I hate the beach. Yes, you heard me correctly. I hate the bird-filled, child screaming, murky water filled place we call the beach. Sand and I also just don’t get along. We aren’t friends. It also just so happens that one of my ride or die best friends convinced me to go with her to our local “Beach”.
Sunscreen is the biggest must have. I don’t care what anyone else says. I am not messing with skin cancer. It will win. My favourite brand is by Aloe Up. It’s a vegan and doesn’t test on animals. Though vegan and cruelty-free is very important part of me it’s not why it’s my favourite brand. It’s very smooth, gentle, and not oily at all. To top it off it smells so yummy. It doesn’t smell like typical sunscreen which is awesome for everyone who hates how sunscreen smells. I have very sensitive skin and the product is Aloe Vera based with cocoa butter, tea tree oil and vitamin E which is all very good for skin. It always leaves my skin feeling so soft. I also have a Chapstick, lotion and after sun gel by them that I also throw in my bag.
My bathing suit and bathing cover are all from La Vie en Rose. I can’t seem to buy bathing suits from any normal place. I really need one that makes sure my boobies stay in place. I had to invest in someones that have actual support. It’s basically like a bra but a bit more comfortable.
A water bottle is one of the most important things I bring. I drink about 72 oz of water a day on a regular basis. I am an avid drinker. I don’t know the reason behind it. I’m not sure if it’s because I get dehydrated often or because it’s something I’ve just always been doing. So, I bring a reusable water bottle full and sometimes I’ll bring an extra bottle depending on how long I know I’m going to be out in the sun.
A good book is something I will always recommend. If you like to tan or you just don’t feel like playing in the water like me, then you need some entertainment. I brought a book by my favourite author Gabrielle Bernstein. I always bring something light and that I know I will enjoy reading. This book is about creating a life with less stress, more flow and finding your true purpose like the cover said.
Spirt Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein: Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles
I always have a good towel with me, sunglasses and a few snacks. Those are pretty self-explanatory items. I typically pack a bunch of fruits and veggies, especially ones that are water based just to get that extra bit of hydration. There’s always a place to buy food but it’s overpriced and there are no healthy options. It’s just better to skip it and bring your own.
Now being wet is one of the things I hate the absolute most when at the beach. I hate being half wet, half dry. It’s just not fun. It’s also not good for your vagina. Yeast and bacteria thrive in moist, dark places like a wet bathing suit/wet clothes, assistant clinical professor and OB/GYN at Mount Sinai School of medicine, Alyssa Dweck has stated. ¹ Honestly, who wants to mess with that headache. So, I always bring a fresh pair of underwear and dry clothes. After I know I’m done swimming I change. It just makes me feel better.
Last but not least, my secret weapon is baby powder. I wish I could tell you where I learned this trick, I’ve known it so long. Baby powder is awesome for taking off the sand and helping with chub rub. I have thick thighs and the mix of heat and water is not great. It irritates my already sensitive skin. So I just put a bit of baby powder every now and again to remove sound and sooth my legs. This is the one that I am using and I love it a lot. It’s super cheap too!
I guess you can call this a beach essentials list for the beach hater. It made my experience way more enjoyable. Maybe I’ll even go again. Maybe. It’s a big maybe.
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