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34 Different Types of Bathing Suit Accessories (for Men and Women)

If you want to make a splash on the beach this summer, you'll need bathing accessories that will make you feel confident. We've compiled a list of the best swimming accessories.

A nice view of beach with lounge.

Fashion and function are vital in choosing the right bathing suit accessories. Not only should your chosen pieces look great with your swimsuit, but they should also perform well and help you enjoy your time in the water even more.

As an avid fan of beaches, lakes, pools, and rivers, here’s an extensive list of my top-rated bathing suit accessories for both men and women.


As a woman, I know that finding the perfect bathing suit is hard enough, but then you have to find the right accessories to go along with it.

Women have a few more options to choose from when it comes to bathing suit accessories. Besides the standard swimsuit tops and bottoms, there are also a variety of cover-ups, sarongs, and wraps available.

And don’t forget about all the fabulous jewelry options that can really make your swimsuit pop!

1. Pads

TopBine Bra Pads Inserts (3 Beige M)

Women have a special need for swimwear. There are a variety of different pads available that can be inserted into your swimsuit top to give you the coverage and support you need.

Most women wear some pads in their regular bras, so it only makes sense that they would want the same help in their swimsuits.

2. Sarong

Ekouaer 2 Pieces Women Beach Sarongs Sheer Cover Ups Chiffon Bikini Wrap Skirt for Swimwear

I prefer a little modesty when walking from the beach to the pool deck or getting in and out of my chair, so I always bring along a cute sarong.

They come in a million different colors, prints, and fabrics, so you’re sure to find one that goes great with your swimsuit. I like to keep my sarong simple and classic, in a solid color that goes with everything.

3. Wrap

INGEAR Beach Long Batik Sarong Womens Swimsuit Wrap Cover Up Pareo with Coconut Shell Included (Blue)

A wrap is an excellent option if you’re looking for something more substantial than a sarong. They provide more coverage than a sarong but are still light and airy enough not to be too hot.

I like to bring a wrap when I know I’ll be sitting in the sun for a while, as it provides a little extra protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Full Cover-Up

Ekouaer Swimsuit Coverup Dress Women Lace Crochet Short Sleeve Bathing Suit Swimwear Coverup, White XL

A full cover-up is a way to go if you want to stay covered up. They come in various styles, from long, flowing dresses to cute shorts and tops.

I prefer a cover-up that hits the knee or below, providing the most coverage. I also like to look for cover-ups with sleeves, which help keep my arms from getting too much sun.

5. Cover-Up Skirt

MakeMeChic Women's Crochet Cover Up Skirt Tassel Knit Mini Beach Cover Up Apricot L


A cover-up skirt is a versatile option that can be worn in various ways. They’re perfect for covering up your swimsuit when you get in and out of the pool or walk around the beach. I like to wear my cover-up skirt over a bathing suit bottom with a tank top or bikini top.

6. Beach Robe

Bsubseach Women's Sexy White Half Sleeve See Through Mesh Beach Kimono Cardigan Long Swimsuit Bikini Cover Up

A beach robe is a must-have for any woman who loves staying at the beach. They provide the perfect amount of coverage and can be easily slipped on and off when you need it. I like to find a beach robe that’s lightweight and made from quick-drying fabric.

7. Beach Poncho

Back From Bali Womens Loose Beach Dress Cover Up Short Poncho Butterfly Grey

A beach poncho is another great option for coverage on the beach. They provide more coverage than a beach robe and can be easily slipped on and off when you need it.

I like to find a beach Pancho that’s made from quick-drying fabric and has a hood for extra protection from the sun.

8. Belts

Smart & Sexy womens Racerback One Piece Swimsuit, Neon Yellow With Stripe Belt, Large US

Yes, you read that correctly. The latest fashion trend in swimwear is belts! You can find them in various colors and styles, from skinny to wide, and everything in between. I like to pair my belt with a solid color bikini top and bottom, as it makes the colors pop.

9. Hat

Sydbecs Women's Sun Hats Wide Brim Summer Beach Hat for Women Foldable Travel Straw Hat UPF50+ (Khaki)

A hat is a must-have accessory for any woman spending time in the sun. It not only looks great, but it also provides much-needed protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

I like to bring a wide-brimmed straw hat as an extra shield and a cute visor or baseball cap to wear when I’m not in the mood for a big hat. Another alternative to the enormous hat is a bucket hat; these are becoming increasingly popular and look great with any swimsuit.

10. Headband

Beach Headbands for Women, 9 Pack Women's Boho Headbands for Women Girls Wide Bohemian Knotted Yoga Headband Head Wrap Hair Band Elastic Hair Band Accessories for girl(A)

Sometimes I don’t want to wear a hat, but I still need to keep my hair out of my face. That’s when a headband comes in handy. I like to bring a few different headbands in solid colors and fun prints. Headbands are also great for keeping your hair off your neck when it’s hot.

11. Hair Ties

Goody Ouchless Womens Elastic Hair Tie - 27 Count, Black - 4MM for Medium Hair- Hair Accessories for Women Perfect for Long Lasting Braids, Ponytails and More - Pain-Free (Packaging May Vary)

Hair ties are a must-have for any woman with long hair. These don’t pull on your hair and don’t leave a crease. I always keep a few in my bag, so I can put my hair up when it’s hot or when I’m in the water. My go-to choice is ouchless.

12. Sunglasses

Aviator Sunglasses Womens Mens Trendy Retro Vintage 70s Sunglasses for Women Men Classic Pilot Sun Glasses 3 Pack

Sunglasses are another essential for any woman spending time in the sun. They help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and can also help reduce the risk of wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes.

I wear contacts, so you’ll never catch me without my sunglasses! My preference is oversized styles. But you can find sunglasses in every shape and size, so take your pick!

13. Jewelry

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My swimsuit has some cute jewelry on it. I like to keep it simple, with a few delicate necklaces and dainty bracelets.

But my most prized jewelry for hitting the beach or pool is my ankle bracelets and toe rings—they scream summertime! I also love to wear my favorite pair of earrings, even if they’re not specifically made for the beach.

14. Body Chain

Ofeiyaa 4PCS Body Chain Jewelry Bra Chain Retro Waist Belt Chain Suit Bikini Beach Boho Chain Set for Women Girls Gold Tone

A body chain adds a touch of glamour to any swimsuit. I like to wear mine over my bikini top. Choose a beaded or jeweled style for a touch of sparkle. There are several body chain types, including ones that cover the chest like a halter and multi-layer thigh chains.

15. Beach Bag

Beach Bags for Women, Large Waterproof Beach Tote Bag with Zipper Beach Bags Waterproof Sandproof Swim Pool Bag Large Tote

Of course, you can’t forget your beach bag! I like to bring a big tote bag to the beach to fit all my beach essentials.

My pack usually includes sunscreen, a towel, a book, and my phone. And if I’m heading to the pool for laps, I’ll also throw in my one-piece swimsuit, goggles, and a swim cap.

16. Swim Cap

SYLEMTAM Swim Cap, Women Swimming Cap Soft Silicone Swim Caps for Long Hair Anti Slip Swimming Caps Waterproof Bathing Caps for Womens Youth Adult…

I don’t want my hair to get in the way when I’m doing laps. That’s when a swim cap comes in handy. I like to find one that’s made from silicone or latex and fits snugly on my head. And if I can find one that’s fun and colorful, even better!

17. Goggles

Vorshape Swim Goggles Pack of 2 Swimming Goggle No Leaking Adult Men Women Youth

I love to swim laps, but chlorine can really irritate my eyes. That’s why I always bring goggles to the pool. I like to find a pair that’s comfortable and doesn’t leak. And if I can find a pair that comes in a fun color or pattern that matches my swimsuit, even better!

18. Personal Pocket Hand Sanitizer

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Variety Pack, Naturals and Refreshing Gel, 1 Fl Oz Travel Size Flip-Cap Bottle with Jelly Wrap Carrier (Pack of 8) - 3900-09-ECSC

I’ve recently added a clip-on hand sanitizer to my beach bag essentials. It’s great for after using the restroom or touching any shared surfaces. It’s small, not bulky, and cute, so what’s not to love?

19. Waterproof Wristlet/Pouch

Mumeson Women Travel Toiletry Pouch Hipster Cactus Cacti Pattern Wristlet Makeup Bag Waterproof Clutch Cosmetic Bag

I used to throw my phone and car keys in my beach bag, but now I’ve started using a waterproof wristlet or pouch. This way, I don’t have to worry about them getting wet or sandy.

And it’s much easier to keep track of them this way. Plus, most of them come with a strap, so I can throw it over my shoulder and go.

20. Body Glitter

GL-Turelifes Mermaid Sequins Chunky Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow Glitter Body Gel Festival Glitter Cosmetic Face Hair Nails Makeup Long Lasting Sparkling 30g (#09 White)

I like to put body glitter on my shoulders, chest, and legs. This is a must-have for any woman who loves to sparkle. It’s a great way to add a little extra something to your swimwear. And it catches the light beautifully when you’re in the sun.

21. Nail Polish

Zoya Polish Quad Nail Polish, Under The Mistletoe, 0.5 Fl Oz (Pack of 4)

You can’t have your body glitter and cute beach-style jewelry without matching nail polish. But you can choose any color or style you want! I like to keep my nails short and painted in a light color for the summer.

22. Sandals

Volcom Women's Criss Cross Strap Sandal Water Shoe, Black Out,8


Speaking of feet, I always wear sandals to the beach or pool. They easily slip on and off and protect your feet from hot sand and concrete. I like to bring a pair of flip-flops and a pair of dressier sandals, so I have options. I also keep a sporty pair for walking along rocky shorelines.

23. Face Mask

Edaren 30PCS Summer Printed Disposable Face Masks Individually Wrapped, 3 Ply Colorful Breathable Masks with Desgin, Fashion Face Masks for Adults

Some areas along the beach or crowded water parks may require you to wear a face mask. So, it’s always good to have one with you. I like to bring a couple of different style masks. I like to match my mask to my swimsuit or beach outfit.

24. Belt Bag

KMDJG Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap, 3 Pack Waterproof Fanny Pack Screen Touchable Dry Bag with Adjustable Belt for Phone Valuables for Boating Swimming Beach Pool Water Parks (Blue Clear Black)

A belt bag is a must-have for any woman on the go. It’s perfect for carrying essentials like your phone, keys, and wallet. And you can wear it around your waist or as a crossbody bag.

I like to bring a belt bag when traveling or going to the beach. That way, I don’t have to worry about my things getting lost or stolen.


While men don’t need as much when it comes to beach accessories, there are still a few things worth mentioning.

1. Hat

KastKing Sol Armis UPF 50 Boonie Hat - Sun Protection Hat, Fishing Hat, Beach & Hiking Hat, Paddling, Rowing, Kayaking Hat,Shoreline

A hat is a great way to keep the sun out of your eyes. My son likes to wear a trucker hat or a baseball cap. But there are also many styles of sun hats to choose from. My husband, for example, prefers a wide-brimmed Panama hat.

2. Sunglasses

Polarized Sunglasses for Men and Women Matte Finish Sun glasses Color Mirror Lens 100% UV Blocking (3 Pack)

Sunglasses are another essential for keeping the sun out of your eyes. And they can also help you avoid squinting, leading to wrinkles. Polarized sunglasses are a great option because they reduce glare and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

3. Beach Backpack or Tote

BeeGreen Black Mesh Beach Bag with Drawstring Large Beach Backpack Gym Swim Bags for Swimmers for Women Men Mummy Sports Dance Workout Equipment Accessories Speedo Swimming Pool Gear Boxing Gifts

You’ll need something to carry all your beach essentials in. A backpack or tote is perfect for carrying everything you need. But make sure it’s big enough to fit everything, including your towel, sunscreen, and snacks.

4. Swim Cap and Goggles

Swim Goggles Swimming Goggles No Leaking with Nose Clip, Earplugs and Case

Like me, my husband and son enjoy doing laps in the pool. My son has wavy hair, and chlorine isn’t good for it.

So, he wears a swim cap to protect his hair. And my husband has sensitive eyes, so he always wears goggles. He also uses ear plugs to keep water out of his ears.

5. Waist Pack

Ultra-thin Water Resistant Running Belt / Fannie Pack for Women and Men, Expandable Phone Belt to Hold Cell Phones, Cards, and Money. Ideal Waist Bag Waist Pack for Travel, Sports and Yoga (Pink)

When running on the beach or walking along crowded areas, it’s good to have your hands free. That’s where a waist pack comes in handy.

You can wear it around your waist or as a crossbody bag. It’s perfect for carrying your phone, keys, and other small items.

6. Waterproof Snorkeling Pack

AiRunTech Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap (2 Pack) | Beach Accessories Best Way to Keep Your Phone and Valuables Safe and Dry | Perfect for Boating Swimming Snorkeling Kayaking Beach Pool Water Park

A waterproof snorkeling pack is perfect for keeping your phone dry underwater. It’s also great for swimming or surfing. Everyone in my family has one, and we use them all the time.

7. Towel Clips

Beach Towel Clips for Pool Chairs, Beach Chairs and Cruise Ship are Vacation Essentials - 3” No Rust Stainless Steel, Premium Durability and Unmatched Quality Keeps Towel from Blowing Away (Purple)

Towel clips are great for holding your towel in place. They’re also perfect for clipping your wet bathing suit to your towel so it can dry. Although my kid doesn’t like to admit it, he’s used them a time or two.

8. Waterproof Headphones

TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.3 Wireless Earbuds with Wireless Charging Case IPX8 Waterproof Stereo Headphones in Ear Built in Mic Headset Premium Sound with Deep Bass for Sport Black

If you’re someone who likes to listen to music or podcasts while swimming, then waterproof headphones are a must-have. There are many styles and brands to choose from. I love floating around the pool listening to my favorite tunes.

9. Swim Shoes

Body Glove Mens Water Shoes Water Socks, Riverbreaker, Water Shoes Men Beach Shoes Swim Shoes Aqua Shoes Quick-Dry

I’m a big fan of swim shoes. These are perfect for protecting your feet from the rocky river and lake bottoms. Everyone in my family has a pair for when we go river rafting or tubing.

10. Sunglass Lanyard

SHINKODA Sports Glasses Strap Adjustable Sunglasses Cord Retainer Safety Eyeglass Lanyard, Pack of 6

A sunglass lanyard is a great way to keep your sunglasses from getting lost. I like to wear mine around my neck to find them when I need them easily. For my husband, I found a sunglass float, which saves his glasses from sinking if they fall in the water.