And It Only Cost Me: 11 Budget Beach Picks Under $80

With temperatures on the rise, it’s easy to set your sights on the beach. Whether you’re planning a pool party or beach BBQ with friends, here are a few must-have items to help update your warm weather wardrobe.

Knotted Head Wrap: $3.90

Regardless of your hair length, one of the best ways to keep flyaway hair at bay is with a stylish head wrap. I love this version (classic with a slight nautical undertone). It’s the perfect accessory to sport while sailing or strolling along the beach.

Sandals: $19.94

Amp up your warm weather wardrobe with these colorful, sleek sandals. The touch of neon is amazing and as easy to wear for a post-beach brunch as it is for casual poolside cocktails. Pass the Piña Colada, please!

Kimono: $19.53

As one of our top ten spring trends that we can’t wait to wear, kimono jackets are a perfect alternative to traditional beach cover-ups. Best of all, it’s a versatile piece that you can wear for date night, a summer festival, or brunch with friends.

Polka Dot One-Piece: $79.99 

Polka dots are always on trend for making a splash. This version adds extra support and coverage for added comfort.

Sunscreen: $8.79

Sunscreen is the ultimate beach essential, but trying to choose is overwhelming! My personal favorite is Loreal’s Advanced Sunscreen; it’s a great price and does its job flawlessly. The lotion has antioxidants, Vitamin E, and white grape seed and is easy-to-blend, layers invisibly under makeup, and leaves a matte finish. It’s also dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic/non-acnegenic formula (perfect for sensitive skin).

Drawstring Shorts: $59.50

These drawstring shorts are the epitome of casual comfort—and I love the bold pattern! Plus, the linen fabric is ideal for the outdoors—breathable, light, and airy.

Beach Tote: $49.95

L.L. Bean makes the perfect beach tote—large enough to hold all of the essentials and leaves extra room for miscellaneous items. It comes in a variety of hues and can be personalized with your monogram.

Sunglasses: $13

Sunglasses are a dime a dozen and if you’re like me, you lose them all the time (especially at the beach)! So, opt for stylish yet affordable options. These gold frames have a hint of a cat-eye, plus UV 400 protection.

Waterproof Mascara: $4.49

To put it simply, this longtime best-selling mascara works. Beyond the chic, iconic pink tube, this mascara is durable, smudge proof, and never weighs my lashes down.

Panama Hat: $14

A timeless straw hat is the easiest beach companion; I love this hat’s simple silhouette and fresh white color.

Towel: $36.99

Beach towels don’t just need to be utilitarian; they can be the perfect way to add personality to the summer shores. This turquoise herringbone turkish towel does just that!

What are your favorite affordable beach essentials?