Most of the time if I imagine Summer, I think about lying on warm sandy beaches, Pina Colada in hand watching the waves roll in. I’m a huge fan of the beach and I like to go prepared, usually weighed down with far too much.

For me, once I have a holiday booked the first thing I think of purchasing is a new beach bag. I tend to look for something inexpensive, so I don’t have to be too precious about suncream getting spilt all over it or sand getting everywhere. One I’ve had my eye on recently would be this straw chevron bag from Accessorize. If I had more of a budget and was visting somewhere a little more special I would certainly go for a monogrammed one from Raefeather.

So whether you’re planning to hit the pool or the beach, here’s a little guide of what’s in my beach bag, hope you find it helpful.


DOCK AND BAY Quick Dry Cabana Beach Towel – This brand is a new find for me but I love these lightweight beach towels. They are super thin and light and promise to dry you 3 times faster than a normal cotton beach towel. Plus sand won’t stick to it which was a huge seller to me! And I’m loving this cute rainbow design.

RAY BAN Erika Sunglasses – You can’t beat a pair of Ray Bans for the beach, always stylish and I love anything that comes in the tortoiseshell design.

BY ELOISE LONDON Pineapple Hairband – I found these little hairbands that double up as a wristband in a farm shop near me, I’ve bought a couple now in different designs. I think they look so much prettier on my wrist than my usual black hair elastic!

APPLE iPhone 7 Plus Rose Gold – My phone is always on hand to take any photos as I don’t tend to take any bigger cameras with me when I’m at the beach.

OLIVER BONUS Hip Pink Water Bottle – Always a good idea to keep hydrated in-between the cocktails and I love this funky glass water bottle from Oliver Bonus.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT is completely fine – I love getting into a good book, but nothing too heavy on holiday for me. It’s sadly one of the rare times I get to read a book & although I quite often read from a kindle, I find it best to take a paperback to the beach.

AVENE Eau Thermal Water Spray – I always take one of these in a mini size, not just in my beach bag but on a day to day basis too. Perfect for fitting in your bag and cooling down your skin on a hot day. It works really well on irritated and sun intolerant skin.

BOBBI BROWN Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks – This is a fabulous multi-tasking product for lips and cheeks. Great little product for when you’ve got no make up beach days planned, just a little of this brightens up my face. It also has a handy compact mirror inside!

LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS SPF Spray – A firm favourite in my beach bag. I recently did a post here about my favourite SPF products and we always tend to reach for this. Ideal for the whole family and especially for sun sensitive skin. If you struggle with any sun allergies, redness, prickly heat then this is the one for you!

LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS Invisible Face Mist – This makes reapplying SPF to the face so incredibly easy. It can be used on bare skin or over make up, the invisible spray is easily absorbed and leaves no greasy effect as I find some other face SPF’s can.

PAMPELONE Bardot Dress – I always pack a beach dress or kaftan in my bag, perfect for throwing on over a bikini. I just love this one from Pampelone which would look great on the beach and not out of place if you fancy popping out for a bit of lunch straight after.


So that’s the essentials you’ll find in my beach bag (obviously amongst the kids footballs and spades, lets not pretend I get the bag to myself!) I’d love to know what your essential things are for the beach!