17 Beach Essentials
Packing for the beach can be a major, stress-filled endeavor. Did you remember the sunscreen? For face…and body? The lip balm? The towels? The drinking water? So many essential items, and nothing is worse than forgetting something critical when you are a long way from your hotel.
Decrease your stress level and get into your swim and surf groove with some happy items to tote on your next vacation. In the interest of making things a bit easier, or at least a bit more calm, cool and collected when your beach time arrives, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite beach-friendly products, the indispensable sandals, bathing suits, hats and towels that will make your seaside idyll not just pleasurable, but stylish too. And of course, we’ve included the perfect bags to corral all of those essentials.
Sleek, simple and ultra-comfortable, this classic tank suit is a great staple for your beach bag you can rev up with a great coverup, sandals and hat to make a statement. It's also not going to ride up or reveal anything you don't want under wraps, even when swimming and other activities are in the cards.
This super flattering swimsuit from L.L. Bean is old Hollywood chic with a great shirred style to hide all manner of flaws. In black it's an elegant standard sure to flatter a variety of figures.
There is a lot to love about this super-compact shelter that will save you not just money -- because you won’t need to pay for a cabana or umbrella -- but will also rescue you from a vacation-ruinous sunburn. This lightweight Sunbuster Folding Shelter from the outdoor masterminds at L.L. Bean comes in our favorite seaside shade of blue and sets up in one easy gesture: no poles to insert or sloppy wrestling with stakes. The shelter folds up into a handy, toteable bag with a strap you can throw over your shoulder. A fabric with UPF 50+ sun protection and enough space for some serious lounging, this is basically a personal cabana you can take anywhere with privacy panels for when you need a midday nap.
I love the nautical look of this seafaring bucket bag from Mark and Graham. Classic in cotton canvas with leather trim, this capacious bucket bag comes with a free monogram so you can strut your stuff in singular, personal style.
I’m not going to lie to you: I let out a squeal of delight when I first saw the uber-sweet design on this smiling whale tote bag from L.L. Bean. Adorable without being saccharine, this pitch-perfect tote boasts a beach-ready design as cute for grownups as it is for kids.
Vacation can be hard on your diet, but also on your skin care routine. Without your usual medicine chest full of product, it’s easy to take the easy road. These wonderful travel-sized RESCUE combos of travel-ready serums and moisturizers are advertised by the folks at Rescue as “Your new routine. No routine.” And it's true: totable serum and moisturizer that helps in calming sun and sea stressed skin makes a travel beauty routine super easy.
This embroidered tunic coverup from L.L. Bean is sweet simplicity in white, blue or black and cool, lightweight 100% cotton. It's a little sheer in white, but will keep everything you need hidden covered-up in style.
Bell coverups are the perfect blend of function and style. Made from 100 percent cotton, these boho-chic tunics are a stylish way to hide your assets beachside. The Lillian Coverup boasts a gorgeous, pink and blue print with chic tie-in-front styling.
Cooling V-Neck T-Shirt
We didn't believe it until we tried it, but these Armachillo Cooling T-Shirts in a host of yummy colors have a silky texture that will glide over wet skin (making them ideal beach wear or coverups) and whose super-comfortable combo of polyester and spandex also makes them quick drying. This miracle shirt also wicks moisture and protects you from the sun with a UPF of 40+.
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You may not believe it until you try it, but these Armachillo Cooling T-Shirts in a host of yummy colors have a silky texture that will glide over wet skin (making them ideal beach wear or coverups) and they really do make you feel cooler. The Armachillo's super-comfortable combo of polyester and spandex also makes them quick drying. This miracle shirt also wicks moisture and protects you from the sun with a UPF of 40+.
More of a sarong-style coverup fan? This super-comfy 7-foot long hemp knit scarf is enormous: great for looping around your neck when there’s a chill in the air, but also perfect for wrapping around your waist to make an impromptu coverup so you can run into town. This ultra-soft material also packs up brilliantly, making it easy to store in a bag for impromptu trips to the beach. Made of soft 70 percent cotton jersey and 30 percent hemp, this scarf is one of those multi-use accessories (in-flight blanket anyone?) you’ll reach for again and again.
This Breton hat has a lot going for it: classic style with an edge thanks to a jaunty leather wrap and internal ties to keep the hat secure when the wind kicks up. This one will be your go-to beach hat.
Super functional, this waterproof hat from Wallaroo stretches to fit, packs flat and can be handwashed. With a UPF of 50+ we can't think of anything more we'd need in a traveling-minded beach hat.
Rio Diamond Sandals
The Diamond Sandals from Bogs are a great beach companion: a festive, turquoise color and soles that are built for walking on wet terrain. These are also waterproof and their adjustable buckles in two places offer the perfect fit. They also come with fancy DuraFresh technology for fighting, you know, odors.
The Diamond Sandals from Bogs are a great beach companion: a festive, turquoise color and soles that are built for walking on wet terrain. These are also waterproof and their adjustable buckles in two places offer the perfect fit. The Rio Diamond sandals also come with fancy DuraFresh technology for fighting, you know, odors. Men’s Rio Sandals are also available from Bogs.
Men's Rio Sandals
The Rio Sandals from Bogs are a great beach companion, boasting soles that are built for walking on wet terrain. These are also waterproof and their adjustable buckles in two places offer the perfect fit. They also come with fancy DuraFresh technology for fighting, you know, odors.
We love the fresh colors of these waterproof Gracie Sandals from Bogs with ridged outsoles and insoles to provide traction and that handy DuraFresh technology that helps fight odor, putting them a step above your usual warm-weather kicks.
Who doesn't love the iconic Lacoste alligator icon? That distinctive emblem looks fresh and new on these thirsty, oversized beach towels that will bring a pop of preppy to your beach tableau.