The Beach Bag Essentials to Pack for the Best Day by the Ocean

Beach season is a little different this year. Scroll through to see packing list for the ultimate beach day.
Julia Cherruault for Observe

Etnia Barcelona Dumbo Sun

A cute pair of sunglasses are crucial for any beach day, and we're obsessed with all the unique frames from this Spain-based designer. $229, Etnia Barcelona.

Courtesy Etnia Barcelona

Draper James Straw Hat

Always bring a hat when you're spending a day in the sun. Bonus points if it's a perfectly preppy straw topper with a striped band accent. $98, Draper James.

Courtesy Draper James

Robot Bunnies Face Mask

Just in case you need a reminder, don't leave home without a face mask, and make sure you actually wear it. And no, not just around your chin. For every mask (they're 100 percent cotton, by the way) purchased from this brand, one is donated to a family in need. $21, Robot Bunnies.

Courtesy Robot Bunnies

Avène Thermal Spring Water

A soothing thermal spring water mist to spritz on when you inevitably feel a tad overheated. $14, Avène.

Courtesy Avène

Asutra Lavender Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a must-have whenever you leave the house nowadays, and we're especially into the way this clean, vegan sanitizer is infused with essential oils, to keep your hands from drying out. $8.99, Asutra.

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Alexandre Birman Clarita Braided Flat Sandal

Yes, these are definitely pricier than your average beach shoes, but the leather bows and braided soles are so perfect for summer, and this style elongates your legs for a super flattering look. $395, Alexandre Birman.

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Raincry Hair Mist Rose Dew Provence

We love that perfume isn't just for your skin anymore, because your hair deserves a little extra love, too. This floral fragrance contains amino acids and hydrating ingredients so your hair won't dry out from the saltwater. $53, Raincry.

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Corkcicle Canteen

Staying hydrated is so, so important, so remember to bring a full water bottle with you. $34.95, Corkcicle.

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Supergoop Lipscreen SPF 40

Don't forget to protect your lips from the harsh sun rays! We like that this SPF 40 formulation doesn't leave any sticky or oily residue. $22, Supergoop.

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Parachute Mini Stripe Beach Towel

We're very into the nautical stripes and tassels on this petite beach towel. $49, Parachute.

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Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow

A convenient lip and cheek tint for a little extra sun-kissed glow. $40, Charlotte Tilbury.

Courtesy Charlotte Tilbury

Goodwipes Lavender Body Wipes

There's no getting around the fact that when it's hot out, we sweat. Bring these lavender-scented (we really do love our lavender) wipes if you want to freshen up a bit at the beach. $10, Goodwipes.

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Sun Bum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen

We cannot stress enough how important it is to continuously reapply sunscreen throughout the day. This mineral SPF 50 has our stamp of approval. $17.99, Sun Bum.

Courtesy Sun Bum

Anemone Balconette Underwire One-Piece

This French lingerie-inspired white one-piece guarantees you'll be the chicest person à la plage. $245, Anemone.

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Hat Attack Launch Tote

Finding the right beach tote is a personal choice, but if you're looking for something roomy enough to fit all your must-haves, and also won't get ruined sitting in the sand (or even when it gets inevitably soaked), try this canvas bag. $120, Hat Attack.

Courtesy Hat Attack

M-61 Hydraboost Face Mist

This ultra-hydrating face mist includes peptides, cucumber and vitamin B5 and B3. $32, Bluemercury.

Courtesy Bluemercury

Aerie Bikini Bag

Toss your wet bathing suit in this bag after you leave the beach; it's an optimal choice if you're not heading home before your next stop, so your swimsuit won't soak through your bag or get mildewy. $7.58, Aerie.

Courtesy Aerie

Maurie and Eve Higher Love Dress

A breezy and stylish cover-up that easily transitions to a post-beach ensemble. $101, Maurie and Eve.

Courtesy Maurie & Eve

Byredo Bal d'Afrique Roll-on Perfume Oil

Bring roll-on perfume if you want a little touch up. $78, Byredo.

Courtesy Byredo

Onia Macro Stripe Beach Towel

A 100 percent linen beach blanket with peach-y stripes is already a definite yes from us, and the matching bag that makes it so easy to tote around just seals the deal. $95, Onia.

Courtesy Onia

After what might have been the longest winter ever, we’re somehow already deep into July. There’s still plenty of summer sun left, though, even if August is just around the corner.

That means more than enough lazy beach days and pool excursions in the coming weeks, and you want to make sure you’re properly prepared for these outings. Packing for the ultimate beach day is a little different than last year, since aside from the usual sunscreen and sandals, a face mask and hand sanitizer are now of the utmost importance anytime you leave the house.

You’re going to need more than just a beach towel and a good book for a perfect day in the sun, but we’ve done the work for you and found all the ultimate beach bag essentials you’ll want to check off your list before you head out the door. Scroll through to see our favorite picks right now.

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