Summer’s almost over, and many of us are spending its final days soaking up all the sunshine we can. If you’re already near water and have your beach essentials ready for Labor Day weekend, bravo. But if you’re not as prepared and still want to hotfoot it to the shore for a socially distant getaway, consider this your beach-bag packing list.
It’s been a hard, strange summer, which is why a long weekend filled with soothing ocean sounds and engaging beach reads can help rewire your brain just in time for fall. Like zipping through parks or visiting national campsites, going to the beach can be a great way to experience the outdoors from a responsible distance. The crashing waves await, so shop these 22 beach essentials below.
At the bare minimum, your tote should include a towel and today’s essentials: hand sanitizer and face mask. Some form of entertainment, like a book or low-key game, will keep you busy in between taking a dip and sipping coconut water with pruned fingers. If you want to be extra cautious, small soccer cones can help you maintain a six-foot distance around your group—and you can repurpose them for the park or picnics post-beach-day.
Sunscreen and lip balm
We wouldn’t let you go to the beach without SPF (especially not if you’ve been cooped up, blasting the AC for the last 60+ days). Cover all your bases with sunscreen for your face, lips, and body—then bring a bottle of soothing aloe mist for some after-sun skin hydration.
Swimsuits and cover-ups
Half the fun (if not a solid 75%) of going to the beach is deciding what swimsuit and cover-up to wear. Maybe you’re vibing a ribbed tank dress over a floral bikini, or maybe your siren call comes in the form of a one-piece with a sarong. Here’s both, just in case.
Easy Labor Day outfit
If you’re looking for an outfit you can wear the next 72 hours straight, this is it: short shorts, bucket hat, and a terry cloth cabana shirt (which may just be the next best thing to drying off au naturel, if you ask us). We can feel water drops glistening on our skin already….
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