The 12 essentials every beach bag needs this summer

The sun is shining and the temperature's rising, making it the perfect excuse to start planning a trip to the beach! Whether you’re going on a day trip to your local waterfront or living the dream and spending your summer working oceanside, there’s nothing worse than getting to the beach only to realise that you’ve forgotten something crucial like sunglasses or a beach towel – it does happen.

So, to help you save time packing and get more time tanning (remember to use sunscreen kids!), here’s a roundup of 12 essentials every beach bag needs to ensure that every trip is just as it should be: stress free and relaxing.

Facial sunscreen

Looking for a non-greasy SPF that will protect skin and won’t clog pores? La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios tinted anti-shine sun cream gel is ideal for those with ultra sensitive and/or acne prone skin. The dry-touch gel formula protects from harmful UV rays, instantly melts into the skin and mattifies your complexion while controlling shine and preventing breakouts. *Adds to basket*.

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Beach towel

Dry yourself in style with this adorable pink palm print towel – because no trip to the beach is complete without a dip in the water.

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Waterproof phone case

Protect your phone from splashes and spills with a waterproof case. Whether you want to capture the action mid-surf or you’re just trying to take the perfect poolside selfie, you won’t have to worry about water damage ever again.

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Eco-water bottle

Save money (and the environment) by packing an eco-friendly insulated water bottle to keep you and your water cool. Hydration is key while spending a whole day under the sun, after all.

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Portable speakers

Roughly the same size of a grapefruit, Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM’s portable Bluetooth speaker will fit easily in any beach bag and lasts up to 10 hours plus, it’s waterproof. Beach, beats and booze? Check, check and check.

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Portable charger

Avoid any flat battery blues with a portable charger to back you up at the beach. This Belkin pocket power bank holds up to three charges and has two USB ports, so you can charge your smartphone and those portable speakers at the same time. Score!

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Silky scarf

Whether at the beach or at the bar, nothing says ‘glamour’ quite like a beautiful silk scarf accessory. Keep tresses out of your face while sunbathing with this animal-print piece while scoring some style points.

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Lip balm with SPF

Yep, lips need some TLC in the sun too. Keep your pout soft and shielded with a tinted balm packed with SPF30 that’ll protect lips from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

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Avoid premature aging, skin damage and wrinkles with Nivea’s 2-in-1 sunscreen and moisturiser, which leaves skin nourished yet protected throughout the day. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours for maximum coverage.

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Floppy hat

A big floppy hat is a cardinal rule when it comes to sun protection, especially if you sunburn easily. Not only does it shield your scalp, face, neck and shoulders, but it also looks super stylish.

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A sun-soaked day means it’s time to bare your shoulders and legs, but not your eyes. Stand out from the crowd with these neon feline sunglasses that will keep peepers protected from harmful UV rays. Plus they’ll go perfectly with that new bikini *hint hint*.

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Hair oil spray

Avoid salt-stiffened strands with a spritz of OUAI’s hair oil. It helps keep coloured hair from fading when exposed to sunlight, seals split ends and leaves hair super glossy while protecting tresses from heat damage.

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