As restrictions start to lift, many people are looking forward to having a blast this summer. And of course, no summer is complete without a trip to the beach. That said, while the trip itself is super fun, planning the excursion can be a daunting chore. There are so many things to consider and take care of.
But, don't worry, you've come to the right place! To help ease your mind, here is the ultimate beach-essentials packing guide! Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a short sunbathing trip, we got you covered.
1. Sun Shade
A sun shade or beach canopy is a must if you plan on having a great time at the beach. It offers better sun protection and is much more comfortable to sit under compared to a beach umbrella. This Hau'alele Sun Shade is lightweight, easy to set up, and reliable against strong winds. It'll be your new best friend this summer.
2. Beach Towel
Beach towels are always a must. After all, no one wants to have sand all over their body and food. That said, beach towels are usually bulky and annoying to bring. Say hello to this lovely Turkish Towel. This towel isn't just pretty, but it's also lightweight, soft, and fast-drying! Truly the perfect companion for beach days.
3. Picnic Basket Cooler
Beat the summer heat with some cool beverages. Make sure your beer and soda stay chilly throughout the day with a cooler. Take a trip down memory lane with this 90's inspired Igloo Retro Picnic Basket. This baby can hold up to 36 cans so you can keep the party going all day long.
4. Handheld Fan
When the temperature and humidity are at an all-time high, you'll be thankful for bringing a handheld fan along. The breeze will help keep you cool to have more fun in the sun. This handheld fan from Amazon can last up to 16 hours. It has 4 adjustable speed levels and is super quiet. It won't take too much space in your beach bag, but boy will you love it!
Nothing feels worse than sore, peeling skin after a long day under the sun. So, always pack sunscreen! Pick one that's broad spectrum and contains at least SPF 30 for maximum protection. You'll love this Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen. It has summery, island-inspired fragrances. Plus, it's also reef safe so you don't have to worry about the marine ecosystem.
6. Underwater Camera
Planning to capture your memories? Don't risk ruining your expensive high-tech camera! Take an underwater camera instead. Whether you plan to snorkel, paddle, or just splash around, you'll adore this Waterproof Digital Camera. It features 2.7k/20Fps video recording and 48 MP image capturing. It's also submersible and can withstand being 10 ft underwater.
No one wants to walk barefoot on the scorching sand. So, make sure you always pack some nice beach sandals. Birkenstock has some amazing ones, including these Arizona Essentials Sandals. Lightweight, waterproof, and super comfortable, you'll love wearing these sandals to the beach and pool.
8. Water Bottle
Hot days will make you sweat and lose a lot of fluids. Carry a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. This Stojo Collapsible Sports Bottle will fulfill all your hydration needs. It can hold 20 oz of water, but it's not bulky at all. When you're done, it collapses into a small sphere for easy packing.
9. Folding Chair
Why settle on the sand when you can bring some cozy folding chairs with you? Don't worry, folding chairs don't have to be a pain to carry. These Lightspeed Outdoors Loungers will be your new best friend. Lightweight, compact, and super comfortable, they're a better alternative to the traditional beach folding chairs.
10. Bluetooth Speaker
No beach party is complete without music. Don't risk ruining your phone, tuck it away safely and take a waterproof Bluetooth speaker instead. Use this JBL CLIP 3 Speaker so you can DJ away without worrying about water damage. It may look small, but it holds quite a punch. This speaker will help keep the party going all day long.
11. Volleyball-Badminton Set
Games are always a must on beach trips. Keep everyone occupied with a summer fun game of volleyball or badminton. Franklin Sports Volleyball and Badminton Starter Set is everything you'll need to keep the entire family active, energized, and happy.
12. Portable Safe
Nothing ruins a day faster than losing your precious belongings. Avoid theft and secure your belongings with a portable safe. This SAFEGO Portable Lock Box Safe is extremely durable as well as water and impact resistant. It requires a 3-digit combination code and access key to open. That way, you know your belongings will be safe and sound throughout the day.
13. Hand Sanitizer
Safety first! Even if restrictions are lifted, you still need to keep your loved ones safe from germs. For when soap and clean water aren't available, hand sanitizers are the next best thing. With Touchland Power Mist, you can say goodbye to harmful germs and also goopy hand sanitizers. This hand sanitizer feels comfortable and not sticky at all. It's also easy to use, a few spritzes and you're all set!
Again, safety should be your first priority. Masks are still a must, especially when you can't socially distance yourself properly. Disposable masks may litter the beach, so try Everlane's reusable masks instead. Lightweight and breathable, these masks will make your beach days safer and more comfortable.
Of course, you'll need a reliable beach bag to carry all your stuff. A tote will be perfect for the job, it looks chic yet can carry everything you need easily. This LIVACASA Beach Tote Bag will be your new favorite. Lightweight and waterproof, it's truly a summertime staple. It also features a detachable insulated cooler bag, perfect for keeping yummy snacks.
Of course, everyone might need different items and beach accessories depending on their needs. For example, a mom of two toddlers will need different things compared to a group of friends having a BBQ party. So, don't forget to take your situation and plans into consideration.
That said, don't fret too much about carrying all the essentials. As long as you have your loved ones and some good food by your side, it's still gonna be an awesome day. So, have fun!