We are right smack in the middle of the hottest season of the year, and that can only mean one or two things - full on summer activities or a getaway! A well-stocked travel bag is vacation-ready and good-to-go. Here are some of our favourite items and must-have essentials for a day in the sun. Whether you're headed out to the surf and sand, or just chilling by the pool or lake, we've got you covered.
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1 - Beach Bag
Between all the sunscreen, towels, snacks and other essentials, you have lots to carry! We've picked this aptly rose-gold embossed bag for you to fit all your holiday gear and travel in style at the same time.
2 - Speakers
What's a holiday without some music? Bring some tunes to the beach (we recommend our very own Beach Life!) with Sunnylife's Retro Sound Speaker.
3 - Beach Towel
Preferably a big one for you and your pals to lounge on!
4 - Sunglasses
There's nothing worse than squinting in the sun - these sunglasses by Quay will protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays.
5 - Cap
Besides applying SPF to your face, you might still need some extra protection from the sun. This cap by Norse Projects is a great way to avoid ending up with a burnt nose.
6 - Camera
You might want to look back on those memories in the near future. Capture them with the iconic lomo camera.
7 - Inflatable Pool Float
You can actually lounge anywhere in this funky unicorn inflatable float that's bound to add that pop of colour into your Instagram feed. Caution: this product may attract envy eyes!
8 - Face Mist
Your skin might feel dehydrated with all that sun you're going to absorb. Revitalise and rehydrate with the vitamin mist by Pixi.
9 - Skin Tint
Finding a compromise between going bare-faced and wearing a full face of your regular foundation? This travel friendly Nars Skin Tint is weightless and sweat-and-humidity resistant, and will transform your skin immediately and over time.
10 - Blusher
Finish off your beach look with this rose-coloured blusher which will give you that sultry, bronzed glow.
11 - Hair Care
Take extra care of your hair and prevent drying out your strands with this travel pack by OUAI.
12 - Sunscreen
Probably the most important item you need in your bag if you're going to be under the sun all day. Don't skimp on the sun protection by going for a lower SPF. You need to apply (and reapply) throughout the day!
13 - Lip Balm
Nothing ruins a getaway like sunburnt lips! Prevent blisters and chapping with this Carmex Vanilla Lip Balm that has SPF too.
14 - Dress or Playsuit
Light and flowy, we've picked out this versatile playsuit by Majorelle will take you through day and night!
14 - Outerwear
Throw on this oversized silky white shirt - perfect with the playsuit we picked out, or even with a simple t-shirt and shorts get up.
15 - T-Shirt
Guys, this simple and no-fuss t-shirt is perfect for traveling light and looking great at the same time on your summer vacation.
16 - Shorts
There's nothing like pairing a white t-shirt with a classic pair of navy shorts to complete that laid back yet stylish look.
17 - Footwear
It's just not a vacation without some sandals or sliders! Let your toes breathe with this pair from Champion. You can also jazz up your look with some socks if you wish.
18 - Music
And finally, to round up this guide - the soundtrack to your summer. Our very own Beach Life album brings you the anthems of beach clubs this summer right at your fingertips. The compilation will take you from lounging chilled daytime to upping the tempo after sundown to give you the complete summer experience.