>Sometimes it’s hard to just chill and relax—and that’s where beach vacations come in handy. Once you’ve set your OOO message and stepped off the plane, it’s as if you’ve metaphorically let your hair down. The sand. The waves. The sun. You’re set. But before you can sip your piña colada surf-side and totally enjoy paradise, you need to pack the essentials. Since you already know what you’re putting in your carry-on, it should only take you half the time. Here are the top products that should always be on your beach vacation packing list—from sun protection to tropical dinner attire, we’ve got you covered.
>The one thing you shouldn’t forget to pack is a good sunscreen. A recent Consumer Reports study found that 28 top sunscreens didn’t follow through on their SPF claims… Thankfully, this milky formula did.
>These oversize sunglasses by the cult-favorite Korean label provide 100% UV protection on the beach and hide under-eye circles while traveling.
>This straw beach bag features neon tassels—and it’s large enough to carry your wallet, cell phone, and reading essentials (and maybe even a midday snack).
>The swimwear label of the moment’s signature scallops get an update in a chic one-piece that lets you frolic in the water without fear of losing a top (or bottom).
>Is there anything better than a piece that does double duty? This cheery coverup goes from the beach to dinner in seconds.
>These ultra-thin flip flops will protect your feet from the hot sand but won’t be an eyesore. The pretty metallic hue means you can dress them up or down.
>Say goodbye to the glare with a striped sun hat crafted from sturdy straw (plus, it won’t lose its shape in your suitcase).
>This clear topcoat adds SPF 50 to any of your favorite lip shades to keep your pout from getting burned.
>Sick of your neck cramping while you’re catching some rays? This blow-up beach pillow won’t take up space in your bag and will keep your head out of the sand.
Listen to all your favorite songs on this wireless speaker that goes a whole day without needing a charge.
Wrap yourself in an ultrasoft scarf when taking a break to grab food.
Is there a better place than the beach to take in some profound poetry? We think not.
Keep the little ones in the shade with a gorgeous canopy-style umbrella with 50 SPF.
A plush cotton-terry towel is perfect for spreading your stuff—or yourself—out on.
Jot down all of your hopes, dreams (and future vacation plans) in this pocket-size journal.
Where do you want to go on your next beach vacation? Be sure to tell us in the comments!