Beach Bag Essentials

So it's finally Summer! For lots of people this means escaping the UK's unpredictable weather for warmer climates across Europe and the World. Beach holidays are very popular as who doesn't love a bit of relaxing by the sea, so I've put together some beach bag essentials that are needed for a trip to the beach. 

A necessary item if you don't want to be constantly covered in sand or sticking to an uncomfortable sun lounger! If possible you want a slightly larger towel that you can fully lie on without your legs and head getting sandy. 

Sun Hat
A sunburnt head is never fun, especially when trying to brush your hair! So to minimise the risk a sunhat is useful, also great for keeping your face out of the sun, and keeps you looking super stylish. I love ones with wide flopping brims, but anything that covers your head does the trick. They are a bit of a struggle to pack though and I usually carry mine in my hand through the airport.

Cover Up
Another item to minimise burn, something that covers your shoulders is the best option. It's also a great option if you're a bit self conscious and don't feel comfortable wandering around in a bikini. Also great to chuck on for the walk to and from the beach, or to the cafe to grab a ice cream.

Protecting your eyes from UV rays is as important as protecting your skin. So make sure you've got your sunnies with you and that they block both UVA and UVB rays. They're also a great way to people watch (check out the hotties) at the beach without looking like a creep.

A Good Read
Sunbathing can be boring so something to pass the time is usually a good bet. I always take at least 3 books with me when I go away as I spend most of my holiday reading! I like most genres but find a good chick lit is an easy read when you're lounging by the pool or sea. This is one of my favourites and I really recommend it; You don't have to say you love me by Sarra Manning.

Whatever genre it is music is a necessity. It can put you in a great mood and also fill the hours of sunbathing where you would otherwise have to make conversation! Nobody wants that!

You don't want to take your whole purse down to the beach with you, firstly for security reasons and secondly, are you really going to need your library card?! I like to take a small purse with a small amount of money for essential purchases like ice cream. 

Probably the most important thing in your beach bag. Firstly, burning is painful and looking like a tomato is not cool, but even if you don't burn you should be wearing suncream to help prevent skin cancer. Try to use a SPF of 30 or above to make sure you're fully protected. I also think suncream on your face of 30+ is important to minimise the signs of ageing. You should also take a Lip balm with SPF in it to protect your lips, also make sure not to use a lip product that will attract more sun and result in burnt lips!

Keeping fresh is always difficult in hot countries, but making sure you've got some deodorant or body spray with you can help combat the sweat and smell. The new compressed cans are perfect for travelling due to being that bit smaller.

Face Wipes
A pack of face wipes will definitely come in handy, when your face starts feeling like it needs a bit of a break from all the cream and sand and salt just give it a wipe and reapply a fresh layer of suncream. They're also useful for cleaning mucky hands and wiping off those sand grains that just won't brush off.

Hair Bands
Beautiful beach'd hair is basically impossible no matter how many products you put in your hair. At some point you're going to need to tie your hair up, whether thats in a bun on top of your head so it doesn't get wet, or in a pony tail just to get it off your sweaty neck. Hairbands are always useful so make sure you've got some stashed away in your beach bag. 

If you're off on holiday or going to be heading to the beach make sure to include all these essentials in your bag. 


  1. AHHH I totes agree, no matter how much sea salt spray I use, beach hair just doesn't happen for me!

    1. My hair never ever looks good on holiday. The chlorine and salt and sand just destroys it and all I wanna do is put it up in a bun haha!

  2. Wish so bad that I was going abroad this year! Miss lounging about and just chilling by the pool and tanning. I'm going to a beach near me with my friend on thursday, (it's predicted to be the hottest day of the year - fingers crossed!) so i'll be packing light with all these essentials! Gonna be controversial here... I actually love my "beach hair", it goes into tight ringlets, which is what my natural hair as a baby was! Hope it still goes that way, haha xxx

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

    1. Beaches in England can be just as nice when It's sunny. Hopefully you have a lovely hot day!
      I think maybe for people with wavy/slightly curly hair beach waves works, I have straight hair that never holds a curl, so my beach hair is just a big mess, I don't get any curls. I'm jealous of you. :P
      Emma xxx

  3. I'm glad writing essays with a glass of wine is okay because it's basically how I got my dress. Haha.

    I love the big sunhat, it's something I was missing when I went on holiday!

    Corinne x

    1. haha, It's totally okay! The best way to write essays I think :P
      And yeah I love a big hat, it's just a nightmare to pack so means I have to carry it around and when travelling it's so annoying. :)
      Emma x

  4. Think my comment just deleted itself...woops! Sorry if you get two from me!

    I love this post! I've never actually thought about taking face wipes - it's a great idea as my facial skin always gets a bit dry at the beach, and there's also the dreaded sticky ice cream fingers ;)
    Also, I absolutely love that sunhat! Definitely need to get myself one!

    Are you going anywhere this year? :)

    Hazel Jane x