Aussies are a nation of beach lovers, there is no doubt about it! But there is nothing worse than when you get to the beach un-prepared or forgotten something. We have put together your go-to list of must have essentials for the beach that will help your day go swimmingly (sorry, not sorry)!

Beach Towel

How could we not start with a beach towel?! Obviously perfect for drying off after a nice dip in the ocean but also to sit or lie on so you don’t get sand everywhere! There is however not a one size fits all when it comes to picking a beach towel. There is the classic terry toweling 100% cotton towel, perfect for long beach days. They are quick to dry you off and perfect for lazing about on the sand.

Another popular option is Turkish 100% cotton towels. They are lightweight, quick drying and packs down small - makes it perfect for travel! Available in a range of prints and perfect summer colours.

In the last few years Microfibre Towels for the beach have become a great option for the beach! Sand won’t stick – leaving more sand at the beach for castles. Quick drying, they are 3 times faster than a normal cotton towel. Covers a sun bed and they are compact and lightweight – save room in that suitcase!

Towelling Robes & Ponchos

Towel robes or ponchos are great for all ages going from the beach to home when there are no amenities to get changed out of wet bathers. Much easier and practical than trying to keep a towel around you! Available in 100% cotton terry towel or Turkish toweling they are perfect to keep you warm all year round.


Most importantly and something to always take with you to the beach is UPF 50+ sunscreen! Make sure to apply 1 hour before swimming for full protection and to re-apply every 4 hours.

Foldable Sun Hat

When heading to the beach a foldable sun hat is a necessity to protect yourself from harmful rays but it is also a stylish addition to your beach look! Being foldable it is perfect for stuffing into your beach bag. We have a huge range of collapsible fedora’s, visors, wide brim hats, floppy hats, cowboy hats and bucket hats to suit your individual style.


There is nothing worse than leaving your sunnies at home! Sunglasses are another must have at the beach to help with the sun glare. We have a huge range of the latest on trend sunglasses from Quay Australia and Seafolly but most importantly they all have the highest UV protection.

Beach Bag

A good over sized beach tote is perfect to put all your beach essentials in and more! Many of our bags are water resistant and make sure to look for an internal zip for safe storage. They also double as the perfect overnight bag!

Beach Games

Games at the beach are a great Australian past time! From beach cricket, kicking the footy, flying the frisbee, skimming balls on the water, making sand castles or burying dad in the sand us Aussies embrace fun and games on the beach! We have a huge range of games from Sunny Life and Wahu to keep the fun times happening for hours.

A Good Read

Even if it’s well meaning and never get to read, it’s good to bring just in case you get lucky!!

Cooler Bag or Insulated Water Bottle

If you are planning on spending the whole day at the beach you need something to keep your drinks and snacks cold! A cooler bag filled with ice is the solution and is also handy companion on picnics and BBQs. We have a fun range of cooler bags from Sunny Life Australia in the coolest summer prints. Or try our Corkcicle Canteen Drink Bottle – Enjoy your favourite cold or hot beverage, anytime, anywhere. Crafted from stainless steel with proprietary triple insulation. Keeps drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 without freezing or sweating. Cold even longer for drinks containing ice.

Beach Sounds

Be a hero and bring the tunes this summer with the Sunny Life Beach Sounds. Every beach trip deserves a soundtrack! Works with any smart phone or tablet and also has an AM/FM radio. Plus you can put your phone inside to protect it from over heating and the sand!

Beach Cover Up

A beach kaftan is the perfect beach, holiday or resort outfit! Lightweight to throw over your bathers and covers the shoulders for added sun protection.

Water shoes for little adventurers

Great for kids exploring rock pools and reef walking. They are built with a sturdy sole for protection, foam protection around the shoe sides and mesh top for drainage and aeration. Plus they are flexible and soft for super comfort!

The Rashie

A good rashie provides the ultimate protection from the sun’s rays! We have a huge range of rash vests for kids, men and women from brands like Billabong, Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Seafolly and Seafolly Kids. Sun protection for women in the last few years has really had a glow up with brands designing rash vests and sun suits to be more stylish and on trend! Make sure to check out Sun Soaked, Une Piece, Capriosca, Seafolly and Sea Level range of sunsuits and rashies.


Is it even summer if you are not wearing thongs?! Every body needs a good pair of thongs – stylish, comfortable and durable, thongs are a stable in every Aussie’s wardrobe. Havaianas have become the summer style essential for everyone, anywhere, anytime: made for summer and made of summer.

Bag for wet swimwear

Make sure to bring a bag for wet swimwear after a long day at the beach! This Seafolly Copacabana neoprene bikini bag is perfect to put your wet swimwear in but you can also use it as a clutch day to day. Or with every Swimwear Galore online order you receive a free bikini bag that you can use!