ES­SEN­TIALS FOR SUNNY DAYS AT THE BEACH

A GUIDE TO EV­ERY­THING YOU NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME IN THE SUN, SURF AND SAND PLUS HOW TO LOOK GOOD WHILE DO­ING IT

Sunshine Coast Daily - - MAGAZINE | FASHION - WORDS: JAC­INTA EMMS For more fashion tips, visit the­fullfeathe­r.com.

The weather’s gor­geous. Ev­ery­one’s frol­ick­ing on the beach. The salty scents. The rolling waves.

Oh, to run freely, breeze float­ing through your hair.

Yes, once upon a time... Of­ten re­al­ity is that you wake up and you’re feel­ing a lit­tle beachy, so you start chas­ing your 700 chil­dren (two, feels like 700) around the house pack­ing a bag, while your lit­tle helpers un­pack pack­ing and move it to un­known hid­ing spa­ces. Oh, how we love play­ing “hide and seek” as we’re try­ing to exit our abode.

You make it out the door but be­fore you buckle in, some­one needs to go to the toi­let — some­one who has al­ready been asked if they needed to go but didn’t need to a minute ago.

What­ever it is, there’s al­ways some­one who needs to do some­thing the minute you’ve locked the door be­hind you.

Suf­fice to say these days, beach days feel like you’re ma­noeu­vring a mam­moth.

So how do you bring back the beach with­out go­ing bonkers? Plan­ning, of course. You need to pack in ad­vance and keep a bag ready in the car.

As­sum­ing you would like to spon­ta­neously stop, this is what you’ll need.

For each per­son, you must pack a swim­suit. No dodgy togs, please.

There’s some re­ally lovely pieces for the whole fam­ily at sun­haze.com.au in­clud­ing rashies and they’re hav­ing a sale at the mo­ment. Ya­hoo!

Beach tow­els have come a long way and I have to say a light­weight one is a must.

Turk­ish tow­els are great or try a com­pact towel like the Star Gazer Beach Towel.

They dry quickly and are sand-re­sis­tant, too. Find them at matil­da­cove.com.au.

Get one for ev­ery­one and you’ll never have to lug heavy beach tow­els around again. Oh, you had bet­ter check out the swim­suits, too.

Some­thing un­ex­pected but could eas­ily be the must-have ac­ces­sory for sum­mer is a fan. Use it to cool down, swat away chil­dren or shoo flies. So many uses.

Mine’s a wo­ven one from lit­tledis­hand­spoon.com and I love it.

They come in so many colours it’s hard to choose, but there’s def­i­nitely one for you.

When I go to the beach, I aim to take as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially when it comes to hand­bag items. This is when you look to your mini bags: small purses just big enough to fit your phone, keys and other es­sen­tials.

Some­thing you can tuck away. I’ve found some very cute lit­tle ladies’ mini bags at ecolux­eaus.com.au: just the right size and so very fab­u­lous.

Re­mem­ber to pack a hat for ev­ery­one, a sarong if you fancy and don’t for­get the sun­screen.

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