EMU Blog

Jul 12 2019

What’s In Your Beach Bag?

by blogemu

Summer is in full swing and if you’re one of the many Michiganders trying to beat the heat, a trip to the beach can be the perfect escape. Whether it’s a quick dip or a fun-filled day in the sun, stocking your bag with the essentials is key to perfecting your trip.

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First up: the bag. Grab a generously sized, durable, and waterproof carryall to store your must-haves. And don’t forget the basics – stock an over-sized beach blanket as well as a towel and loose-fitting clothes like a coverup for when you’re lounging in the sand. Depending on your plans for the day, pack a change of clothes and waterproof bag for your suit so you don’t have to stop home on the way to your next destination.

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Next up, protect yourself from the sun. A beach umbrella is totally worth the investment, as it can protect you as well as your cooler and electronics. Sunscreen is another necessity if you’re planning to spend extended time outside the safety of your umbrella. Despite recent reports from the FDA about the safety of chemicals in sunscreen, the American Academy of Dermatology highly recommends its use. Still not convinced? Grab a mineral-based sun repellent and make sure to stay out of the sunshine. Luckily, floppy hats are also considered this summer’s chic look, so there’s a variety of colors and styles you can choose from. Areas like the tips of the ears, back of the neck, scalp, and face often fall victim to burning and can all be protected by donning a wide-brimmed hat. Umbrellas, loose clothing, and hats are all good ways to stay cool on the beach.

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Now that you’re dressed and ready to take on the sun, don’t forget some things to keep you occupied. You’re at the beach! You’re out in nature! Enjoy the moment and log off for the day. Grab a book or, for less commitment, a magazine. If you’re not sure what to read, start with Neil Gaiman. His book “Good Omen” recently became a Prime series, with Netflix reportedly looking to pick up his “Sandman” comics. Looking for something a bit scarier? Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” trilogy was also recently picked up for TV and has been described as the “modern horror masterpiece” by Den of Geek.

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Even if it’s just a short visit, make sure to pack plenty of beverages to stay hydrated. But what about those long days at the beach? You need to either come prepared, or run the risk of having to leave early in order to avoid having to buy questionable food from a person with a cart. So pack smart and in this case, plan to overpack. Picnic food is great for a quick snack between dips in the water. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always a good bet. As for water, pack yourself a reusable bottle and a large container to refill it. Especially when traveling in a group, individual plastic bottles stack up quickly and they don’t taste very good when left in the sun. 

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What about music? Good question. Are you the only one on the beach? If the answer is no, then consider the people around you and pop in a pair of earbuds. If you’re in a large group you can have music on low volume. But once again, consider the people around you. If you can hear the music outside of your group of friends, then it’s too loud. The other people on the beach have as much of a right to not have to listen to your music as you have to listen to it!

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Finally, for those of you trying to look your best while bronzing your beach bods, beauty expert Meredith Osswald has a few tips. For beachy looks, use Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion spray. “Bumble & Bumble provides UV protection, shine and hold. It has a sea salt mineral blend to provide body and texture, tropical oils to soften and add shine, and UV filters to help protect against the drying effects of the sun.”

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 For a fresh face despite the oily effects of a day at the beach, Supergoop is the mist-setting spray for Meredith. “Supergoop lets you reapply SPF over your makeup. It has peppermint and rosemary to help control oil and even out sun-blotched complexion,” Meredith noted. An added bonus is that both of these products are cruelty free and you can score them for under $20 at various local beauty retailers. Meredith also recommended stocking your bag with some SPF lip balm and underarm deodorant wipes.

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Independence Lake is only 30 minutes from EMU and costs Washtenaw County residents $6 for a day pass. – Photo by Pamela Mohar


About the Writer:

Hi! I’m Pamela, a senior studying Communication Technology. I’ll be starting the graduate program for Creative Writing this fall. You can usually find me around campus covering events for the Eastern Echo or working at the Rec/IM. I’m passionate about health, music, happiness, reading, wine, and cats.

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