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10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

The beach is an enticing place. The cool breeze, the lapping waves, and the glorious sunshine. It’s the perfect escape from our hectic and busy day-to-day lives.

It’s no wonder that so many of us choose to visit beach resorts for our vacations.

However, there are some issues with spending time beside the sea. These include, how to keep your valuables safe when you decide to paddle or swim – and how to stop your expensive electronic equipment from getting damaged by water or sand.

To make your beach vacations as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-have beach items.

Enjoy ice-cool wine while relaxing at the beach

    This neat winecoat bag allows you to safely and easily carry wine to the beach. And if you want the wine to be served chilled, there is room for an ice pack. You can also fill it with any beverage you like, by using the disposable beverage bag.

    Amazon customer rating: 4 out of 5 stars (184 reviews)

    Menu Baggy Winecoat, $26.95

    Protect yourself and family from the sun and rain

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      This easily portable, large canopy unbreakable could be just what you need to protect yourself from rain, spray or sunlight. The umbrella features an impressive UPF 50+ protection, as part of its rugged, water-repellent cover.

      Amazon customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (1506 reviews)

      Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella. 8-Foot Canopy, $39.98

      Two bags in one – a mesh beach bag and a soft cooler bag

        This handy, lightweight item offers two bags for the price of one. The main compartment is a decent-sized mesh bag, while the lower compartment is a 12-can capacity insulated cooler bag. Two outside pockets with zipper and waterproof lining keep your car keys, cash, and smartphone within easy reach – and secure on the beach.

        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (139 reviews)

        MALIBU Beach Bag – 2 in 1 Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Cooler, $24.95

        This unique ground sheet will stay free from dirt, dust and sand

          Dirt, dust and sand will disappear before your eyes due to this mat’s unique weave. The ‘one-way sift’ ensures dirt or sand particles simply fall through to the ground – and don’t come back up. The mat is UV stabilized to prevent fading, and is easily cleaned (and dries instantly) – should drinks or food be spilt on it.

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          Amazon customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (379 reviews)

          Sand, Dirt & Dust disappear – CGEAR SAND-FREE MAT, $45+

          Keep your valuables safe with this water-resistant beach vault

                Worried about your valuables when spending time at the beach? Well, the Beach Vault could be just what you need for peace of mind. Using an ingenious design, it allows you to lock your valuables into its large storage compartment, and then the whole thing can be buried in the sand and covered by a towel or rug. As you’d expect, the Beach Vault is water and sand-resistant.

                Amazon customer rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

                The Beach Vault, $59.99

                The easy way to keep your smartphone safe from sand or water

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                  If you’ve ever experienced water damage to your smartphone, then you’ll definitely be interested in this item. It allows you to insert your smartphone into its water-resistant pouch, which once sealed, will protect your phone from the elements. The pouch is made with a high-quality material that allows you to make use of your phone’s touchscreen. And perhaps the best feature of all… with your phone safe within the pouch, you can use it to take underwater pictures and videos.

                  Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (893 reviews)

                  Mpow Waterproof Case, $9.99

                  Enjoy the most comfortable seat on the beach

                    Want to feel like a VIP on your next trip to the beach? Then give the KAISR Boss self-inflating sofa a try. Not only does it look cool and comfortable, but the neat self-inflating technology means you won’t have to break a sweat to get the sofa inflated.

                    KAISR BOSS Self-Inflated Sofa, $43

                    Keep your beach essentials safe, dry and clean with this floating bag

                      This lightweight, compact and durable storage bag won’t let you down! That’s because it’s built to float on water. This means that you can keep your beach gear dry – even if your bag is caught by the incoming tide. The bag features an easy open/close mechanism, and is simple to dry, due to its smooth exterior surface.

                      Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (67 reviews)

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                      MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag 10L, $12.98

                      Store your diapers, swimwear and much more in this stylish bag

                        With 15 patterns to choose from, this machine-washable, leak-free bag could be your perfect beach companion. Diapers, sunscreens and first-aid items are just some of the things that this bag will hold. The exterior of the bag is 100% cotton, while the remainder of the bag is made from BPA-free, lead-free and PVC-free materials.

                        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (247 reviews)

                        Itzy Ritzy Travel Happens Sealed Wet Bag, Avocado Damask, $13.95

                        Rust-resistant, impact-resistant, and water-resistant portable safe

                          If security of your valuables is a priority for you – then consider this portable safe. Not only is it impact and water-resistant, but it also features a heavy-duty flexible steel cable to securely lock around almost any fixed object. And if that’s not enough for you, then you might take a fancy to the earphone/charger access port, which allows you to listen to music or charge your devices while they are securely locked within the safe.

                          Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (567 reviews)

                          SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access, $40+

                          We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of must-have beach items, and it just remains to say…

                          Stay safe, stay cool – and have fun on your next beach vacation!

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                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                          2. Stress Relief

                          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                          3. Improved Sleep

                          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                          4. Appetite Control

                          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                          7. Mosquito Repellant

                          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                          8. Pain Relief

                          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                          9. The New Anti-Viral

                          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                          10. Improved Cognitive Function

                          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                          11. Money Saving

                          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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