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Summer Beach Day Must-Haves

Summer Beach Day Must-Haves

There’s still time to enjoy what’s left of summer – at least that’s how I’m choosing to look at it. One of our favorite things to do is go to the beach and surprisingly enough, we haven’t been to the beach since last October during my maternity shoot. Spending a day at the beach is a great way to have a “getaway” experience while on staycation. We’ve pretty much been on staycation, so spending a day at one of our favorite local beaches will be a perfect way to relax and pretend like we’re elsewhere. We’ll make it a home away from home of sorts, packed with a mini shelter, food, toys, and family fun.

I’ve discovered some amazing summer finds from Walmart. Last summer, I picked up some great arm chairs and the perfect cooler on wheels. I also received a miniature gas grill for an assignment and an easy-pitch tent for review. I recently purchased a fabulous retro swimsuit from Walmart. All of these finds are perfect for a day at the beach, so I thought I’d share!

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1. Beach Sun Straw Hat – I never thought I’d be a sun hat girlie, but I absolutely adore this Beach Sun Straw Hat! The floppy brim provides excellent shade, keeping me cool and comfortable. It also offers UV UPF 50 protection. The hat is foldable and packable, making it perfect for travel since it retains its shape easily. One of my favorite features is the adjustable chin strap, which keeps the hat securely in place even on windy days.

2. Shirred Halter Swimsuit – The Catalina (Now Slimply Slim) Shirred Halter Swimsuit is an irresistible gem for just about any body type. I’ve been wanting a vintage pin-up style swimsuit for a while and This swimsuit is absolutely perfect during maternity and does a great job at creating a curvy silhouette while hiding the tummy pooch post-pregnancy. The Catalina Shirred Halter Swimsuit is available in 8 colors different patterns. I originally purchased the black polka dot print and later purchased it in multi-color because I loved it so much.

3. Cabana Beach Towels – These towels are generously sized at 30×60 inches and made from 100% ringspun cotton, making them super soft and highly absorbent. They dry quickly and are really durable, which is perfect for frequent use.  The trendy cabana stripe design really adds to the beach vacay vibes we all adore.

4. Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool – Setting up an inflatable pool at the beach has been a game-changer, providing a safe, controlled environment for our kids to play without the hazards of Lake Michigan’s unpredictable currents. It allows us to enjoy the beach worry-free with our own little oasis for cooling off and relaxing.

5. 16-Qt Wheeled Cooler – This little cooler stores all picnic essentials and keeps them perfectly chilled. The retractable handle and wheels make it easier to travel with. At the beach, though, be prepared to carry it through the sand or you can drag it to your campsite if your hands are full :-).

6. Ozark Trail Deluxe Armchair – Nothing beats laying out on a beach towel, but sometimes you need a little support. I can’t believe how much of a bargain these little chairs are. We purchased three; two of the adult chairs and one of the junior chairs. These chairs are super compact and fold up and store in a slim drawstring bag.

7. Lightspeed Tent – Lightspeed Tents set up in seconds, hence the name, Lightspeed. Gone are the days of struggling with a traditional tent. We have the Sandy Sleeper and it’s amazing. It has three window areas for enjoying great views and summer breezes. They all zip down for instant privacy. The Sandy Sleeper also has a zipper pocket on the inside for storing small things like cell phones and baby wipes. We never leave for the beach without our portable abode.

8. Tabletop Gas Grill – This tabletop grill and propane tank fits right in a beach tote. It’s perfect for all the campfire favorites and foil packet meals. Brownie Stuffed Oranges anyone? Propane is sold separately, but a Coleman Cylinder can be purchased under $6.

Do you have any beach day must haves?

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