What To Pack In Your Beach Bag

Megan McIntyre
What To Pack In Your Beach Bag
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Hit the beach! When you're spending the day soaking up the sun and frolicking in the waves, you need to be sure to have all of your essentials--sun protection, beautifiers, snacks--handy, so you don't end up looking like a hot mess come sunset. Take a cue from AnnaLynne McCord and be sure to bring along a beach bag stocked with everything you need to be sexy by the sea.

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A hat is an absolute necessity at the beach--scalp burns are not only painful, they're also one of the most common summer beauty woes. This chic fedora is made from sustainable seagrass and will help keep your scalp protected from the sun and your hair from getting too messy. It's also very lightweight and breathable, so you won't have to deal with gross head sweat.

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Just because you put sunscreen on before you left the house doesn't mean you're protected all day--SPF only lasts for two hours, after which you need to reapply. This handy powder sunscreen makes reapplication a breeze; its hands-free application means you can swipe it on from head-to-toe, without getting your hands all messy.

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Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45, $30, sephora.com

Protect your pout and help it look soft and sexy with this pretty lipstick. The nude hue is flattering on all skin tones, while SPF 15 protects and vitamins help nourish scorched lips. We're also loving the magnetic case that ensures the lipstick stays in the tube, not all over the inside of your bag.

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Mark Lip Click SPF 15 Color Shine Lipstick in Honey Bunny, $10, meetmark.com

After a day of sun, sand and saltwater, chances are your hair is a tangled wreck. These ingenious pins help you create a sexy, tousled updo in literally seconds. Just pull hair into a ponytail, fold it under and "spin" one pin into the top and one into the bottom. Voil! An instantly chic style that hides your messy mane, so you can look hot when you meet up with that cute lifeguard for sunset cocktails.

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Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, $7.29, target.com

Sure, you can have your purse double as a beach bag, but do you really want to be dumping all of that sand out of it at work the next day? Better to pick up a chic woven tote like this one--it's made from sisal, meaning not only will it fashionably hold all of your stuff, it's also incredibly easy to clean out once your seaside sojourn is finished.

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Bamboula Ltd. Market Tote, $$58, madewell.com

No one wants to look bloated in a bikini, so skip the greasy, snack shack calorie bombs and bring your own healthy munchies instead. Fresh fruits and veggies are always a smart choice, and when you're sweet tooth hits you can nosh on this delicious little bar--it's vegan, organic, dairy-free, low in sugar, high in heart-healthy omegas and tastes just like gooey s'mores. All that and just 150 calories? Boardwalk snacks, meet your match.

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ProBar Halo S'Mores Snack Bar, $1.59, theprobar.com

Sitting in the sun all day can leave your skin parched. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water and give your face a few spritzes of this refreshing, hydrating mist--it features 250 deep sea minerals that "feed" your skin nutrients and attracts moisture. You'll have a healthy, fresh-faced glow all day long.

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Philosophy Hope Springs Eternal Deep Sea Ultra-Fine Hydrating Mist, $20, philosophy.com

You don't want your fellow beachgoers to refer to you as "that smelly chick down by the volleyball nets," so make sure to pack (and use!) deodorant. We love this new antiperspirant from Secret because its odor-neutralizing ingredients are derived from calcium carbonate, a natural mineral. It's activated by body heat, so the hotter you get, the harder it works to keep you smelling fresh.

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Secret Natural Mineral Deodorant, $4.99, drugstore.com

A day at the beach can quickly turn into a night out with friends, so you need a swimsuit coverup that will look stylish and chic enough to wear out on the town. Ditch that ratty, over-sized T-shirt and opt for a bright and sunny dress instead. We love the combination of the pretty print, open back and lace-up detail on the sleeve of this little number--it's sweet and sassy all at once!

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Roxy Sun Worshiper Dress, $54.50, roxy.com

Hair oils are great for guarding your mane from strand-scorching UV rays, but many of them are heavy, resulting in locks that look greasy and limp. This lightweight oil easily mists onto hair, leaving it protected, but not weighed-down. Macadamia oil nourishes and hydrates the hair shaft, while shimmering micro-glitters reflect the sun's radiance and create a sultry sheen.

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Krastase Soleil Huile Cleste, $39, kerastase-usa.com

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