We don't want to use just any sunscreen; we want to use one that doesn't add more stress to our oceans by leaving behind a residue that kills our precious coral reefs. Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done an in-depth analysis of sunscreens that are healthy for our oceans and that offer the best protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays for us. EWG also reports on which sunscreens are best for kids, as well as detailed information on potential harmful ingredients. Check them out and get the best protection for your skin this summer. LINK
The best way to help protect ourselves from the harmful effects of strong sun rays is to provide shade for our body, including our head. There are a lot of options in this category, but consider getting one with a wide brim and that folds up like this popular one from Furtalk:
Not all sunglasses are the same so don't skimp on this item if you are going to be spending time in the sun. Quality glasses that protect our eyes from UV radiation help prevent cataracts and other eye diseases. Maui Jims are my personal favorite, not only do they 100% block the both the UVA and UVA rays, they also offer a really friendly repair program if your glasses get scratched, cracked or break in some way. Wide-framed lenses, like this Taro model, help protect the delicate skin around the eye area as well.
Extra-Large Reusable Water Bottle That Keeps Your Beverage COLD
Keeping well-hydrated is important when we are out in the sun so we want to have plenty of fluids, but the last thing we want to do is add more plastic to the ocean, right? Making the investment in a good quality reusable, insulated, stainless steel water bottle is a great investment for you and the environment. This wide-mouth, 64 ounce bottle offered by Hydro Flask, not only holds a large volume of cold water, or your favorite drink, to the beach; you can also easily fill it with ice cubes. Keep this properly cleaned and it will last you for years making it well worth the investment. What makes this even better? Hydro Flask provides grants to non-profit organizations focused on building, maintaining, restoring, or providing better access to parks.
There are millions of books available today so it's hard to choose which one to add to your beach bag, so I'll leave this up to you, since it is also a personal preference. Be sure to post in the comments below which book you'll be adding, maybe I will add it to mine.
Have a fun summer!