Jennifer’s Beach Bag Essentials

A sun hat, chic sandals and an e-reader top Jennifer’s beach musts.

1. The Sun Hat
Protect your hair and your face from the harsh summer rays with a chic and bohemian hat.
Panama hat, $70, jcrew.com

2. The Perfect Beach Bag
Stow away your beach essentials in a stylish tote (we adore the multi-colour stripes on this Stella McCartney bag) that is also super durable and can go from the beach to shopping easily.
Stella McCartney Vanessa striped cotton beach bag, $295, theoutnet.com

3. An E-Reader
Nothing beats a good beach read and our new favourite way to catch up on chick-lit? On an e-reader that has a no-glare screen (so you can enjoy the sun and your book at the same time).
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, $199, amazon.ca

4. A Flowy Top
A sheer, light-weight loose top is ideal for popping over a bikini on the beach.
Boho beach top, $88, madewell.com
5. Beach Shorts
A conventional coverup is always easy, but try branching out into a sheer, light-weight top and breezy shorts.
Beach shorts, $30, hm.com
6. Chic Sandals
Think beyond just flip flops for the beach — we want sandals that can go from the sand to beach side drinks, and these will do just that.
Brown sandals, $40, mango.com
7. Bikini
A standard black or navy bikini will never go out of style, but this season’s fun prints and patterns are super easy to mix into your beachwear wardrobe.
Bikini top and bottom, $94 and $70, madewell.com
8. Lip Balm
An SPF lip balm is always essential (sensitive skin on your lips can burn and become dry much faster than you may think).
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment with SPF, $32, sephora.com

9. The Beach Towel
Stripes and summer go hand-in-hand, especially when a vibrant, cheery red hue lines your over-sized beach towel. It also comes in a pretty light ocean blue shade that would be perfect next to the pool.
Nine Space for J. Crew beach towel, $90, jcrew.com

10. The Perfect Sunglasses
When it comes to beach sunglasses think oversized, with a round or oval shape and in classic hues like black, brown or tortoise shell. That way they will never clash with any bikini, hat or wrap.
Chloe round-frame sunglasses, $120, theoutnet.com