Best Beach Bag Essentials GIVEAWAY

Having recently returned from the beach, I definitely still have vacation on the brain. While I took a very spontaneous trip to the beach last year, I had more time to plan out what I wanted to pack this year. Naturally, I overpacked, BUT as a result, I was absolutely prepared for my daily beach excursions. Now that we're at the peak of summer, I want to make sure YOU are prepared for your upcoming beach trip (or for summer in general!) by getting you set up with the best beach bag essentials. I've teamed up with some of my best blog buddies to figure out the creme de la creme of beach bag must-haves and curated a list for you to start shopping for and packing! They range from beauty products to beach reads and are all budget-friendly (because we want to be able to afford vacation, right?!). And you're all going to get a chance to WIN the whole lot! One lucky reader will receive a beach bag full of our recommended essentials to enjoy this summer.

Enter to win best beach bag essentials

Before I get into the goods, meet my fellow bloggy beach babes:

Meghan from Hayes Days Marlene from MDC Artistic Designs Karen from Fearlessly Authentic Angelica from Syntaxx Errorrr Paulina from Color Me Brave

These ladies have generously contributed the funds and ideas to help put this giveaway together. Go give them a virtual hug!

Here's what we think you definitely need in your beach bag this summer:

Beach Bag Essentials

A Cute, Waterproof Tote

You need a nice-sized waterproof tote that can carry all of your essentials to and from the beach. We're giving away this adorable nautical-inspired vinyl tote in navy and white stripe with hot pink straps and liner.

A Floppy Hat

I've never considered myself a hat girl. Ever. My hair is simply too big to accommodate one! However, that all changed when I tried on some floppy hats at Target and fell in love. I don't know how I survived the beach without one all these years! I care a lot more about protecting my face and shoulders (and eyes!) from the sun these days and this did the trick while still looking cute. That's why I definitely made sure we included this Merona Floppy Hat with Bow in the giveaway.

A Great Book

Whether you like to be active on the beach or not, there's always some down time for reading. Getting all of that uninterrupted, relaxing time to read is among my favorite parts of vacation! Two summers ago, I was entranced by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and knew I had to give someone else the same magical experience. (If you've already heard me talk about this before and you still haven't picked it up, what are you waiting for?)

Sea Salt Spray

Encourage your own waves after boogie boarding with Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. A few quick spritzes will help your natural texture form as it dries.

Fun Hair Ties

Beaches be windy. Tie back your hair or finish off a pretty braid with one of these six neutral CyndiBands Hair Ties.  If you spray your hair with the texture spray and braid it or coil it into a bun with these ties, you'll have perfect loose waves by dinner time with no dents.

Sunscreen & After Sun Care

This is a no-brainer. No more excuses. We're too old to "forget" or be apathetic about taking care of our skin. Protect your skin with The Naked Bee Vitamin C Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30  and follow-up with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Ultra Hydrating Lotion. No grease, just moisture!

Cleansing Wipes

Let's face it, a day at the beach can leave your face pretty sweaty and nasty. Clean and sooth your skin with YES TO Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes. You can also use it prior to applying sunscreen to ensure proper coverage.

Bright Nail Polish

Okay, so maybe you won't be painting your nails on the beach (however, raise your hand if you've done it before. Ashlie.), but you'll want to paint your nails with some bright colors to declare yourself officially beach-ready. Save money on a mani pedi and paint your own with the Essie 2014 Summer "Haute in the Heat" Mini Color Cube.

Smooth Skin Tools

Again, this is definitely behind-the-scenes before you hit the beach, but if you're going to bare it on the beach, you'll definitely want to use the Gillette Venus Razor, Bikini Razor, and Olay Moisturizing Lotion. You'll feel way more confident stepping out onto the sand with smooth, moisturized skin.

Cute Waterproof Pouches

Store all your little goodies and personal items like money and your phone in a waterproof zipper pouch. We're giving away this adorable Contents Boho Glow Pull Apart Purse Kit that includes two vinyl zipper pouches that snap and zip together for easy carrying.

Beachy Earrings

Transition from beach time to dinner time by tossing on a pair of beachy earrings. These Orange Coral Reef Earrings, created by the lovely Marlene from MDC Artistic Designs, are one-of-a-kind and perfect for the summertime. You'll be the only one wearing them!

Orange Coral Reef Earrings

Other must-haves that we recommend include*:

*not included in the giveaway

With all of these items in tow, you'll be more than ready to take on the sunshine in style. What's even better is that all of these products can be used all summer long, whether you're at the beach or not!

If you don't want to test your luck, you can shop these items below: [show_shopthepost_widget id="142871"] Otherwise, enter to win all of these lovely beach bag essentials by clicking on the Rafflecopter link! The giveaway is open to the Continental US ONLY! You will have until midnight on 7/14 to enter. Winners' entries will be verified. Good luck!

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