guest post: ab chao.

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I am AB Chao, and I am delighted to be here guest posting for Miss Victoria, who is off gallivanting somewhere fabulous. Meanwhile, here I am, fresh from my week-long beach vacation, and I am real sad that I am not still sitting somewhere that, at the end of the day, leaves me with sand in my underpants.

To make myself feel better, and for edification for your next beach vacation, I present to you my list of your important beach needs. Seriously: pack these items, buy a case of beer when you arrive at your destination, and sit back until you’re golden brown.

Beach pic of Seaside, Florida.

1. Beer cozies. Some of you call them koozies, and my husband calls them “drink diapers,”  but whatever you call them, they are necessary for keeping your beer cold and your hands dry.

2. A good cooler. We ourselves have a vintage Coleman much like the one pictured. Its side handles make it easy to carry. Someone smart among you, please invent a cooler with gigantic wheels that will roll through the sand. Also, please make it motorized. Thank you.

3. The L.L. Bean tote. It comes in sizes ranging from “holds goggles” to “holds a raft,” and, bonus! Free monogramming.

4. A comfy and light cover-up. Perfect for the beach, a boat ride, or a dinner out, a cover-up is key. Mark & Estel make particularly good ones — I wore mine every single day of my vacay.

5. Who doesn’t love a beach hat? It shields your eyes and face from the blinding sun, and a cowboy hat looks especially pretty with your beach hair.

6. Rainbow sandals. The brand must be Rainbow, y’all. Imitations are unacceptable. Do YOUR flops offer a lifetime guarantee? I thought not. I have had mine for over ten years, and they are still going strong.

7. A good chair. We were lucky enough to have cheery-colored Adirondack chairs at the beach house we rented, but you can get a canvas or nylon one just about anywhere. Don’t be sitting on the sand with your cute cover-up and beer cozy. That ain’t right.

Thank you so much for letting me be here with y’all. And thank you, sweet Victoria, for having me! Now go get yourselves somewhere with an ocean view.

11 Responses to “guest post: ab chao.”
  1. Jenny says:

    I’ve always wanted one of those chairs.

  2. desiree says:

    This is all looking very happy and sunny, Amsterdam is a bit rainy atm…

  3. Coleen says:

    We call them “huggies,” but I am positive it’s gotta be a regional thing. I never hear them called huggies outside of my corner of Philly.

  4. Ambyr says:

    Take me away to a beach resort!


  5. Jessica says:

    Love all of these products- good picks! :)
    I did double check this and wanted to mention that, unfortunately, LL Bean monogramming isn’t free- it’s $6. Not bad, but not free.

  6. Sarah says:

    thanks for the great info:) I def. need so many things on that list, but first the vacation time for an actual beach trip:)

  7. “Sparky” is the guy behind the Rainbow slippahs… and he’s a keeper too.

  8. christine says:

    i couldn’t agree with you more about rainbow sandals. this california girl swears by them. ;)

  9. libby says:

    another rainbow girl here too. i’m planning to get a second pair because i love them so much.

  10. Jana Miller says:

    Love those rainbow sandals…we are lucky enough to live right near the factory.
    xo jana

  11. Linda says:

    i love everything included in this list of beach essentials… and like many other comment writers, i especially love the rainbow sandals- i have literally worn mine thin from summer days, beach trips, and tropical travels :)

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