13 Cool Girl-Approved Beach Accessories You Need This Summer

Just add water.

By Phoebe Neuman

It doesn’t get much better than a day of sun and sand at the beach. And though we’d love to all channel our inner minimalist beach girls (looking at you, Jen Rose Smith), sometimes coming prepared with more than just a bikini and a towel is the key to a beach day done right.

The secret to looking like a cool girl while schlepping your gear from the car to the shore? Go for beach accessories that are functional and cute!

The following 13 beach accessories fit exactly this bill. The patterned fringed umbrella and matching chair will look Instagram ready on the sand, but pack up quickly when it’s time to come home. That striped tote does double duty as a cooler for all of your oceanside refreshments. That floppy hat can be shoved into a backpack or suitcase at a moment’s notice. Now all you need are the waves.

image by séréna lutton.

beach umbrella

Business & Pleasure Co. UO Exclusive Printed Holiday Beach Umbrella and Beach Chair towel Tasseled Orange Beach Towel, Anthropologie towel Aloha Beach Towel, Anthropologie

free people hat

Shady Character Packable Wide-Brimmed Hat, Free People

Coola sunscreen

Cooola Sunscreen Spray and Liplux, Sephora

sundry beach bag

Sundry Tie-Dye Tote, Shopbop

calistoga insulated tote

Calistoga Insulated Tote Bag, Mark & Graham

Target beach chair

Sun Squad Adult Compact Chair, Target

urban outfitters badminton

XL Badminton Set, Urban Outfitters

JBL speaker

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker, L.L. Bean

Igloo water bottle

Igloo Jug, Urban Outfitters