8 must-have items for your summer beach bag

Hilaria Baldwin's Beach Must-Haves

By Lisa Lozano

If you live close to a body of water, no doubt you'll be hitting the beach sometime in the not-so-distant future. Alec Baldwin's beautiful wife Hilaria, who just welcomed their second child together, reveals her eight must-haves for the beach. (Interview previously taped.)

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No. 1: A Hat

Hilaria brings a big floppy hat to keep the sun off her face, which is important for everyone.

No. 2: Water

It's so important to stay hydrated when you're going to be outdoors in the summer.

Tip: Rachael points out that if you plan to partake in alcoholic beverages during your beach day, it's even more important to add a lot of water to your daily intake.

No. 3: Flip-flops

No one wants to shake sand out of their shoes at the end of the day, so flip-flops are the perfect choice.

No. 4: Sunscreen for Face and Body

Hilaria and Rach suggest using separate sunscreens for your face and body, so that each area gets the specific treatment it needs.

No. 5: A Good Book (or Two)

Hilaria loves to read on the beach so she reveals two books she has in her beach bag: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.

No. 6: A Summer Coverup

While there are many coverups on the market, Hilaria suggests trying something different – why not just grab a long sleeved button up shirt from your husband's closet?

No. 7: A Healthy Snack

Hilaria always packs an apple for a quick, portable and nutritious nibble.

Bonus: Check out our favorite 7 food and beverages to pack in your beach cooler!

No. 8: A Beach Towel

You can't forget a big, fluffy beach towel to lay out on and to wrap yourself in when you step out of the waves.

Click through for the 20 most charming beach towns across America:

20 most charming beach towns across america
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8 must-have items for your summer beach bag

Traverse City, Michigan


Gulf Shores, Alabama


Chatham, Massachusetts


Ogunquit, Maine


Tybee Island, Georgia


Beaufort, North Carolina


Long Beach, Washington


Key West, Florida


Cannon Beach, Oregon


Chincoteague, Virginia


Newport, Rhode Island


York Beach, Maine


Cape May, NJ


Isle of Palms, South Carolina


Carmel-by-the-Sea, California


Rye, New Hampshire


Mystic, Connecticut


Galveston, Texas


Ocean City, Maryland


Lewes, Delaware



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