9 Beach Essentials to Pack Next Time You Hit the Sand

Say it with me: Sunscreen, sun hats, sunnies.

So, you’ve planned out your summer vacation days and bought your bikini (first things first). What’s next on your beach-ready-itinerary? Finding the right items to tote to the shore and stow in your bag (SPF, SPF, SPF). Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best accessories to keep you protected from the sun, surf, and sand.

1. Flip Flops
Affordable flip flops that you won’t mind shuffling through the sand in?

Flip-flops (Havaianas)


2. Moisturizer Plus SPF
Vitamin C is a wonderful thing, but too much sun exposure can strip your skin of moisture and its essential oils (not to mention, the wrinkles it causes). So, a powerful moisturizer should be at the top of your packing list, that protects skin from UV rays, pollution, and free radicals.


3. Mineral Water Spray
A couple spritzes of this mineral water spray will instantly refresh skin after hours spent in the sun.


4. Beach Totes

Beach totes (Accessorize)

These colorful totes are equipped to carry all of your beach essentials. Bonus: They’re super easy to clean when they get littered with sand.


5. Tinted Lip Balm Plus SPF
Keep your pout protected with SPF and antioxidants by wearing a tinted lip balm in the sun.


6. Hair Oil
A hydrating oil that protects color-treated hair from sun exposure and nourishes salt-stiffened strands? Yes, ouai.


7. Sunglasses

Sunglasses (Mujosh)

This summer, invest in a pair of reliable sunnies that will safeguard that gaze with a deep tint to keep out the sun’s rays.


8. Sunscreen
Depending on how much coverage you need, we recommend all-natural sunscreen with anti-aging properties or sun protection lotion that’s especially water-resistant and suited for sensitive skin.


9. Sun Hats

Sun Hats (Accessorize)

Attention, pale people with burn-prone skin: Here are four stylish sun hat options—from gingham baseball caps to straw boaters—that keep your head covered and easily fit in your bag.