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What’s In My Bag? Top 7 Must-Have Items On Any Beach Trip

Other than a camera and a phone, which are both culturally considered necessities when traveling, there are specific items that I always bring with me to the beach. Otherwise, my trip would feel incomplete and I could probably throw a tantrum stamping my feet in the sand.

And  no, selfie stick isn’t included! I don’t think I’d use it that often. I do have one and brought it on my last beach trip. I use it for something else like creating a photo like this (see below). Simple trick. Not selfie. ツ

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1. Sunglasses

When on a beach getaway, this is the only time you’d see me wearing one – rarely on a casual basis. It’s sort of cool having them on while floating on the water. Plus, they make photos Instagram worthy haha. Sensibly speaking, don’t you need it the most when fully exposed by the sun?

I’m currently using Sunnies Studios available at Zalora (Hey, you can use this discount count ZBAPQADE for 15% discount).

2. Sunblock / Sunscreen Lotion

My skin slowly heals after tanning. It’s been 3 months and still got that chocolate skin. I love it by the way. But we can all agree that you have to protect your skin against the UV rays of the sun. What’s the best option? Use one with at least SPF 15.

3. A Pair of Flip-Flops

You must be laughing right now wondering why I included this accessory on this list when everybody’s actually wearing flats on the beach, right? Because I don’t really wear them, unless I’m inside home. Cannot go out without heels, so the beach is an exception.

4. Beach Mat

It makes your tanning sesh more comfortable.

*P.S. round beach towels are cool.

5. Book

Let me admit, I haven’t brought any book from my previous beach trips. But this is a challenge for myself. Being on the beach is a matter-of-fact the best time for me to read. My eyes were used to get glued on a few books a year. I need to rekindle my love for romantic and spy novels. Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin and Robert Ludlum fans here, by the way.

If reading isn’t your cup of tea, maybe consider an adult coloring book? I’ve collected a few that I plan to bring on my next beach adventure. I think it’s both nice and relaxing as you work on your tan.

6. Food and Water

For me, these are important. What if you got stuck on the island? What if there’s an anticipated storm or not sure you’re gonna be rescued after a few days because no one knows you’re there in the first place? Okay, maybe that’s too exaggerated. Reality is that swimming over and over can be exhausting. Unfortunately, I tend to feel tired after a few strokes.

7. Swimwear

Do I need to explain further? What I can only share is I pack at least 2 to 3 set of bikinis and 1 cover-up. So far, my favorite brands are Shapes and Curves and River Island, also both available at Zalora.


As I write this, my mind constantly teleports me to the beach. I’ve planned a 2-week beach vacation. Can’t wait ’til I’m out under the sun and in the water again…and again! How I wish!



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