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Beach Bag Essentials

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If you’re in Namibia you’re probably going to find yourself going to a place where you can dip your body in water (a lake, the ocean, a pool) because the heat in this country has just been INSANE.  I have therefore put together a list of beach bag essentials to make your beach/ pool day experience the best it can be.

Beach Bag

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You obviously need a beach bag to carry all of your items in.  The one in the picture is from Forever 21, but you can get a similar one from Mr Price.

Towel

You’ll definitely need a towel to dry yourself with and to lie on when trying to get that tan you’ve been dreaming of getting the whole winter long (goodbye pale body, see you next winter!)

Hat / Cap

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You definitely want to protect your face as much as possible when you’re out and about in the sun, because sunburnt cheeks are a definite NO – NO, plus it’s super sore. (Trust me I’ve had the whole experience – not fun AT ALL) A hat or a cap is therefore an essential when going to the beach.  Also, hats are very cool accessories, especially when you’re going to be taking some photos.

Sunscreen

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As I’ve mentioned in my summer essentials post, sunscreen is a definite MUST and also one of the most important items on the list.  As the ozone layer is depleting, it is important to protect your body from the sun’s harmful rays, which sunscreen helps to do, by blocking the harmful rays from penetrating the skin and triggering skin disorders.  Most sunscreens or sunblock are now also waterproof, which means that you can enjoy yourself in the water without worrying about being burned by the sun.

Chapstick / Lip Balm

Skin on your lips is actually much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face and therefore much more vulnerable to damage by the harmful UV rays.  It is therefore important to not only protect your body, but your lips as well.  These days you can find lip balms and lipsticks that also have the added SPF to ensure that your lips are protected.

Sunglasses

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Not only will these make you look hella stylish, but will protect your eyes from the sun as well.

Sandals / Flip Flops

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More often than not the sand on the beach will be scorching hot, hence the need for flip flops, which I think is a better option than sandals as it’s easier to slide on and off your feet.

Water Bottle

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Staying hydrated is very important when going to the beach, as you will most probably be in the sun all day.  Don’t spoil the beach trip for everyone by refusing to take a water bottle with you and possibly fainting from dehydration.  You’ll also probably never get invited again, so make sure you drink as much water as you possibly can.  I recently just discovered an awesome drink for the summer thanks to my aunt, which can be seen in the picture above.  It is super refreshing during the summer.  It’s an Aloe Vera drink and it comes with different flavored juices (the coconut one is pretty good) it does also have the Aloe Vera pulp inside (which I’m not a fan of, but there are ways to get around that and still enjoy the drink)

Kimono / Cover Up

Beach cover ups and kimonos are a stylish way to further protect your skin from the sun.  You can find some pretty dope ones at Edgars.

Entertainment

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Definitely include your headphones, a book or a magazine in your beach bag to avoid laying on the beach all day with nothing to do and possibly getting bored (you can only stare at the ocean for so long) plus a beach outing is the perfect time to catch up on some reading!

Cute bikini

Taking BOMB ass pictures for the gram is definitely a big part of going to the beach (for most of us anyways) and therefore you obviously want to look your best, which is why a cute bikini will be an essential part of your beach outing.

But that is it for this post, I hope this post will be helpful during your next beach getaway.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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