What to Pack for the Beach

Summer is getting closer and closer by the minute and that means one thing: it’s almost time to get your beach wardrobe ready. Going shopping for summer holiday items can be really exciting and it’s something I usually tend to plan months before I go away, whether it be to somewhere hot and exotic like the Maldives, sunny Europe or the small beaches of the UK. Sadly this year I haven’t got anything planned, but it doesn’t mean I can’t plan anyway, does it?

My beach steals from the high street:

Monochrome ensembles look chic and stylish at the best of times, but especially on a break by the sea. A large majority of people tend to wear bright-hued outfits on holiday, but I tend to stick to muted, minimalistic tones in order to mix and dress up or down outfits.

Personally, I am obsessed with swimwear. Whenever I go on holiday I am known to pack double the amount of two-piece sets I need because I like to have a selection (extra, I know). I tend to buy simplistic items to begin with – a ‘base’ if you like – so I can easily mix and match, starting off with a well-fitted, flattering black set. I would then buy a variation of bold coloured and patterned sets to create different looks depending on my mood, look and event of the day. To finish off a beach or poolside look, a trusty straw beach bag is a must, alongside a straw hat to shelter your head from the sun – like this punny ‘Beach Please!’ slogan hat from online store Boohoo.

Eat, beach, sleep, repeat…

Towel | £15 H&MPlaysuit | £12 Boohoo | Bikini | £14 Top / £10 Bottoms Topshop | Sliders | £10 ASOS | Bag | £20 Dorothy Perkins | Hat | £10 Boohoo

Here are my top tips for packing for the beach:

  • Beach towel – I highly recommend a vibrant beach towel as it’s easy to lose sight of where you’re sitting and go into a state of sheer panic thinking that you’re family have left without you, or that your towels been stolen (or that might just be me…)
  • Flip flops or sliders – they’re the easiest to slip on and off, and most importantly, they are super comfortable. Sliders are very popular at the moment and come in various colours and styles
  • Beach bag – my go-to beach bag is always a straw tote. They’re made for the beach so can endure anything, and they fit everything but the kitchen sink – just what you need if you’re as indecisive as me!
  • Book or earphones – when sunbathing, it’s nice to keep yourself entertained with either a good book (if anyone has any recommendations, let me know in the comments) or earphones to listen to your favourite music to pass time with
  • Sunnies – sunglasses are an absolute must. I squint terribly in the sun, so I am constantly seen with a pair on my head. I usually buy a mix of approximately 5 to go with various outfits from cheaper high street stores, but nothing beats my Rayban’s
  • Sun hat – a hat is useful at preventing heat stroke. I don’t really suit hats, but on holiday I tend to buy floppy straw hats as they look stylish and shelter your head, neck and face from the sun
  • Sun cream – this is very important as the last thing you want is to get burnt – it’s uncomfortable and ruins your holiday, so make sure your skin is protected. I tend to use Nivea or P20

Are you heading anywhere nice this summer?

With love,



7 thoughts on “What to Pack for the Beach

  1. My beach ready means leaving my coat at home and getting the bare feet and sandals out!
    Hopefully our Northeast taste of summer weather we have here will be followed by a hotter drier return.

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