It’s mid summer and we need to make the most of EVERY sunny day that comes along! So to avoid the mad panic to pack the beach bag for your day of fun in the sun, have these essentials handy and ready to go. Here’s our guide to packing all the essentials for those long, summer beach days.


Image courtesy Bali Towels
Bali Towels – from the Beach Boutique – From £45

Beach Towel or Pestamal

If you’re packing super light then go for one of the Pestamals at the Beach Boutique. They dry quickly, are very lightweight, plus you can wrap them whilst wandering around on the beach. If you’re more of a towel person then grab a bright funky summer towel like the Bali Towels and Joyce and Jules standout round towels at the Beach Boutique.


Surfers Skin – from the Beach Boutique – £10.99 125ml


No one wants to leave the beach looking like a lobster so make sure you chuck in suncream and maybe even some zinc for your face if you plan on going for a surf or swim. There are so many great suncreams out there so do your research and make sure you pick one thats got UVA, UVB protection and is also water resistant. Surfers Skin at the Beach Boutique is made for surfers and it works, just make sure you reapply every two hours. It also comes in a handy 40ml size so it’s light to carry to the beach.

Cadence – Nectar Sunglasses – from the Beach Boutique – £20

Beach Hat & Sunglasses 

Sun hats are essential for beach days, be it a baseball cap or straw hat, anything to protect your head and face is a must. Sunglasses are also key for beach days! Look out for ones with UV filters like these Nectar sunnies.

Saltwater Sunset Hat – Billabong

Beach Swimwear

Whatever your preference you need something to wear as you relax in the sun be it in a bikini, tankini or swimsuit check out our top tips on what swimwear to wear to suit your body type. Let’s face it we come in all shapes and sizes and what works for one person might not work for you. The key is finding what you like and feel comfortable in. See our bikini buying tips below!

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With even more styles and cuts of bikini on the market, which one should you choose?

Whether you’ve got big boobs, short legs, a long skinny body or an hourglass figure, our Summer Bikini and Swimwear Guide 2016 has got all the styles covered for most body types. The key is to choose pieces that suit your figure and that will stay on in the surf – so keep it streamlined and avoid any unnecessary ruffles or fringing when you hit the waves. Our tried and trusted tips can help you decide:

• Hourglass figures should go for styles with more fabric around the hips or a halter-neck shape.

• If you’re on the small side, choose a bikini bottom with a higher cut, triangle shapes and bandeau styles.

• With an athletic figure, try a bold print or ruched swimwear to create the illusion of curves.

• For a bigger bust it’s all about support, so don’t even go there with a triangle bikini top or a lace-up swimsuit. Go for an underwired top or halter-neck instead.

• Small on top but big on the bottom? Then go for padding on the top half and don’t skim on the fabric down below. 

CLICK HERE to view the Billabong #ABikiniKindaLife collection.

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