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9 Products Our Editors Will Be Packing in Their Beach Bags This Summer

These items will make a splashy addition to any beach trip

We're dedicating our July features to the world’s most beautiful and unique beaches and islands. There’s never been a better way to beat the heat than to head to the sensational coastlines and calm waters that nab a starring role in our dreams. Dive into our features to learn more about the biggest beach party you might not have heard of, how swimwear impacts climate change, the remote Tahitian village preparing for the world stage, and the best beaches in the United States.

After a long year of being indoors, the much-coveted beach vacation is back—and our editors are wasting no time heading back to the sands. Packing for the beach can be simple: a swimsuit, a pair of sunnies, and your favorite mode of sun protection always make the list. But there are a few items whose comfort and versatility are guaranteed to take any trip to the next level.

From sunscreen favorites to the perfect water shoes, towels, and floppy hats, here’s what our editors absolutely have to have when hitting the beach.

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The Terry Towel Tote by Béis

Fitting my bulky towel into my beach tote is always a struggle—not to mention the cascades of sand that get all over my wallet and phone after sunbathing. Thankfully, this cute tote solves both of my problems: I no longer need to worry about fitting my towel in my tote… my towel rolls up and becomes a tote! It’s clever, convenient, and chic.


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YETI Rambler Water Bottle

Staying hydrated on the beach is always a good call. I’ve been loving the 26-ounce YETI Rambler Water Bottle on and off the beach. The stainless steel construction and double-wall insulation are classic YETI and are excellent at keeping liquids cold. The handle cap makes it easy to carry outside your beach bag. This is a bit spendy for a water bottle, but I can’t envision needing a replacement unless you lose it.

From $40,

Tifosi Swank Sunglasses

A few years ago, after multiple lost or damaged Ray-Bans, I stopped investing in expensive sunnies. That’s why I've been loving the Tifosi Swank sunglasses. They’re a budget pair of shades that don’t act like it. Designed to be running sunglasses, they have an excellent anti-bounce fit that stays securely on my face without being overly snug. And since these sunnies are just $25, it won’t be a travesty whenever I inevitably break or lose them.


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JISULIFE Portable Hand Fan

It's a fan, it's a charger, and it's a flashlight. The JISULIFE Portable Hand Fan is the ultimate multifunctional tool you should have in your beach bag. Not only does it have three different uses, but it's also a space saver—it folds down and takes up very little room. It's sleek and comes in four different colors.

From $16.99 to $18.99,

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Supergoop Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40

After listening to our colleague, Ellie Storck, a senior editor at Brides, sing Supergroop’s praises the better part of last summer, I decided to try the skincare brand’s zinc-based face sunscreen soon after my 30th birthday (got to slow down the aging process somehow!). The formula is made with 100-percent zinc oxide—an absolute necessity for my super sensitive, acne-prone skin—and the ingredients are non-nano, meaning that the particles are too large to penetrate my skin. Plus, the sunscreen has a pink hue, so I don’t have to worry about it leaving a white, ghostly cast. 


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Summersalt Ruched Sidestroke Bikini Top and High Leg Bottom

The persistent Instagram ads finally got me. Toward the end of last summer, I splurged on a new swimsuit from Summersalt, and I'm so glad I did. After years of buying swimsuits across the board—ranging from cheap to expensive, one piece to two pieces to rashguards, I took the plunge on Summersalt, a body-positive swimwear brand that boasts about great fit and excellent materials—the compressive fabric consists of 78 percent recycled polyamide, made from nylon waste like old fishing nets. My suit never bags out, dries quickly, and the cerulean hue fits in everywhere I've worn it, from the coast of Montenegro to a safari camp's pool in Kenya.

From $45,

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Bose SoundLinkRevolveBluetooth Speaker​

A beach day isn’t complete without some great tunes, so I always make sure to have a wireless speaker on hand. Weighing a pound and a half, this speaker is light but packs a serious auditory punch. The 360-degree audio bathes everyone in the vicinity in sound, and because it's waterproof and dustproof, you don’t have to worry about a splash of water ruining the speaker. It's also designed to withstand the bumps and falls of everyday life. Voice commands and Siri compatibility also means you can switch the music hands-free, and 13 hours of playtime last for even the longest beach days.


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Abib Quick Sunstick 

A day in the sun — or any day for that matter — means SPF, SPF, SPF. The Abib Quick Sunstick (transparent version) is something I have in my bag every day, whether or not I’m spending it at the beach. It’s a chemical sunscreen in a stick form that you twist up and swipe over your face. It leaves no white cast, no sticky residue, and even glides on nearly perfectly over makeup. The curved shape of the stick also hugs your face perfectly to ensure every nook and cranny of your face is protected with SPF 50. Plus, you won’t have to worry about cleaning your hands to reapply since you won’t have to rub anything onto your skin. 


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Hydroflask Cooler Cup

​​You might like your beach days hot, but you always want your drinks cold. Hydroflask’s new cooler cups have the temperature control power that Hydroflask is famous for but are sized to fit your favorite beach beverage.  Removable tops keep drinks in places with size options that fit your tastes perfectly. Sizes range from the standard can size to specialty cans and bottles. Or, if you’re in the mood to share, they can easily be used as a traditional cup.  No matter what you’re craving, These cooler cups have you covered.