What's in Your Bag for Summer? Plus Giveaway!Sunday, May 13, 2012
I live the life of forever summer.
The tan that never fades. The bikinis that quickly fade over numerous beach trips. And the addiction to the smell of coconut oil and sunblock combined.
Naturally, I have several prepacked bags that are ready to go with me on those last minute beach trips. Let's take a quick look at some of the stuff I have inside..
1 Mamo Yoga Travel Towel
I've had mine for almost a year and I don't just take it on trips. I even use it at home. It's very light, absorbent and air dries in less than an hour! Check out their new Travel Towel colors here.
I discovered Headware a few weeks before our 6-month Asian trip and I just couldn't travel without it! My best uses for it: sleepmask on bus/train rides, scarf to prettify any drab outfit and a head band when I'm on those motorcycle rides. Check them out on facebook here.
No surprise here. Protection for your eyes when the sun is harsh is necessary. From high end frames to $2 "Raybans" in Vietnam, I've tried them all. Do you have any recommendations?
4 Belo Essentials Sunexpert
The first time I tried these products was when we got them on the last Surf Yoga Samba retreat. We got the one for the face and for the body as well. I liked it immediately! It's not too greasy and SPF 60 for surfing is perfect!
5 Lagu Beach Blanket
Surfista Elaine introduced me to the first beach-friendly beach blankets. Unlike ordinary towels, Lagu repels sand, allowing you to lay down and enjoy yourself and at the same time conserving the beach. The material is allergen-free and dries quickly so it always smells fresh. I took my blanket for a test run in Baler and Zambales recently and it's my new favorite travel item.
The colors are refreshing, getting the sand out is a breeze and it packs so well! The material is also thick enough that it doubles as a blanket on those cold bus rides. Check them out at the Ava Online Store.
6 Bling Duck Flip Flops
Believe me, I've tried them all! I've tried a lot of expensive brands. And all they gave me were painful soles after some of them broke even for just a few weeks! My Bling Ducks are sturdy, comfy and don't you just love those colorful, summery designs?
And when you're not on the beach and walking around a lot, do your soles a favor and give them Suelas! I got my Llanura gunmetal pair a few weeks ago and they complement all my outfits. They're comfy, a great trade-off to heels and you can fold, flatten and fit them right into your bag. I will definitely bring them along on my trip to Spain in July and walk around Madrid in those pretty flats!
8 Brown Belly Bikini
I always complain that there are not enough beach wear stores in Manila that sell fair-priced bikinis. And when I say fair, I mean prices that won't make you gasp and yell: "Are you INSANE? And only for the bikini top?"
Seriously, for a tropical country, we don't have a lot of local brands who make well-fitting, beautifully designed swimwear. Brown Belly bikinis is one of the few exceptions and their price is something to smile about. Check out their stuff here.
9 Water Bottle
I always bring a water bottle when I go on trips. Not just because I easily hydrated, it's also a good way to save money and save the environment but eliminating those plastic bottles. I did a quick survey and most travelers recommend Nalgene which is BPA-free.
My favorite travel item and of course, a necessity on beach trips. I got mine on last year's trip to Bali, Indonesia. It's the most versatile piece of clothing I have. I use it often as a cover-up, dress, skirt,
Plus: Beach Bag
My favorites are those light, canvass totes that you can stuff a lot of things in. I learned about Luntian Bags a few weeks back when I met the owner, Marina. She told me about their cause and that they provide a livelihood program in Mabini, Batangas for unemployed women. They are promoting the use of stylish, earth-friendly reusable bags instead of wasting plastic ones. How cool is that?
That's my roundup of must-haves for summer. And if you live in the Philippines, it's always summer, somewhere! What are YOUR summer must-haves?
Share them by commenting on this post and get a chance to win a LAGU beach-friendly beach blanket!
I will randomly choose a winner on May 21, 2012. Winner will be announced on the Sole Sister's Facebook Page.
Contest Closed. The winner of the Lagu beach mat is JamelleKatrina. Thanks for everyone who commented and joined this promo!
Sole Sister Lois
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