Swim weather has officially arrived. When packing for the beach, the goal is always to somehow fit everything into one bag with at most, the addition of a towel flung over your shoulder.

To help you in your quest to get beach portable, we’ve compiled a  list of sun and surf essentials, including the perfect beach bag to carry all you need from home to the coast.


1. Sail away in style with this nautical tote from Club Monaco. Large enough to carry your towel plus anything and everything else you need for your day at the beach.

2. Super soft, this oversized Pendleton towel is a little slice of spa heaven to lay out on the sand.

3. International Goodwill Ambassador (and supermodel) Liya Kebede‘s line of handmade clothing, Lemlem, is fashion for the soul available at J.Crew. Keep it real in Kebede‘s boho-hipster tunic in between swim time.

4. A sun hat fit for a southern belle; channel the days of fans and lemonade on the veranda with Anthropologie‘s timeless design.

5. The soft powdery finish of this sunblock from dr. brandt makes it perfect for the face — no one likes the greasy look, especially when it’s glistening in the sun.

6. Light and fresh in scent, Bobbi Brown‘s classic fragrance is a delightful whiff of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin. Keep it in your bag in case of after-beach drinks with a new summer love.

7. Protect your lips from sun rays that seek to dry out your pout with Kiehls nourishing balm. And, should your lips already be chapped and cracked, cotton seed oil will help relieve and re-soften.

8. Want the option between a bronzed look on the beach and flushed girly look for your evening clambake? Charlotte Ronson‘s got you covered with this double ended blush and bronze cream stick. Bonus: Light Filtering Technology will reflect sunlight to give you a ethereal glow.

9. Avoid the lizard look and prevent unsightly peeling with Clinique‘s calming aloe balm. Oil-free and Non-acnegenic, this after-sun works on both face and body. And don’t forget about your protecting your body while under the sun; we suggest Clinique‘s gentle-formulated Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream.

Published June 28, 2013