5 New Summer Essentials: Try These Perfect Items for the Beach

There are certain summer essentials that no 30A local or visitor should leave the house (or cottage) without for a day on the gorgeous, sugar white beaches of South Walton. Here are a few essentials that have made our list.

1. Get to the beach with Bike Pretty helmets

We all love riding around town on a 30A electric beach cruiser by YOLO, and now your helmet can be just as fun. This helmet has it all!  It’s actually a certified helmet with a hat topper. A great fit and some stylish sun protection, too!

The 30A team is particularly loving the Straw Hat look, but any of the BIKEPRETTY.COM styles will add some personality to your ride down to the beach.

2. A cooler for on-the-go

A backpack-style cooler is a great option whether your on your bike, walking, or loading up the car. Keep it traditional with one like this, or one with a little more flair. Either option keeps your drinks cool even on the hottest days and makes loading up your gear just a little bit easier.

3. Protect the skin you’re in

Be sure to pack your 30A Sun Care products – a new line of high-quality sun care products that are friendly to fragile marine eco-systems. Many sunscreens on the market contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that harm the environment and destroy marine eco-systems, including coral reefs.

The new 30A branded line of sun care products features 30A SPF 30 Sunscreen, which is free from these harmful additives.

Instead, the new line uses zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Pick up yours at 30Agear.com or at any of The 30A Stores.

4. Get the perfect shot for the ‘gram

Our perfectly clear, emerald waters are the perfect backdrop for your next Instagrammable pic! Check out these waterproof phone cases from Mpow. Cases are touch-friendly even underwater, scratch-resistant, and the lanyard makes it easy to keep nearby. Make sure you tag @hey30A in your favorite vacay pics!

5. And the wagon to get you there

So once you get all these great beach items, then what? One of the best reviewed beach wagons on the market – the Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon – lets you load up to 150 lbs and still maneuver on the soft white sands on our beaches. Once you’re done for the day, the whole thing collapses down for easy and compact storage.

Now we’re packed and ready to go for our next beach day. Are you?

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JESSICA ROBERTS is a Santa Rosa Beach writer and event producer. When not working or writing, you’ll find her out on the water or traveling somewhere new.

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