotion that is face specific, I couldn't recommend more! It's so much less greasy than your usual lotion and I haven't burnt once with this. Now for emergency's I always keep some face wipes in my bag, always trying to avoid the sun lotion on your eyes!
Next up, a good book! I am so not a reader... but when it comes to a holiday I feel like it's part of my airport routine to try and find a good book to get stuck in to. This is obviously accompanied by quite a few magazines which again for me is a holiday luxury.
Also, I always needed is a straw hat. I literally can't read with out a hat on... I frown way too much when the sun is in my eyes so this is doing me a whole lot of favours. This is my personalised hat from MELON SWIMWEAR (my brand I launched last month!)
Ear phones are an absolutely necessity. I have a big pair which I always leave at home for a holiday, something dainty is way better for the sunbed. It means you can lie on the side of your face with out any obstructions... and those little wires wont be causing any dodgy tan lines!
The next must have is sunglasses! I'm a sucker for sunglasses, I usually bring at least 3 on holiday with me... but for being by the pool or beach I always make sure I have a pair that has a smooth plastic nose pieces. None of those little metal ones that get stuck in your hair... haven't we all had that night mare? These KAPTEN & SON ones are perfect!
Next up, a note pad and pen. This is feel is actually so important! You can get SO much thinking done while lying on a sunbed. This time last year, this was exactly where I came up with the idea of MELON SWIMWEAR and I still have all my notes in last years little holiday note pad which I'll be keeping for years to come! I where my imagination will take me this time!
Flip flops... this might seem SO obvious, but one holiday I actually forgot to pack flip flops (just like I forgot to put them in the photo)! Never again though. I ended up wearing the hotel slippers to the pool everyday because I didn't want to risk getting my nice leather sandals soggy!
So... for me, these are all the things I just cannot go with out for a day by the beach or pool side. A cocktail in hand wouldn't go a miss too!