What to Bring to the Beach

a woman setting up her stuff on the beach

Dreaming of a perfect day at the beach? Whether your beach is on the lakefront or at a tropical vacation destination, make sure you have everything you need for a fun and relaxing day in the sand. We’ve created a guide of the best things to bring to the beach this season so you’re always ready for a spontaneous beach adventure.

1. Beach Bag

Beach bags are always a must-have to easily haul all your essentials. Whether you choose a printed beach bag that shows off your personality or a waterproof beach bag that keeps the contents dry and visible, you’ll be glad you have one bag that stores and hauls everything you need. We recommend starting with our top beach brands like BOGG BAG, Aloha Collection, and Simply Southern.

Our Favorite Beach Bag—BOGG BAG Original

bogg beach bag with cup holder

2. Sun Protection

Sunshine can boost your mood (and enhance your sun-kissed glow), but it’s important to use quality sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn. With our favorite, Sun Bum collection, you’ll experience reliable coverage that smells and feels great.

Our Favorite Sunscreen—Sun Bum

sun bum sunscreen

3. Beach Towel

Sand belongs on the beach, not stuck in your towel! Make sure you always have a beach towel big enough to dry you off and give you space to land when it’s time to relax. Our favorite this season is the Nomadix Go Anywhere Towel—it’s soft, sand-resistant, and quick-drying, making it perfect for the beach.

Our Favorite Beach Towel—Nomadix Go Anywhere

nomadix go anywhere towel

4. Sunglasses

Sunglasses should be a staple everywhere you go, but they’re more important than ever when you’re spending long hours in the sunshine. Sunglasses keep your eyes protected from the sun and prevent you from having to strain your eyes. When you’re going through your beach packing checklist, make sure your favorite pair of sunglasses is at the top of your list!

If you’re not sure which sunglasses look best on you, check out our guide to finding The Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape.

Our Favorite Sunglasses—Oakley Holbrook XL

oakley holbrook xl prism polarized sunglasses

5. Sun Hat

With the lack of trees and shade, one of the most important beach bag essentials is a sun hat. Sun hats shield your eyes and protect your skin, and they can add an element of style to your outfit.

Style Advice: Bucket hats are trending this season for men and women so you can combine fashion and function at the beach and beyond.

Our Favorite Sun Hat—Columbia Bora Bora Booney

Columbia Bora Bora Booney Hat

6. Swimsuit

Perhaps one of the most obvious essentials to bring to the beach is a swimsuit! Whether you’re looking for style or comfort, you want to beat the heat in a swimsuit you feel comfortable in. With options for the whole family, everyone will find a perfect fit!

Swimsuits on man and woman

7. UPF Clothing

Nothing can ruin a beach day faster than getting too much sun. When planning on spending the day out in hot and humid weather, you’ll want to wear something lightweight and breathable—UPF clothing is the answer! UPF clothing is made specifically for hot, sunny days thanks to the sweat-wicking, sun-blocking fabric and technology.

UPF clothing on men and women

8. Waterproof Sandals

There’s a reason EVA sandals are all the trend this season—their all-day comfort and waterproof construction make them the perfect sandals for in and out of the water. Before you head to the beach, make sure you have a pair of waterproof sandals so you can walk, wade, and chill in comfort.

Our Favorite Sandals—BIRKENSTOCK EVA

Birkenstock EVA sandals

9. Water Bottle

It’s always important to stay hydrated on a warm day, so be sure to pack a water bottle in your beach bag! We recommend the Owala FreeSip—it’s designed to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and is 100% leak proof. Plus, there are several color options available so you’ll find your favorite.

Our Favorite Water Bottle—Owala FreeSip

a variety of colors of the owala freesip

10. Small Cooler

Spending the day at the beach means you’ll want plenty of snacks and drinks! Keep everything on ice with a durable, portable cooler. With Coldcell insulation, a leakproof zipper, and a carrying strap, the YETI Hopper Flip 12 is ready for a day at the beach.

Our Favorite Cooler—YETI Hopper Flip 12

the yeti hopper flip 12 cooler

11. Outdoor Games

If you’re at the beach with family or friends, outdoor games are a perfect way to spend the day. Popular options include cornhole, beach volleyball, and Frisbee because they are easy to transport and great for all ages and skill levels.

Our Favorite Outdoor Game—SmashNet

an image of smashnet

12. Beach Chair

Having a comfortable beach chair is essential for a relaxing day in the sun. Whether you prefer a folding chair or a lounge chair, make sure you have a comfortable place to sit and soak up the sun. Look for chairs that are lightweight and easy to carry, with features like adjustable reclining positions and built-in cup holders for added convenience.

Our Favorite Beach Chair—GCI Freestyle Rocker

a gci rocker chair

With all these beach essentials checked off your packing list, you can guarantee that your day at the beach will be nothing short of perfect. From the must-have beach bag to the essential sun protection, comfortable beach chairs, and fun outdoor games, you'll be fully prepared for a fun and relaxing time in the sun. So gather your beach gear and grab your favorite swimsuit—it’s time to enjoy the sand, surf, and sunshine!

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