5 Things to Stash in Your Beach BagJul 29, 2015
It's the last week of July and, though the sun is still high, the summer days are fleeting. Take advantage of the beautiful warm weather and head to the beach. These five summer essentials will keep you cool, entertained, and hydrated for an entire day of sunshine-y play.
Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial when spending extended amounts of time outdoors. Be sure to reapply after taking a dip in the water. You may want to invest in a couple of options — for your face, body, and something gentle on kids' skin. Check out our top 10 sunscreens here.
 Water Bottle
It’s quite easy to become dehydrated quickly when spending the day out in the summer sun. Tote along at least one durable, reusable bottle of water for each person in your family. The BKR bottle keeps water cool and clean. Available in two sizes, the glass bottle eliminates the unpleasant aftertaste associated with other metal and plastic bottles.
 A Good Read
There's nothing quite like lounging in the summer sun and diving into a good book. While the kids are occupied with building an elaborate sand castle, steal a few minutes to lose yourself in a great story. In between books? Our list of top summer reads will surely have a title that will spark your interest.
 Outdoor Games
Bring a few outdoor games to play throughout the day: a kite to fly in the salty sea breeze, or challenge the kids to a game of paddle ball by seeing who can get the highest number of consecutive hits.
 Beach Blanket
Stake your claim with a bright, colorful blanket. Find something durable, yet soft enough to doze upon should the little ones get tired. We love the texture and patterns of these Mexican serapes from Gunn & Swain.