It’s beach season, babes! That means sun, sand, waves and fun. And this might be one of the best summers ever as we all head outside for the first time in a while. There’s plenty to do during the hottest season of the year, from laying out on the sand next to some crashing waves to beach volleyball; from tubing down a river to heading to a waterpark; from scuba diving or snorkeling in the ocean to river rafting and so much more. For those that live near a beach, there are some seasonal items that you just can’t go without. Here’s our list of summer beach essentials you should stock up on asap!
Swimsuits, Beach Coverups, Sandals and Flip-Flops
Of course, the number one thing you’ll need to really enjoy the season is a couple of great swimsuits. Whether you’re a one-piece girl or a bikini babe, stocking up on a selection of beautiful bikinis will definitely spark joy and inspire you to spend some time by the waves. Matching beach cover ups are great for walking along the sand, grabbing tropical drinks and beach snacks and walking to and from your parked car. Make sure you have some sandals or flip-flops so that sand doesn’t burn your feet!
Shorts + Crop Tops and Tank Tops
The beach is all about comfort. Let your legs feel that beach breeze as you walk to the water with your cooler or beach bag in tow. Having a comfortable pair of shorts is a must if you’re planning on spending time at the beach! Whether your style is biker shorts, cut-off shorts, gym shorts or jean shorts, make sure you have a few good pairs in your wardrobe. Having cute crop tops or tank tops is also essential for those walks around beach towns. Bold colored crop tops or cute printed tank tops give you that surfer-girl magic!
Sunglasses, Hats and Sunscreen
Here comes the sun! We love a sunny day - it inspires joy, feeds the plants, gives us energy and vitamin D! But the sun’s UV rays are also dangerous and can cause skin cancer over time. Make sure that during the hottest season of the year, you’re well stocked with protective gear like sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF, hats with brims that shield your face and sunglasses to protect your eyes from long term damage. For extra protection, you may want to invest in clothing that is designed to reflect the sun’s rays.
Beach Floats, Snorkels and Flippers
If you love to swim, it’s time to stock up on all the fun stuff you use in the water! Get some snorkels and flippers if you want to check out all the beautiful aquatic wildlife in the ocean. If you prefer relaxing and just floating at the top with a beer in hand, shop for some cute beach floats or tubing gear so you can take it easy. Have fun with it - pick up some cute shapes, like flamingos, unicorns, seashells, fruit-shaped floats or any fun shape that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island.
Summer is a sundress season. It gets hot and thick fabrics make it unbearable. We sweat more in hot weather, so clothes that have thinner fabrics allow for airflow and breezes. Sundresses keep you light, airy and comfortable on those sweltering days. They also look casually chic, fashion forward, and effortlessly feminine. Bold colors and bold prints are a hot trend right now. A floral sundress looks amazing in the sunlight and is perfect for all those summer photo opps!