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Sweet summertime is officially here, which means beach season has also arrived—and frankly, I couldn’t be happier. (If you live in a beach town year-round…I hope you know how lucky you are.) As we leave behind sweater weather in favor of better weather, it’s hard not to get lost in the sauce daydreaming of those long, glorious days on the seaside. You know, those days when you actually stop checking your phone after you put on your OOO? Beach days are downright sacred if you ask me. And I firmly believe it's our duty to suck every ounce of joy out of them that we possibly can.
Now, the best way to make the most out of every beach day is to come prepared—because hitting the sand is far less fun when you don't have the proper accessories, obvi. (If you’ve ever been thirsty or sunscreen-less while baking in >100-degree heat, then you get it.) And that, my friends, is why we’re gathered here today. You deserve the best fun-in-the-sun days ever, I really believe that, so I put together this list of all the beach essentials you need to have stocked up and ready to go before your first summer Friday hits.
Some may be upgrades to products you already have, while others may be items you’ve never laid eyes on before. No matter how your beach bag is looking atm, I swear you’ll find something new if you just take a lil scroll through. Next stop: the playa!
Hannah Chubb is the associate lifestyle editor at Cosmopolitan, covering all things home, travel, food, health, career, and more. She spends pretty much every hour of every day curating the internet for the best new products, trends, and travel destinations. You can typically find her looking for houses she can’t afford on Zillow or Airbnb, planning her next meal before she gets to the restaurant, or taking all of the Justin Bieber classes over and over and over again on Peloton. Follow her on Instagram.
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