What's in your beach bag? It doesn't matter if it's a tote or backpack, plain white or covered in tropical flowers, we all have essentials we bring when we head to the beach or the pool.
However, planning to spend hours in the sunshine requires special preparation to prevent problems like sunburn and dehydration. Throw these items in your bag so you're ready for anything:
Alba Botanica Sun SPF 45 Sport Lotion -- $10.39
Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays is crucial all year long, but especially in the summer when you can be outside for hours. This sunblock packs SPF 45 and as well as herbal extracts and aloe vera to soothe and moisturize the skin without clogging pores. Apply it 15 to 20 minutes before heading out into the sun and reapply at least every two hours, especially if sweating or swimming. Your skin will thank you now and later.
Solaray Ginger Trips Advanced -- $11.23
Do you get motion sickness when you're on a boat? Then these need to be in your bag. Each vegetarian capsule contains 500 mg of ginger (Zingiber officinale) extract along with vitamins B6 and C and echinacea. These ingredients, especially the ginger, help combat nausea and calm a sensitive stomach. Take them before you head out for the day and keep them handy for anyone who starts to look a little green in the face.
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube -- $3.29
Sun, saltwater and chlorine can really take a toll on your skin, and that includes your lips. Keeping a tube, or two, of this lip balm handy will save you from the discomfort of a chapped kisser. Your lips will stay moisturized and soft thanks to the lanolin and almond oil in this amazing lip balm. With a touch of peppermint, it provides a unique cooling sensation. With all natural ingredients, you can feel good about reaching for it again and again.
Herbasway Lab HerbaGreen Luscious Lemonade Tea -- $20.21
Staying hydrated is another important part of sun safety, as dehydration and heat stroke can sneak up on you. Turn that bottle of water into a refreshing and healthy sip with this liquid tea concentrate. Featuring green tea as a base with lo han, lotus, kudzu and Chinese licorice, this tea provides potent antioxidant protection without sugar (it's sweetened with stevia), caffeine, alcohol, preservatives or artificial sweeteners.
Jason Natural Cosmetics Aloe Vera 98 Percent Moisturizing Gel -- $8.50
If you overdo it in the sun, this cooling aloe vera gel can help relieve the pain of a sunburn as well as dry or chapped skin in need of moisture. Made without any artificial colors, methyl/propylparabens, animal by-products or animal testing, you can feel free to slather this stuff on as much as you need to to hydrate the skin and promote healing. Keep it in your cooler when out and about and then throw it in the fridge when you get home.
Quest Nutrition Quest Bar -- 12 Bars for $24.95
All that fun in the sun can take a lot out of you. Take good nutrition with you with one of these delicious bars. Available in flavors like chocolate chip cookie dough, strawberry cheesecake and vanilla almond crunch, you're sure to find one you love. They're also packed with 20 g of protein or more and 17 g of fiber while being low in carbohydrates and sugar. These all natural bars give you the fuel you need to keep enjoying your day.
Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant Stick -- $5.67
Sweating all day in the sun can make you smell less than fresh. But what if you're heading into a beach side restaurant before heading home? Keep a stick of this all natural deodorant on you and you're all set. Available in nine scents, this deodorant includes zinc, aloe vera, hops and sunflower seed oil to moisturize skin while preventing perspiration and odor. It's also free of any aluminum.
All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellent -- $5.84
Bugs love the summer as much as you do and they can really ruin your outdoor fun. This spray is free from DEET, petrochemicals and animal byproducts and instead harnesses the power of herbal extracts to keep pests away. Apply it to all exposed skin and even your clothing to prevent bites and stings and be sure to reapply every two hours, especially if you're getting in and out of the water.
Pick up these items and everything else you need for a happy and healthy summer at eVitamins. Have a great weekend!