Stephanie’s Beach Bag Essentials

Sunscreen, sleek shades and a handful of tabloids are just a few of Stephanie’s must-haves.

1. Straw Tote
A beach bag that easily folds up in a suitcase is a must, not to mention it needs to be roomy enough to fit all of your essentials.
Farmer’s Market Tote, $58, jcrew.com

2. Stick Sunscreen
For your face, we suggest saying goodbye to cream and hello to a stick. Besides being super portable, it doesn’t sweat off, making it ideal for the beach.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Protection Stick, $20, well.ca

3. Jersey T-Shirt Dress
You can’t forget a coverup for that walk from your hotel room to the beach, but it’s nice to have something that’s easy to slip on and is comfy too. A t-shirt dress is a great option that is appropriate enough to wear when you want to grab a bite to eat pool-side.
Wilfred Free Wasaga Dress, $35, aritzia.com

4. Print Bikini
A little ruffle and a feminine print, make for a perfect ocean-side option. The particular bandeau bikini from Zimmerman also includes halter straps, allowing you to quickly change up your look.
Zimmerman Allure Frill Bandeau, $260, zimmermanwear.com

5. Hair Elastics
When the temps soar and your melting on the beach, putting up long locks is a non-negotiable. Plus post-dip it’s a great way to end up with wavy tresses.
Goody Double Wear Elastics, $5, goody.com and drug stores nationwide.

6. Trashy Mags
Forget worrying about messing up a nice book with salt and sand. Trashy mags won’t weigh down your tote and if they stay at the beach, it’s not the worst thing.

7. Endless Tunes
Laying under a cabana and getting some shut-eye (whether or not you actually fall asleep), is best done with some music.

8. Cute Flip Flops
It’s all about simplicity on the beach. With flip flops it doesn’t matter if they get wet or full of sand. We suggest opting for a pair that are as comfortable as they are stylish.
Slim Havaianas, $28, clubmonaco.ca

9. Hydration
Between those margaritas having a bottle of water close by is a must. BPA-free, though it is made of glass, it’s extremely durable and has a silicone sleeve for added protection.
16 oz Glass Bottle with Straw Cap and Silicone Sleeve, $25, lifefactory.com

10. Sleek Shades
We’re craving cat-eye sunglasses and can’t think of a more perfect pair than these from Elizabeth & James, complete with ombre lenses and purple frames.
Elizabeth & James Lafayette Sunglasses, $155, zappos.com