Hanging out on the beach all day can be fun as long as you carry the right gear. And as we all know too well, without the right gear, it can be anything but “a day at the beach.”
Before you leave for the sun, sand and waves, start thinking about what you want to bring. Here are 8 beach essentials that should be on your list this summer.
1. Beach tote
We’ll start our list of essentials with the first thing you must have before you head out for fun in the sun – a beach bag or tote.
Hauling stuff from the car to the beach is work and without the right tote it will become a hassle. Your beach totes should be water resistant with lots of compartments, like this waterproof beach tote.
Looking for more beach totes? Be sure to check out my post on my favorite beach totes.
2. Beach canopy
You’ll want a place to get out of the hot rays of the sun for a bit.You’ll also want to provide children with a place to nap or play quietly. There are lots of beach canopies to choose from like this canopy-style sun shelter that’s lightweight, roomy and portable. Spending the hottest part of the day under a canopy will keep you cool so you can enjoy a long day at the beach.
3. Wide-Brim Beach Hat
Another must-have for the beach is a wide-brim hat, like this one from the San Diego Hat Company. Not only is it stylish, but it also helps block the sun and keeps you head covered from the dangerous sun rays. Plus, it’s a great accessory when paired with a stylish coverup.
A definite must-have for a day at the beach. There are so many coolers to choose from, but I prefer the soft-sided wheeled coolers (a good one is the Coleman 42-Can Soft Cooler).
You’ll need to replenish your energy throughout the day with fruit, cheese, nuts, and other food to keep you feeling good. Kids, especially, will need energy-boosting foods all day long. Plan ahead to bring nutritious goodies so no one goes hungry.
5. Sunscreen and sunblock
Use a sunscreen with a very high SPF on your face, neck, ears, scalp, shoulders, and your lips. Babies require special care so buy sun protection lotions that are made specifically for them. Especially convenient with less mess are the spray-on sunscreens, like this Banana Boat Spray-on Sunscreen SPF 100.
Store your selection of sunscreen products in your beach tote throughout the summer, but these products do expire. Buying new sunscreen new each year is recommended, especially if you store them in a hot area.
You’ll need to protect your eyes with good sunglasses that provide both UVA and UVB protection, like these Coleman Polarized Sunglasses. Be sure to wear your sunglasses when you’re floating or wading in the water. The water’s reflection is intense and can easily burn the delicate skin around your eyes if not protected.
7. Beach blanket
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but the idea here is that you need more than one beach towel for each person (like these colorful 2-pack beach towels). Plus you’ll be using them at the pool all summer long.
Beach towels come in handy at the beach for more than just drying off. They make great pillows, blankets, and tables. You’ll never be sorry you have a lot of nice thick beach towels with you at the beach.
8. Storage bags
Putting your keys, money, drivers license, credit cards, phone, or whatever you happen to have with you in a watertight bag just makes sense. There also great for those times when the kids find special seashells they want to keep.
For your next trip to the beach, you want to have everything you need handy. A couple of beach totes, an umbrella, and a cooler full of refreshing drinks and snacks will get you well on your way to a perfect day at the beach.