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Beach Vacation Essentials


By Mia Wilson

- Mar 13, 2022

So you’re heading to the beach for Spring Break (or you’re thinking ahead to summertime!) Don’t forget these trending beach vacation essentials, all under $50!

Whether you have your beach packing list down to a science or you’re always scrambling to shove everything in your beach bag the morning of, here are our suggestions for your beach trip essentials.


Everyone should know to apply sunscreen every day, not just at the beach! But what products are the best to withstand that intense tropical sun and salty ocean water? For face protection, our suggestion is the Supergoop Glow Screen ($36), the hydrating creamy formula will leave you radiant and glowing in or out of the sun! Another option is the La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen ($33)! Despite the strong SPF 50 protection, this sunscreen won’t leave the dreaded white cast on your skin that’s impossible to rub in!

Although if you’ll be swimming, especially in and around marine life like coral reefs, check out this option from Kokua Sun Care ($30). With SPF 50, and up to 80 Min water resistance, this is a natural and reef-safe zinc sunscreen.

A Hat

Step up your vacation outfit with a large sun hat! Wavy beach hair and a flowy dress would pair perfectly with this option from Madewell ($39). (bonus: it can be folded to pack into your luggage!) Floppy hats not your look? Try a baseball cap from Everlane ($35) instead. It’s also unisex, so you and your partner can mix and match colors.

Beach Vacation Essentials

A hat also provides more sun protection for you and your loved ones!

Sand-Proof Beach Blanket

So you made it to the beach, now you’re ready to lay out under the sun. But wait, don’t forget to pack a large beach blanket or mat to stay sand free. This option comes with corner stakes to hold it down on a windy day!

Whether you want to enjoy a picnic on the beach or there are no lounge chairs left, you won’t regret packing a beach blanket!

A Dry Bag

No matter where you’re visiting the beach, you’ll want a waterproof bag that ensures your valuables don’t get soaked! Or, use it to toss your wet bathing suit in after changing, so it doesn’t get your other items wet. Try this option from Dagne Dover ($25).