Beach & Pool Bag Organization…

April 15, 2013

This week our weather has been just beautiful (in the 80‘s) and beach season is getting really close. I have prepared my beach bag in anticipation for my favorite time of the year. I can’t wait to put my toes in the sand and feel the cool ocean breeze. I love reading a good book while listening to the waves crash. I also love watching my kids boogie board and build sand castles. There’s nothing like summertime with kids!

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Is your beach or pool bag ready to go? Below are some essentials you may want to keep in your bag. If you have it prepped and ready to go, all you have to do is grab it and head out! I keep my bag stored in my garage.

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Beach/Pool Bag Checklist

  • Ziploc Baggies – After you are finished swimming, you may want to take off your swimming suit (before getting in the car). The baggies protect your other contents from getting wet.
  • Baby Powder – Sprinkle baby powder on your legs and feet to help remove sand.
  • Sunscreen
  • SPF Chapstick
  • First Aid Kit – You never know when you may need a bandaid!
  • Sunglasses – I keep a designated pair of sunglasses in my beach bag. They do not leave the bag (except for when I am at the beach).
  • Water Bottles – One for each person. I prefer using glass. The thought of melting plastic bottles in the hot sun doesn’t sound appealing to me.
  • Snacks – Save your $ and pack your own snacks.
  • Pocket Change – Our public beach is pay to park, so I always need cash. The kids also like to grab a cold lemonade on the way down the boardwalk. Its good to keep a little extra cash stashed in your beach bag at all times.
  • Toys – Sand or pool toys. Frisbees, beach balls, etc…
  • Books/Magazines/E-Reader- You can’t go to the beach without a good beach read.
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Sheet – I prefer a sheet since its lightweight and easy to shake off the sand.
  • Trash Bag – Use this to place wet beach towels in, when you are ready to leave.


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This year, I went with the “tiffany blue” theme for my beach bag and accessories. It’s one of my favorite colors. All of my bags are from Thirty One.

  • My beach bag is the “Large Utility Tote”.
  • The snack bag is the “Zipper Pouch”.
  • My accessories & sunscreens are kept in the “Timeless Beauty Bag”.
  • My e-reader is kept in the “Fold-n-Go Organizer”.
  • The beach toys are kept in the “Organizing Utility Tote”.
  • The aqua blue water bottle is from (here).


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26 comments on “Beach & Pool Bag Organization…

  1. I wish we had a beach close to us. That sounds so fun. Instead we just have to go swimming a lot. I have a family swim bag, but I also decided to go with individual totes for my kids. I think this helps them be responsible for their stuff and it has been nice when just one of them is invited somewhere. You can read more about their individual totes here.

  2. M says:

    Gorgeous. I desperately need to make a beach bag, and maybe a park bag, too.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Great post! You have inspired me to get going on beach stuff for the summer!

    Also, I LOVE those water bottles, I use mine all the time!

  4. Jenn says:

    I love how it is all color coordinated! It’s nice to see someone else appreciates how much more organized and put together it feels when things match! 🙂

  5. Gail says:

    Wow – I’m just trying to get my head around the word “beach”! In MN, we’re still covered in snow, searching for some small sign of spring. But your beach bag organization looks fabulous and I will try not to weep jealous bitter tears!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can’t seem to find the material information on the 31 bag site. What are the totes made of?

  7. Dawn Z says:

    I put small individual eye drops in my kit. They are a lifesaver when someone gets sand in their eye.

  8. You have done it again!!! Wowwed me with my own product! I started using my hang-up wall organizer after I saw your post for that. Of course I own ALL these items but have never used them together as a set like this. And I love the color theme with matching H20 bottle to boot! Thanks for such a pretty post and great usage ideas I can share with my customers!

  9. The Utility Totes are made of a Polyester/Nylon material that has a wipeable lining, that makes clean them up very easy!

  10. Paula says:

    Beautiful way to stay so organized

  11. Shelly says:

    My family is mostly passed that stage. HOWEVER, love the color!!! AND, yep the one with pens and paper (for me) and the one with the sunscreen. {I pretended that you had a $100.00 bill stashed in there!}

  12. Do you like those glass bottles? I have read some reviews on them and many said the top is hard to screw on and it leaks.

  13. I love your beach bag! I just use a large orange Home Depot reusable shopping bag — LOL. But, I’d love to replace the HD bag with one like yours! I’ve been taking my kids to swim weekends at my gym (they have “family swim” time). To make life easier, I prepack the bag with our goggles, towels, change of clothes and shower essentials earlier in the week so we’re not rushing to get to the swim hours on time!

  14. This is an awesome post! It is summer season now for me and I love going to the beach! very helpful tips, thanks for sharing

  15. Ashley says:

    Just placed my order! Can’t wait to get everything!

  16. Laura says:

    Awesome ideas!

  17. Alicia says:

    Definitely going to do this! Beautiful. I stumbled upon your 14 week organizing series so…guess that’s what my summer will be! Love this beach bag, though. I love totes!

  18. Tabitha says:

    Adorable! That bag is huge! Love your blog, you pop up on pinterest almost every time I’m searching for organizing project ideas.

  19. Sharon says:

    I love this. The color is amazing. I need one of these for our upcoming beach trip.

  20. kymm fox says:

    i am always looking at these products but i have never purchased any. i will get brave enough one day!!! the blue is so pretty and very summery

  21. erin says:

    did you make your own first aid kit? it seems to be the perfect size. i have all the exact same thirty one stuff for our beach bags. 🙂 LOVE it.

  22. Jenni says:

    I found your post via Pinterest and I shared it with the hubby. Lucky for me he works with a 31 consultant and I had a wonderful suprise this mother’s day – everything you recommended (except for the water bottle). Thanks for the great tips and recommendations! Now, bring on the sun and sand!!

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