What to Bring for your Beach Picnic (& the Bag that Can Carry it All)

As a mom, I’ve realized just how important checklists are to maintain my sanity. Groceries, packing, to-do, shoots, catching up on work emails…I have so many lists! I now even have a list of things to bring on a beach day to ensure I don’t miss a thing! So, I consolidated my list to share with you what to bring to the beach and the ultimate bag that can carry it all:

The Bag

You might recognize this bag from my summer beach bag edit post, and I can honestly say I’ve been using it nonstop! It fits everything- and trust me when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. From beach blankets to snacks, to Chloe’s toys, this bag can fit it all. Not to mention it’s super sturdy, super chic and super easy to clean! (Which is something I never really appreciated about a beach bag until I had Chloe!)

The Jumpsuit

So this isn’t something you’d so much bring to the beach as it is something you’d wear to the beach (over a super cute swimsuit of course)! This jumpsuit (similar here) is easy and breezy, looks cute with flip flops or heels and can easily scrunch up into a beach bag to wear after a day by the ocean, or a suitcase for a tropical vaycay!

The Sunscreen

I might sound like a broken record, but I can’t stress enough how important wearing sunscreen is. This guy from La Mer has been a beach bag staple for me for ages now. It’s so lightweight, so you can wear it alone or under your makeup.  Its hydrating and really doesnt feel like you have sunscreen on (we all know that feeling)! And with great sunscreens like this one on the market right now (and my ultimate sunscreen guide) you have no excuses to ever leave your house without some!

The Sunnies

A good pair of sunnies is a no-brainer for a beach day. I’ve fallen head over heels for these retro looking shades from Karen Walker! I love that smaller frames are making a comeback.

The Towel

So you get to the beach, find the perfect spot… and then what? Beach towels are great until the sand sticks to it, so when I found this beach blanket I was sold! It shakes off the sand in a pinch at the end of the day, takes up less room than a bulky beach towel, doubles as a chic wrap if it gets chilly, and is bigger than your average towel!

The Beach Read

There’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book at the beach while listening to the waves crash on the shore. I’m always on the hunt for a great beach read and when one of the girls on the CINCteam recommended this one I fell in love! It’s filled with beautiful poetry and trust me you’re not going to want to put it down!

What do you guys always carry in your beach bag? Let me know down below!



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  • I absolutely love it all- but those Sunnies, especially! And Milk and honey is one of my favorite books, I always have it on my nightstand~!

  • tanja says:

    absolute in love with your style
    happy day xo tanja

  • Brooke Alexa says:

    Love those glasses! Perfect beach outfit!

    xx Brooke

  • karla says:

    Undoubtedly, this is one of the chicest picnics ever.

    love love love

  • Kathleen says:

    Love the bag, the jumpsuit and the sunnies… and I’d die for those strawberries 🙂 Have a fab Sunday!
    Love, Kathleen

  • Brenda says:

    Love the bag and towel! I always carry Burt’s Bees vanilla bean lip balm, a hat and a hydro-flask full of water.

  • Absolutely love your striped big beach bag and all your essentials!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Elizabeth says:

    Definitely agree that a beach blanket is better than a beach towel because it saves room and is easy to clean! <3 🙂 And yes to great beach reads! Hahah I usually don't get in the water until a later in the day, since the water is cooler, and there aren't that many people, so while I wait, I always love a good read!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Vivian says:

    adore your retro Karen Walker shades!!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • nat says:

    Where are those sandals from? I love them!

  • Rania (@itsmystylediary_) says:

    I take all the items you listed plus a hair brush and lip gloss or lipstick. I read a lot that skin of the lips is always neglected for.sunscreen and one of ways is to cover with lipstick on the beach. For the brush, I love the compact Detangler doesn’t take any space plus a hair oil to put before getting in the water to protect the hair.

  • mainou says:

    Love Milk&Honey!! I recommend it to a ton of people too =)

  • Kiri says:

    Loving your outfit – I love how your jumpsuit matches your bag!!
    Milk and Honey – that looks like the perfume brand?
    Maybe it is their book.
    I will have to look it up!
    You should be packing a hat – great that you have included it!
    Set to Glow

  • Savannah says:

    ooh I really want to read Milk and Honey, heard so many good recommendations x

  • Kritsida says:

    Those shades are amazing! & I love a great book at the beach!
    x. kritsida

  • Natali says:

    Looking so edgy and unique as always! Fantastic photos!

  • Love the beach bag, now all I need is a beach day.


  • Jandrew says:

    The beach bag and the jumpsuit are made for each other . I love ❤️ this great beach bag ! The size , the style and the fact you can clean it perfect!
    Dress The Part

  • Ray says:

    A lovely bag to go with that outfit.

  • absolutely adore the styling here! Especially loving the Karen Walker sunnies! x

  • Shloka says:

    You have got the best carry on beach stuff here! I love the idea of wearing the jumpsuit becuase then you reallya re ready for anything and I have been wanting to try the La Mer sunscreen for ages!


  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Lovely ❤️ stripes look for the beach … love that beach bag! 🙂

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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