Essential Beach Gear

Steal vs. Splurge: 13 Beach Essentials Every Jetsetter Should Pack

At this point, Jetsetters, you know what you need for a beach getaway: swimsuit, flip flops, hat, sunscreen...this isn't your first time on the sand. But what you do still need to figure out is what to splurge on and what to save on for your next trip. Below, we rounded up the 13 essentials every Jetsetter should pack—luxury versions and their more inexpensive dupes—to help you plan the perfect beach bag.

The Bikini   

Who doesn’t love a polka dot bikini? We’re all about these fun and flirty two-pieces for summer.                                                                                                                            


The One-Piece

If you’d rather rock a one-piece on the beach, check out these striped numbers.                                                                                                         

The Cover-Up

Go breezy and gauzy with Robin Piccone’s Michelle Tunic Cover-Up or opt for something a tad more sophisticated.                                                                                                                       

The Day Dress

We love a white summer dress that billows in the beachy winds. Two standouts this season: this button-front option from Asos and Helmut Lang’s sleeveless parachute dress.


The Night Dress

A mini dress is a summer must-have for beach bar/restaurant nights. Go feminine and casual with this BB Dakota look or bolder and sexier with Ulla Johnson’s Monet Cold Shoulder dress.


The Beach Bag

There’s just something about a striped, nautical-inspired beach bag we can’t get enough of. These two options are stylish and roomy.



The Flip Flop 

Keep it casual with Slim Havaianas or try a sleeker look with the Greek-inspired Mirsini thong.



The Beach Towel

It’s time to toss the ratty towels you’ve had for years. Take it up a notch with these covetable options from Anthropologie and Michael Aram.


The Sunscreen

With so many sunscreens out there, how do you choose? We’re huge fans of these cult brands—the more affordable La Roche-Posay and the pricier (and chemical-free) Suntegrity. 


The Skin Hydrater 

When you’re looking at a long beach day, consider one of these two hydrating products. Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray uses Aloe and Rosewater to give your skin an immediate boost; Tata Harper’s 100% natural Hydrating Floral Essence uses hyaluronic acid to refresh and replenish.



The Sunglasses

We’re all about sunnies of any shape and size—like this cat-eye pair from H&M and this round look from Oliver Peoples.                


The Hat

A straw summer hat never goes out of style (just make sure to get the wide brim for extra sun protection).



The Beach Umbrella

We love the sun, but sometimes you just want to hide out under the shade and read your book. If you’re like us, check out these lightweight and easily packable beach umbrellas.


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