Beach Bag Must Haves

Before you grab a juicy beach read and your preferred sunscreen, throw these extras in your tote for the ultimate day of sunny relaxation.


Skip the visor and instead try this season’s glamorous 70’s styles in a floppy brimmed sunhat or a super chic turban.

Floppy Stripe Hat, $29.95, GAP

Sosostris Headband, $28, Anthropologie

Let your hair do its thing and embrace beachy waves with a surf-style hair product. A few spritzes and scrunches give your locks instant, sexy style.
Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves, $24, Nordstrom

The sun can weaken your highlights and even burn your scalp. Try a product that will keep your color from fading and protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Redkin Color Extend Sun Solar Screen, $16, Ulta

Keep your sunblock and hair in check with this mirror and brush combo. Throw one in your purse for quick touch-ups.
Pop-up Travel Brush, $8, Sephora


If you prefer wearing a touch of makeup at the beach, try a waterproof mascara that’s safe for sensitive eyes.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara, $14.50, Sephora

Don’t forget—your lips need sun protection, too. You can’t beat a tinted lip balm with SPF and a pop of color.
Lip Balm with SPF 15, $9.50, Kiehl’s


Kids splashing nearby? Avoid water damage to your iPad with a handy water resistant case. The adjustable strap makes for easy traveling.
Waterwear for iPad, $39.95, Tunewear

Listen to your favorite summer tunes without the annoyance of tangled wires. These retractable headphones are compact and even sport some bling—the perfect compliment for your iPod.
Earbuds, $40, Chicbuds

A vibrant beach towel can be just as eye-catching as your swimsuit and help friends spot you on the beach.
Trina Turk Towel, $68, available at Valentina, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-446-5480

Store your wet bathing suit or sunscreen in a cute bag by Le Soleil, which comes with a matching sarong that doubles as a summer scarf.
Le Soleil Bag, $84, available at Valentina, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-446-5480

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