Everything you need for a day at the beach

We build the dream beach kit for a perfect day of sand and sun, from the boldest of beach towels to brilliant bat and ball, and cool canned cocktails 

dior dioriveria campaign image of woman lying on a red toile de jolie hammock
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If you're getting stressed out by what to bring to your relaxing day at the beach, we're here to help. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and beach bags are a must, and for everything else, read below for our ultimate beach day kit. 

Beach accessories

Foldable chair

Christian Dior Dioriveria beach chair in navy blue

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Dior’s newly launched Dioriviera capsule collection features a vibrant array of beachside essentials, including, towels, visors, fans, and this beach chair. The cotton canvas chair is adorned with the brand’s signature toile de Jouy pattern in a choice of intense raspberry pink, lime or navy blue. 


Hand fans 

brown and beige woven fan by arkitaip in collaberation with La Basketry

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Cool down with this summer fan designed by arkitaip in collaberation with  La Basketry. Each one of the elegant fans is hand woven by a women’s artisan collective based in a small village outside of Tabara’s parents hometown in Senegal and is designed to be a keepsake that can be passed down through generations. 

Beach towels 


hermes beach towel in orange with landscape design

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Few accessories rival Hermès’ silk scarves in their timeless elegance. It’s the brand’s large terrycloth beach towels, however, that we do like to be with by the seaside, as eye-catching on the sand as their counterparts are on the sidewalk, with vibrant, playful patterns. Invest in a painterly landscape design or a more simple stripe pattern. Either way, you’ll have the most stylish spot on the beach. 



Tekla towels in dark blue and light blue striped pattern

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For those who prefer not to make their towels such a sizeable investment, we recommend opting for Tekla’s bath sheets instead. The trendy Scandi brand has organic cotton towels in a variety of solid shades and appealing coastal stripes. 


Beach games 

Frescobol Carioca bat and ball

Frescobol Carioca wood paddle ball set with green handle

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This wooden beach bat-and-ball set from Brazilian brand Frescobol Carioca is inspired by the games of frescobol (or paddle ball) that are popular on the beaches of Rio. The bats are crafted by Brazilian artisans, from five pieces of sustainably and locally sourced wood. They are coated in waterproof resin and finished with a colourful grip for hours of beach-time fun. 


Liewood kid toys

Liewood silicone beach toy set four sand moulds, a sand bucket, and a small shovel

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While the adults play paddle ball, the kids can entertain themselves with beach toys from Danish brand Liewood. The silicone toy set comes in a variety of colourways and includes four sand moulds, a sand bucket, and a small shovel. 


Beach snacks

Forma portable grill

forma grill in black

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Cook up a beach feast on this portable grill from French fashion label Forma. The brand is best known for its edgy, monochrome streetwear and this grill suits that aesthetic, managing to look cool while staying hot.

NIO pre-made cocktails 

NIO cocktails book

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If you are someone who likes their cocktails freshly made, and thinks that even ‘high-quality’ boxed liquor sounds like a last resort, then we suggest you abandon your preconceptions and give NIO a try. 

NIO (an acronym for ‘needs ice only’) is a boxed cocktail brand that serves bar-quality drinks in convenient, CD-shaped packets. We recommend trying the brand’s new Tea Sour cocktail made from an Italian tea liqueur, or the Margarita made with premium Mexican tequila. 


Empirical’s experimental ‘beers’

red and black cans of Empirical’s experimental ‘beers’

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The cans from Copenhagen-based liquor company Empirical aren’t exactly beer; rather, they are slightly fizzy combinations of unexpected ingredients – oolong tea, toasted birch, young pine cones – for a drink that echoes the taste of your typical brew but with a much more interesting edge. 

The fact that Empirical was founded by former Noma chefs only underlines that these are the most sophisticated canned drinks you can sip on the sand. 


Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.