In the Pacific NW, our beach experiences aren’t quite like those of the rest of the country. The water is chilly, the breeze is cool, and the wind is nearly always blowing. Once in awhile, you’ll be lucky enough to catch a “magical” day at the Oregon or Washington coast – and experience a “real” sunny day, but more often than not, we build our sandcastles beneath a cloudy sky. We hit the beach in sweatshirts – not swimsuits, and fill up on chowder – not shaved ice. We enjoy the sites and sounds of the stunning Pacific Ocean with the wind whipping through our hair, and gingerly dip our toes into the waves. We search for shells and floats after taking a trip into town to see “Jake the Alligator Man” or the world’s largest frying pan. Yes, summer on the Pacific NW coast is unlike anything else – and it’s a HUGE part of our family traditions.

Later this summer, and then again in the fall as part of our homeschooling field trips, we will be hitting up the coast. We’ll tour the cheese factory, browse rows upon rows of taffy bins, and collect interesting shells and bits of driftwood. And whether we are experiencing the beach in full sun or in a drizzle, I’ll be sure to bring Banana Boat® with me!

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Did you know that sun protection is still important on overcast days? If your family is going to spend a prolonged suncomfort_30_sprayamount of time outdoors, regardless of cloud cover, don’t be tempted to skip the sunscreen, and make sure you are re-applying every two hours! Banana Boat® has your family covered whether you’re lazing on the white hot sand of Hawaii or if you’re hanging in a hoodie on the Oregon coast. Banana Boat® has a wide variety of products to suit your needs, no matter where you find yourself this summer. If like me, the beach is in your plans, I love their new SunComfort™ Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen. Not only does it provide Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection and water resistance, but it also allows sand to easily brush off! (Hooray for cleaner floor mats in your car!) Choose either SPF 30 or SPF 50+.


Banana Boat® will keep your family comfortable and safe this summer – in all 7 conditions. Whether you’re in the ocean, the pool, the sand, working up a sweat, in the wind, the sun, or the heat – there is a product for you! Make it a Banana Boat® summer.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.