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The Handbook

Whether it’s the annual pilgrimage to Ibiza or a family trip to Camber Sands, make sure you’ve got all the beach essentials you need packed.

From SPF saviours to food and drink coolers that don’t look naff, games to keep everyone entertained and the coolest shades that are going to protect you from the sun, we’ve got your next beach adventure covered.

Beach Towels

For beach towels that up the style stakes check out 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 Grey Malin’s The French Riviera Towel? It’s iconic print has us dreaming of the Cote d’Azure even if we’re settling for Cornwall.

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.

Beach Bag 

ZARA

£19.99

www.zara.com

SPF

It pays to invest in your SPF (think of it as another step in your skincare routine0 if you want to protect your skin and look after it. 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. 

Shade Saviours

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

For the ultimate boujee approach to staying cool, we can’t get enough of East London Parasol Company’s fairytale shades. They’re an investment for sure, but they will turn your garden into a midsummer night’s dream too. We’re fully aware they won’t fit in the actual beach bag.

Business & Pleasure Co. also do the coolest beach tent options ideal for keeping little ones safe in the sun.

Food & Drink Must-Haves

From the chiller box with a built-in radio to the briefcase-sized portable BBQ, these essentials will ensure your food and drink is stored and cooked to perfection on balmy beach days.

 

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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 underwater cameras.

Make sure you have the tunes covered with a waterproof speaker – we can’t get enough of this unicorn-inspired BOOM 3.

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