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There’s no doubt about it: there’s a million and one reasons why relaxing on the beach is almost everyone’s favourite activity. Whether it’s the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore, the sweet call of birds, or breathing in that fresh sea salt air, it’s enough to make anyone’s stress melt away from their bodies.

 

However, a day at the beach can turn into anxiety central if you’re not fully prepared. After all, once you’ve found your little slice of heaven on the sand, the last thing you want to do is have to leave to run to your nearest supermarket and pick up some sunblock. 

 

In addition to your waterproof phone case and towel, there’s some essentials that you need to bring along before you arrive at your destination.

 

Life’s A Beach With These 6 Summer Must-haves

You might have nailed your party wardrobe this season (thanks to us!), but have you got your summer essentials sorted for that day trip to the beach? If not, grab hold of this this lifejacket - Billy J is here to the rescue. Whether you’re relaxing resort-side in Bali or catching some Vitamin D by your local coastline, here’s our recommendations on what to bring along to your day-cation.  

 

SUMMER MUST-HAVES

1. SPEC-TACULAR SUNGLASSES

Not just eye candy - protect your eyes with our on-trend sunglasses. There’s a style and colour to suit anyone. From flat, rectangular lenses for those with round face shapes through to the femme fatale cat eye when you need to throw subtle sass, our sunglasses are Category 3 lenses, meaning you’ve got a good level of UV protection and sun glare reduction.

 

Shop the look:

Elle Sunglasses - Sahara
Quay Sunglasses - Rumors
Quay - 20’s Sunglasses

 

2. BAGS

Obviously, you’ll need to bring a stylish beach bag to stash your accessories, towel and snacks. We’ve got a selection of bags that will complete your day at the beach. Handcrafted from structured timber or plaited weave jute and featuring structured bases with bamboo style handles, you are sure to find a style you love.


Shop the look:

Beach Day Bags - White Knit
Bayside Bag
Fishermans Weave Market Tote
Koko Kabana Bag

2. SHOES

Leave your white sneakers and stilettos at home: where you’re going, you won’t need them. However, if you’re looking for something a little bit dressier than your trusted rubber-soled thongs, we’ve got a collection of the prettiest slides that are guaranteed to help show off your pedi. Whether you prefer embellished detailing like a gold buckle across your toes or a pretty bow, there’s something for everyone here. We’ve even got options for when you want something with a bit more support by way of an ankle strap.

Available in a range of pretty patterns from the iconic black and white zigzag to the more muted tones of blush or beige, our shoes are sure to take you from dock to dinner & drinks with ease. Best of all, our slides ensure won’t be carrying any rogue sand inside your shoes.

 

Shop the look:

Alpha Slides
Antigua Slides
Madrid Essential Slides

 

4. I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM – WE ALL SCREAM FOR SUNSCREEN

We cannot stress this enough. Who wants premature wrinkles and sunburn? Not us! While a healthy dose of Vitamin D is necessary, you don’t want to go OTT. Our SPF 50+ signature sunscreen is essential, and is water resistant for up to 4 hours. Non-greasy and free from preservatives, parabens and oxybenzone, your body will be covered while you chase your adventures. Pair with our Sticky Zinc for the face and Pawpaw Nectar for chapped lips.

 

5. SINK OR SWIM...SUIT

The last thing you want to do when you get out of the water is change into your clothes while you’re still dripping from the water. Not only are swimsuit cover-ups practical, but they also give you the chance to make a statement when it comes to your beach fashion. Our cover-ups will shield you from the rays as well as provide some coverage as you take it from beach to bar.

 

Shop the look:

Solace Knitted Set
Priscilla Dress
Sangria Maxi Dress
Alexa Top

6. A HAT TRICK

If you can’t wear a wide-brimmed hat to the beach, then when can you? Our stylish straw hats will make you look ultra-feminine as you lounge around without a care in the world. Opt for a plain round boater or go all out with an oversized floppy straw hat. We even have one with a pretty rose polka bow tie. The choice is always yours.

Wanderlust Straw Hat
Round Hat - Cream
Macy Boater
Rio Vista Straw Hat

 

SHOP BILLY J ONLINE

At Billy J, it’s all about high tides and good vibes this summer. If you’ve got sunshine on your mind, then you’ll love the fact that we offer express delivery to Australia and New Zealand, and it’s FREE for all orders over $100. We haven’t forgotten about our international babes, who can enjoy fast shipping right to their doorstep.

Shop our collection of summer essentials before you hit the beach, and you’ll no doubt be the most stylish – and equipped – gal there! 

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