So you bought your bikini or one piece and your summer itinerary is booked with days in your happy place. Your bag will be filled to the brim with a little protecting and a lot of fun (if the beach isn’t fun enough). Our foolproof checklist will help streamline your beach days and ensure it’s a day of pure bliss. Cue the sun.
1. Beach Bag
Stripes Rope Beach Bag, $29.99, by Target
With all the things you need to tote to the beach, a stylish straw bag that is big enough to bring all that you need is numero uno on your must-have list. Also, you won’t care if it gets wet, and you’ll leave the excess sand where it belongs.
The Artist Sunglasses, $29.95, by Privé Revaux
We know we all need to protect our bodies with sunscreen, but what’s just as important is protecting our eyes. Rest your eyes from constant squinting from the sun with a pair of chic sunglasses that have solid UV protection.
Lanea Thong, $70, by Rockport
You need a pair that are cute, chic and easy on and off for running to and from the bathroom. The same pair should be appropriate for potentially hitting the town for a bite to eat after soaking up the sun. These Rockport sandals are perfect for both.
4. Waterproof Speaker
Mini H20 Waterproof Speaker, $29.99, by Aztec
We should never bring nice electronics to the beach incase they get ruined by the elements. This waterproof speaker is durable for the sand and can be throw into the water (and floats) without a problem. Music always makes the beach a happier place, just as long as we’re not disturbing our neighbors.
5. Waterproof Phone Case
Summertime Waterproof Phone Case, $9.99, by Wemco
It’s impossible to leave our phones at home while hitting the beach, so be sure to protect it. This waterproof case is perfect for a beach day and also doubles as a pouch to throw in your cash if you ever leave your towel unattended.
6. SPF Lip Balm
Sun Bum SPF Coconut Lip Balm, $3.99, by Sun Bum
It’s never fun to wake up the next morning after a day at the beach then realize our lips are painfully burnt. It’s one of the easiest parts of our body we forget to protect in the sun, so be sure to grab a couple of these to protect your pout.
7. Inflatable Drink Holder
Rainbow Unicorn Inflatable Drink Holder, $24, by Revolve
This cute accessory will have all your girls asking where you got it from (and the guys will be jelly they don’t have one of their own). Affordable enough to grab a couple for the rest of your crew, this is perfect for resting your drink of choice as you float alongside it in the ocean or great for protecting it from getting sandy on the beach.
8. Beach Towel
Tropical Leaf Print Round Beach Towel, $30, by Boohoo
Ever get out of the water and can’t find your towel? We hate that, too. Grab a circle towel that has a bold pattern that will stand out among the rest. You’ll never go searching again!
Day to Daylight Sunhat, $36.99, by Modcloth
Sure, reapplying SPF frequently is great, but a large floppy hat does the trick to avoid your nose from getting red. Grab this wide brim hat that will cover your head and then some.
10. Beach Sarong
Multi Way Beach Sarong, $14.99, by Boohoo
Pretty and functional, a sarong is perfect to cover up to when jetting to the bathroom or running to grab a popsicle from the ice cream truck. Don’t bother throwing on your entire outfit back on for a quick jaunt away from the sand.
Mermaid Tail Float, $50, by Boohoo
You’re in your happy place, and nothing should be stressing you out—listening to the waves crashing down, a cool breeze and you’re floating in your mermaid tail. You can’t tell us anything is better than this.
Merideth Morgan is a stylist and writer based in New York.