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10 Beach essentials to pack for your summer trip

April 26, 2023


Summer’s one of the best seasons for a well-deserved beach break. From tourist favorites Boracay and Siargao to under-the-radar spots in lesser-known provinces, you’re bound to have an unforgettable summer vacation thanks to the pristine beaches and scenic landscapes we have in the Philippines. But before all the fun, you have to make sure to bring all the summer essentials you need for your beach trip. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve created a beach essentials checklist with items you can all conveniently shop at SM Store!

A pair of comfortable sandals

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Get comfy in your beach strides with these stylish sandals from Kultura and Milanos. Pair your dainty summer dress with this pair of Abaca slides with a wood beads strap, perfect for a boho chic look. For men, these quality and lightweight Milanos Men’s Montel Sandals made from synthetic leather would be the perfect beach footwear for you.

Colorful swim tubes

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Whether you’re swimming on the beach or improvising with an inflatable pool at your home, add a splash of color to your swim time with these swim tubes that come in different neon colors. Not only are they cute, but these inflatable pool floats will help keep you safe as you swim.

A trusty sunscreen

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One of the most important things to pack in your beach bag is a bottle of sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. According to dermatologists, SPF 30 is the ideal sun protection factor to use at the beach. When buying one, make sure that the sunscreen absorbs fast, is reef-friendly, and is a good match for your skin type.

An extra pair of swimsuits

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What’s a trip to the beach without beachwear? At SM Store, you’ll find a wide selection of beachwear from two-piece swimsuits to rashguards and swimming trunks. Bring a few more swimwear pieces if you’re planning to swim a lot. Shop the latest swimwear fashion trends in-store or via Personal Shopper.

Stylish sunglasses

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Wearing fashionable sunglasses is the best way to protect your eyes from the sun, but also a cool way to add style to your beach outfit. Don’t forget to get yourself a pair of shades like this Pacific Blue Women’s Fashion Cat Eye Sunglasses– it’s lightweight, with UV 400 protection lenses, and comes with a case and cleaning cloth. Looking this cool for the beach doesn’t need to break the bank!

Beach towel

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Aside from the swimsuits and floaters, you’ve got to pack beach towels for everyone on your trip. Get yourself a cute cotton-combed towel so that it feels smooth on the skin and dries out easily! No time to shop in-store? Contact your SM Store Personal Shopper to get this one for you.

Extra duffle bag

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If your beach essentials no longer fit in the backpack, get yourself a duffle. Store your clothes and other items in this sturdy duffle bag from Travel Basic, to keep all your things in one bag. It’s spacious enough to add a few more souvenir shirts from your out-of-town trips!


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Another summer accessory you shouldn’t forget are hats. Complete the tropical look with this classy Panama hat that’s made in the Philippines. It comes in neutral colors, so it’s easy to pair with any outfit. Plus, it can also protect you from sunburns and keep your head cool!


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You should also pack beach cover-ups when going to the beach. Usually made with light, flowy fabric, it’s designed to clothe you right after a swim just in case you want to go on long walks by the shore. Check out this Multiway sarong from Kultura– it has a nice ethnic print and can be worn in different styles, so I can feel like you’re wearing different outfits in one day!

Set of Toiletries

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Last but not the least, don’t forget to pack your toiletries! Sure, beach resorts always offer free bathroom essentials, but it’s always best to bring your own. You can also shop for travel-sized bottles from SM Store for your trip, and get a cosmetic kit to carry all your toiletries.

With these beach essentials, you’ll definitely have an enjoyable summer vacation at the beach. The best part is, you can shop all these at the SM Store! Get your beach essentials
in-store or via SM Store Personal Shopper. Have a sunny and safe trip!

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