14 Beach Essentials You Need Right Now

After what seemed like an eternal winter (RIP spring, we hardly knew thee), the sun has finally graced us with its presence. Which means we can now officially drink rosé on rooftops, enjoy the outdoors, and, most importantly, hit up the beach.
There's something so rejuvenating about digging our toes into the warm sand and swimming in the salty ocean. And a quick swipe through social media makes it evident that many feel the same way, too. But before you let your oceanlust (is that a thing?) get the best of you, let's go over what you should pack. A trusty SPF 30 or higher that won't make you feel like a greaseball — like one from Supergoop! — is an obvious pick. Read on for the rest of our curated list of beach must-haves.
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In a sea of aviators and oversized sunnies, you’ll stand out in this mod pair. Plus, they're affordable enough that you can scoop up more than one color if you're prone to forgetting them at the office — or if you're feeling extra.
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While there's nothing wrong with showing team spirit and wearing your favorite baseball cap, we’re taking the classic route this summer with a neutral Panama hat that goes with everything.
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It can be difficult to find a sunscreen that feels good going on, or one that smells good, or one that doesn't leave a white cast. That's where Supergoop! comes in. Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen is a mousse formula that blends in easily and thoroughly and has a refreshing cucumber and citrus scent. Oh, and did we mention that it offers SPF 50 broad-spectrum sun protection? Yep, that too. Pro tip: If you're on the go or need to quickly reapply midday, try swiping on a mineral powder with SPF.
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When it comes to swimwear, sometimes we like to go all out with a printed bikini or trendy silhouette. But other times, less is more. This season, you can go with the latter with a one-piece from newcomer Jade Swim that'll surely make a splash.
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Give your tired old flip-flops a break and upgrade to these sleek metallic slip-ons. They’re just the right amount of casual, so you can easily take them from the beach to dinner.
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Trust us when we say that dry or chapped lips are more than unpleasant. (Think about it: Do you really want something that inhibits you from indulging in your favorite summer snack? That's what we thought.) Which is why we love this cult classic lip oil from Clarins. Made of a mix of hazelnut and jojoba oils, it not only nourishes dry lips, but it also gives lips a protective layer to lock in moisture.
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In case you haven't noticed, prime beach time also happens to be prime lunch time. If you don't want to lug along a cooler, pack easy snacks that'll hold you over 'til dinner. This Nutshell bar contains almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and a kick of homemade chipotle spice that makes a tasty — and healthy — snack between swims.
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Staying hydrated is very important — especially when you're basking in 90-something degree weather. Instead of packing disposable water bottles that are harmful to the environment, invest in a pretty, refillable one that'll match your overall beach aesthetic.
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Heat- and wind-exposed hair can get frizzy and dried-out fast. (And don't even get us started on the damage caused by salt water.) This spray can prevent that damage before it happens. Featuring bamboo extract that strengthens, Tahitian coconut to hydrate, and sunflower oil that provides natural UV protection, it's the all-in-one savior your hair needs.
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Speakers on the beach could easily be subjected to any number of party fouls, so your best bet is to bring along a pair of water-resistant ones. These colorful speakers from Lexon connect to your phone via an aux cord or Bluetooth.
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Paula Hawkins' Girl On The Train was so good we breezed through it in an afternoon. If you loved her first page-turning thriller, now's the time to pick up her latest novel, Into The Water. Just don't expect it to last you more than a day.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, $16.76, available at Amazon.
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This shimmery dry oil for both your body and your hair will not only make you look like a whimsical mermaid, but it'll also condition dry skin and reduce inevitable frizz caused by humidity.
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This straw tote is big enough to carry all of the aforementioned beach picks. Plus, it's emblazoned with a motto everyone can get behind: "Rosé All Day."
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We're all for going against the grain. So instead of packing a basic rectangular beach towel, opt for a round one with an interesting pattern. It'll make your inevitable beach selfie that much more elevated.
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