What should be in every Charlestonian’s beach bag?

Skip the extras and get down to what you really need to have a perfect day on the coast.

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You know the drill: digging through scratched sunglasses, worn out flip flops, and dusty mints at the bottom of your bag. With readers’ help, we put together a list of CHS beach bag essentials to give your bag the ultimate revamp.


Preferably not expired — yeah were looking at you old banana boat from 2010. We like the selection at McKevlins.


Make sure to protect your eyes from that South Carolina sun + support local business while you’re at it.

Bug spray

This was one of the biggest suggestions from our readers when asked about Charleston life hacks.

  • “Keep bug spray wipes in your purse for the noseeums.” — Michelle B.
  • Mission Essentials (local co) bug spray on hand at all times.” — Traci E.

Odds and ends

  • Towels: Always keep an eye on your towels. Tides change quickly and we have had one too many get drenched.
  • Baby powder: One of our favorite hacks to get off that pesky sticky sand.
  • Speaker: No Lowcountry day is complete without Darius Rucker playing.