Beach Holiday Essentials

Today is the first day of my long awaited, long overdue Summer holiday – and this year it will be spent with one glorious week in the Algarve region of Portugal.

I’ll tell you more about where we are and what we’re doing over this week in future posts, but today, I wanted to do a round up of my Beach essentials.


It’s always good to have a good bag to bring your things with you to the beach. I always opt for a cotton tote – usually a years old one from Sézane that is colourful and pretty – where I can keep all my things during the day at the beach.

Pouch for Essentials

When I go to the beach I always like having a pouch to keep my essentials, like my phone, purse, and keys. I like one that is made of a sturdy material that won’t overheat in the sun, and will (mostly) keep sand out.


Either a bikini or a one-piece, they’re must haves for days at the beach, of course. I have loved high waisted bikinis for years, especially when the bottom has that 50s-like style. So comfortable!


When the sun is strong it’s good to have something to cover your head to keep away those heat headaches. Straw hats are my favourite for this! I have one that I got in TK Maxx years ago that is always my go to.

Flip flops

There isn’t a more practical beach shoe than the classical flip flop – and for those, the best brand has to be Havaianas. They have such a wide variety of styles, and they’re so practical! Mine are the slim model in gold and have been lasting me for years.

A light towel

Good beach towels are always important, as you want to be comfortable during the day! But you also want something that’s lightweight so it doesn’t weigh a ton when it’s wet.


Lots, and lots of sunscreen! I like really light options for both body and face, as I don’t like feeling sticky or having that dreaded white layer on me. For body, I always go for spray options (with high SPF) and for face, I pick a mineral sunscreen that’s good for my sensitive skin.

I also like to have a sun protection spray for my hair, which I spray on after I go to the ocean to help keep my hair healthy (and looking nice during the day). And finally – super important – sun protection for my lips too – they’re a sensitive area and it’s important to care for them in the sun!

After Sun

Always. As much as you care for your skin in the sun, it always feels so good to apply a cooling after sun in the evening after a shower!

Flowy dresses

Whether to go to the beach during the day, or to go out for dinner/drinks in the evening, you can’t go wrong with a nice, flowy dress. This year I bought this cute one from Sezane that I’m super excited to wear out for dinner this week!

Raffia Bag

Raffia/Straw/Rattan bags have become a staple of Summer style and for good reason. They’re cute, they’re practical, and they’re much more summery than the average leather bag. Mine for this year is this adorable Oysho Raffia shopper – isn’t it cute?

Have you been on a Beach holiday this year? What were your essentials?

T x


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