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Beach Bag Essentials

We asked the ladies who sport the sexiest bikini bodies where they traveled for the Memorial Day holiday. We also found out what they always make sure to pack in their beach bags. The girls unanimously agreed that suntan lotion and lots of water are super important for a day of fun in the sun, but we were surprised by some of the less conventional responses. Find out which model won’t hit the sand without a Scrabble board on hand, who packs a stash of Pop Chips, and more!

Alek Wek
“Something like a towel or sweater that will keep me warm. Sunscreen, for sure, and a hat. Even though I come from the sun, it’s not so good. Oh, I’d also bring my (RED) iPod!”
(RED) iPod, $179 at Apple.com
Irina Shayk hosted the Angel Wings Foundation Charity Dinner with BFF Jessica White.
“My must have beach bag product is La Roche Posay sun protection cream, I use SPF 60 and always use the sunscreen on my lips as well. I always have several swimsuits with me too!”
Brooklyn Decker just wrapped filming her first movie in Hawaii and “celebrated the great American holiday in Paris” with Andy Roddick. She then flitted from Paris to London for a truly continental holiday.
“My Ray-Ban sunglasses are my absolute favorite! So I’d say sunglasses, an iPod, travel Scrabble for the beach – possibly games, and lots of water. You have to stay hydrated.”
Ray-Ban Aviators, $152 at Farfetch.com
Jessica Gomes was in Australia, chilling on Palm Beach, with her boyfriend for the holiday.
“Must haves in my beach bag are: Paw Paw lip balm, Reef coconut suntan oil, Mac eye lash curler, Mac Fashion Scoop lip gloss, Mac Warm Soul blush, Missoni beach towel, Eres black swimsuit, Zimmerman leopard beach bag, Louis Vuitton sunglasses, J Brand tie died denim shorts, Gap button up shirt in a washed out denim, Giuseppe Zanotti black gladiators.”
Missoni towel, $205 at SaksFifthAvenue.com
Caroline Trentini
“Sunblock for sure! Water - if I’m in Brazil I love to drink coconut water. Also I’ll bring a little money, and sunglasses – good ones. I guess I’m already wearing the bikini so that’s it! I don’t bring much to the beach!”
Sunblock, $16 at Sephora.com
Heidi Klum spent some quality time with her family this past weekend.
“I have to have a really big beach bag - make that 3!!! I have sunscreen, an extra bikini, sunglasses, a water bottle, a hat, sand toys (shovels, buckets, castle makers, Barbie mermaids), lip balm with spf, a big beach towel, snacks (salty licorice, & Salt and Pepper Popchips), a blow up beach ball, a change of clothes for the kids, and a sun tent for Lou.”
Sand Castle Kit, $22 at HearthSong.com
Sessilee Lopez
“Sun tan lotion! Not really sun tan lotion, but more of a coconut oil, because I like to get dark, bake in the sun. Plus water and sunglasses!”
Dry Oil Spray, $9 at Ulta.com
Ariel Meredith headed south to Louisiana where her family and friends hold their annual Crawfish Boil.
“My lip balm is cocoa butter by Cococare and for sunscreen Neutrogena…the weather is going to be over 90 degrees and humid!!! Gotta love it!!! Happy Memorial Day Modelinia!”
Lip Balm, $2 at Cococare.com
Ikeliene Stange backpacked through China last weekend.
“My Olympus Trip 35 it’s just a fun little camera. I really love doing travel photography.”
Camera, $75 at Blujay.com
Lily Aldridge
“My beach bag essentials are my iPod, Neutrogena sheer touch sunblock, spf 30, & Proenza [Schouler] sunglasses. Oh, and a Corona with a lime ;)”
Sunblock, $10 at Neutrogena.com
Heidi Mount
“On a beach vacation sometimes I’ll wear like the same thing for 3 days! I always bring like 3 bikinis, a pair of shorts, and a nice comfy t-shirt or cover-up/dress thing to go over my swimsuit.”
Dress, $85 at Nordstrom.com
Quiana Grant headed to Vegas with her girlfriends and tried her hand at skydiving!
“I always have my Scott Barnes Body Bling, my Fresh lip balm (maybe the rose one to give my lips a little tint), my favorite pink and white Chanel beach towel or maybe my Mickey Mouse one (depends on my mood), my Nook, my iPad, my journal, and my iPod. I love vacations:-)”
Body Bling, $38 at ScottBarnes.com
Chanel Iman
“I would carry around the PINK tote bag because it’s so cute and it comes in all different colors. I bought Behati’s line when it was out. It sold out, but I bought the one piece with the strip in the center, and two piece with the lion on the butt.”
Tote, $13 at VictoriasSecret.com
Dominique Piek enjoyed shopping and exploring NYC on Memorial Day weekend while everyone else was on vacation. She also took care of a friends 2 month old teacup Yorkie.
“Beach essentials are some bronzing oils and an SPF 30 face and body lotion… Preferably Clinique!”
Body Sunscreen, $20 at Clinique.com
Lakshmi Menon hung out in Sag Harbor for Memorial Day.
“My wardrobe for a beach weekend? Lots of bikinis, sexy bikinis. I’d have Bob Dylan & Tom Waits to listen to.”
Tom Waits “Real Gone”, $10 at Amazon.com
Lisalla Montenegro headed to upstate NY to hang with friends and barbecue.
“My beach bag essentials are: sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, conditioner for the hair, a book, a hat, my iPod, & water.”
Leave-in Conditioner, $23 at Fekkai.com
Masha Novoselova is spending time in Turkey for work.
“For me just shorts and a t-shirt – I’m really easy going. I really hate beach hats.”
Shorts, $80 at Bebe.com
Esti Ginsburg spent Sunday at a Rhianna concert in Israel and the rest of the weekend on the beach with friends.
“My essentials are water, sunscreen, a book, my iPod, a big towel, and fruit.”
Damaris Lewis helped backstage with costume changes for Dance Africa weekend in Brooklyn. She’s an alumni of Dance Africa herself and danced for the event 5 years in a row!
“Christine Chin SPF 28 for your skin. I’m the friend who likes to slap someone when they have a sunburn and watch my handprint stay there so make sure you’ve got your sunscreen in your beach bag when you’re with me!”
Solar Guard, $52 at ChristineChin.com
Elsa Hosk headed to Woodstock with friends.
“In my beach bag: lip balm from the Swedish Army(its the best, and if you are stranded without food, you can eat it!) SPF 50 to protect my skin, a bikini from Missoni, and a good book! Right now I’m reading Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano.”
Book, $18 at Amazon.com
Hilary Rhoda spent the weekend at home in the Hamptons attending barbecues and pool parties with friends. She worked off the burgers with a spin class at Ride the Zone and celebrated the holiday with a sunset dinner at B Smith’s. She always packs her Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess SPF 15 Spray.

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