Slick on a Sunscreen Stick for On-The-Go UV Protection

They sink in faster than a cream and are less messy than a spray.

Woman on the beach wearing a large sunhat
It doesn’t hurt to add extra protection with a sun hat.Pexels/Chermiti Mohamed

We all know by now that SPF is an absolute must—regardless of weather, the sun’s rays can shine down on us strong. But creams and spray formulas can be a hassle to reapply, and it’s easy to miss spots—that’s why we recommend tossing a sunscreen stick in your bag. Here are our top picks.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Water Resistant Sunscreen Stick, Kids Sunscreen for Face and Body, Broad Spectrum SPF 70 UVA/UVB Sun Protection, Oil-Free & Hypoallergenic

Gentle Formula

Perfect for children who squirm away from sunblock application.Neutrogena

The most-forgotten sunscreen spots are the scalp, neck, hands and feet. A sunscreen stick gets into the nooks and crannies of those areas and dries down quickly so you or your little one can get back to splashing.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport TSA Approved, Reef Friendly Sunscreen Travel Pack with 2oz Lotion, 1.5oz Face Stick and 0.15oz Lip Balm, Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Active Set

Same protection, in a convenient mini package.Banana Boat

You can avoid adding unnecessary weight to your purse or beach bag by stocking up on travel-size SPF. Unsure of how much of your stick sunscreen to apply? Enough for the skin to shine, then rub it in. For maximum sun protection, reapply your sunscreen stick every two hours and opt for a formula of SPF 30 or higher.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Non-Greasy Sunscreen Stick for Face & Body, Broad Spectrum SPF 70 UVA/UVB Sunscreen Stick, PABA-Free


The lightweight formula glides on easily under makeup.Neutrogena

Skin experts recommend applying moisturizer first, letting that sink in, then topping it with your sunscreen of choice. You can then follow with your makeup.