Euro summer season is finally here and it’s time to start packing for the ultimate summer girls trip. From the South of France to the shores of Italy and the beauty of the Spanish Islands, as you beach hop your way around the continent, these beach essentials will ensure you look as stylish as the tanned beauties who reside in the dreamiest beach towns and villages of Europe.

Must-have swimwear

No beach vacation would be complete without a plethora of bikinis and swimsuits in tow. Whether you like to don the sparkliest of beach bikinis or the skimpiest of them all, there’s no denying the swimwear market has certainly elevated itself in recent years. With small name brands, big luxury designers and exclusive swimwear creators bringing a whole range of styles and designs to the market to fit all body types and to ensure all levels of comfort and practicality are catered for.

When it comes to euro summer styles, some of the biggest trends include bandeau and triangle style bikinis, which, for many women, are some of the most flattering and versatile. From sequinned, bedazzled bikinis for beach clubs and parties to simplistic bandeau and monochrome bikinis for catching rays or a dip in the water, having several bikinis to hand will ensure you’ve got all bases covered. Meanwhile, a colour palette featuring shades such as white, black, and neutral tones like beige or lighter pastels will be a hit this year.

Beach cover ups and dresses

While most Europeans loved to wander the beach in barely-there swimwear, the towns and villages are far more conservative and restaurants in many beach towns will not seat you unless fully clothed or covered. It’s important to take a beach cover up with you or a summer dress for the moment you step off the beach for extra protection and comfort.

Beach coverups don’t have to be boring though, popular styles this year include a pair of linen trousers or a preppy beach dress that can be easily thrown on with comfortable sandals or sliders for the perfect beach to lunch look. And if you simply want to protect yourself from the sun or add an extra layer to your beach look, a flowing beach dress or simple white shirt is lightweight and easy to add to your already  overflowing suitcase.

Essential beach accessories

We can’t forget the all important beach accessories. From your giant straw beach hat to your ‘holds everything’ beach bag. For many, beach accessories are the true essentials. Helping you not only look the part but provide the all important necessities you need for an enjoyable beach day, no matter where you are in the world. All eyes this year are on simple straw beach bags, with minimal detailing, and statement sunglasses. We’re currently loving the addition of gold bangles and accessories too, adding a hint of glamour to days in the sun. What’s not to love about getting a bit dressed up to hit the beach clubs of some of Europe’s biggest hotspots. From Mykonos to Mallorca, summer is officially heating up.