And Now, Here's Everything You Need to Pack for a Day at the Beach

Getting ready for a day at the beach, especially when you're planning with a big group, is always a little hectic. The stakes are high: If you forget just one essential thing, you run the risk of having to interrupt your perfect beach day for a run to the nearest store or back to the house—or put a halt to your entire day.

We've all been here: arriving at the beach with the intention of having the perfect day and then realizing that you've forgotten sunscreen, towels, food, or water. There is no worse feeling than having to flee the beach because you were unprepared. Don't make the same mistake this Fourth of July weekend.

To help you live your best life at the beach this summer, we rounded up our favorite beach essentials you need to add to your bag stat. From the best sunscreen approved by Byrdie editors to our favorite selection of beach towels, games, summer reads, you'll never need to leave the beach. Pack that beach bag—the waves are waiting. 

Beach Essentials
Poolside Long Leather Handle Bag $175

Get your own personal motto embroidered on these chic beach bags by Poolside Collective.

Snowe Beach Towel $48

If you're going to pack a beach towel, make it an ultra large one with red Breton stripes. 

Rumba x Otis & Eleanor Speaker $125 $50

This Rumba speaker is ultra light and travel friendly—perfect for the beach!

Basil Bangs Beach Umbrella $319

Hands down the chicest beach umbrella on the market. Pretend you're at Gurney's Montauk no matter where you actually are.

Cereal Issue 13 $18

You'll be hard pressed to find a better (and more chic) magazine to read as you perfect that sunkissed glow.

Deny Designs Wave Tricolor Cornhole Set $229

Why lay all day when you can play cornhole instead? These boards guarantee endless fun.

Fixed Triangle Bikini Top
Marysia Swim Palm Springs Scalloped Swimsuit $345

When it comes to swimwear, there is no chicer option than Marysia Swim bathing suits.

Loeffler Randall Lucia Studded Knot Slide
Loeffler Randall Lucia Studded Knot Slide $295 $159

Slide in and out of these cute knotted sandals by Loeffler Randall and you'll never burn your feet on the scorching sand.

Tank Garage "Stars Like Ours" Rosé $17

Pack some summer water for your beach day—you never know what you might need to celebrate.

Michele Rondelli Flagged Cotton Blanket $154 $113

For large groups, skip the beach towels in favor of an extra-large blanket that will hold your entire picnic spread.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan $15

The ultimate light beach read—if Kevin Kwan's last novels are any indication, you won't be able to put this one down.

Trancoso beach bats set
Frescobol Carioca Transoco Wooden Beach Bat and Ball Set $163

If cornhole is not your thing, maybe beach paddles are? Test out your rallying skills with these beautifully crafted wooden paddles.

Spf25 Sun Cream Cell Protection
Susanne Kaufmann SPF 25 Sun Cream Cell Protection $97

Protect your skin! This Susanne Kaufmann sunscreen is Byrdie approved, so you know it's good. 

Teak Sling Chair
Serena & Lily Teak Sling Chair $249

Why sit on the grown when you can sit in a colorful teak sling chair from Serena & Lily?

Preston & Olivia The Abigail Hat $215

Keep your skin out of the sun with this ultra-chic hat by Preston & Olivia.

Cat-eye acetate sunglasses
Celine Cat-eye Acetate Sunglasses $460

Protect your eyes and look cute, all at once. Thanks, Crap Eyewear!

Las Bayadas La Bahia Towel $48

This ultra-light beach towel is perfect for those who don't want to be weighed down by their beach bag (and it's cute too).

Fiesta Rickrack-trimmed Cotton-poplin Mini Dress
Zimmermann Corsair Off-the-Shoulder Cotton Mini Dress $850

Go from the beach to the beach bar in this cute Lisa Marie Fernandez rickrack dress.

Harbour Island Floor Pillow
Serena & Lily Harbour Island Floor Pillow $129

Don't feel like shlepping a beach chair? These outdoor floor cushions are just as comfortable—especially for beach picnics.

The Brigitte Striped Bikini
Solid & Striped The Rachel Striped Bikini Top $90

We're all about bold stripes this summer—Solid & Striped is a classic and flattering choice.

S'Well 'Hand Painted Textile Collection' Water Bottle
S'well Calacatta Stainless Steel Water Bottle $35

Stay hydrated all day long with this S'Well water bottle. It will keep your liquids cool too.

SunnyLife Badminton Turquoise Set $29

In case you hadn't guessed yet, we're big fans of beach games, and this badminton set could not be cuter.

Ruza Party Pack $115

Having a beach picnic or party? This 12-pack rosé cooler will ensure your friends are never thirsty. 

This post was originally published on June 29, 2017, and has since been updated.

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