19 Essentials to Pack In Your Beach Bag This Summer

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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.

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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.

Here are all the beauty, style, and tech essentials—and everything in between—you’ll need for a long, hot day at the beach.

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