Check out these beauty, style, tech and practical essentials you’ll need for a day at the beach on St. Simons Island:
Opt for a non-greasy sunscreen, which is is less likely to attract sand. Invest in a formula that is at least a 30 SPF. A sunscreen with SPF 30 protects you from around 96.7% of UVB rays, whereas an SPF of 50 provides protection from about 98% of UVB rays. Anything beyond SPF 50 makes very little difference in terms of risk of sun damage, and no sunscreen can block out 100% of UVB rays. And, lastly, make sure it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. That way you can stay in the water longer.
2. Sun Glasses:
Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation. Consider buying oversized glasses or wraparound-style glasses, which help cut down on UV entering the eye from the side. Little known fact; dark lenses do not block more UV rays. Note that less expensive pairs marked as 100 percent UV-blocking are be just as effective as pricier ones.
3. Lip Balm:
Don’t forget your lips! It’s important to liberally use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.
4. Waterproof Pouch:
Protect your valuables from water and sand with a compact pouch with a zipper to store your money, phone, and keys.
5. Steel Water Bottle:
Dehydration happens quickly under our summer sun. Bring water to go in a stainless steel canteen that will will stay cold all day.
6. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker:
Listen to your favorite tunes at the beach with a speaker that delivers impressive sound quality, resists water and is compact in size.
7. Tesalate Beach Towel:
The Tesalate brand towel is the original sand free beach towel with AbsorbLite™ fabric. Not only does it repel sand, it is made from super absorbent microfibre that dries fast and folds into a compact size.
8. Sun Hat:
Protect your head and face from the sun with a chic, straw hat, designed to keep its shape when packed in your bag. Once you find your favorite summer hat style, it’ll become your go-to accessory, and most importantly, will help protect your skin.
9. Nylon Tote:
A lightweight, washable tote that is easy to fold up for storage, but spacious enough is great for carrying your gear up and down from the beach. No worries about a sandy, moldy bag since you can rinse or wash it.
10. Hair Protection:
One of the easiest ways to protect your hair against the ocean is by coating it with natural oils, such as coconut, argan, jojoba, almond, olive and grape seed to lock out salt. Before you head out, apply it to your hair as a deep conditioning treatment. Allow at least 15 minutes for it to soak in for best results.
11. Waterproof Battery Charger:
Listening to tunes and taking photos at the beach (and posting them to Instagram) will drain your phone battery in no time.
Bring a tablet is lightweight and easy-to-use as an e-reader, but can also browse the internet or let the kids play a game on it.
13. Cover Ups:
Always pack a breezy cotton cover-up in case you need extra protection from the sun, or you simply want to grab a bite from a casual spot near the beach.
14. Flip Flops:
A pair of easy-to-slide-into flip flops is a must when you’re headed for a day at the beach. Our sand in the summer is HOT and can actually burn your feet.