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What to Bring to the Beach: 10 Beach Bag Essentials

BY: Editors | Jun 6, 2014

Summer always seems to pass by before we've even started to enjoy it. But this year, we've vowing to make the most of it and keeping our beach bags packed and ready to go at the drop of a hat. If that sounds like a good plan to you, but you're wondering just what to bring to the beach, checkout our list of 10 great beach essentials and start gethering them now. It'll ensure you spend less time planning and more time basking in the sun.

 

1. Beach Baby Umbrella Chair

There are beach chairs and beach umbrellas, and then there are beach chairs with umbrellas that give us one less thing to carry. This model, made for kids ages 2 to 4, features an adjustable umbrella to ensure your little one has plenty of shade throughout the day.

Buy it now for $19.99

 

2. Monogrammed Water-Resistant Beach Tote

It can be hard to find beach bags that are both water-resistant AND stylish, but this striped, monogrammed number checks both boxes.

Buy it now for $8

 

3. Sand-Proof Beach Blanket

Sand between your toes? One of summer's greatest pleasures. Sand between your car seat cushions? Not so much. This polyester and PVC beach mat only needs a gentle tap or shake to dislodge grains and ensure the beach doesn't follow you home.

Buy it now for $19.99

 

4. Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

The polycarbonate lenses on these classic shades provide 100% UV protection for your peepers. Bonus: they also look super fly.

Buy them now for $99.99

 

5. SONY Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This tiny, 3"x3" cube fits easily into your beach bag and will keep your beach playlist spinning for up to 12 hours on a single charge.

Buy it now for $37.99

 

6. InFuzeH20 Fruit-Infuser Water Bottle

This water bottle features a special inner compartment that holds fresh-cut fruit and ice, infusing your regular H20 with flavor. Plus, the set also includes an infusing pitcher, so there will be more delicious fruit-flavored water waiting for you at home.

Buy it now for $14.99

 

7. Melissa and Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Set

If your kids need something a little more creative that shovels and pails, consider these cooking-themed sand tools that allow them to "bake" cookies and cupcakes in fun, nautical shapes.

Buy them now for $13.99 each

 

8. Catalina Picnic Basket

If you're planning a beach picnic, this fully-loaded basket ensures you won't forget a single utensil since it has plates, knives, forks, spoons, mugs, and even a corkscrew inside. Did we mention there are also salt and pepper shakers?

Buy it now for $39.99

 

9. Coleman Xtreme HD Waterproof Camera

The beach is all about relaxation, so keep your phone tucked away and lean on this waterproof (and sandproof!) HD camera for all your memory-making. Memory card, floatation wrist strap, USB cable, and batteries all included.

Buy it now for $58.99

 

10. Banana Boat Sport Coolzone SPF50 Sunscreen

No list of what to bring to the beach would be complete without sunscreen. We like this broad spectrum spray-on version since it's sweat- and water-proof, but you can find your ideal UV-blocker with our guide to finding the best sunscreen.

Buy it now for $17

This article was orignally written by Jasmine Feldmann and published in a different format. It has since been updated by our editors.

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