The Ultimate Beach Packing List

 
If you’ve been working on your Baywatch body, make sure to support it with a superb beach kit. While the temperatures are dropping in Australia, we have been jealously scrolling through Instagram and drooling over friends’ summer holiday photos in Europe. We’re longing for those warmer days to roll around faster and soon we’ll be making a beeline for the surf and sand. We’ve created an ultimate beach packing list to inspire you to add a few key pieces to your kit – you’ll be stylishly sun-prepared in no time.
Aerial view of Guyam Island, a couple walk hand in hand on the beach next to a beached blue boat

WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK FOR THE BEACH

Tesalate Sand-Free Towel

Everybody loves the beach. (If you don’t, then we can’t be friends). But nobody likes bringing the beach back home with them! We never thought about how much sand a towel carries until we compared it with a Tesalate sand-free towel. Absorbent, quick-drying, compact and sand-free, once you have one of these in your beach kit, we promise you won’t want to go back to an ordinary towel. Choose from an array of bright, graphic prints and soon, you’ll be the envy of fellow beach goers.

We have the Bohemian Towel For Two. Shop the range of Tesalate Towels here.

A girl walks on the sand at the Pass in Byron Bay with the Bohemian Tesalate towel around her shoulders
Bevan sits on the edge of the boat with his Tesalate towel, Private Boat Tour in El Nido

Eubi Board Shorts

Established in 2016, Eubi’s mission is simple – “To stop guys from wearing boring shorts”. And they’re certainly doing a good job!

Eubi signature board shorts are made from a textile blend of dense microfibre which the company has trademarked, EubiLite. These shorts are quick-drying, feature a coated finish for UV protection and also include an inner mesh for ultimate comfort. The brand is committed to being socially responsible, donating a portion of their sales to Trees.org as part of their #EUBIgivesback campaign.

Bevan is a huge fan of EUBI’s funky graphics, with the bright yellow drawstring on his Go Bananas shorts adding a cool colour pop. In comparison to other board shorts he’s worn, the inner mesh adds a noticeable touch of comfort (i.e. no inner thigh chafing). If you’re keen to look as hip as Bevan on your next summer holiday, shop Eubi online and don’t forget to use our discount code – EUBIJ&B10.

Make sure to give them a follow on Instagram @eubi_official.

Close up shot of Eubi board shorts. Bananas printed on baby blue solid background

Reef-safe sunscreen

In recent times, marine research has confirmed the devastating effects of toxic chemicals in sunscreen on life under the sea. Two common ingredients, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are believed to contribute to coral bleaching. Other ingredients to avoid are petrolatum and titanium dioxide.

I visited a couple of chain pharmacies and unfortunately only found brands which included at least one of the above ingredients. Given that the beach is a large part of the Aussie lifestyle, sunscreen is necessary. With further research, we’ll be making the switch to a reef-safe sunscreen to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible, on land and in the water.

If you’ve found a particular brand that you’d recommend, be sure to let me know!
Sunrise over Bondi Icebergs swimming pool, Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Segara Swim Bikini

My style has become simple and refined over time. You won’t find me in a flashy, bold print but rather sleek flattering designs mostly in block colours. I found Segara Swim through another travel blogger (thank you Selena from Find Us Lost) and I adore the “less is more” mentality which brand owner, Eva Leung, communicates through her designs.

Inspired by the natural beauty of Bali, the swimwear line is named Segara, which means ‘ocean’ in Indonesian. Eva has made the conscious decision to keep production in her hometown of Los Angeles California, supporting local communities and reducing their carbon footprint.

Check out the Segara Swim Collections here. I’m super keen on the “Kona” two piece swimsuit in Charcoal.

A couple walking on Pinagbuyatan Island, El Nido, The Philippines

Oztrail Beach Shade

Have you ever visited the beach on a blistering day and looked on longingly for a little patch of shade for a moment of respite? We certainly have here in Australia! But instead of pitching a beach umbrella, why not pitch an Oztrail beach shade. Designed for instant set up, the beach shade gives you room to stretch out whilst offering serious sun protection with its UPF50+ fabric. We’ve loved taking our Sunrise Pop Up down to Queensland’s beaches during our weekend day trips. As it packs up quickly and is easy to carry, the beach shade is not too cumbersome to cart from the car to the beach and vice versa!

View the full range of Oztrail Beach Shades here.

A couple stand on the sand next to an Oz Trail Beach Shade on Palm Beach at sunrise, Queensland, Australia

POSSE Linen Dress

I recently discovered the POSSE brand thanks to a colleague and I have become obsessed with ALL their pieces. The Australian brand focuses on creating “timeless pieces that exude irreplaceability and understated elegance”. Most of the clothing is 100% linen, hand-crafted by women in Bali, who are able to earn a decent wage and raise their children simultaneously.

I have my eyes on the white Kai Cami Dress. It’s the perfect mini to throw on over your bikini when travelling to the beach or if you need to do a smoothie run in between swimming and sunbathing.

Shop the full range at The Posse website or shop other linen dresses below.

A view of Sunshine Beach just after sunrise at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Ellen and James Pearl Large Round bag

Of course, you need a bag that is both stylish and large enough to cart all your beach necessities from car boot to the beach. I’ve got my eye on this Ellen and James Pearl Large Round bag, which no doubt could fit a book, water bottle, sunscreen, wallet, sunglasses and headphones – at a minimum! Their unique pieces are handwoven in East Bali with material called “ati”, a grass reed grown in Bali. Given the handcrafted nature of the process, no two bags will ever be the same, so you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind product that will last you for years.

Search for more ati bags on the Ellen & James website or shop other beach bags below.

A girl stands on the rocks of Bondi Beach with a peachy sunrise on the horizon, Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia

James Smith “Off Duty” Woven Slides

My love for minimalist style continues and these James Smith “Off Duty” Woven Slides would be a perfect addition to my upcoming summer wardrobe. Nowadays, I tend to look for versatility in pieces, preferring to shop for items to take me from day to night. Made with luxurious leather and quality woven materials, I can see this pair of James Smith slides sticking around for many summers, both at home and abroad.

Drool over the mules on the James Smith online store or shop other beach slides below.

Exploring the shallow rock pools at Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia

*Some of the items mentioned in this blog post were gifted. As always, all opinion are our own. This post also contains affiliate links and affiliate discount codes.

What do you pack when you go to the beach? Share your must haves in the comments below!

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