Whether you like to spend your summer longing on the local riverbank, or taking an epic vacation to some pearly white beach, everyone needs some staples that they are going to wear to the beach. This is especially important in a time when so many of us worry about the way we look when we go to the beach. Having your go-to items that you know make you feel good will help you spend less time worrying about what you’re wearing and let you focus on having fun and relaxing.
Let’s start with the thing to put it all in. Your beach bag needs to be big enough to fit your towel, a change of clothes, sunscreen, accessories and perhaps a snack to replenish your energy after having fun. When choosing your bag, right after the size you should be considering the material. That bag is going to be lying in the sand and perhaps the water, so you really don’t want a material that will be ruined by either of those. You might want to opt for something a bit cheaper for this, because, while a high-quality bag might last you a long time, it won’t be pristine and new for very long.
Besides being absolute fashion staples, a good sun hat and sunglasses are what protects you from the sun’s harmful rays in the places where you can’t apply sunscreen: the top of your head and your eyes. Go for a big straw hat to give you plenty of shade, or if you want something more tamed, try a bandana. When choosing sunglasses, make sure that they are high quality and that they will actually protect your eyes, not just darken your vision. Choose the correct shape according to your face and if you have a prescription, have them custom made to fit your needs.
If there’s ever been a time to splurge on a beach item, it’s the thing you’ll get the most use out of and where you really don’t want to be stuck with something cheaply made that will fall apart in the water. Looking at a range of designer swimwear will feel like a treat, but it is actually a smart investment, because the piece will last you a long time and you will feel great wearing it. Make sure you are choosing something not only according to what is flattering for your shape, but what you like seeing on yourself. No matter what anyone says, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable, and everything else will follow. If you’re spending a lot of your time on the beach, you might want to have two pairs of swimsuits, to change into something dry when you are out of the water.
Another thing that’s far more than just a fashion detail, a cover-up gives you all-important protection from direct sunlight, and it provides protection from the afternoon breeze. When you are looking for a cover-up, opt for a light material that covers a lot of your skin. Something like a caftan or maxi dress can work great as well, so remember that you don’t have to always look for an item that’s called a cover-up, as long as it does the job.
Yes, the iconic walking along the beach barefooted, warm sand heating your feet, does bring a nice mental image, but reality is a bit different from that. When you are on a beach walking along the sand, it’s usually way too hot for our feet to handle, and if you are walking barefoot, you risk burning the soles of your feet. Additionally, beaches are often full of natural and man-made debris that can cut your feet, so you really want to have a pair of water-friendly sandals to spend your time on the beach in.
Of course, you shouldn’t forget your towel, sunscreen and a big water bottle, as well as your documents. If you are afraid of your things being stolen while you are in the water, there are tricks to hiding them that you can learn. Most importantly, you should be having fun and relaxing, so unplug, bring a book or a sketching pad and let your mind wander while you soak up the sun.