The Affordable Summer Essentials We Always Have in Our Beach Bag

It’s summer, y’all, and we are ready for shorteralls, floppy sunhats, bright lipstick, and sandals for days. There’s something about the few extra hours of daylight that inspire us to dream a little bigger, to include beach volleyball in our weekly routines, to make extra time for friends (likely with mojitos in hand), and to live our best lives.

It’s time to stock back up on summertime necessities, which is easier than ever thanks to Walmart’s newly designed website. The new sleek design allows you to easily find everything you’re looking for—and if you’re us things that you weren’t looking for but are too good of a deal to pass up. Plus, free two-day shipping (!!) on select orders over $35 makes spontaneous summer plans a snap to shop for. The perfect beach day involves everything from snacks to sunscreen to a killer soundtrack, so we are sharing all of our summer must have’s for the beach and a few for beyond. Because seriously, some of these deals are too good. Check out some of our favorite items for summer to grab at Walmart:

We’re all about keeping your phone tucked away and out of site as much as possible this summer. Keep your attention on the moment with an Instax camera to capture the memories right then and there, without spending the entire day trapped in an instagram spiral on your phone.

Pro Tip: Using a lightweight Turkish towel that can easily be shaken out will keep your bag light and prevent sand from collecting.



With Walmart’s free two-day shipping you can choose a new beach read for hella cheap. And while you’re at it, save a trip to the store and add on any last minute necessities as well.

Most important for your beach bag (and any other bag, ever): S.P.F. Erreday. This giant bottle from Bare Republic will last you all season and it smells like a pina colada so what more could you want? When applying SPF, don’t forget about your lips! Stay safe by choosing a lip balm that also has SPF and remember to reapply throughout the day.



Our prime purchase from Walmart? The floppy hat we’ve seen all over Instagram—but at a fraction of the price.



Stay hydrated with an insulated water bottle that keeps your ice water icy or chill your pink wine so you can #roseallday. We love this one because it comes in a variety of colors and patterns (like a sleek faux marble option) and can be used well beyond the season. As will these super handy snack containers that even have a spot for your cutlery.



If you’re anything like us, you’ve often needed a portable speaker but didn’t want to drop $100 when turning your phone up to max volume sometimes does the trick. This water resistant pocket speaker is a great purchase and at under $12 it does the job without having to make a huge purchase. Just connect your phone wirelessly, shuffle your fave Spotify playlist, and enjoy tunes all day.

(Side note: Since our beach day, this little speaker has taken up residency in my bathroom meaning I can set it on the counter and listen to podcasts while in the shower and can I just say that shaving my legs has never been so pleasant?!)

A moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is essential after a day in the water. This combination is full of antioxidant-rich argan oil and Vitamins A and E which give optimal hydration for all hair types. Between the sun and salt water, you want to be extra careful with your strands, so we suggest using a brush specifically formulated for wet hair. Once you try it, you’ll never want to detangle your hair with anything else.



One look at Walmart’s style section and we were hooked. Even if you aren’t heading to the beach this summer, there are plenty of items to travel with: woven totes, adorable slide sandals, and the go-with-everything watch are also in our online shopping carts so we had to share.

This post was in partnership with Walmart, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.