Here are four items you need to pack before indulging in a beach day.

NATURAL BUG REPELLENT: Keep your DIY bug repellent oils nearby. Carrier oils like almond, grapeseed and coconut mixed with peppermint, citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, cedar, lavender and mint repel insects. We personally love a peppermint and lemongrass combo.

STOCK UP ON VIT. C: The #curlboxcrew practically lives poolside and beachside, so ensure you have a good dosage of Vit. C stocked in your closet to prevent heat rashes and burns. Vitamin C naturally encourages the body to release the sweat that builds in these areas that causes irritation. Take 500mg before and after sunbathing for best results.

EXTRA HOLD HAIR SPRAY: Hairspray comes in HANDY on humid days. You’ll want to skip the flimsy hold hairspray and go for the extra hold sprays that keep everything in place. While beaching, pooling and generally lazing about, we like to spritz and shake before leaving our hotel room or airbnb.

CONVERTIBLE SCARF: This is a scarf that doubles as a head wrap and hair tie, so choose a fabric that’s not too stiff but long and large enough to use as a tie. If by the end of the day, your ‘do is done, you’ll be able to quickly change it up.

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