What to Pack for Your British Beach Holiday
We’re not ready to give up on sun, sea and sand just yet. This summer, when you’re exploring Britain’s amazing beaches, consider this your guide to what to pack for a beach holiday.
What to Pack for a Beach Holiday
We won’t bore you with all the holiday must-haves (if you forget your knickers or phone charger, we take no responsibility) – these are your sartorial essentials only…
Paper London Lucia bikini top, £75, and Claudia bikini bottoms, £95, both in Maldives check, paperlondon.com
One of our favourite sustainable swimwear brands, British swim and beachwear label Paper London is committed to social and environmental sustainability. All its swimwear is made from Econyl or Repreve, both 100% regenerated nylon fibres crafted from recycled fishing nets and ocean waste.
Cutler & Gross 9692 Square Sunglasses, £315, cutlerandgross.com
Pack at least two pairs of sunglasses for your beach break, ideally one ‘classic’ (think a Wayfarer or a cat’s eye) and one fashion-forward selection for when you want to jazz things up. This translucent Cutler & Gross pair are just the ticket – cool enough for the beach bar, but practical enough that they won’t look out of place when trekking the South West Coast Path.
Beach Cover Up
Riley Studio organic linen camp collar shirt, £140, riley.studio
Keep things luxuriously low key and sustainably minded with this unisex camp collar shirt from conscious British brand Riley Studio. Made from organic linen (one of the most sustainable fabrics on the planet), it’s equally great for throwing on over your bikini on the beach, or pairing with wide-legged palazzo trousers for a sundowner at the pub.
JW Anderson denim bucket hat, £140, net-a-porter.com
A cool Nineties-inspired denim bucket hat is just right for keeping off those harmful sun rays on the beach: yes, you might not be in Ibiza, but you can still burn. For extra style points don’t knot the long ties on this JW Anderson number – leave them to fly free (just like you).
Burberry leather-trimmed jute tote, £832, theoutnet.com
Towel, suncream, bikini, book… For days on the beach you just want one bag to toss it all in, and this stylish oversized Burberry tote is just the ticket.
Dubarry Jamaica loafer, £129, dubarry.com
It doesn’t get more classic than a pair of soft leather loafers or moccasins by the sea. This snail white pair from Dubarry is made from water resistant, fast-drying leather, and features a removable padded in-sole for comfort when that stroll to fetch an ice cream turns into a longer hike.
Really Wild dress, £295, reallywildclothing.com
You can’t beat a crisp white shirt dress for days by the sea. Throw it on over your bikini, take it to lunch on a restaurant terrace, clamber over rocks in it to find that enticing hidden beach… it’s a perfect all-rounder. This pure cotton, tie-wast style from Really Wild makes the ideal summer companion.
Olivia von Halle silk horse print Lila pyjama set, £460, harrods.com
It’s a toss up between how much time you’ll spend on the beach vs in bed on your beach break. Tip the balance in favour of more shut eye by packing the most cute and comfy pyjamas on the market. Olivia von Halle has countless sleek and stylish options worth (not) getting out of bed for.
Sabina Savage The Fool scarf, from £80, sabinasavage.com
Pack at least one lightweight, oversized scarf. It will act as blanket, beach towel, sarong and, ahem, actual scarf for those colder British summer evenings. This vibrant Sabina Savage scarf will make the perfect cover up.
Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt Sustainable Cycling Shorts, £55, sweatybetty.com
For better or worse, a British beach holiday isn’t just for flopping under a brolly with a cold drink in hand – we don’t have the weather for that, sadly. When the time comes to get moving (whether that’s exploring a local landmark or going on a long hike), these Sweaty Betty shorts are a stylish, sustainable choice, made from recycled polyester. Pair them with the Hunter sandals and the Riley Studio shirt for a cool ensemble for active days.
Hunter original walking sandals, £60, hunterboots.com
Enter the dad sandal, the surprise summer trend that will keep your feet oh-so-happy on your next beach holiday. These Hunter walking sandals are super light and comfortable and will give an edge to your shirtdress.
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