Some accessories will keep you looking effortlessly chic on the beach, while others are practical and needed to enjoy a day of fun in the sun.
Packing for a beach vacation can be challenging – especially when you’re planning on looking photo-op-ready at all times. Limited suitcase space is always a task to overcome, but you shouldn’t have to compromise style or functionality for your beach vacation. Some accessories will keep you looking effortlessly chic on the beach, while others are practical and needed to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. We have rounded up the 10 best items to bring with you on your next vacation – from stylish totes to beachy jewelry to rainbow slides that will brighten your day.
1. Fun Pearl Accessories
The beach and pearls go hand in hand, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the effortless glam (and lightness) of pearl accessories when it comes to packing. Many brands are turning towards classic pearls when producing jewelry as it brings an element of surprise when coupled with more casual pairings. They are working in pearls with shells, brightly colored beads with mother of pearl jewelry, and playing on the old school nostalgia of charm bracelets. If you are looking to go for a more daring look, try dark and mysterious Tahitian pearls that are sourced naturally in a dark color.
2. Boho Turkish Towels
Think of Turkish towels as the adult version of your favorite beach towel. They take up less room in your suitcase and look stylish on the sand. Turkish towels serve perfectly as a blanket to lay out on, towel to dry off with, or wrapped around you like a sarong to act as a beach cover up. Unlike regular towels, wet sand doesn’t get stuck to it so you won’t be trailing sand back to your room with you. Upgrade your childhood favorite beach accessory to a Turkish towel for your next trip!
3. Wide Brim Straw Hat
Protect your face from the heat and the sun with a large straw hat to complete your beach look. Next, pair it up with face sunscreen for ultimate sun protection. Straw hats are great for keeping you cool and protected, but you don’t have to just save them for the beach. Take the straw fedora with you on any daytime adventures or excursions. Wide brim hats not really your style? There are many shapes and variations to try out. From boater hats, to floppy styles, to fedoras – you can even try out a large straw visor!
4. A Pair of Everyday Earrings
A dainty cuff perfect for everyday wear, these will have you looking put together on the beach without looking overdone. If you have multiple piercings, they also look great stacked with a variety of other earrings for a full ear party. Trying to pull together looks at the eleventh hour? Take advantage of the wide selection of earrings on Amazon and their two day shipping for any last minute additions. Dainty cuffs don’t always have to break the bank and you’ll find some quality earrings starting at just $10!
5. Straw Tote
A large tote bag will carry all your accessories to the beach in style. Load up your towels, sunscreen, books, and sunglasses for everything you need for the day. Opt for a smaller tote if you want to transition your beach bag into a daily purse. Pom poms, tassels, and colorful raffia keychains add fun details to the bag. Straw is also an easy material to personalize whether you want to emblazon with your name or a fun beach quote – rosé all day anyone?
6. Stylish Sunglasses
You can’t forget a pair of shades for a beach vacation, so why not opt for a stylish pair while basking in the sun? Tortoiseshell is a classic pairing for sunglasses but coupled with a trendy cat eye frame, you have a pair of shades that will make a statement from the beach to lunch by the pool to sunset dinners. However, all sunglasses aren’t created equal – don’t forget to look for a pair that protect against UV rays!
7. Portable Charger
Portable battery packs are a must when it comes to any kind of travel but especially on beach vacations. Charge up your phone while you’re soaking in the sun so you’re ready to jet off to lunch or shopping at any moment. Bonus: find one that doubles as a luggage tag so you can keep your charge on all of your travels to get to the beach.
8. Collapsible Water Bottle
A reusable water bottle is a no brainer when it comes to packing for a beach vacation but a collapsible one will save you room in your suitcase. Less is more when it comes to packing, but not when it comes to water intake (since you’re spending your day in the sun). The silicone water bottle is extremely easy to clean while being good for the environment.
9. Colorful Slides
Add a touch of style to your beach ensemble with a pair of colorful slides. Woven slides work best as they won’t get dirty or ruined from water. They are aptly named for just that reason – they are easy to slide on and off! Go for a pair of colorful ones that will elevate any little white dress or beach coverup. You can even incorporate them into your daytime or dinner looks.
10. Beach Coverup
Try investing in a cover-up that can take you from the beach to lunch and beyond. An easy dress to throw on will feel effortless for the beach but won’t make you feel overexposed when you decide to grab lunch in a nearby cafe. Think light and flowy, a linen or cotton dress that will be easy to pack and toss on, getting you down to the beach even quicker.