Beach Packing Essentials! 10 Must-Have Hats for Fun in the Sun

Beach Packing Essentials! 10 Must-Have Hats for Fun in the Sun

These toppers are tops.

Hats are usually too fragile to pack into a super-chic carry-on for a killer beach vacay... and we're totally fine with that. Because something about strolling through the airport in a vacation-ready topper makes the experience all the more thrilling — not to mention stylish — before you even reach your destination. So for your beach-trip-packing pleasure, we present to you our picks for cute, functional — and camera-ready — hats. Now get out there and slay those resort selfies.

1. Textured Openweave Sunhat

Let's start with the basics: This hat from Hat Attack is the quintessential sunny day hat. It's a hard-working standby for sun shielding, and super versatile to boot. Stand against beautiful landscapes with this hat on your head, hold it down with your hand so the wind doesn’t blow it away... and sigh deep. This is the life!

2. The Russo

Lack of Color makes some of the coolest sun hats out there, and their work on the Russo is no exception. This is a straw sun hat that will certainly stand out while giving you the coverage you need.

3. Maroon Hand Felted Hat

Photo: Alaina Mullin

Here's a perfectly romantic hat — the kind you’ll want to wear during evening strolls (you know the scene: solar flares and flower blossoms everywhere). Sisters of Nature's felt hat comes in a mix of red and maroon for an uncommon look that feels decidedly familiar in the most lovely way.

4. Pools & Palms Straw Panama


For a hat that will steal the show this summer, check out the Pools & Palms Straw Panama from Free People. It’s colorful but not in-your-face and extra floppy, but still wearable.

5. Tsuyumi Jute Bucket Hat


If you’re looking for the epitome of cute lightweight hat meets everyday practicality, look no further than this Tsuyumi Jute Bucket Hat, which you can purchase from Bridge & Burn. With a classic look that you can style with just about anything, you'll take this hat with you anywhere you go this season.

6. Louise Felt Floppy

The Louise Felt Floppy from Club Monaco is a beautiful dark taupe and unassuming in its design, making it a perfect companion for just about any type of outfit, or color palette.

7. Luke Fedora

For something that blends black and brown for a chic earthy look, check out the Luke Fedora from Yellow 108. Made sustainably and in the U.S.A., this company will deliver you a quality hat bound to last.

8. Loulou


The Loulou by Eugenia Kim is floppy and classy, perfectly stated and yet a statement piece all by itself. This is a high-quality camel-colored hat with a wide boater brim and ivory bow that will stay in your collection for years to come.

9. Rita

The Janessa Leone Rita hat is a black twist on the standard straw hat. It's lightweight and built with quality craftmanship. And because it's black, it transitions more easily from daytime to nighttime wear. 

10. Fonda Hat

If you want something that stands out a bit and is good for year-round wear, check out the Fonda Hat from The City Witch. This teal gem of a head accessory has a gold knotted collar with Swarvoski crystals. It'll work for daytime, nighttime, autumn, springtime — it's a keeper. 

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