As temperatures blast off into triple-digit figures, naturally, you’ll find your flock migrating to the sea. But before you depart, you’ll want to make sure you have all your survival tools for hacking the heat—and above all else, you’ll want to do so in style. That’s why we’ve compiled a little list, so you don’t have to do the dirty work. From SPF staples to essentials for a little R and R, these are the ten must-haves to pack in your beach bag.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
While you might find the sun’s rays embracing you with an inviting warmth—it’s a trap! From accelerated aging to health repercussions whose mere thought will turn any sunny day into a cold, dark place, it’s safe to say sunscreen remains at the top of the list. And yet, just the mere thought of pasty sunscreen stirs up a cringe like no other. Not to fear. Supergoop!’s Unseen Sunscreen might just be the cheat code to unlock SPF protection—minus the gunk. As the name suggests, this sunscreen shields your skin from those renegade rays, leaving no trace of evidence on the scene with a natural finish.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
Don’t let that pout prune! Instead, opt for an SPF lip balm. Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm will do the trick. With 25 SPF, shea butter, avocado oil, and an irresistible, tingling mint flavor, this lip balm plays no games when it comes to providing instant relief to sun-scorched lips.
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Oakley Jawbreaker Retina Burn Collection
No doubt, Oakley’s Jawbreaker Retina Burn Collection will scorch up the sea with swank. That much can be deduced from its incandescent hues and uber-jagged frames. Underneath its shell of sci-sportiness and angular edge, however, the Jawbreaker’s core of design ingenuity offers yet another perk, one often taken for granted. While it-sunglasses race at supersonic speeds to catch the sights of style savants, they often leave from the focus and onto the peripheral with heavy frames that slip, slide, and fall with a simple gesture here or a miscalculated tilt of the head there. There’ll be none of that with Oakley. You see, the Jawbreaker is perhaps the height of its designs. Featuring everything from surge ports for cooling airflow to Unobtainium® ear socks and nose pads that allow for maximum comfort, these bad boys are built for some beach-bound movement.
Alo Airlift Solar Visor Hat in Fluorescent Pink Coral
The summer belongs to Barbie. As such, it’d be smart to do your part and don some Barbie-core or, er, ken-core? Call it what you may—pink is the name of the game this season. Alo’s Airlift Solar Visor Hat in Fluorescent Pink Coral is a good starting point. Designed with a breathable, moisture-wicking Airlift fabric, Alo’s visor turns up the heat of your fit while keeping you icy cool.
Versace ‘I Heart Baroque’ Towel
Once wrapped in Versace’s beach towel, you may no longer be dripping in the literal sense, but you will be where style is considered. Amplifying the frequency of its seaside swagger, the iconic fashion house prepares to make waves with a little logomania here and a Greco-Romano twist there. Where soft, terry cotton gets drenched with the house’s tonal jacquard logo and Barocco trims, Versace’s I Heart Baroque Towel is for those who wish to make a splash.
JBL Flip 5 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
While the beach may sound like an escape filled with seaside serenity, you’ll soon find the score of screaming children and scavenging seagulls disintegrating your beachfront fantasy. Not to fret. JBL’s Flip 5 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is an easy fix to the age-old problem. Don’t let its size fool you. This speaker flips the script with its racetrack-shaped driver that delivers sky-high output. Feel the bass booming and your mind drifting as you set the mood to your liking. With a waterproof design, a rainbow of color choices, and PartyBoost technology that allows one device to connect to multiple speakers, JBL’s Flip 5 allows you to take matters into your own hands—quite literally, as this gem fits in yours.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack
It’s often said summer is the season to disconnect. However, that’s near impossible with the all-consuming move of our necessities into the digital landscape. And so, when the phone becomes the modern equivalent of the book, record player, GPS, and camera alike, a portable phone charger is key. If you’re an iPhone user, Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is a must (sorry, Samsung users). With a compact, intuitive design that snaps on with the click of a magnet, Apple’s portable charger makes your phone battery a concern of the past.
Versace Crystal Medusa Towel Tote Bag
Of course, a beach bag essentials list wouldn’t be complete without a bag to fit all of your haul in. Undeniably, it’s no easy feat to choose one when confronted with sacks and duffels boasting a multitude of compartments and dazzling designs. Yet, when it all boils down to the beach, durability holds supreme. Machine-washable, water-absorbent, and fly in every essence of the word, Versace’s Crystal Medusa Towel Tote Bag is the vestiary handshake of form and function.