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13 Summer Essentials to Stash in Your Tote Bag

13 Summer Essentials to Stash in Your Tote Bag
Lisa Ann Jersey

Whether you're trekking through the woods on an outdoor adventure or taking an all girls road trip this summer, you're most likely going to keep a trusty tote bag  at your side. While the tote bag is a summer must-have, we're classifying it simply as a vessel for transporting your true summer essentials. We've rounded up 13 fantastic items to stash in your tote that are crucial for keeping you polished, pretty and covered for whatever comes your way all season long. After all, it's true what they say, "It's what's on the inside that really counts!"

Here Are This Summer's Must-Haves:

    Batiste Dry Shampoo

    Batiste-Dry-Shampoo-essential-1Keep your hair fresh and full without water and without a hassle. Simply spray it on, massage into scalp and comb out--it's that easy. It can be purchased in multiple size cans but it's worth the extra bulk in your bag, go for at least the 5.05 fl oz can.

    Neutrogena-Wet-Skin-Sunblock-Spray-SPF-30Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 30

    It's completely understandable - you see the refreshing water, dive in and forget about applying sunscreen. With Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 30 there is no need to rush out and dry off, all you have to do is rush out and spray directly on your wet skin. This outstanding sunblock is specially formulated to be applied to wet skin for ultimate sun protection plus, it's sweatproof and waterproof.

    Secret Fresh Effects Cucumber Aloe Body Mist

    Secret-Fresh-Effects-Cucumber-Aloe-Body-MistWhen the summer heat bears down and hits record high temperatures it seems impossible to stay fresh and flirty which is why we love this refreshing, cooling body mist from Secret. It takes just a splash of this soft scent and we're back in the business of feeling fabulous!

    Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

    Maybelline-New-York-Great-Lash-Waterproof-MascaraIt goes without saying that you need a quality waterproof mascara for summer but quality doesn't have to mean expensive. Just ask The Good Housekeeping Research Institute, who voted this one the Best Waterproof Mascara of the twelve they tested. See? There is no need to overpay for a designer waterproof mascara when this one will do the trick and do it well!

    Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Hydrating Lip Care SPF 4

    Nivea-A-Kiss-of-Moisture-Hydrating-Lip-Care-SPF-4We don't know about you but the thought of wearing a heavy lipstick or lip balm in the heat of summer is positively dreadful. We prefer something full of moisture, lightweight, non-greasy and with a hint of protection which why we are head-over-heels in love with Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Hydrating Lip Care with SPF 4. It's everything we could dream of for a lip balm and then some!

    TEVA Women's Mush Adapto Flip-Flops

    TEVA-Womens-Mush-Adapto-Flip-FlopsStash flip-flops in a tote bag? You bet! These light weight, super comfy TEVA Women's Mush Adapto Flip-Flops might come in handy when you're out and about living it up on those summer adventures. Plus, you can always carry them on your feet!

    Conair Wide Tooth CombConair-Wide-Tooth-Comb

    If we could buy these in bulk, we would! In fact, we recommend you not only stash one of these in your tote bag but also in your car, desk, guest bathroom, boyfriend's car, or wherever you might be in need of quick beauty touch-up.

    Water Bobble Filtered Water BottleWater-Bobble-Filtered-Water-Bottle

    You'll save loads of dough when you're out on the road and can opt out of buying bottled water for free tap water. Why would you choose tap water over bottled? Because you can now filter it yourself while you're on the go! This incredible water bottle filters your water as you drink! The replaceable carbon filter is built right in and is good for 300 uses so you can save money and the planet at the same time.

    Butter London Horse Power Nail FertilizerButter-London-Horse-Power-Nail-Fertilizer

    Speaking of doing right by the planet, we love Butter London for that very reason. Check out this phenomenal nail strengthener that uses no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, and is not animal tested. It can also be used as both a basecoat and a topcoat.

    Forever 21 Longline Basic Cami

    Forever-21-Longline-Basic-CamiHere is yet another item that should be purchased in bulk. You can truly never have too many basic camis and the price is definitely right on this one. Ringing in at just $2.80 each you'll be hard pressed for an excuse not to own one in all six colors! You'll be amazed at how refreshing it is to just change out your undershirt on a sweltering summer afternoon. If your tote is big enough, we suggest you keep two.

    AE Neon Sunglasses

    AE-Neon-SunglassesSunglasses and car keys seem to be the two things we most frequently misplace which why it never hurts to carry a spare. We love these stylish AE Neon Sunglasses, they offer 100% UVA protection in a lightweight sturdy frame.

    Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes

    AVON-Bug-WipesIf you love the outdoors but hate bugs, you'll be over the moon for this tote bag asset. These convenient individually wrapped towelettes repel deer-ticks for 12 hours and mosquitoes for 8 hours. They provide superior protection with minimal odor and a light, clean feel.

    Planters NUT-rition Energy Mix Packs

    Planters-NUT-rition-Energy-Mix-PackKeep your body moving and your energy up by stashing a small healthy snack like a delicious Planters NUT-rition Energy Mix Pack in your bag. These 1.25 oz packs are a good source of fiber, Vitamin E, magnesium and more. Be sure to stash enough in your bag to share with your friends!

 

 

 

Lady-carrying-tote-bagsA few of these items were found at Ulta, one of our favorite beauty hot spots so we thought we'd share some coupons to get you going! Use coupon code 68844 to save $3.50 off an order of $10 or more or coupon code 15967 to save $10 off orders over $60 through 07/23/2011.

 

 

 

 

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