10 Beach Essentials for Your Next Vacay – THE TEEN RUNWAY

Hi, lovely readers!

School’s out and summer is here so what better time to get away from the hustle and bustle than with a beautiful vacation! Who wants to think about the best sunscreen or the softest beach towels when you’re planning your dream vacay? Luckily for you, I just got back from Corpus Christi, TX, and learned a thing or two about what to bring to the beach. Whether it’s Santa Monica or South Padre, your beach essentials will be the same, and I’ve got you covered with the ultimate beach bag essentials list (in no particular order)!


As someone who gets a sunburn after standing outside for ten minutes, I can’t say enough about how important sunscreen is! Not only will it keep your delicate skin from getting painful sunburns, but it will also prevent premature aging and skin cancer. The best way to prevent these terrible conditions is to use sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply every two hours (or every hour like I do because of my pale skin). Sunscreen is arguably the most important product in this list of beach essentials.

Want to get a tan without getting these nasty side effects? Get a spray tan or DIY at home! You’ve got an endless supply of amazing at-home tanning products from brands like St. Tropez and Bondi Sands.

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2. Beach Towel

The second essential is a soft beach towel with a cool design! Not only will you look beautiful lounging in paradise, but you will also protect yourself from gritty sand (better left for under your toes). Trust me, your towel will be your BFF after swimming for a good 30 minutes.

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3. Sunglasses

Protect those beautiful eyes with a pair of chic sunglasses! Sunlight can damage your eyes, so it’s always a good idea to carry a good pair of polarized sunnies with you. And they make an outfit go from 60-100 in a second.

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4. Slides

When I got to my hotel in Corpus, I couldn’t believe that I forgot sandals! I had a minor freakout before realizing that I was in a beach town with about 100 stores with a generous supply. After carefully looking to find the cutest, beach-appropriate pair, I came across an adorable pair of slides that were just $10! That’s the beauty of beach sandals, you won’t have to wear them anywhere else so just pick out a cheap pair that’ll do the job! Save those extra coins for your souvenirs.

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5. A Reusable Water Bottle

No one likes trash in the ocean but everybody has to drink. That’s why a reusable water bottle is going to be your right-hand man when you get down to the shore. Pick out the most intricately designed bottle to store your water in. It has to be cute if it’s going in my beach bag! I love this one from Ivory Ella.

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6. Your Phone

Heard the phrase, “I never leave home without my phone”? It’s normally something that’s made fun of, but it’s imperative when you’re in a new place. How else will you order your fave beach-side drink? And of course, for safety reasons.

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7. Swimsuit

Whether it’s a bikini, tankini, or one-piece, you’ll look amazing as you glow in the sunlight! Remember, everybody is a beach body so wear it with pride!

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8. Goggles

This one is a must if you’re planning on swimming in the ocean. As we know, the ocean is made up of saltwater with sand at the bottom. Do you want all of that to get into your eyes? I didn’t think so. Do yourself an enormous favor and buy a pair of goggles. Trust me, you’ll thank me for it.

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9. A Cover Up

No one wants to sit in a restaurant in nothing but a soaking wet swimsuit. That’s why cover-ups are an essential part of a great beach vacay. They cover the swimsuit while making you look like the beach babe goddess you are!

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10. Beach Bag

Now that you have all your beach essentials gathered up, where are you going to put them? In a beach bag of course! Now more than ever beach bags are becoming more of an everyday style, from straw to rattan. This is lucky because more styles are popping up every day! Find one that’s roomy and can fit all of your products easily. That way you won’t have any trouble transporting it from place to place.

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Until my next post, fashionistas! I hope you take my advice into consideration when going on your next beach vacation! For more summer fashion inspiration, check out my Spring and Summer Wish List.

As always, I love my lovely readers!



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