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Summer Beach Must-Haves

Beach Must-Haves For The Summer

For better or worse, beach season is upon us, so it’s best to get prepared! That doesn’t mean starving yourself to fit into your itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini, per se, but there are some items that make the beach even more fun. And let’s face it—as picturesque as the beach is, heading there—especially if you have your family in tow—can be a hassle. A bit of preparation can go a long way for making those photos of your toes in the sand not be a complete fraud, as it will actually be as relaxing as it looks. Read on for your best must-haves to stay on point for summer trends—a bombastic bikini body is totally optional!



No, we’re not talking about earrings and bangles, although jewelry (in moderation) is perfectly acceptable at the beach. Think sun protection lotion, wide-brimmed beach hats, sunglasses to block the rays, warm clothes in case it’s windy or in case you stay into the evening, blankets, backpack chairs, and, of course, towels. You can do the boring, same ol’, same ol’ if you want, but circular towels add a unique touch to your beach items. These are popping up in yoga classes all over the U.S., but they are even more fabulous on the sand. Not only are they cute, but they also allow for more personal space—a hot commodity when you’re at the beach.


Beach Cart Or Wagon

If the beach you frequent is one of those where you have to walk a ways to get to your spot (and, really, even if you don’t), a beach cart or wagon is a must. Plus, you also have to consider whether you might have to walk a while to find a vacant spot once you hit the sand, especially on a crowded weekend day. While the old “each person carries something” method can work in a pinch, it’s best to choose from one from this top 10 list of beach carts and wagons. Yes, it’s a pain to lug drinks and dips and other treats, but you’ll be so glad you did once the kids (and adults!) hit the hangry phase. Plus, no one wants to carry the beach umbrella!


Go Nuts For Games

Again, anything you bring with you is another item you have to lug, but it’s hard to argue against the merits of beach games, especially if you’re with the fam and you know you’re going to be there all day. From Smashball and Frisbees to bocce ball and water toys, games make a beach day that much more memorable. The kids will want these with you so much, they might even be willing to—gasp!—carry them themselves.


Totally Tunes

We’ll admit—this might be more of a want-to-have beach item than a must-have but music always makes everything better. If you plan on spending a day at the beach that goes into the nighttime (bonfire, anyone?), music is particularly essential. Think about some waterproof speakers like these adorably retro-looking Sunny Life ones, which hold your MP3 or smartphone inside. If you’ve got the time and the inclination, put together a playlist that’s ideal for the beach. Is Beach Boys a little too on the nose?


Evening Wear

No, we’re not suggesting you bring a tux but, again, it’s best to know whether you plan on making this a whole-day and into-the-evening adventure, as temperatures in most areas take a dip once the sun goes down. And kids will be whiny and uncomfortable if they are still in their wet suits, so make sure to bring a change of clothes, some sweats, and some sweatshirts. A nice cozy blanket for each person is always nice, too. Don’t forget the skewers and S’mores fixings for your bonfire.


Plates and Cups

You went to all this trouble to make a delightful pasta salad and a gallon of homemade margaritas only forget to bring cups and plates. We’ve all been there. In fact, if you’re a regular at the beach, you might want to keep a packed picnic basket with these essentials in your trunk at all times. That way you’ll always be prepared!


The beach makes for a memorable day (and evening!) but, as we mentioned, you want to come with all the accouterments. Pack these beach must-haves and your friends and family members will be uber-impressed.


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