More than 37 million Americans are hitting the road this holiday weekend, many heading to the beach, no doubt. Make sure you are prepared! Here are a few of my Beach Bag Must Haves.
START WITH A CUTE BAG…
The good news is that there are a lot of bags on sale right now everywhere from the Gap to Target, so you can get something cheap, but still chic. This summer, I am borrowing a bag from my 5-month-old, who received a monogrammed L.L. Bean canvas tote as a baby gift. I thought it was a pretty genius gift idea for a baby. It’s such a classic-she (and I!) will use it for years. www.llbean.com
I am the sunblock queen. As I’ve mentioned, I always use La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 if I’m going to be outdoors. Now I have a baby who has inherited my fair skin to worry about too! I have been using dermatologist approved Baby Silk BabySafe Sunscreen Towelettes SPF 30, which are easier than lotion to apply on a baby who won’t sit still! www.mdmoms.com. If it’s a really brutally sunny day, go one step further with BabyLegs- lightweight mesh leggings with sunprotection of 50+. Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and Jessica Alba have them for their kids. www.babylegs.net
AND DON"T FORGET YOUR HAIR….
Phytoplage L’Originale Protective Beach Spray is an oil which guards against sun damage while it moistures hair. www.sephora.com. It works wonders! For added protection - wear a hat! Look stylish and keep hair and skin safe with Block Headwear. Fergie, Will Smith and Nick Cannon are all fans. www.blockheadwear.com
THROW ON SOME CHIC SUMMER SANDALS….
Fake longer looking legs with sandals from Trove Tkees. “The Foundations Collection,” is specifically designed to have the sandal match its wearer’s skin tone thus creating an illusion of longer legs. The organic leather sandals come in eight neutral-colored shades. www.tkees.com. Perfect for the beach or pool.
AND TAKE YOUR TUNES TO GO!
Whether you’re jamming to Lady Gaga or Linkin Park, make sure you have plenty of music to keep the party going. The iHome iH13 Protective Speaker Case is a water-resistant zippered portable case speaker that holds your iPod and protects it from the elements. Selena Gomez and Denise Richards are iHome fans. www.ihomeaudio.com
FINALLY- BRING A BEACH READ!
Don’t forget something juicy to read! My friend, NY Post Page Six Columnist Paula Froelich, has published her first novel “Mercury in Retrograde.” It’s a fun, light read about the misadventures of a newspaper reporter in NYC. Available at www.amazon.com