The beach is a great place to have fun and relax. The scenery is beautiful, the air is fresh, and there’s plenty of Vitamin D to soak up. There are also a lot of great activities, like swimming, surfing, and snorkeling. When it’s finally time to kick back and enjoy your time away, you won’t want to waste any time worrying. That’s why we’ve put together a list of must-haves for your next beach vacation. These items will help make every trip more convenient and efficient so you can maximize your free time at the beach.
A quality beach bag is first up on the list. You’ll need one to carry all the necessities for a fun, safe, and comfy day in the sun. The best beach bags are lightweight, water-resistant, and roomy. Packable totes lie flat for easy storage, making these beach bags ideal for traveling. For hands-free movement, go for a crossbody canvas beach bag. No matter which design you pick, you can expect plenty of pockets for stashing your phone, wallet, sunscreen, water, and keys. Beach bags also allow you to carry an extra set of clothes with you for emergencies. They’ll also fit books, games, and snacks.
When it comes to picking out your swimsuits for vacation, consider investing in sun protective swimwear. This swimwear is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to help minimize the harmful effects of the sun.
Lands’ End offers swimsuits with UPF 50. This factor determines the fabric‘s effectiveness at protecting against UVB and UVA rays. Swimsuits with UPF-50 offer the best protection against sunburn and sun exposure. In addition to protective swimwear, it’s also essential to pack a reliable sunscreen for the beach. For maximum protection, lather up in between swims and wear sunglasses and a hat.
The best thing about swim shorts is that they can be worn in the water or as casual wear. This makes them a must-have for any beach vacation. They offer great coverage while still allowing freedom of movement.
Made from quick-drying fabrics, swim shorts are also easy and comfy to pop on over your bikini bottoms or one-piece swimsuit. The adjustable waistband allows for a customized fit, and the pockets offer convenient storage. Add a kimono-style coverup with sandals, and you have an easy beach-to-boardwalk look. At Lands’ End, you’ll also find sun protective swim shorts with UPF–50 protection to keep your skin safe.
Beach towels are another must-have item for the beach. You’ll need one to dry off and lay out. Beach towels are also useful for covering up when you need to and can help you cool down. Just throw some cold water on yours and wrap it around your neck for instant relief from the heat. Heading to the beach with the whole family?
Personalized beach towels from Lands’ End are a great choice. No one will lose track of which towel is which! There’s also plenty of colors and patterns to choose from so each member can express their own style.
Beach cover-ups are a versatile essential for any beach vacation. These lightweight silhouettes are ideal for providing coverage in-between swims. Go for something fast-drying, comfortable, and flattering.
The right coverup can also double as a shawl or scarf for dinners or sitting around a bonfire. There are plenty of silhouettes to choose from to find your best fit. Have fun with your beach style by picking out a coverup in a vibrant color or bold print. There are also more practical designs to choose from, like rash guards.
Flip flops and slides are great for the beach, but water shoes offer more protection and practical benefits. You can wear these specially designed shoes in the water or on land. They’ll protect your feet from sand, shells, and rocks, so you won’t have to worry about cuts, burns, or scrapes.
Water shoes are also easy to pop on for trips to the boardwalk or heading back to the hotel. Lightweight and fast-drying, you can easily carry these shoes in your beach bag. Even if you buy water shoes, especially for a beach vacation, you can get plenty of use out of them year-round. They’re also great for camping, boating, and other water activities.
It's important to stay hydrated when being active in the sun. If you’re spending planning on spending all day at the beach, you may want to take a few snacks and drinks with you. An insulated lunch box is ideal for keeping food and water cool and away from debris, like sand. Insulated lunch boxes are reusable and easy to clean in between beach trips. They’re also leak-resistant in case of any messes or spills. Just wipe yours with a damp cloth and leave it open to dry.
With these must-haves, you’ll be all set for a safe, comfy, and fun trip to the beach. At Lands’ End, we have everything you need to pack your beach bag. Don't miss our swimwear and accessories for quality items you can rely on for many beach days to come.