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31 Essentials To Pack In Your Beach Bag

Heading to the seaside? Don’t forget these necessaries for a relaxing day in the sand.

Have you been craving great gulps of sea air ever since we locked down in March? If so, you’re not alone. After the constrictions of the year we’ve had so far, heading to sea feels, more than ever, an unbeatable joy, both for the freedom of immersing yourself in the bracing water, and for the reminder of other lands beyond our corners of the world lurking tantalisingly just beyond the horizon.

There are, then, few joys that compare to the sun on your face and the salt in your hair and the soothing, lulling sounds of the waves, all fuelled by ice-creams and crab sandwiches. But it’s all the better when you come prepared – both for keeping hydrated and protected against the sun, as well as for making the most of the fun with beach games, buckets and spades and inflatables to bob around on. Luckily, we’ve come up with a checklist for you, as well as our pick of the best products. Happy holidays!

By Nancy Alsop
August 2020

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The Conran Shop

Honeycomb Hammam Towel in Mustard & White, NOW £25

Melissa Odabash

Keri Kaftan Tropical Coral, £226

Not Another Bill

Personalised Bat and Ball, £45

Freight HHG

Freight Canvas Bag, £75

Scaniborn

Liewood Dante Beach Set – Dino Mix, £35.95

Mano Mano

Two Beachmats With Back Rest, £35.99

SunJellies

Women’s Pastel Pink Jelly Shoes, £12

Anthropologie

Dock & Bay Multicolour Quick Dry Towel, £24

M&S

Cotton Stripe Shopper Bag, £25

Made.com

Jaxon 5L Cool Bag, £15

Beach Café

Sea Folly Sarong, £31

Amazon

Andes Beach Windbreak, £16.99

Plumo

Raffia Sun Hat, £49

Melissa Odabash

Caribe Bikini Blush, £232

Solillas

Lago Original Turquoise Leather Menorcan Sandals, £54

Figleaves

Seafolly Shirred Waist Wrap Pant, £60

The Conran Shop

Waterproof Phone Screen, £10

Scandiborn

Sunny Life Kids Hooded Beach Towel, £33.95

Sunny Life

Luxe Lie-On Float, £50

Vilebrequin

Women Draped One Piece Swimsuit Solid, £175

Chilly’s Bottles

Chilly’s Bottle in Apple, £20

The Conran Shop

Chestnut Parasol in Green Stripe, £520

John Lewis

Sunny Life Kasbah Inflatable Beach Ball, £12

Altruist

Altruist Sunscreen SPF30 – 1 Litre Bottle, £17

Toast

Clara Wide Brim Straw Hat, £69

Glossier

Soothing Face Mist, £13

Sunny Life

Floating Bean Bag, £85

Dilli Grey

Suraj Maxi Kaftan in Mint Green, £79

John Lewis

Typhoon Pure 'Green Is The New Black' Bamboo Lunch Box, 800ml, Green/Natural, £12

Mulberry

Jon Sunglasses, £220

Anthropologie

Sorel Kinetic Ankle Sandal, £115

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