In Britain, where a day at the beach can turn from balmy to Baltic in the time it takes to hammer in a windbreak, the conundrum of what to pack in your beach bag has become something of a national dilemma. Until now.
The key, of course, is to take a typically British approach to things – you know, be prepared and assemble a kit that can withstand whatever the elements might throw at you. But at the same time, there are no extra points to be earned for over-packing with clothes: keeping room for a disposable barbecue, a few bevvies, and a pair of horribly tinny iPhone speakers is, needless to say, essential.
So here’s your stripped-back-yet-all-bases-covered beach bag. Naturally, it comprises all the usual suspects, such a pair of swim shorts, a cool vest, and some sunnies. But for when the sun is at its most aggressive, there’s a bucket hat to shade your bonce. And for when the clouds come rolling in from the horizon, there’s a hoodie to cover up as the wind picks up. Getting sand in your toes and ice cream down your chin never looked so good.