By Lisa Penza

September is the time the kids go back to school and life returns to semi-normal for the rest of us. With the kids back in their routine, beach crowds diminish which, to me, makes it the perfect time to hit the sand! The heat will linger for a few weeks, so enjoy the tail end of summer with these fabulous items:

Number one on my beach packing list is sunglasses and I love stylish Foster Grant. Incredibly affordable (all retail for under $30) and with a very large array of different styles, you can find a pair for everyone to love. Or two pairs. Or three! As someone who wears eye glasses, I need somewhere to store them when I pull out my Foster Grants sunglasses, which is why I always have with me a Corrine McCormack case. Cute enough to double as a clutch, these make for a perfect place to stash my glasses while soaking up the sun! Of course, these can also be used for your favorite pair of sunglasses. Find Foster Grant at

For comfort on the sand, comes to the rescue with personalized items perfect for the surf. Keep dry with the Sorbet Spots Embroidered Beach Bag and Towel set. A comfy, soft towel and matching tote, embroidered with your name or initial, perfect for kids – no more fighting over whose is whose! Keep snacks and drinks cool and protected from the sun with the You Name It Personalized Collapsible Party Cooler, which can also be personalized with your name. Pick these up at

It’s always important to stay hydrated at the beach, but the space an empty water bottle takes up in the bag is valuable real estate! Go green while keeping cool with Vapur Anti-Bottles. Soft and pliable, these bottles stand upright when full and can be rolled up to fit into small, compact spaces when empty. Each comes with a clip, so it can be clipped anywhere for convenience. Now the hassle of empty bottles and the carbon footprint of disposable bottles are a thing of the past! Check these out at

Of course, we need a bag to stash these items for our beach excursion, and no bag is more appropriate than Ella Vickers Sail Cloth Totes. Made from water resistant sail cloth, these are perfect for a trip to the beach or even to sail away on a yacht trip. These come in several sizes, and can be either zippered or open. I love the nautical style of the sail cloth and the large inner pockets to keep everything in its place. Bags come with a random number, or if you prefer you can choose your favorite for an additional fee. For the upcycling fans, you can choose to have your bag created from a previously used sail! Pick out your favorite at

Eco Shopping Bag - Park it Beach
Made of laminated non-woven polypropylene with top snap fastener and comfortable carry handles. Also handy to organize items in your RV or at home and for packing and unpacking the RV! Folds flat for ...
Kalencom Messenger Buckle Diaper Bag, Wiggly Stripes Beach, Matte Coated: Magnetic clip that keeps the top flap closed Laminated outer layer makes clean up a snap Roomy interior with 3 pockets and 2 e...
Brand: KalencomMerchant: Walmart
A striped Kate Spade New York cross body bag with a structured look. Gold tone logo lettering accents the magnetic top flap. Lined, 1 pocket interior. Adjustable shoulder strap. Dust bag included. Fab...
Originally published September 2012
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