The sun’s set to shine this bank holiday so if you’re planning any last minute trips to the beach, make sure you’ve got all of your beach essentials on hand.

Let us take the stress out of holiday packing with our edit of the best SPF saviours, food and drink coolers that don’t look naff, games to keep everyone entertained and cool hot weather shades that are going to protect you from the sun. Plus, some of the chicest beach bags in raffia and canvas to pack them all up in.

Beach Towels

For beach towels that up the style stakes check out Sunnylife’s muted tones and retro-style prints. We love their geometric print towel in sunset shades.

Or, look to Dock & Bay, a Dragon’s Den success story that now stocks their products in John Lewis.

Their microfibre towels are compact, lightweight and are made in a way that sand won’t stick to them, oh, and they come in a host of kaleidoscope colours that you won’t miss when trying to find your spot post-swim.

We also love the traditional hammam-style towels that double up as blankets while travelling, are slim enough to fit in hand luggage and dry super quick. M&S has some great affordable options.

And can we take a moment to appreciate Ban.do’s giant Monstera shaped towel? Its unusual shape has us dreaming of the tropics even if we have to settle for Torquay.

Check them all out below…

Beach Bags

Loewe straw totes are the ultimate when it comes to investing in your holiday wardrobe – you will wear one forever – but the high street has come up trumps as per with a host of affordable canvas and raffia options too.

We’re also big into Rae Feather’s roomy totes that can be monogrammed with your initials and Lily & Bean’s chic canvas bags that look as good on the beach as they do in the city.

Canvas Beach Bag 

H&M

£17.99

www.HM.com

SPF

It pays to invest in your SPF (think of it as another step in your skincare routine) if you want to protect your skin. From easy face mists you can top up throughout the day to waterproof options and factor 50+ the whole family can use, check out our favourites below.

For more on SPF for the face, check out our full guide here. 

Set-Up Saviours

From rollable hats that won’t break in your luggage to cute coolers to keep the rosé chilled (imperative), we’ve, quite literally, got your next beach jaunt covered.

For the ultimate boujee beach set-up we can’t get enough of East London Parasol Company’s fairytale unbrellas. They’re an investment for sure, but they will turn your garden into Midsummer Night’s Dream vibes too. We’re fully aware they won’t fit in the actual beach bag.

Fun & Games

If there’s one brand that’s making beach days even better right now it’s Sunnylife.

Their range of beach accessories and games includes everything from fun inflatables to bat and balls, limbo sticks to giant Jenga. Make sure you have the tunes covered with a waterproof speaker, too. And double up on your beach towel-come-games situ with Sunnylife’s clever backgammon printed towel.

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