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What to Pack for the Beach & Everything You Need for Fun in the Sun

Beach blankets, floaties, SPF & more
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What to pack for the beach and everything you need for fun in the sun, waitingonmartha.com

For your next beach getaway, don’t waste time in the last-minute packing frenzy; think of this post as your checklist for everything you need for a fun-filled day in the sun.  From beach umbrellas to floaties, safe sunscreen and insulated cups, these are your essentials you won’t want to hit the sand without. 

Preparedness always pays off on a day at the beach, so remember that more is more when it comes to your comfort.  Think large beach blankets like these from the shoppe, a couple of hand-held fans, as well as a light and portable sun umbrella that you won’t mind carrying for a few blocks for much-needed relief from the strong rays.  Don’t forget a well-stocked cooler bag, along with insulated cups that just so happen to be ice cream cones to keep your drinks cool and refreshing all day long.  And of course, you’ll want to bring plenty of fun floaties like this one and this one, and a good old game of bocce ball, am I right?! 

Scroll down for more ideas on what to pack for the beach, and tell us what items you can’t be without!  Cheers, Kat

P.S. For more beach day inspiration, be sure to browse our Summer Shoppe and these WOM team favorites…seriously you’ll want it all. xo 

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Straw Panama Hat

Nordstrom, $130

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Shield your eyes and skin with a chic and timeless panama hat like this one. I now cannot imagine going out in the sun all day without a hat! 

La Lucia Beach Blanket

Waiting on Martha Home, $55

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Spread out in the sand with a bright and bold beach blanket. This one is perfect because it’s light, extra large and a perfect backdrop for your vacation ‘gram. 

Kandy Gram Sunglasses

Shopbop, $65

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Another vital way of protecting yourself from the sun: stylish sunnies!  This pair won’t break the bank, and has a fun and playful silhouette fitting for your OOO.

Tangier Tassel Grande Straw Bag - Palm

Waiting on Martha Home, $155

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This straw tote is an absolute beach day must-have.  With multi-colored cotton tassels and leather handles, it also features a cotton-lined interior that doubles as a drawstring closure.  This way, all of your goodies will be protected from the sun, sand and travel!

Ice Cream Tumbler

Waiting on Martha Home, $15

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How fun are these tumbler cups?! Having an insulated cup on the beach makes a world of a difference with keeping your cocktail or H2O cold throughout the warm day. And in these adorable ice cream cones, how can one resist?! 

Bocce Ball Set

Waiting on Martha Home, $45

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Lazy days on the beach are not complete without a set of playful games.  This beautiful wood bocce ball set is always a bestseller this time of year for good reason.  It also makes for a great summertime gift at a reasonable price point! 

Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF30

beautycounter, $32

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This lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is a WOM team favorite; it’s formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays. A lot of other safer sunscreens don’t blend well into the skin, but this one does.  It also has aloe to help hydrate skin, and antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange work to extract fight free radicals. 

Pink Flamingo Floating Cooler

Shopbop

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This flamingo-shaped pool float has a tube-shaped base that holds 5 cups. The spacious interior compartment has a Velcro lid, which will keep your drinks cool and safe inside. 

Havana Cooler Bag

Shopbop

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Don’t forget to bring this spacious cooler tote in a bright, vibrant pattern.  We love the top-zip design and the insulated interior that keeps our drinks cold on a sunny day.  Depth inside is a little over 12 inches. 

Beach Umbrella

Wayfair, $159

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This portable beach umbrella with its timelessly chic stripes is another must-have for a long day in the sun. It weighs about 12 lbs, and comes with a carrying bag and pole…everything you need to set it up in the sand. 

Beach Sounds Speaker & Radio

Shopbop

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This AM/FM radio is designed with a short handle for convenient, grab-and-go use. The interior compartment has a small storage space and an auxiliary cable which plugs into a phone or MP3 player, all while keeping your phone safe from the sand! 

Wet Beach Stuff Bag

Shopbop, $35

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There’s nothing worse than stashing a wet bathing suit into your beach bag to ruin everything else inside.  Pack this adorable bag into your tote next time in advance; it has laminated, ticking-striped lining with a zip top and pom-pom pull that does the trick, in style. 

Inflatable Rose Gold Flamingo Pool Float

Waiting on Martha Home

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Is there really anything better than floating around on a giant rose gold flamingo float? This new color is an instant team favorite from the shoppe; snatch it up while you can! 

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Featured image, A House in the Hills

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  • Thank you for sharing this post Kat! The beach sounds radio and speakers is too adorable to resist and the tassel bag is so gorgeous!(:
    With love from Singapore,

    Iann Ethel

    Artelounge.net | An Online Space for Travel + Inspiration

  • Kait / 05.07.2017

    I highly, highly recommend the umbrella’s with the screw on the bottom–they stay put (most of the time) in windy New England and Miami. They’re the best invention ever.

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