I know what you're thinking, it may seem a little early to be thinking of hot beaches, vacations and summer. However, since we're coming up to spring and the weather is perking up, I wanted to share my 5 beach essentials that come with me every time I venture to swim, sunbath or just chill in the sand. Today I'm collaborating with the lovely people at Home Away have kindly created a gorgeous graphic of my beach packing essentials, illustrating the stuff I just can't go without. I'm sure you've seen collaboration posts like this before, but if you haven't, be sure to check out my PR page for more insights. So, what are your beach essentials?
We all know that sunglasses are absolutely crucial, especially on a hot day, but I also tend to carry them almost everywhere I go; you never know when you might need them. If you read my sunglasses edit a while ago, then you'll know I'm a big fan of rounded ones, my latest being a classic pair of brown RB2180's by Ray Ban. They come with me everywhere and on a day out to the beach add a chic edge to any simple summer look.

If I'm wearing a swimsuit (current one on the wish list is a Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini, as seen on Tanya Burr) I like to wear a light Kimono or throw-over. I love how they perfectly accompany any swimsuit/bikini and just complete the look. ASOS stock my favourite Kimonos and there are so many to choose from, you're spoilt for choice.

If I'm looking for some beach entertainment I'll either listen to music or, in most cases, bring along my current favourite book. I still adore Alexa Chung's 'It' and love reading it on long journeys or relaxing days out. What is your favourite book to read on the beach? The more obvious beach essentials include, of course, a trusty pair of flip flops and sunscreen.

Other little things I like to bring, that aren't necessary super essential are headphones, a facial mist and a clutch bag to carry them all in. I love going to the beach and feel a lightweight bag is perfect for packing all I need. On my travels I would love to one day go to Spain, Brazil and explore the parts of France that I haven't already! America has also always been a dream destination for me, Florida especially, the beaches Panama City look utterly gorgeous. Where are your dream holiday locations?

What are your favourite holiday destinations? What are your beach essentials?

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