20 under $20: Must-Have Items to Fill Your Beach Bag
Too-Hot-to-Handle Nails: Essie nail polish in Flirty Fuschia, $8 on essie.com.
Flaunt your tootsies with this chic shade from the line’s neon collection, which has been making waves all over Hollywood’s A-list hands and feet.
Sport this cozy coverup over a bathing suit or pair with a simple pair of flats and a denim jacket for a casual waterfront dinner. Also available in blue.
Look sexy but not scandalous in this pushup tankini.
Don’t miss this teeny-weeny bikini in the season’s hottest print: ikat.
Play like a kid again with these retro sandcastle molds, which come complete with a shovel.
Go from pool to party in just a few steps with this handy mirror/brush pocket combo from Sephora. You’ll rid yourself of snags and make sure you’re looking stylish at the same time.
Block harmful UVA and UVB rays with this sweat-proof sunscreen. Not only does the coconut smell bring back memories of long-forgotten tanning oils, but the spray coats evenly and doesn’t get crusted by stray sand that slips into your bag.
Regular sunscreen can wreak havoc on your pores. Instead, be sure to moisturize daily with an SPF-rich product, even in winter. We like this cream by longtime favorite brand Burt’s Bees.
Pack your bag in style with this printed tote from Old Navy. Not only is the price great, but the canvas fabric means it’s machine washable—great news if your lip balm melts or the bag gets grody in the sand.
From the boardwalk to the beach, these jelly sandals are the season’s hottest shoe trend. Plus, the super-cute beading makes them look way more expensive than $9.
Dream of frozen umbrella drinks as you lounge on this cute towel. Bonus points: It’s so bright, you’ll never lose your spot in the sand.
This ultra-smooth balm packs SPF 25 and a tingly, minty-fresh scent you’re sure to love, whether or not you’re on the beach.
Vintage is in in a big way, but that doesn’t mean you need to splurge on retro Ray Bans. Instead, peruse cheap-chic retailer Forever 21, where there’s a selection sure to rival that of any Sunglass Hut.
Protect your hair from the beach breeze with this lightweight scarf, which you can wear as a headband. Or tie it over your coverup for a chic yet low-key accessory.
Don’t let sweat, sun, or saltwater ruin your stunning looks. Nobody will know it’s not natural when you use this waterproof mascara from our fave all-natural line. It may be a bit more expensive, but it doesn’t have the sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and dyes that can irritate your eyes.
Read the boozy romp about a young Hill staffer becoming acclimated to the Beltway’s world of politics, power, and parties. You’ll enjoy feeling like an insider as this first-time author talks about places you’ve been to and people you (probably) know.
Get your booty into shape and relive your childhood with an old-fashioned boogie board.
Don’t dig sitting on the sand? Relax above the crowds with this two-position reclining beach chair—you’ll look like the queen—or king—of the shore.
Strike up a game with those hotties down the boardwalk, or simply play catch with friends.
Don’t forget to hydrate. Keep away from sugary lemonades and carb-loaded beers with Hint, a new calorie-free water with just a hint of flavor. Honeydew, lime, and cucumber are some of our favorites.