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What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

Beach toys? Check. Snacks? Check. Moms remember everything for the kids when heading to the beach, but they often forget about themselves. But we haven't!

By Roslyn Costanzo

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

What every mom needs in her beach bag

Beach bag checklist

Going to the beach or a pool on a hot summer's day requires a bit of planning: towels, picnic lunch, toys, sunscreen...the list goes on. But don't forget about yourself! We've got a few items you need to stuff in your beach bag before you head out.

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

Beach bag

A roomy, sturdy tote is a necessity for carrying around the whole family’s beach gear. Load this colour-block version with sunscreen, snacks and magazines to last the day so you don’t have to leave your prime spot by the pool.

Where to buy: canvas tote, Gap, $50

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

Swimsuit

Your skimpy, pre-baby bikinis might not feel appropriate on a family excursion to the water. Choose suits that are still fun and playful but that provide the coverage needed to get down and dirty (literally), with the kids.

This strapless, lace one-piece (left) is both flirty and family-appropriate. The simple lines and full bottom of this pastel-striped bikini (right) make it the perfect suit for a vacation chock full of water sports and sand castles.

Where to buy: Lace one-piece, Winners, $40; bikini top, $52 and bottom, Roxy, $54

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

Hat

A sun hat is a must for long hours spent poolside with the kiddies. This straw fedora with a bright, yellow band is at once functional and fashionable.

Where to buy: straw fedora, Smart Set, $18

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

Slip-on shoes

While flip-flops are your likely beach go-to, this jelly pair ups the style quotient of your swim look with a stud-adorned bow. The bonus of jelly shoes of course, is that it doesn’t matter if they get wet!

Where to buy: jelly thong sandal, Boohoo.com, $10

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

Beach games!

5 beach games we love> Tired of building sandcastles? Try one of these family-friendly games instead!

What every mom needs in her beach bag...for herself

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