Summer is not complete without at least one day trip to the beach. While most of us slave away at our desks during the summer with the sun peering in (unless you’re a lifeguard or a camp counselor), the beach is a natural escape from reality while getting your (safe!) suntan on. Below are eight amazing essentials to take you to the beach and beyond. Don’t forget the sunscreen and sunnies!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Berry, $22.50,

A swipe of this lemony-scented lip balm gives you a hint of color, perfect with a back-from-the-beach tan.

J.Crew Double-Stripe Underwire Halter Tank Suit, $110,

Add a black maxiskirt, and the look takes you from beach to BBQ.

Old Navy Women’s Printed Chiffon Caftan, $29.94,

Because I’m all about style on a budget, add black shorts and black wedges, and you’ve got another insta-outfit.

Gap Ombre Floppy Hat, $20.96,

A hat is a definite summer beach must-have.

Pureology Essential Repair Colour Max, $22, Ulta stores

Protect your hair (and hair color!) from harmful UV rays.

Havaianas Rubber “Slim” Metallic Thong Sandals in Silver, $18,

Metallic flip flops make every outfit more luxe.

Zara Large Shopper, $29.99,

A fun tote to carry your beach essentials in a sunny hue.

Nate Berkus “Zuma” Beach Towel, $17.99,

For a line by Oprah’s home guru, you know it’s going to be good.




Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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