Top 10 Beach Vacation Must-Haves

10 Essentials For A Perfectly-Packed Beach Bag

10 Essentials For A Perfectly-Packed Beach Bag

If you’re lucky enough to be heading out on a beach vacation this year, you’ll need to be prepared with the Top 10 essentials for your trip. When it comes to going to the beach, we firmly believe that the gear is more than half the fun. After all, who doesn’t love beach bags, cover-ups, hats, sandals, and more? Allow this vetted list to be your new packing cheat sheet for achieving major beach babe vibes all vacation long. Grab a top-rated bathing suit, pair of denim shorts, and everything on this list and consider your vacation planning complete. Whether you’re a college coed or a working woman in need of some sea and salt, these 10 spring break vacation essentials from team Rank & Style are must-haves. Just one rule applies to everyone: don’t forget to apply that sunscreen on repeat—a burn and lasting sun damage are a must-have for no one. Opening image: amazon.com

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February 27, 2020

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Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish
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Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish

BEST FOR: Just as its name suggests, this body bronzer does an excellent job blurring imperfections. It leaves the skin with a smooth, photo-ready finish, so it's great for the face, too. Layer it on before you hit the beach and let the compliments roll in. 

USERS SAID: "This stuff is amazing. I saw it on a friend at brunch and ordered it immediately. It gives you gorgeous, glowing skin without looking at ALL like a “makeup” product. It blurs my freckles (I’m a fair-skinned redhead), gives a light bronze glow, doesn’t rub off on whites, and it stays put in the Texas heat! It also doesn't have a strong scent, so you can layer with your regular lotion and perfume."

JOTO Universal Waterproof Cellphone Case

BEST FOR: Keep your phone safe from the sand, sun, and water when you secure your phone in this top-rated bag. 

FUN FACT: This case is 100 feet IPX8 certified waterproof, allowing you to snap photos safely under the water!  

Corkcicle Insulated Stainless Steel Canteen

USERS SAID: “I love this Corkcicle. It is perfect for the beach and pool to keep your drinks cool. I went to clean it this morning and the ice that I put in it yesterday morning was still in there! The color is super fun too.”

BEST FOR: Get this top-rated canteen and keep yourself hydrated and cool for up to 25 hours, thanks to the industry-leading three layers of insulation

WETCAT Original Turkish Beach Towel

BEST FOR: Meet the new must-have beach towel. It packs smaller than any terrycloth towel on the market while also being highly absorbent and quick-drying. 

FUN FACT: This towel doubles as a beach coverup. Simply wrap it as a sarong skirt or across your chest and tie it at the back of your neck for a halter-style dress. 

Brixton Joanna Straw Hat

USERS SAID: “Exactly as pictured on the website, the brim may be slightly wider than it seemed, but I like that better! Looks fabulous on. Just the right size for some sun protection but still super cute and trendy at a great price.”

BEST FOR: Protect your scalp and face from the sun with a wide-brim hat. This classic version does just that while delivering on major style. 

Tkees Foundations Flip Flop

LOVED FOR: The neutral colors pair well with any summer attire, from beachwear to casual dresses.

USERS SAID: “I love these. I buy a pair every year as summer gets closer. Great color. Great fit. Never disappointed.”

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

WHY YOU NEED IT: If you’re looking for extra sun protection, which you do need when laying by any body of water, this moisturizer with SPF 46 will do the trick.

BEST FOR: This gentle formula is ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Ray Ban Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses

LOVED FOR: The classic, no-fail style with full sun protection 

STYLE WITH: Pair this universally-flattering style with your favorite sundress and layered necklaces for a modern, beachy vibe 

Coola Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

LOVED FOR: Made with 97% certified organic inactive ingredients and infused with anti-aging antioxidants, this easy-to-apply spray is also odorless and works to hydrate skin as you sweat. 

BEST FOR: Completely sheer coverage without the greasy feel

Scout Large Tote Bag

LOVED FOR: This bag wins for its large size, smart pocket placement, and structured shape that also folds down flat. 

USERS SAID: "This bag allows me to put everything I need for a day by the water. With the 4 outside pockets, I can separate all of my smaller stuff such as hair ties, sunscreen, comb/brush, kookiest, etc. The inside allows for towels, a change of clothes and any other things you need. The best part is I can keep it “packed” and know everything I need is in there except for a clean towel!"

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