Revamp your summer beach bag
With the days getting warmer and the sun shining brighter, that only means one thing; beach getaways await. A day at the beach may be the ultimate form of relaxation, but these days you can’t leave the essentials out of your bag. We’re talking sunscreen, a new pair of shades and a page turner to pass the time.
Here’s our top tips to revamping your summer beach bag ready for those long, salty, sun-safe days.
Functional, lightweight and most importantly - waterproof. The three must-haves to take you from car to sand in one easy trip.
A roomy beach bag is undeniably the most important accessory during the warmer months. Throw your sunscreen, water bottle and towel into a sleek, striped canvas or woven tote bag, available from Seafolly, David Jones, Cotton On, Seed Heritage, Myer, and Ozmosis.
If you plan to spend a full day at the beach, then an oversized carry-all is the most practical of all beach bag varieties. It’s perfect for those day-trips that have you hauling umbrellas, beach balls and your partner’s/friend’s belongings to and from the seaside. Visit Country Road, Strandbags, Target or Big W to get your hands on this summer essential.
Image: Midsummer Tote available at Cotton On
Image: Sunny Life Tote Bag available at Myer
Image: Heritage Shopper available at Country Road and Myer
Lie and dry
Used for drying off and lying in the sun (with sunscreen of course) a towel should always be top of the list.
Since we’re staying local this summer, allow your towel to channel your dream destination. A retro striped pattern will transport you to the beaches of Miami, patterns in white and blue are a vision of Greece, and pictures of palms pay homage to famous beaches near and far. Rectangular or round, take your pick from these stylish towels available at Bed Bath N'Table, Adairs, Country Road, Seafolly and Sheridan.Image: Sunny Life Crocodile Rock Towel available at Myer
Image: Kahala Beach Towel available at Sheridan and Myer
Image: Alora Round Towel available at Target
A stylish pair of shades in your beach bag will elevate your look while protecting your eyes from those bright summer rays. Whether you gravitate towards something bold and bright or prefer a classic pair of Ray-Bans, find your perfect pair for the season ahead here.
Image: Abby Sunglasses available at Cotton On
Slip ‘n’ slide
Slide from the beach to the café in this season’s must-have sandals. Swap your Havaianas for a pair of woven slides - easy to throw off on the sand and slip back on before taking your look from day to night. Grab a pair from Jo Mercer, Windsor Smith, Wittner, Cotton On and Novo.
Image: Giselle Honey Sheep Nappa Sandals available at Tony Bianco, Myer and David Jones
Pair your slides with a super cute cover-up, and you’ve nailed your summer uniform. Linen is the textile of the season – lightweight and easy to throw on, it’s no wonder you can find this free-flowing fabric just about everywhere. Protect your shoulders and throw on an oversized button down – we love the Everyday Linen Shirt from Seafolly or Country Road. If you’re headed out for cocktails after a day in the sun, opt for a printed kaftan or sun dress from Camilla, Zimmerman, Myer or David Jones that will fit a night-time dress code.
Image: Everyday Linen Shirt available at Seafolly
Image: Juliette Tie Front Dress available at Zimmerman
The summer sun favours none, which is why making sure to slip, slop, slap has never been more important. Protecting your skin is made easy with plenty of brands offering products that protect you from those nasty UVA and UVB rays.
Aesop’s Protective Body Lotion does just that. This broad-spectrum moisturising sunscreen has SPF50 protection formulated to provide up to four hours’ water resistance. Plus, the lightweight feel will keep your skin feeling fresh. Find this summer saviour (plus more) in their sun care range at Aesop.
Image: Protective Body Lotion available at Aesop, Myer and David Jones
We’re also obsessed with the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen, enriched with Vitamin E. The weightless formula is designed to be worn under make-up, but works just as well without. Apply it after moisturiser and before your foundation. Wear this one every day, even when you’re not hitting the sand. Visit your local Mecca store and grab a tube today.
Image: To Save Face available at Mecca
Your water bottle is up there with SPF on the scale of importance when packing for your day away. Top tip: stay hydrated and bring an insulated water bottle that will stay cold all day long. You can grab yours from Matchbox, Wheel&Barrow, Typo, Myer or David Jones.
Image: Corkcicle Canteen available at Myer
The perfect page-turner
You’ve lathered on the sunscreen and had a quick dip, what better way to pass the time than to read your new favourite book?
A romance novel will always feel light in your canvas tote, as will a book of essays like The Space Between, penned by Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald a.k.a. the ladies behind the Shameless Podcast. Find your summer read at Readings, Dymocks, QBD Books or Big W.
If you’re not one for a paperback, bringing a Kindle is a great solution. Access your entire library in one portable device, and even buy new books on the go without any hassle. Grab yours from JB Hi-Fi, Myer or David Jones.
Image: The Space Between written by Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald
Every beach trip deserves a soundtrack. Take your tunes anywhere this summer with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for a party on the sand, or a pair of AirPods from Apple or BOSE headphones from JB Hi-Fi for those solo days in the sun.
Waterproof technology has come a long way. Most of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market come equipped with phenomenal waterproof technology – so a slip in the sand or splash in the water won’t dampen your day. Head to JB Hi-Fi, Big W or Target to pick up your latest summer accessory.
Image: JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker available at JB Hi-Fi
If you want to up the ante and take cool to the next level, bring along a beach cooler with built in speakers. You can find the Beach Cooler Box from Sunny Life available at Myer.
Image: Sunny Life Beach Cooler Box available at Myer
Visiting Westfield Doncaster for your summer beach bag essentials? Don’t forget to download the Westfield Plus App to get 4 hours free parking. Non-Westfield Plus customers receive 2 hours free parking.