I don’t know about you, but when it comes to packing for the beach (and packing my beauty case in particular), it just feels overly complicated. Notwithstanding my egregious organisational skills (read: I am slightly neurotic and have to-do lists for packing, too), it’s always dramatic. Not this year, though – this year will be different. This is the year I write the guide I always wanted to read for foolproof packing – the kind where you actually don’t forget stuff! Let’s get started!

First stop: creams and such. It’s super important that you get your hands on a small thermal bag. No, not for food, silly – for your creams! You’re going to leave your beach bag out in the sun for multiple hours a day – which is a no no for sunscreen and other products your bag contains. You’re going to kill two birds with one stone: not only will your sunscreen be safe from the heat, but it’ll stay cool and nice for when you apply it on your skin. It’ll feel great! Staying on topic: remember to pack a cooling spray, too: in the hottest hours of the day, it’ll feel amazing. And last but not least, remember to bring a SPF lip balm. Your lips need protection, too.

The second category we need to consider is hair care, especially for those of you with long locks. A protective spray must be in your bag at all times, together with hair ties to create fun beach hairdos, a brush with soft plastic bristles (such as Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer) or a wide teeth comb, and an environmentally friendly shampoo; by which I mean, a biodegradable product which you can use on the beach or on a boat. No using other products: remember, we have one planet, and it needs protecting.

Finally, our ‘everything else’ section. These may not be real ‘must-haves’, but you’ll be thankful you have them with you. First: cleansing facial wipes, which are great to get rid of sunscreen residues and sand at the end of the day. Second: hand sanitizer, to use if the stickiness of the salt and sunscreen on your hands is driving you crazy, and to enjoy juicy summer fruit as a snack. And finally, a mix: I recommend creating a mini beauty case with makeup essentials you cannot live without, for that difficult transition from the beach to happy hours… I put some highlighter, peach-colored lipstick, and waterproof mascara in mine – but feel free to get crazy!

Now scroll down to the gallery for some tips on beach bags and how to fill them – and enjoy the beach in style. Have fun! 😉

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