What to Bring to 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
2. Sun Protection
Our Favorite Sunscreen—Sun Bum
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
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
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
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.
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
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
10. Small Cooler
Our Favorite Cooler—YETI Hopper Flip 12
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
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
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!