Calling all sunbathing beauties, sand castle builders, and brave souls who actually enter the water!
Headed to the beach this summer? Me too! Actually, I already had my first beach day earlier this month at Oval Beach in West Michigan’s oh-so-charming Saugatuck.
A couple weeks ago, my best friend since childhood was visiting me in Grand Rapids. Since the temperatures were in the 80s that weekend, a visit to a nearby beach town was definitely in order.
Less than an hour from Grand Rapids, Saugatuck was ideal for our day trip. We shopped the boutiques in Saugatuck’s artsy downtown business district. We sipped island cocktails and ate enormous burgers in view of sailboats at Butler’s. Then we cooled down with ice cream before spending a couple hours sunbathing along the Lake Michigan shore.
Packing for the Beach: The Ultimate Beach Essentials
Since the Saugatuck day trip was my first beach day of the year, I felt a bit rusty with packing for it. We filled my large canvas tote with the essentials — sunscreen, beach towels, and, of course, my sunglasses.
However, once we got to the beach, I realized I had forgotten a book to read. Luckily, people-watching was plenty entertaining as the wind swept away beach balls that were chased down the beach, and adults acted like big kids on their inner tubes and floaties.
Though we had a blast in Saugatuck, I don’t want to forget my reading material or anything more essential on my next beach day. I don’t want you to either. So, I’ve compiled this handy beach packing list. Feel free to save it to your Pinterest summer or travel boards to refer back to it before your next beach trip. 😉
Whether you are vacationing or just spending a day at the beach, I hope will be fully prepared for the sun, sand, and water with my beach packing list.