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.
Get your own personal motto embroidered on these chic beach bags by Poolside Collective.
If you're going to pack a beach towel, make it an ultra large one with red Breton stripes.
This Rumba speaker is ultra light and travel friendly—perfect for the beach!
Hands down the chicest beach umbrella on the market. Pretend you're at Gurney's Montauk no matter where you actually are.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better (and more chic) magazine to read as you perfect that sunkissed glow.
Why lay all day when you can play cornhole instead? These boards guarantee endless fun.
When it comes to swimwear, there is no chicer option than Marysia Swim bathing suits.
Slide in and out of these cute knotted sandals by Loeffler Randall and you'll never burn your feet on the scorching sand.
Pack some summer water for your beach day—you never know what you might need to celebrate.
For large groups, skip the beach towels in favor of an extra-large blanket that will hold your entire picnic spread.
The ultimate light beach read—if Kevin Kwan's last novels are any indication, you won't be able to put this one down.
If cornhole is not your thing, maybe beach paddles are? Test out your rallying skills with these beautifully crafted wooden paddles.
Protect your skin! This Susanne Kaufmann sunscreen is Byrdie approved, so you know it's good.
Why sit on the grown when you can sit in a colorful teak sling chair from Serena & Lily?
Keep your skin out of the sun with this ultra-chic hat by Preston & Olivia.
Protect your eyes and look cute, all at once. Thanks, Crap Eyewear!
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).
Go from the beach to the beach bar in this cute Lisa Marie Fernandez rickrack dress.
Don't feel like shlepping a beach chair? These outdoor floor cushions are just as comfortable—especially for beach picnics.
We're all about bold stripes this summer—Solid & Striped is a classic and flattering choice.
Stay hydrated all day long with this S'Well water bottle. It will keep your liquids cool too.
In case you hadn't guessed yet, we're big fans of beach games, and this badminton set could not be cuter.
Having a beach picnic or party? This 12-pack rosé cooler will ensure your friends are never thirsty.
And now, beach towels for every budget.
This post was originally published on June 29, 2017, and has since been updated.