I honestly get bored very easily at the beach. I can’t do the nine-hours-a-day, nothing-but-sitting-there thing. It’s very important that I have a lot of books (with a fully charged book battery) and an iPhone to keep me occupied. And if there are jellyfish in the ocean, then I need the extra phone battery, too.
Here are my beach bag essentials–
The bag: Longchamp Le Pliage Large in Sunshine. This is the old style from 2008 with long handles. The new style is currently on sale at Nordstrom for under $100, down from $145.
The contents: J.Crew Style Guide and Printed backup battery for iPhone 3G/4/4S (on sale for $29.99 and an extra 40% off), iPhone, Kindle Fire HD, and lightweight dress. This one’s pure + good from Anthropologie and no longer available, but this similar striped dress is nice.