19 Beach Bag Essentials to Pack This Summer
Beach season is officially in full swing, when weekends are spent soaking up vitamin D, hanging out with friends at the shore, and sipping chilled drinks by the water.
But before you bury your toes in the sand, let’s talk beach must-haves. We’re sure you’ve already got your bathing suit and cute sundress covered, but what about the rest of your beach day essentials?
First off, you’ll need a roomy tote that will fit all of your belongings. Then, of course, plenty of sunblock. Don’t forget to bring lip balm with SPF, too, and hair oil to protect your strands from the salty water and the sun.
Your style must-haves include a wide-brimmed hat and a pair of cool shades that offer 100 percent UVA protection. While you may want to reach for an oversized fluffy beach towel, it’s not always practical to carry one all day, because they take up so much space. Instead, opt for a towel made from soft Turkish cotton — they’re compact and dry quickly. We’d also bring a wristlet in case you want to make a quick food run with just your phone and some cash.
Now, how about entertainment? If you’re with a group of people, a waterproof speaker will make your day even more fun. But if you’re going solo, opt for a pair of headphones and an e-reader to keep you busy.
Mar y Sol Montauk Woven Tote in Sunflower
This beach tote is fully lined and was handmade in Madagascar from sustainable materials. It features a magnetic snap closure and an interior wall pocket.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $84
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Body and Face Sunscreen Milk
Ouai Hair Oil
Beach waves look great on anyone, but the combination of salty water and sun can damage your mane. This rich oil will protect your hair (especially if it’s been color treated) and nourish it.
To buy: sephora.com, $28
Jack Black Intense Therapy SPF 25 Lip Balm
Your lips can actually get sunburned, too, so it’s important to apply lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $15 for a set of two
Cabana Stripe Turkish Cotton Beach Towel in Red
This beautiful, lightweight Turkish cotton towel is very absorbent but dries fast. We love the striped print and the fringe details on both ends.
To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com, $20
ICONNTECHS IT Action Camera for Sports Photography
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Spray
This soothing and cooling aloe vera spray is rich in cocoa butter and jojoba oil to help moisturize and restore dry and sun-damaged skin.
To buy: amazon.com, $14
FITS Floppy Woven Straw Hat
Protect your head and face from the sun with this chic floppy hat made from lightweight paper straw.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $22
Sunnylife Beach Sounds Radio
Listen to your favorite tunes at the beach or by the pool with this vintage-inspired water- and sand-resistant speaker. It also has an AM/FM tuner.
To buy: barneys.com, $48
USTEK In-Ear Earphones
If you prefer to keep your music to yourself, this waterproof pair of headphones with ultra soft in-ear earbuds will make your beach stay a lot more enjoyable.
To buy: amazon.com, $13
Corkcircle 16-oz. Canteen
Dehydration looks good on no one, so make sure to fill this stainless steel canteen with water, and it will stay cold all day, even in the hot sun.
To buy: shopbop.com, $28
Tommy Bahama Boca Chica Beach Wristlet
You can’t take your entire beach tote every time you need to go to the bathroom or buy a drink from a bar. This compact beach wristlet is perfect for storing your money, phone, and keys.
To buy: ebags.com, $48
Personalized Beach Spiker
Don’t you just hate it when sand gets all over your drink cup at the beach? That’s when this personalized beach spiker comes in handy.
To buy: etsy.com, $10
Unifun 10400mAh Waterproof External Battery Charger
Taking photos at the beach (and posting them to Instagram) will drain your phone battery in no time, so make sure you have a waterproof battery charger with you.
To buy: amazon.com, $17
Fire 7 Tablet
I never go anywhere without this tablet anymore — it’s lightweight and easy-to-use as an e-reader, but you can also browse the internet or play a game on it.
To buy: amazon.com, $50
MOTT 50 UPF 50 Tunic Cover-Up
Always pack a breezy cotton cover-up in case you need extra protection from the sun, or you simply want to grab a bite (or a cocktail) from a casual spot near the beach.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $178
Havaianas Flash Urban Flip Flops
Ray-Ban 51mm Sunglasses
Ace Tech Waterproof Case
You can use this pouch to protect your phone from water and sand, or to store valuables like money and small jewelry.
To buy: amazon.com, $11 for a set of 2
Sahale Snacks All Natural Nut Blends Grab And Go Variety Pack
Packing a light snack, such as trail mix or a nut bar, is always a good idea.
To buy: amazon.com, $25 for a pack of 12