I love the beach. NYC beaches aren’t the cleanest and don’t have the clearest water, but I still don’t mind taking a ride on the subway to walk on the Coney Island Boardwalk or lay on the sand at Jones Beach. While on vacation, I always try my best to make a beach day if I’m by the coast or pay for a ride through a tour service like Viator. Whether you’re in or out of the US, here are 10 must essentials for the perfect beach day.
It doesn’t matter what race you are, no one is immune to skin cancer or skin damage from exposure to Ultraviolet rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. It is recommended that you apply and reapply at least every two hours. To reduce risks, try scheduling time outside before 10 AM or after 3PM. Here are a few recommended products.
- Neutrogena Beach Defense
- Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Suncreen Lotion
- The Honest Company Mineral Based Sunscreen
- Coppertone Ultraguard Sunscreen Lotion
Facial Moisturizers with SPF:
- Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Daily Moisturizer
- Neutrogena Clear Face Sunblock Lotion
- Eucerin Daily Protection
Another alternative to protecting yourself from the UV rays is a sun hat. I don’t even know why I took so long to buy my sunhat, but I’m always wearing it on a sunny day.
One of the best parts of going to the beach for me is purchasing the swimwear. Mix it up and buy a combination of one-pieces, bikinis, monokinis and tankinis. I’ve narrowed down my top two stores for buying new swimwear to Old Navy and Target because both stores have cute and affordable swimsuit options for all shapes and sizes. Since going to Curacao, I’ve become braver at wearing a two-piece.
Cover ups aren’t necessary, but they do help if you’re not very comfortable wearing a swimsuit, when you’re transitioning from the beach to go to a nearby area for eating and drinking or when the temperature drops. You can wear something like shorts, rompers, linen pants, a sarong, or pullover in a lightweight material.
Just like playing mas, you don’t have to wear expensive sunglasses to the beach especially since they can get lost or washed away.
Flip Flops or Sandals
No need for shoes or sneakers. Get some cute flip flops or sandals to easily remove sand from your feet.
Beach Towels and Blankets
If you plan on doing more than walking along the shore, bring an old blanket and some beach towels to dry off.
A cute, durable beach tote is needed to carry all the items listed. You can also carry along a plastic bag to separate the wet and dry items.
Bring along some water and light bites for the road or if you plan on staying for a few hours. It saves you money in the long run. Beach days with family in Trinidad sometimes include something light like cheese paste sandwiches or something heavy like bake and shark. If I’m with friends in NYC, we’ll bring chips and dip or a pasta salad.
What are some of your beach day must haves?