A sun hat is a beach holiday essential. I like floppy shapes in fabrics that don’t crease or break when placed in your suitcase. They are hard to find so when I do I always buy a couple. If you are packing a delicate hat, make sure you fill it with your lingerie and swimwear and then place it at the centre of your suitcase to prevent it from losing its shape.
I seldom wear heels on a beach holiday, but pretty sandals can look just as striking. Everything I take with me has to have a purpose and a place so I bring different styles to go with different types of clothing: gladiators for maxi dresses, sling-backs for the beach, fringed for kaftans and a pair of smarter sandals for evening do’s.
I always pre-pack all the things that are going to live in my beach basket to avoid forgetting any of my beach essentials.