Are you ready to hit the sand and the sun? If you’re itching to hit the water this spring or summer (depending on where you are), you’re going to want to pack up all of your beach bag essentials into a nice little beach bag. Without them, your beach day simply won’t be as good or safe!

These handy tools and products will help keep you safe from the harsh rays of the sun and make sure you have a ton of fun. So start loading that Amazon cart and get your beach bags ready, because it’s time to back for the sand!

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Beach essentials list

Oversized Turkish beach towel

The best kind of beach towels are Turkish cotton towels. They are more absorbent and dry faster (I even recommend them as bath towels for bigger bodies).

When it comes to choosing a good towel for the beach, these are really the only ones I recommend bringing along. Sand is also much easier to get off of it and they’re lightweight.

Water bottle

Don’t go to the beach without a fresh bottle of water. Even if you’re headed to freshwater, you want to bring your own along. If you bring NOTHING ELSE to the beach, make sure to bring water.

Something packable like a collapsible water bottle, that way when you’re done with it you can put it away. Travel-friendly is always the best way to go.

Reef-friendly sunscreen

The sun is a beautiful thing but it wreaks havoc on your skin when you don’t protect it properly. That’s why bringing along some quality sunscreen is a must. I personally recommend something reef-friendly like All Good Mineral Sunscreen Butter.

What sets this sunscreen apart from the rest is that it is made with simple ingredients and is designed not to hurt ocean life. If you’ve ever seen ocean life below the water, you’ll know how amazing it is to leave it untouched!

Sunglasses

You definitely don’t want to head to the beach without a pair of good sunglasses. I recommend Ray-Ban‘s because they’ve never done me wrong, but you can go with whatever suits your style.

Essentially, you want to find a pair of sunglasses that has strong UV protection and are polarized. Beyond that, you want to make sure that they’re comfortable enough for you to wear them all day long.

Sun hat

I’m not going to like, I’m not really a sun hat girl. I honestly think they look dumb on my head. But the importance of them is not lost on me, which is why I always bring one to the beach.

If you want something simple that’s easy to pack, I recommend the Lanzom Panama hat. Made of a soft straw this hat is cute, lightweight and breathable. Plus there is an adjustable band inside so you can make sure it fits.

Itzy Ritzy swimsuit bag waterproof

A waterproof swimsuit bag is a must-have on your beach bag essentials list. This Itzy Ritzy is technically for diaper bags but it works wonders for the beach.

These waterproof bags are perfect for keeping your wet swimsuit away from the rest of your bag items (read: electronics) so water doesn’t get everywhere. It’s definitely one thing you’ll need in your bag.

Icy Cools Neoprene insulated pouch

You can bring an extra waterproof bag along for your electronics or you can store temperature-sensitive things like your phone or tablet in a neoprene bag like the Icy Cools.

While these bags are mostly used with an ice cube pack inside them to keep things cool, the fun thing about a properly-insulated bag is that they can shield inside items from extreme heat or cold. This is great for electronics.

Beach Sandy sand remover

Sand is a real b*tch. It gets all over everything and is next to impossible to get rid of once it’s in there. But this handy little Beach Sandy brush magically gets rid of it.

Ok, it’s not actual magic, but it works like it. You use the brush to get sand particles off yourself, clothes and other items to make sure you don’t track it home with you.

Beach Bomb waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker

If you’d like to listen to some tunes at the beach, the Beach Bomb is PERFECT for it. Not only is it waterproof but it floats and is shockproof. There really isn’t a better fit for a a Bluetooth beach speaker.

I’m not personally a huge fan of beach music, especially if you’re somewhere on a crowded public beach. But if you’re on your own private beach or you’ve got some space it could be a fun.

Coleman beach ground mat

Everyone brings a beach towel but true pros bring a full-on beach mat like the Coleman. Not only does this make sure your beach towel doesn’t get sandy but it keeps it free for you to use.

Not only does this protect you from the sand, the top part can create a nice little backrest to keep you comfy while you’re relaxing in the sun. Best of all it’s super easy to clean off when you’re ready to go.

Starfish drink sand coasters

If you want to keep sand out of your drinks (and, honestly, who doesn’t) then a set of these Starfish sand coasters is must-have on the beach.

These are easy to bring a long and don’t take up a ton of space, but they’ll keep sand out of your drink and that’s really what counts!

Watermelon portable beach umbrella

When it comes to beach trip essentials, a portable beach umbrella like this cute Watermelon one is a must-have. Not only is it super cute but it’s practical!

It’s not JUST sunscreen that you need to have on hand. Umbrellas help make sure that the sun stays off you when you need it to, a day of full sun is not ideal for anyone.

InfuseZen Turkish throw blanket

For those of us that do want to bring a traditional beach throw blanket with us, I would recommend a Turkish throw like the InfuseZen. Turkish cotton dries quicker than other types, and that goes for blankets too.

That way, when you head to the beach and bring your blanket back, it’ll take less time to dry it. You’ll definitely want to bring the sand brush a long too though.

The perfect beach bag

If you’re headed to the beach, you need to find yourself the perfect beach bag to pack your belongings in. You want to make sure that the bag is waterproof, will keep sand out (or most of it) and can keep your things from being pickpocketed (so a zipper is preferred).

Your beach bag does not have to be expensive, you can grab a mesh beach bag for less than $15. It’s not waterproof nor will it keep the sand out, but it will work in a pinch.

However, if you want to step up your beach bag game, try something a little sturdier like this large one. It’s durable, waterproof and will keep everything but the important things out. It features three inner pockets that are large and can be rewatched.


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