Although you’ll probably look and feel easy breezy once you get to the beach, the path towards that glorious end point is far from effortless. In an effort to minimize prep and maximize sun, sand and surf time (summer doesn’t last forever, so we’ve got to soak it all in!) we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite seaside essentials…
Organic suncare doesn’t get any better than this. COOLA Sport SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa was voted one of the top three sunscreens currently on the market by the Environmental Working Group. This mineral lotion offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, is hypoallergenic, paraben free and ultra water resistant. You can find it at a few locations in the city, including Jacob & Sebastian and The Ten Spot Beauty Bar.
Keeping hydrated is key to being your best at the beach. This sleek reusable Pure Balance Water Bottle from Lululemon is an excellent option. Made of silicone-wrapped glass, it holds 19.5 ounces of cool liquid (sangria, anyone?), comes with a screw-on cap which allows for simple sip-and-stow, and is dishwasher safe.
Add a pop of colour while protecting your head from the sun’s harmful rays with this sweet straw hat. Yellow with a grown band and nautical twist, we’re especially drawn to its classic yet vibrant feel. If it doesn’t float your sailboat the way it does ours, though, The Gap has tons of other options.
Stay cool even in the height of heat with this awesome straw bag from J. Crew (comes in natural or sea blue). This bag is stylish in its simplicity but also very practical – resilient, easy to pack, and large enough to house all your summer essentials.