Beach bag essentials to keep you refreshed all day

Whether you’re headed to the beach, lake or pool this summer, keeping cool in the mid-day heat is essential. It’s not enough to just pack your favorite swimsuit and SPF, you need to be prepared. From beauty products that keep you cool and protected to a chic cover-up and hat, here are 11 things we keep packed in our beach bag at all times.

A cover-up: Whether you prefer a kaftan, cover-up, maxi, or even a men’s button-down, a cover-up at the beach is a must. Not only will it give you an added layer of protection from those harmful rays, but it offers you the perfect piece to slip on when you hit the boardwalk or pool cafe for lunch.

A sun hat: We don’t need to tell you how important it is to protect your hair and face from the sun whenever possible, so a chic sun hat is an essential.

Sunglasses: Not only do they look cool and shield your eyes as you scope out the men on the beach, but they help protect sensitive eyes from the sun.

Flip-flops: We prefer a pair with a touch of glam like gold or silver accents.

Hair conditioner: Protect your hair (especially colored hair) from the drying effects of the ocean and oxidizing effects of the pool by slathering hair in conditioner before you hit the water.

Facial spray: An instant cooling pick-me-up whenever you need it.

Cooling gel: Perfect for apres sun to cool and moisturize skin.

Sunscreen: There should be no explanation required here. Pack an SPF for body and one for face with a minimum of SPF30, no exceptions.

Lip balm with SPF: People often forget to protect sensitive lips from the sun, but they are just as susceptible to sun damage as your skin. Look for SPF lip balms with a bit of color to up  your beauty game.

Cleansing towelettes: There are so many uses for cleansing towelettes in a beach bag, we never leave home without them. Great for cleansing skin before a fresh application of sunscreen or at the end of the day when you’re headed for home, they’re also helpful for cleaning sandy hands, wiping sand off before you get in your car, or wiping off sunscreen that may have landed on your swimsuit.

 A cool drink: Staying refreshed on the inside is just as important as on the outside. We always pack a few bottles of frozen water (it slowly thaws by the time you’re ready to drink) and a special treat like Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Available in four delicious varieties: Coffee + Milk, Coffee + Milk (Low Calorie), Vanilla and Caramel, it’s an energizing (and delicious) pick-me-up for whenever you are on the go.

SBX_Iced_Coffee_sSrv_NEWBottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.

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