The essentials of the tote bag for this summer


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Building on last year’s hot girl summer vibes, TikTok has spawned two new trends, #hotgirlbedsidetable and #hotgirltotebag. The latter has been viewed 52.3 million times and consists of girls around the world posting videos of their daily tote bag essentials. On which, of course, we like to pervert.


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♬ Hot girl totebag – Elise Victoria

As summer is just around the corner, I thought it would be rude not to follow suit and do the same. So there you have it, a roundup of everything in my tote bag, from sunglasses to a smooth stick, here’s what I’m packing for beach season.

Our essential tote bags this summer:

Smooth stick, $ 22.31

If you’re like me, humidity and hair go hand in hand. That’s why this summer, I come armed with a stick in my tote. Think gel in a bottle with an easy to apply wand to banish flyaways for good.

You can buy the Slick Stick ($ 22.31) on Amazon here.

Portable razor was $ 15.99, now $ 7.99

essentials of the tote bag

If I had to count on my hands how many times I’ve been invited to the beach at the last minute, only to find that I haven’t shaved my pubis in weeks, I would wave all 10 fingers and more. So if you’re in the hair removal business, I think I’ve found the solution to all of our bikini woes, thanks to Gillette’s brand new portable razor. The best part? It’s small and discreet enough to fit in any bag pocket.

You can buy the Gillette portable razor (was $ 15.99, now $ 7.99) on Amazon here.


Suppose you, too, were wasting at least an entire work week gorging yourself on the book and TV adaptation of Sally Rooney. Normal people on Stan last year. Then you’re in for a treat as our Irish literary genius dropped another read just in time for those sunny days at the beach. It’s not as rated M as its predecessor, but it still has some spicy scenes that will keep you going. Thank me later.

You can buy Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You ($ 16) on Amazon here.

Mini rechargeable portable perfume atomizer was $ 18.24, now $ 10.99

essentials of the tote bag

Don’t lug around that flimsy (and bulky) glass bottle full of your favorite scent this summer. Instead, use it to refill one of these mini perfume atomizers. This way you can carry your signature scent seamlessly and smell fresh all day long. What can I say ? Game changer.

You can buy the mini rechargeable portable perfume atomizer from Amazon here.

FujiFilm Instax Mini 11 instant camera, $ 88

The summer resurgence of the polaroid is well and truly back, so slip your mittens on this FujiFilm Instax Mini to take your vacation photos to a whole new level. I apologize in advance if this is an inspiration from the 2013 Pinterest piece, but prints also count as solid bedroom decor.

You can purchase FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 11 ($ 88) on Amazon here.

ASOS DESIGN Beveled Square Sunglasses, $ 20

Colors are a summer staple, my friends, and I’m not the first to say it extends beyond your clothes. That’s why these trendy lilac block sunglasses from ASOS are the perfect addition to any monochrome purple fit.

You can purchase the ASOS DESIGN Sunglasses ($ 20) from ASOS here.

Avène SPF 50+ Sunscreen Spray, $ 24.39

Okay, that choice, it’s pretty much me saying, “tell me you have a sunburnt hairline, without telling me you have a sunburnt hairline.” So for all my friends who suffer from the same fate every time you go out in the sun – spray a little of that bad boy in your hair part and off you go.

You can purchase Avene SPF 50+ Sun Spray ($ 24.39) from Chemist Warehouse here.

LanoLips Banana Balm Lip Sheen 3-in-1, $ 16.95

My hairline isn’t the only thing that looks crisp after a day at the beach. Sometimes it’s also my sunburnt lips. That’s why I now pledge to always have my favorite SPF lip balms with me. The one in my current rotation is LanoLips Banana Balm which conditions and protects your lips while giving you a beautiful glow. It’s banana too, which in my boyfriend’s books is kissed approval.

You can purchase the Banana Lip Sheen ($ 16.95) from LanoLips here.

No Pong All-Natural Odor Control, $ 8.95

I have yet to try a deodorant that resists my bites against the Australian sun for an entire day. That’s why I always keep strong sweat protection handy in my bag. Right now, I love this No Pong All-Natural made in Australia – and it seems I’m not the only person who loves it. This product has been described as a “little pot of gold” by reviewers.

You can purchase Nourished Life’s No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odor ($ 8.95) here.

Now that you have the essentials of your tote bag, all you have to do is pick the perfect tote bag and voila!

Good shopping!


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