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

Steal vs. Splurge: Beach Essentials Every Jetsetter Should Pack

At this point, Jetsetters, you know what you need for a beach getaway: swimsuit, sandals, 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 essentials every Jetsetter should pack—luxury versions and their more inexpensive dupes—to help you plan the perfect beach bag.

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The Playful Bikini

Who doesn’t love a printed bikini? We’re all about these fun and flirty two-piece swimsuits for vacay.                                                                                                                            

The Chic Black One-Piece

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

The Breezy Cover-Up

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

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The Day Dress

We love a white resort dress that billows in the beach-y winds. Two standouts this season: this button-front option from ASOS and Ulla Johnson’s puff-sleeved Isla Dress.

The Night Dress

A mini dress is a wardrobe must-have for beach bar/restaurant nights. Go feminine and casual with this Mango look or classic with Ro & De’s black polka dot halter dress.               

The Beach Bag

There’s just something about a traditional woven beach bag we can’t get enough of. These two options are stylish and roomy.

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The Sandals

Keep it casual with slides from Everlane or try a dressier look with the Greek-inspired Persida sandals.

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 Matouk.

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 Suntegrity. 

The Skin Hydrator 

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.

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The Sunnies

We’re all about sunglasses of any shape and size—like this round pair from H&M and this aviator look from Gucci.                

The Sun Hat

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

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