Heading to the sandy beaches of Charleston SC for a getaway? Nothing says summer like a day spent on one of South Carolina’s beautiful beaches. Whether you are staying at one of our vacation rentals on Folly Beach or visiting one of Charleston’s other top-rated beaches – Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, or Kiawah Island –  having the right essentials in your beach bag will help make your beach day that much better.  Check the weather forecast, call your friends and pack these “5 Beach Bag Essentials” to guarantee you’ll have a fun day in the sun:

Beach Bag – The right beach bag can make ALL the difference. Sure, you could throw your things into any old bag, but all beach bags are not created equal. Look for size, water and sand resistance, and security when searching out the ideal bag for a day in the sand.


Beach Towel – Pack a towel for each person in your group, whether they plan on wading in the waves or sitting in the sand. Having an extra towel is always good idea, too. If you’re staying at one of our Folly Beach vacation rentals – The View, The Vista, or The Oasis or Sea la Vie – don’t worry about bringing your own towel, just grab the a beach towel from the stack and chairs we provide!


Sunscreen – With the warm southern sun in Charleston, sunscreen is a MUST for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that’s designed for your beach activities (waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. And definitely don’t forget to REAPPLY throughout the day … after all, sunscreen doesn’t work if it just sits in your bag all day!


Hat & Sunglasses – Make sure to bring something to protect your eyes from the sun’s bright rays and give you a little shade throughout the day. Whether it’s a floppy beach hat, a faded baseball cap, a canvas bucket hat or a pair of trendy shades, you’ll be happy you have these in the afternoon.


Water Bottle – Staying hydrated when you’re in the sun is vital. Throw a few waters in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as S’well bottle or Yeti cup, to keep your drink ICE cold ALL day. The sun and the salt water will dry you out, so make sure you’ve got enough water to go around for everyone in your group.

For any given beach day, these are the “must have” essentials we recommend , but there are always other things you feel are key to taking your “fun in the sun” to a whole new level! These could include bluetooth speaker, healthy snacks, favorite novel, a stack of magazines or a frisbee. Regardless of what you choose to put in your beach bag, once it’s packed you’re ready for a fun-filled day on the beach with family and friends. Start planning your Charleston SC beach vacation today …