5 Beach Essentials to Pack Next Time You Hit the Sand

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, plus much-needed recommendations for how to relax without WiFi.


Chill Out

Leave your bulky cooler at home, and carry this colorful Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Beach Cooler ($32) instead. The bright colors on this fun bag mean you'll never lose it in the sand.


Cool Down

When you are desperately thirsty, there's nothing worse than taking a swig of warm water. Keep your water cool with an insulated bottle, like the 20-oz. Klean Kanteen ($34), which will keep your drinks chilly even after a sweltering day in the sun.



Get Cozy

After diving into the ice-cold waves, you deserve a little R&R. This Towelmate Beach Towel ($45) features a water-resistant pocket and built-in pillow so that you can lounge stress — and sand — free.


Protect Your Skin

Keep your skin safe with this Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($43), which blocks harmful rays with SPF 20. The lightweight formula means your skin still feels fresh and hydrated, even on the toastiest day on the sand.


Cover Up


The bigger the hat, the better the afternoon, right? This summery J.Crew Textured Straw Hat ($35) is fun to wear and easy to carry along.


Take Shelter

When the sun starts to feel a bit too bright, this Sport-Brella Outdoor Beach Umbrella ($60) makes for a perfect hideout.

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