Elizabeth’s Top 5 Beach Bag Essentials

{Thank you Elizabeth! From On Tap for Today}

No Frenchies were harmed in the staging of this photo.

1. Protection

Nothing ruins a day at the beach quite like a sunburn.  I recommend leaving your aluminum foil sun-reflectors at home (or better, in the 1970’s).  They take up an ungodly amount of room, and I suspect their sun magnification powers are disruptive to airplane navigation.  To be serious, sun damage is no laughing matter.  You know the drill: Apply a water and sweat-proof sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 every two hours.    If your freckles start to connect, you should probably head indoors.

In addition to the regular old sunscreen, be sure your shades offer UV protection.  This might be overkill, but after sustaining multiple boogie boarding injuries and a handful of bee and jelly fish stings, I’ve learned never hit the beach without a miniature first aid kit.  I pack Neosporin, Band-Aids and meat tenderizer.  Yes, meat tenderizer.  It’s an old Cape trick I learned from my parents.  When mixed with salt water, it makes a grainy paste that takes the sting and swelling out of, welp, stings.

2.  Reading Material

Growing up, I avoided my summer reading list like the plague.  Instead, I read stacks and stacks of non-mandatory books, and hoped against hope that our summer reading tests would somehow be cancelled. I’m still not clear on how The Sun Also Rises ends.  But never mind that.  We’re adults now.  We can read whatever we want.  I currently have a self-imposed reading list that rivals, in length, the Great Wall of China.  I find the beach to be the perfect place to put a dent in that list.  Plus, pretending to read is a great decoy activity for what most of us are actually doing at the beach: people watching.

3.  Jams

Nothing says summer quite like listening to the Sox on an old-fangled AM/FM radio, but sometimes (i.e. when they’re losing) a day at the beach calls for something a bit more uplifting.  You can find inexpensive iPod speakers just about anywhere these days. My favorite picks for summer?  James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Weepies, and Eric Church.  What are your go-to summer songs?

4.  A plan

We’re lucky enough to live steps from South Boston’s Carson Beach, and hours away from some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the country.  My absolute favorite is Wellfleet’s Marconi Beach, part of the Cape’s National Seashore.  For more inspiration, check out the links below.

And last… but certainly not last…

Photo source: travelpod.com

5.  Your pals

Sure, they might not fit in your beach bag, but your friends and family are possibly the most important ingredient in the recipe for a perfect beach day.  Just as the Muppets.  Life’s a beach, and with your pals by your side, well… life’s a beach party.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

www.ontapfortoday.com

Twitter: @ElizabethEv

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I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid…

Growing up is tough.

I’ve always know this. I mean, doesn’t everyone? But lately I’ve really, truly been realizing how overwhelming it can be. Lots of changes are happening and along with said changes come a plethora of emotions. I am an ‘emotional creature’ (if I may borrow these words from Eve Ensler) and when I feel something, I really feel it. So since a lot has been coming at me, I’ve been giving a lot back emotionally and it can be draining. On one hand I may feel overwhelmed, but on the other hand, I feel so positive about all these changes. I’m excited and I feel as though I’m in a really good place right now. Maybe I just need a thicker skin if I’m going to be a big girl…

May 1st marks the start of an important month for me. I turn 24 on the first of May and I’m currently feeling very adult like. Are you supposed to start feeling like this in your mid-twenties?

I’m leaving my current job and starting a new job on May 10th. This was a tough decision but ultimately I believe I made the right one. I’m investing in my career and hoping to make my mark out there in the world (what an adult like thing to say, right?!)

I’m moving out of my current apartment in Andover which I share with my sister Meg and her fiance Matt, to an apartment in South Boston with a few girlfriends from college. I’m sad to leave Meg and Matt because I love living with them, but since they’re getting married in July I figured I better get out of their way! At the same time, I’m excited to live with the girls and be closer to Boston/all the action. Should be a fun summer. :)

Lastly, I bought my first set of tires today. How thrilling – NOT ! Apparently big girls take care of their cars and when their cars need new tires they whip out the ol’ credit card and make that Chevy feel better. I was under the impression Ol’ Betsy would be getting an oil change for $19.99 but was sorely mistaken. Four tires, an oil change, glueing the rearview mirror back on (yes, this is the second time it has fallen. Yikes!) and $450 later I was feeling extremely adult-like and I’m not sure that I liked it very much. Can I stay 23? I don’t think I want to be 24 anymore.

On to today’s news -

To benefit local fire stations Baskin Robbins will be hosting 31 cent scoop night from 5pm-10pm. You know I’m gonna take advantage of that! In about ten minutes to be precise…

Attention caffeine addicts! Today’s Save is $15 for $30 worth of coffee/tea on www.CoffeeForLess.com Buy now -

http://www.eversave.com/boston/coffeeforless?ref=367725240&key=B4D7001C1F8665BA7A8658D2C1D20A18&sourceid=57088

I just found a new,  cute blog – The Economical Eater – and saw that The Living Room offers great happy hour specials! Check it out -

http://theeconomicaleater.blogspot.com/2010/04/best-deal-this-week-12-off-appetizers.html

It’s Derby time! Looking for a party? Head to Drink this Saturday (from 3pm-7pm) for cocktails, food, bow ties, seersucker, outrageous hats and preppiness galore. Drink – 348 Congress Street, Fort Point – (617) 695-1806. Tickets $45 and don’t forget your hippest hat for their competition. Review of Drink from www.drinkboston.com -

http://drinkboston.com/2008/12/09/drink-best-boston-bars/

Don’t want to Derby? Go to Ladies Luxury Escape at the Millenium Bostonian Hotel on Saturday from 11am-7pm to check out dozens of boutiques, spas, salons, etc. General admission tickets are only $10! More info here -

http://www.anthemevents.com/ladies/

What’s better than flea market browsing on a Sunday afternoon? Not much. So, go to the Top Shelf Flea Market presented by An Affordable Wardrobe. Where? 371 Summer Street, Somerville. When? Sunday 12pm-6pm. Why? Because it’s *free* and it sounds awesome. More info here -

http://boston.riotvine.com/riotvine-member/show/an-affordable-wardrobe-present-0f34/

I hope tonight brings you something wonderful. I’m headed to get my 31 cent ice cream and then to play Stump trivia with some friends. We’re hoping to take home the gold tonight. Wish us luck!