Eight Must Have Items to Pack in Your Beach Bag

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The beach bag is a key component of your beach vacation. Done poorly, it can be a hindrance: awkward to carry, and not stocked with the right stuff to make your day at the beach a pleasant one. But done well, your beach bag is a miracle accessory on par with the Marry Poppins carpetbag, always offering up just what you need, right when you need it while you’re in Myrtle Beach.

To help you pack a great beach bag for your trip to Myrtle Beach, we’ve come up with this list of must-have items in your beach bag:

1. Sunscreen
Even if you’re in Myrtle Beach early in the year, remember that the sun can really scorch you, especially if you live farther north and your skin’s not used to our latitude. Plenty of vacations have been marred by sunburns, don’t let this happen to you!

2. Lip balm with sunscreen
While we’re on the topic of skin protection, don’t forget your lips! Fried lips can hurt worse than other sunburns, plus, sunburned lips making sipping drinks a lot less fun, and no one wants that!

3. Hat
A hat will help protect you from the sun, and there’s another benefit: A good hat’s also essential if your personal version of “beach hair” is more frizzy than sassy (we’re not judging, just trying to help!).

4. Book/magazines
Playing, digging, swimming, walking … it’s all fun, but so is just relaxing in the warm sand with a good beach read.

5. Blanket/towel
Towels are key, of course, but so is a good beach blanket! Some folks go the recycled route by using an old bedsheet as their beach blanket, which may fold up smaller than a thick blanket. As long as it gives you and the kids a place to lay out for a beach siesta, the choice is yours!

6. Hand sanitizer/wipes
These are especially key if your beach cooler includes lunch.

7. Sunglasses
Putting on a dark pair of shades will help reduce eye strain, protect your vision and even help you see better, especially if you go with polarized lenses, that can help reduce sun flare and reflections.

8. Cell phone protection
A plastic zippered baggie or two will work great for keeping water and sand off your beach-bound electronics. And if you happen to have a couple of silicone packets around from the last time you bought a purse, throw those in! They’ll help reduce condensation in the bag.

What did we miss? What are some of your must-pack beach bag supplies? Share your tips in the Myrtle Beach travelers forum.

Posted 3/20/13