Every Piece of Gear to Bring to the Beach This Summer
Behold: The 17 items no one should leave home without
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A good beach day is dependent on two things: the weather and your beach provisions. We’re talking items that keep your sandwiches fresh and hard seltzers cold, games and devices to help you pass the time, and the essentials to save your skin from searing in the sun. Oh, and the equipment to help you easily lug it all to the sand.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a comprehensive beach packing list. From a portable take on cornhole to the ideal summer speaker, everything you need to have a relaxing, fun day in the sun is right here.
If there’s one item we never head to the beach without, it’s Yeti’s tough-as-nails insulated koozies — for two simple reasons: 1) they get around those open container laws and 2) they keep our beers and seltzers refreshingly cold for several sweltering hours.
Sometimes you just have to go with the classics. The iconic Clubmaster style from Ray-Ban boasts the brand’s signature metal accents, durable arms and that boating-off-the-coast-of-Cape-Cod look.
You need a sturdy cooler with exceptional insulation for obvious reasons. What might be less obvious is that you need one with wheels. We’ve all had fights over who has to haul the hefty cooler filled with beverages, food and two pounds of ice all the way to the beach. Skip future arguments (and sore shoulders) with the Yeti Tundra Haul Hard Cooler, a highly coveted beast of a beer bucket equipped with two wheels.
Alright, maybe you don’t need all that horsepower. For those who like to keep it minimal — a couple cans of White Claw, a caesar salad wrap and a bag of chips — this RTIC insulated tote made from durable polyester is all you need. And when you’re not at the beach, the multi-use tote also makes for a fine grocery shopping bag.
We love Supergoop! for its non-greasy, water-resistant sunscreen that not only effectively protects against UVA, UVB and IRA rays, but is easy on the ocean and your body, thanks to its clean, reef-friendly formula. Purchase a tube for yourself or an 18 fl. oz. pump for the whole family.
Simultaneously block out the rays and keep your head cool with LifeLabs’ innovative CoolLife Hat. Made with the brand’s CoolLife technology, this unassuming flat brim hat is actually packed with infrared-transparent fabric that releases your body heat in order to cool you down.
Amazon’s best-selling utility wagon pulls out all the stops. It’s conveniently collapsible, holds up to 150 pounds, features some seriously durable fabric and even features a rear folding table and four cup holders.
Speaking from personal experience, this insulated wine bottle has made the act of transporting wine a walk in the freakin’ park. Not only does it keep a full bottle of red, white, rosé or bubbly at the perfect temperature for 24 hours, but it also keeps wine from spilling and prevents a possible glass-breaking-on-the-beach catastrophe.
“America’s beach game,” TidalBall is a cross between cornhole and bocce ball. But what really makes this competitive game perfect for the beach is its compact, water- and sand-friendly design.
This thin, waterproof and super portable reading device will have you reaching your summer reading goal in no time.
This dermatologist-recommended 2-in1 face sunscreen and moisturizer features SPF 50+ protection, a non-greasy formula that doesn’t clog pores and no white film, making it suitable for all skin tones.
A highly absorbent, packable towel made from 100% recycled material.
Lounge in style with the coolest chair on the beach. Made from handsome, water-resistant teak hardwood and sturdy stainless steel hardware, this vintage-inspired beach chair featured here in an exclusive Huckberry colorway isn’t, though, just about good looks. It’s got five reclining positions and padded backpack straps for comfortable carrying, and its pinstriped umbrella canvas is UV-, mold- and water-resistant.
Unlike most spray-on sunscreens, Bask doesn’t use harsh chemicals that pollute the ocean and beach (even though it still has that delicious, traditional sunscreen smell). Instead, what you’re getting is a lightweight, easy-to-apply spray that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays while leaving no white cast or sticky sunscreen feeling wrapped up in a funky-looking bottle. A win-win!
Leave the bulky, wooden boards at home and throw this collapsible cornhole set in your beach bag.
We’ve dubbed the Sonos Roam one of the best portable speakers on the market. It charges wirelessly, has an IP67 waterproof rating and a noticeably powerful, clear sound compared to other portable speakers we’ve tried. Safe to say, it’s an ideal summer speaker.
Drinking all day in the sun is a recipe for dehydration. Combat it with Buoy — flavorless hydration drops loaded with electrolytes, ionic trace minerals and essential B vitamins that you can add to any drink, even alcohol.
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