The summer season is finally upon us, which means all those sun holidays booked back in the winter are now drawing closer than ever.
If you’re heading to a hot destination in the next few weeks, you’ll need to make sure you’re fully prepared for any situation, be it a lazy day down at the beach or a ramble in the local town.
Here we break down ten beachside essentials for the more discerning gent.
1. The Beach Towel
It won’t come as a surprise to know that when you’re beach bound, you’ll need to take a towel.
However, quality needs to be considered to ensure you’re kept dry and comfortable all day, whether you’re going for a dip or sticking to your sun lounger.
Look out for 100 per cent cotton designs and a decent length option to keep your body protected from head to foot. This towel by Paul Smith in the brand’s signature stripe pattern is a sophisticated choice that will last for many more holidays to come.
Available at Paul Smith, priced £65.
2. Tailored Swim Shorts
Once you’ve enjoyed your time in the sea, drying off and cooling down quickly is vital.
To help ease this process, look for a pair of swim shorts built with quick-drying technology, such as these from David Gandy’s acclaimed swimwear range for Marks and Spencer.
Not only will they have you feeling back to normal in no time, but the tailored cut and versatile tone allows them to effortlessly transition from beach to bar.
Available at Marks and Spencer, priced £25.
3. The Linen Shirt
Linen is the perfect fabric for a summer getaway, with its lightweight construction and breathable properties keeping you cool and dry no matter what you’re up to.
A simple, plain white option is a classic that will serve you well for all occasions, whether you’re heading out in the evening or need to slip something on with your swim shorts to hit the beach bar.
Uniqlo’s plain white short-sleeved version is crisp, versatile and sure to accentuate any hint of a tan.
Available at Uniqlo, priced £19.90.
4. Espadrilles/Woven Slip-On Shoes
Along with your body, your feet also need a bit of breathing room. A pair of mesh slip-ons are both versatile and breathable, not to mention infinitely more stylish than a pair of rubber flip-flops.
This vintage-inspired pair by French specialist brand Riviera features a high quality cotton upper, rubber sole and leather foot bed for ultimate comfort.
Team with your tailored swim shorts and linen shirt for an effortlessly chic daytime look.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £45.
5. High Quality Sunglasses
If you’re planning to be out in the sun all day this summer, you’re going to need to invest in some quality sunglasses.
Not only will a robust pair prove their worth when they get thrown in the bottom of your hand luggage, but they’re also essential for keeping your eyes protected from harmful UV rays.
Heritage eyewear brands like Persol know their stuff when it comes to great design, premium construction and total sun protection. Try this tortoiseshell pair for a classic and timeless frame that’s also bang on-trend right now.
Available at ASOS, priced £220.
6. A Summer Hat
To avoid the dreaded sunburnt scalp, be sure to pack a hat whenever you venture to the beach.
If you’re a classic and refined dresser, try a timeless straw fedora. Alternatively, the bucket hat makes a great on-trend option for those whose personal style sits towards the casual end of the spectrum.
Both will keep you shaded from the sun’s rays, but we’re leaning towards this handmade beauty by British label Christys’ for a simple yet suave option with just a subtle hint of print.
Available at christys-hats.com, priced £81.76.
7. Plain Lightweight T-Shirts
To round off your clothing selection, make sure you have a handful of plain, lightweight T-shirts in your arsenal.
A simple tee is an easy way to cover up when you’re about to hit the beach bar or your body just needs a bit of shade during the midday sun, and if you opt for low cost versions, it won’t be such a big deal if they get covered in sun cream or sea water.
High street stores such as Zara offer a great range of affordable basics in neutral colourways, with this 100 per cent cotton option combining perfectly with your shorts and slip-ons.
Available at Zara, priced £5.99.
8. P20 Sun Oil
Regardless of your skin tone or regular proximity to sunshine, you’re always at risk of sunburn and damage in warmer climates.
To ensure you’re shielded, try a once-a-day oil such as Reimann’s P20, which is quick drying, water resistant and lasts up to ten hours.
Plus, you can run it through your hair to not only keep your scalp safe, but also protect and condition your locks.
Available at Amazon, priced £17.20.
9. A Portable Speaker
Just like a good book, a great soundtrack is essential for building those holiday memories.
Whether you’re chilling by the waves or trying your hand at volleyball, having your favourite tunes on hand will add to the laid-back vibe of your getaway. Be considerate though – no one wants to be blasted with Pitbull while they’re trying to relax (or anytime, really).
Jawbone’s Mini Jambox is a great portable speaker that packs a punch, offering exceptional sound quality and battery life, all wrapped up in one simple and stylish design.
Available at jawbone.com at the introductory price of £109.99.
10. A Practical Beach Bag
Last but not least, you’ll obviously need something to put these beachside essentials in. A canvas tote bag is a practical and lightweight option for transporting your belongings with minimal bulk, and will fold down easily into your luggage when you leave.
Eastpak’s bags are built with durability in mind, which is why we’re earmarking its Madge Superb design. It has a zip-top fastening for safety, leather carry handles for strength and a removable shoulder strap for when your hands need a rest.
Available at Eastpak, priced £65.