15 Must-Have Essentials for the Beach [Beach Packing List]

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Beach Packing List

Summer is my favorite season, which means at least one or two days at the beach.

Are you heading off to the beach this summer?

Then it’s time to start shopping for your beach day essentials!

Topics in this beach packing list post include

  • Skin protection essentials to add to your beach packing checklist
  • Waterproof lipstick to create the best beach packing list
  • Just the essentials (pack light!) to create a beach day packing list

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Beach Packing List – 15 Things You May Forget to Pack That Are a Must Have

Continue reading for the 15 things to add to your beach packing list for a successful beach day.

1. Beach Tote to Carry Your Beach Essentials

You definitely need a large beach bag with pockets for a day at the beach. Or, bring a beach bag with a zipper.

Depending on your needs, I’d recommend one of these beach bags.

Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag – Toy Tote Bag – Large Lightweight Market, Grocery & Picnic Tote with Oversized Pockets
Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag

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Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag, Waterproof Beach Bag, Canvas Tote, Beach Tote, Beach Gear, Beach Essentials, Pool Bag, Large Beach Tote
Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag

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2. Tropical Sunblock

I LOVE spray sunblock. It’s just easier to apply!

To get in the beachy mood, check out the coconut-scented sunblock by Coola. Or any good-smelling sunblock

Coola coconut sunblock
Coola Coconut Sunblock

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Neutrogena also sells a great body spray sunscreen. I get the SPF 70 so that I don’t have to re-apply it as often.

 Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Spray Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70, Water-Resistant and Oil-Free Sun Protection, 6.5 oz
Neutrogena Beach Defense

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3. Hairbrush for Wet Hair

I discovered the Wet hairbrush at TJ Maxx a few years ago and now it’s my go-to brush.

I own about four of them! They are lightweight, bright and pretty and perfect for use on wet, tangled hair. These light hairbrushes are perfect for travel too!

Hairbrush for Wet Hair
Hairbrush for Wet Hair

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4. Speaker for Listening to Beach Tunes

You can’t go to the beach without music! Add this to your beach packing list and everyone will thank you.

I’m in love with this rose gold portable speaker right now. It makes me happy just to look at it!

rose gold portable speaker
Rose Gold Bluetooth Speaker

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5. Umbrella to Protect Your Skin at the Beach

A lightweight umbrella is a beach packing list essential. This umbrella protects you from the sun (hello SPF!), comes in fun, feminine colors (I own pink), and comes in handy in case of rain.

Beach umbrella with SPF for shade and sun protection
Beach Umbrella with SPF

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6. Feminine Rashguard for a Cover-up and Skin Protection at the Beach

My shoulders get burnt in the sun, so I’m a big fan of rashguards. No need to applying sunblock as frequently if you have a rashguard.

This rashguard is super feminine and functions as a beach cover up as well. Talk about multi-purpose!

Women's UV Sun Protection Long Sleeve Rash Guard Wetsuit Swimsuit Top
Women's UV Sun Protection Rash Guard

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7. Casual T-Shirt for Grabbing a Drink at the Beach Bar

A casual, fun t-shirt is an essential part of any summer outfit.

I’m a fan of this t-shirt from Amazon. It’s super cute, flowy, and soft.

YunJey Round Neck Triple Color Block Stripe T-Shirt
Stripe T-Shirt

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8. Jean Shorts

Jean shorts are IN right now (along with white sneakers!). I’m a fan of shorts from J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, and Old Navy.

This pair of jean shorts by Goodthreads from Amazon also gets good reviews.

Amazon Brand - Goodthreads Women's Denim Turn-Cuff Short
Denim Turn-Cuff Jean Shorts

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P.S. – Walmart has super cute jean shorts too! Check out cute jean shorts in this Walmart Try on Haul.

9. Fun Beach Towel

I love cheery bright colors and pineapples, so this beach towel caught my eye.

Bahia Collection by Dohler Pineapples and Stripes Brazilian Velour Beach Towel 40x72 Inches
Bright Pineapple Beach Towel

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Amazon also sells HUNDREDS of cute beach towels. Check out more cute beach towels with white pineapple peach towels, tropical beach towels, and towels with flamingos on Amazon!

10. Sandals for the Beach and for Going Out

These aren’t exactly flip-flops, but I swear by the Steve Madden Women's Dondii Flat sandal. 

Steve Madden Women's Donddi Sandal
Steve Madden Women's Donddi Sandal

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These sandals are super comfortable for walking long distances (I walk 4 miles in these, no problem!), dancing at night, wearing with sundresses, AND going to the beach.

11. Sunblock for Face

After much research, I finally found the BEST sunblock to use for your face.

The EltaMD sunblock is not cheap, but it’s totally worth it. It’s non-greasy and sinks in right away. Plus, it has SPF 46, which is higher than most drugstore sunblocks.

Elta MD Sunscreen for Face with SPF 46 is one of the best sunscreens for face
Elta MD Sunscreen for Face

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Definitely don't forget to add sunscreen for face to your beach packing list! It's often forgotten.

12. Snacks for a Day at the Beach

No one likes to get hungry. It makes me hangry! I always pack a LOT of snacks for the beach. I’m a big fan of dry roasted edamame and EPIC protein bars right now.

 Seapoint Farms Sea Salt Dry Roasted Edamame, Healthy Snacks, 1.58 oz, 12-Pack
Healthy Snack for the Beach - Dry Roasted Edamame

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 EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars, Grass-Fed, Paleo Friendly, 12 Ct Box 1.3oz bar
EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars

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Get more healthy, low-calorie and high protein snack ideas here.

13. Swimsuit for the Beach (duh!)

I used to LOVE the swimsuits by Victoria’s Secret. I’ve also had good luck with swimsuits from CUPSHE, online on Amazon, at Walmart (surprise!), and at Target.

A lot of my friends LOVE this swimsuit online from Amazon.

best swimsuit for curvy women on Amazon by COCOSHIP
So cute!

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I own a bikini top and bottom from Kona Sol from Target and love it. The coverage is great. I own the bottoms in a medium and the top in a small.

Kona Sol Swimsuits at Target
Kona Sol Swimsuits

P.S. – Check out the BEST swimsuits for women for any body type and by style in this post!

14. Polarized Sunglasses

Sunglasses are ESSENTIAL for the beach. (Squinting will cause wrinkles!)

Maui Jim Women's Honi Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Maui Jim Sunglasses

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I know that everyone loves Ray-Bans, but I personally love my Maui Jim sunglasses.

15. Bright Coral Lipstick

I absolutely love the Revlon ColorStay lipsticks. They stay on forever!

This summer I’m loving the ColorStay lip color in Pink. It’s very natural looking, soft, and pretty!

 Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor, Longwearing Liquid Lipstick with Clear Lip Gloss, with Vitamin E, in Pink, 530 24/7 Pink, 0.8 oz
Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Pink

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