A day at the beach – What to take

Even if you are not taking a trip abroad this year, the chances are you will have at least one day at the beach. The UK is full of stunning beaches that are well worth a trip on a sunny day, with a recent survey by GreatBritishBingo.co.uk declaring that Blackpool was the nation’s favourite beach, closely followed by Brighton and Bournemouth beaches.

A hazy view of the UK's Favourite beach

A hazy view of the UK’s Favourite beach

My personal favourite is Aberdovey in Wales. It has golden sands, the sea comes in nice and close for paddling, and there are is a gorgeous fish and chip shop just across the road for a traditional lunch on the beach. We will be heading to Wales in late August and are hoping the weather will be kind enough for a t least a few beachy days – Joe will have his bucket and spade all packed and ready. Here’s what else we always take to the beach.

1. A waterproof, wipe clean beach bag

Sand gets everywhere, doesn’t it. With this in mind, the best sort of beach bag is one that can be wiped clean.  The gorgeous John Lewis Beach Hut collection can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. I also really like these small bags that you can get from Poundland which are perfect for wet swimwear, or for storing things you want to keep dry like mobile phones and cameras.

Beach Huts Holiday Set from £10 - £20 click to visit John Lewis

Beach Huts Holiday Set from £10 – £20 click to visit John Lewis

£1 from Poundland - check local stores

£1 from Poundland – check local stores

2. Something to sit on.

Beach mats, foldaway chairs or a good beach towel, if you are going to be spending considerable time at the beach, you need something to sit (or lie) on.  Marks and Spencer have some really cute designs, and, at the moment, you can get some great sales bargains as many beach items are reduced.

 Multi Pineapple Beach Towel £12.00 click to visit M&S


Multi Pineapple Beach Towel £12.00 click to visit M&S

 Kids Seahorse Beach Towel   £9.60 click to visit M&S


Kids Seahorse Beach Towel
£9.60 click to visit M&S

3. A good sunhat

Whether you are trying to keep the sun off your face, or the sand out of your hair, never forget your sunhat. You might be sitting on Blackpool beach, but with a glamorous hat you can pretend you’re in St Tropez.

     PER UNA Textured Wide Brim Hat  £18.00 click to visit M&S


PER UNA
Textured Wide Brim Hat £18.00 click to visit M&S

4. A beach cover up

The British weather is so changeable, glorious sunshine one minute, and then decidedly overcast the next. This means a cover up of some sort is  a practical item to have in your beach bag. This could be a thin knit cardigan, but I prefer a pretty kaftan that could also double as a beach dress.

     M&S COLLECTION Samba Snake Print Kaftan     £31.60  click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION
Samba Snake Print Kaftan
£31.60 click to visit M&S

These are just a few of my essentials, I also have suncream, a great book, a beach ball and sunglasses in my bag. What do you have in yours?

14 thoughts on “A day at the beach – What to take

  1. Some great tips here. I remember going to the beach one really hot afternoon and forgot to take suncream. I got badly sunburnt and was bright red. I quickly got myself some after sun to cool my skin down x

    • Oh yes, great suncream is a must, I use really high factors now to avoid sunburn.

  2. These are must have items for the beach! Especially a mat to sit on, you don’t want sand everywhere. My favourite beaches have to be the cornwall ones, perfectly golden and sandy xx

  3. I have just bought a bedding set so close in look to the John Lewis beach set. What a nice collection of beach items. I like your style. I a blanket to sit on with waterproof bottom in case tide has just gone out, I have hand cream its in the cool box for after as my hands get so dry after sea air has been at them, a brush and clip in case I look too windswept and we are stopping for something to eat on the way back. But much the same as your bag.

    • I seem to always tie my hair up at the beach too, the wind can make you look like Freddie Boswell from Bread in the 1980s.

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