This past weekend I spent with my boyfriend and several of our friends at his fraternity formal. Most fraternities at our school schedule trips for their formals where each member can take one date and usually spend the weekend in the mountains or at the beach. So of course I had the great idea to do a what’s in my beach bag post because now that the weather is warming up and summer is rolling around I’m sure many of you are planning on going to the beach or even the pool!

The bag

You’ll obviously need something to carry everything in. I use my Thirty One tote that has water proof material on the inside in case my towel, bathing suit, or anything else is wet.


A coverup is essential for protecting your skin from the sun or even wearing to the store or restaurant after you’ve been at the beach all day. Mine is a white crochet style top from Marshall’s.


One of the most important things to bring is a pair of sunnies, otherwise you’ll be squinting the whole day and trust me you’ll get annoyed quickly from that! Mine are the New Wayfarer style glasses from Ray Ban.

Sunscreen (and lots of it)

Yeah we all want to be tan, but we definitely don’t want to be burnt. I use SPF 15 sunscreen that also helps with tanning as well as a stronger SPF sunscreen for my face.


To put all your lovely beverages in of course! Whether it’s your water bottle, soda, or a nice cold Corona having a koozie is a necessity to keep your drinks cold, plus they come in lots of styles like my Vineyard Vines whale koozie (it’s a crowd pleaser).

Cosmetic case

This is important to carry a few essentials like powder, mascara, face brush, and eyelash curler. I also throw in a hand sanitizer and hair tie for obvious reasons. This is great for going out right after the beach when you need to spruce yourself up a little. My makeup case is from Vera Bradley.


Whether it’s a book, magazine, or tablet, I suggest bringing something to read while you’re laying the beach. It’s perfect time to catch up on that novel you’ve been putting off from reading!


Whenever I’m at the beach or outside in the sun for long hours I tend to always wear a hat, whether it be a sun hat or baseball cap I always keep my face and head covered.

There’s nothing better than packing up and heading to the beach for today, just remember to pack these essential items to make your day at the beach a perfectly planned one. I hope this helped some of you to pack for your next beach or pool day! Comment below and let me know your must have item in your beach bag!

Till next time y’all,