When a new season starts, shopping items for it is one of my favorite things to do. I always check my closet first to see what pieces from my wardrobe need to be updated, read current trends and then I make a list of what I’ll need. Then I browse online shops until I find the best deals.
My current priority list for this new season is all about getting nicer beachwear, sandals and accessories. It’s always sunny in San Diego, so my vital beach gear gets worn out by this time of the year. To maximize time in the sun and sand this year, I’ve rounded up 11 must-have beach essentials that are functional and budget friendly.
Cover-ups are a great option to throw over your swimsuit. They can be dressed up for lunch after your day at the beach or dress down for a casual outing. I love that the right style can camouflage all kinds of imperfections.
I mostly wear one-piece bathing suit styles, but this vintage bikini by Unique Vintage made up my mind to try something new this year. The high-waisted style of the bikini bottom covers up problem areas (slim the tummy) while accentuating your curves.
I always bring a lot of things with me to the beach. From magazines to a change of clothes to leave-in-conditioner, so a big beach is must-have for me. A reusable linen tote can carry perfectly all of my beach-day essentials.
I grew up in Puerto Rico where is 80 degrees or more everyday. Flip flops have always been a big part of my wardrobe. Besides the basic black and brown, I like keeping in my closet a few dressy pairs that I can wear with maxi dresses and coverups for after the beach adventures. I’ve always trusted Reef for comfortable and stylish flip flops.
I like bringing a few towels in case someone forgets, but on this monster of a beach towel (39” x 78”) by Lands’ End you’ll be able to fit your besties or a special date.
Sunglasses are a must when spending time outdoors. You don’t want to be winking and getting wrinkles. These cute cat-eye shades are perfect for a day of fun in the sun.
Bringing a hat to the beach helps protect your scalp and face from the sun. I also wear it to keep my curls in place.
My main focus when going to the beach is relaxing. I’m not a big swimmer, so lounging with a good book or fashion magazines is my favorite beach pastime.
9-Lip Balm With SPF
I don’t like wearing makeup to the beach, but this tinted lip balm by e.l.f shield lips from harmful sun rays and gives just a hint of color.
Rehydrate your hair before leaving the beach by adding a little bit of leave-in-conditioner. It will moisturize and protect it against dryness caused by the sun and ocean.
This one is a no brainer. If you’re spending time outdoors, you need to apply (and reapply) sunscreen. I like to wear sport sunscreen with a SPF over 50+ and reapply every two hours for maximum protection.
What are some of your beach essentials? Share them with me in the comments below.
=Shop The Look=
- Caftan via Saks Fifth Avenue, $146
- Black Bikini via Unique Vintage, $84
- Tote Bag via TOMS Shoes, $28
- Flip Flops via Reef, $32
- Beach Towel via Lands’ End, $29
- Sunglasses via Shopbop, $180
- Floppy Hat via Amazon, $10
- How to Eat a Cupcake Novel via Barnes & Noble, $5
- Lip Balm SPF 15 via e.l.f., $3
- Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Conditioner via Target, $9
- Banana Boat Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen via Amazon, $10
This post was sponsored by Reef, all opinions are my own. Collage design by Unik.