Your Beach Bag Essentials

Annnd just like that, it's July! That means, it's Fourth of July weekend, and that means a mass exodus to the beach! Just so you're ready, here's a quick checklist of everything you need to bring in your beach bag. (Nothing worse than being stranded on a beach miles away from a hairband.)

Hair Thingy. The hairband thing: if you're like me, you NEVER leave home without some sort of hair tie, and on the beach, the ability to pull your hair back is an absolute necessity. We love these beauties from EmiJay.

♥ Hat. I used to be really against hats -- they mess up your hair and give you hat head -- but I've done an about face since realizing they can look cute.

♥ Sunglasses. You don't want to be squinty all day. Plus, a pair of shades will help protect the delicate skin around your eyes from harmful rays.

SPF. Speaking of those pesky rays, it is mandatory that you apply sunscreen! Do it! (Seriously!)

♥ Music. Don't forget your portable music player when hunkering down for the day in the sun. We love the Cults new album, because it's poppy, romantic and makes us want to play beach blanket bingo.

Books. Last but not least, you need a good beach read. Lucky for you, we have plenty of recommendations.