Now that we're in the middle of summer, it's officially time to grab your beach towel, slather on the sunscreen, and hit the beach. Whether you live near the ocean or are planning a seaside vacation, you'll want to make sure you have all the gear and accessories you need to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

We asked Travel + Leisure editors about their beach day must-haves, and their answers did not disappoint. Keep reading to learn more about the beach totes that hold all of their essentials in style, the swimwear they are packing for every vacation, and the sunscreen that keeps them (and their kids) protected all day long. The best part? Every item on this list, from designer swimsuits to UPF beach tents is under $300, so you can enjoy all of these items without breaking the bank.

"Whether I'm at the beach or just walking around the city, this has been my go-to face sunscreen this summer. It's lightweight and tinted, so it looks great on my skin, and it offers solid protection without a white cast or that heavy, sunscreen-y feeling." — Elizabeth Rhodes, Special Projects Editor

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