The Best & Most Organized Summer Beach Bag

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One of my absolute favorite things about the summer is going to the beach.

But while I love spending a day in the sun and sand, I don’t necessarily love all the stuff we have to cart with us. From beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, to body boards, and all sorts of beach toys, it can turn into a bunch of clutter that you may or may not always need to bring.

However, a beach bag is a completely different story. This stylish accessory is absolutely essential to carry along, and can make or break your entire trip.With the right tools in your tote, you will be prepped and organized to make your day it’s very best, and the following tips on how to pack the perfect beach bag will help you know exactly what to pack!

Choose the Right Tote

Beach bags come in all shapes, sized, colors, and materials, and you should purchase one based on the characteristics that are important to you. I like to quickly run through this list of questions depending on which beach I’ll be relaxing at:

  • Will I need multiple compartments to organize supplies?
  • Will it get really wet, and should I use a water resistant material?
  • Do I just want to be stylish today and coordinate with our swimsuits and towels?

Whatever beach bag you decide to use, just make sure you don’t mind sand in every crevice!

Stash a Mini Pouch

After you’ve chosen your tote, make sure you pack a mini pouch too. I used to waste time searching for my chapstick or phone because it inevitably would drift the very bottom of the beach bag and I always had to dig for it.

Now I keep a small pouch to carry both, as well as a variety of tools I think I’ll need, such as hand sanitizer and wet wipes, sunglasses, hairbrush, bobby pins, and a credit card. Another idea is to stash some bandaids and antibacterial ointment in there as well, just in case you have an incident with a sharp rock or broken shell.

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Use Plastic Bags

In addition to the mini pouch, I like to use plastic bags to work double duty and protect my electronics. This not only keeps them from getting wet, but also eliminates potential scratches created by sand and shells.

Snack bags are also really handy for children who want to collect and save their shells {just make sure to rinse them thoroughly when you get home so they don’t smell!}, and I always try to include a few plastic grocery bags to hold wet clothing, swimsuits, and towels to keep them from soaking other items.

Pack Extra Towels

I used to only pack one towel per person when we went to the beach, but then I realized I liked having extra towels on hand so I didn’t have to mix the ones we laid out on with the ones we used to dry off. It’s not fun laying on a wet towel!

Now I pack a few extra, and roll them tightly to save space. I like to stand them inside the bag so I can quickly grab one to set out once we arrive at our perfect spot.

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Bring a Beach Read

What is a beach bag without a good book? There’s no better moment than being lost in a book while the waves are crashing in the background. It’s super relaxing and enough to put me to sleep sometimes!

It might not seem like it matters, but I try to be really selective about which book I bring. It shouldn’t be super intensive because there are bound to be interruptions. Instead, make it a fun read as a special treat, and keep it in a plastic bag if you’re afraid about the pages getting wet.

I like to take my basic Kindle because the cover protects the inside and the screen is easy to read in the bright sun.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most essential item you can have in your bag. Even if you tan more than burn, you still need protection from the harsh rays of the sun.

Choose an SPF that you feel most comfortable with, and apply it right after you get to the beach, and again after you’ve been in the water for a little bit. I’ve found that even water resistant sunscreens still come off and can leave fair skin vulnerable to burns.

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Plan for Drinks and Snacks

If you want to bring drinks and snacks along, either wrap the water bottles or cold soda cans in the towels to catch condensation, or pack an entirely separate tote bag or cooler.

Have a plan to dispose of everything when you’re finished, as no one likes a beach filled with trash. Pull out a plastic bag from your stash to collect all garbage, then tie tightly and drop off in a garbage bin before you leave.

Now that you know exactly what sort of beach bag to choose, how to pack it, and what to include, you’re ready to spend your perfect day at the beach! Leave a comment and let me know if you plan to visit the beach this summer, and what essentials you like to take with you!

What do you include in your beach bag?

Thanks for this amazing article Kalyn Brooke from CreativeSavingsBlog.com!

Stay Organized with a Digital Tape Measure

Let this cool digital tape measure keep you organized with your projects.  This clever assistant goest he extra distance, calculating midpoints and memorizing readings os you can take the guesswork out of the handiwork.  eTape16, $29.95

https://www.thegrommet.com/emeasure-etape16digital measuring tape

  • Materials: Polycarbonate, Lithium Battery, Steel
  • Care: Wipe with cloth
  • Hold button: retain your last measurement – eTape will blink, press Hold again to release the measurement
  • Dual Memory (1 and 2 buttons on top of eTape): press either button for 1 second to retain a measurement. Pull out the tape, press hold, then press 1 or 2 to retain, do again to retain second measurement
  • Blade lock: ensures tape measure stays in place once pulled out OR does not open (child safety)
  • Midpoint button: calculates the midpoint based on how far the tape has been pulled out (ex: 10″ will show a 5″ midpoint)
  • Rezero button: press and hold for 3 seconds to reset the tape holdings
  • Arrows Button: Select inside (tape measure to the beginning of the case) or outside (includes the additional size of the case piece to the edge of what you measure) measurements
  • Also able to convert standard inches from feet or to the metric system in cm
  • Power saving – turn on by pulling out tape measure, turns off by itself after five minutes not in use
  • Retraceable tape maxes out at 16 ft
  • Measures up to 1/16 inch accuracy
  • Made in Korea
  • Dimensions: 3″ x 1.25″ x 2.75″, tape blade width is 3/4″
  • Weight: 0.58 lbs

Lifehack – Best Tips for Life

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Lifehack.  Best tips for pretty much everything in life.  I check in with this site at least once a week.  I don’t check any other site – not fashion, not pet, not organizing – more than I check in with Lifehack.  Check it out.

http://www.lifehack.org

Some of my favs this week include:

http://www.lifehack.org/272611/12-surprising-ways-improve-your-focus-when-you-have-adhd

http://www.lifehack.org/299325/you-can-be-comfortable-or-courageous-but-you-cannot-be

Always Organized Tupperware

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Love this innovative, space-saving design – a 12 piece multi-color top set is just $35.
http://www.josephjoseph.com/en-us/product/nest-storage/

This innovative, space-saving design neatly combines the bases and lids for various sizes of storage container in the same space as one.

The problem with most sets of food storage containers is that they take up precious cupboard space when not in use and usually require lids and bases to be stored separately. This can make pairing the corresponding elements a real hassle.

Bases nest neatly inside each other and lids snap conveniently together making them very easy to find – and all elements are clearly colour-coded for speedy pairing. When closed all containers are airtight.

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For the organized dog

all in one pet feeder

Love this – totally fun, functional and fabulous (now if you could please make it big enough for 250 pounds of dog …)

Enjoy the convenience of food, leash, and toy storage, plus a feeding station, all in one stylish, compact space with our Pet Feeder Station. This storage cabinet is made to the same high level of craftsmanship as our other furniture pieces with a sturdy blend of solid mahogany and engineered woods.

  • Kibble drawer cleverly disguises food and conveniently tilts out for easy access
  • Storage area holds 10 lbs. of food
  • Removable stainless steel food and water bowls slide out of sight for when guests arrive
  • Finished in a rich espresso, with metal hardware
  • Easy assembly to attach the three exterior, wood hanging hooks

http://www.grandinroad.com/a/551658