As we shepherd in the first tides of summer, dreams of sandy beaches inevitably dance through our heads. Whether you’re jetting across the country or heading across town—a beach is a beach—there are certain essentials you’ll need to carry with you. There’s the basics—SPF, sunglasses, beach reads—but then the options multiply. Ocean spray for your hair? Tanning oil? Flip-flops? For reasons somewhere between a need for guidance and insatiable curiosity, we called in the experts for a glimpse inside their beach bags (and to see their bag of choice, of course). See how six swimwear designers—each are oceanside regulars—pack their bags for a day at the shore.

beach bag essentials

Photo: Courtesy of Francesca Aiello

Bag of Choice:

What’s Inside:

Ocean Spray 150 ml

“I love misting this spray in my hair after I get out of the ocean. It gives you a really natural beach wave that I’m obsessed with!”

Maria Nila

Tia Terry Triangle Top

“We all know I am a sucker for a triangle bikini set—I carry one with me always. We just released one of my go-to sets from our line in a new pink terry cloth with contrast green terry binding on the outside. It is so fun to wear, so unique, and my absolute favorite of the season right now.”

Frankies Bikinis

Nylon Hawaiian Bucket Hat

“A bucket hat is something I always have in my beach bag. It is so easy to throw on after getting out of the water, protects my face from the sun, and looks cute with whatever bikini you have on!”


New Everyday Mineral Sunscreen

“This baby is releasing on May 28th, and I am SO excited for you to try this. It is a broad-spectrum SPF 30 that can be used for face and body—protection against UVA and UVB rays. I have such sensitive skin that I wanted to create a super-lightweight sunscreen that is easy to wear every day and doesn’t have that typical sunscreen feel that is super thick and heavy. This is vegan, full of vitamins, and is a lightweight, non-nano formula that leaves no white cast. I have been using this product every day because I know how important sunscreen is, whether you are outside at the beach or not, and I finally have something that is so easy and lightweight to wear! This is literally in every bag I own.”

Frankies Bikinis

beach bag essentials

Photo: Leigh Webber

Bag of Choice:

What’s Inside:

Sanitizing Gel

“I always keep this sanitizing gel in my bag from the clean beauty brand Esker that we carry on our website.”


Untamed by Glennan Doyle

“I always have a good book to read. I just finished Untamed by Glennon Doyle, which I loved—it was like therapy.”

New Berry

“Tucca towels are great for a windy beach day or a yoga class on the sand.”


beach bag essentials

Photo: Courtesy of Dos Swim

Bag of Choice:

What’s Inside:


“Our friends just launched a new sunscreen called Vacation—it smells amazing (like coconut and bananas)!”


Isla Shirt

“For this summer season, we are going for our Isla shirt.”

Dos Swim

Brazil Logo Flip-Flops

“The classic Havaianas flip-flop fits in any bag and goes with everything—we own multiple colors!”


Photo: Courtesy of Camilla Whitman

Bag of Choice:

What’s Inside:

UV Clear Broad-spectrum SPF 46

“This is my favorite sunscreen. It’s pretty clean, it works, and it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin like lots of other natural sunscreens do.”


Opia Hat in Seagrass

“I don’t have this Clyde hat yet, but I love how easy it is to pack and throw on. I love the natural materials and the bell shape.”


Anda in Tomate

“The Anda is so sleek and fits in the palm of my hand. I love that I can keep my cards separate from my cash. Everything from this brand is so thoughtful and beautifully made.”


Bag of Choice:

What’s Inside:

CC Cream

“I always carry the CC Creme by CHANEL. It’s protective and can be used as makeup, as well.”


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