10 Must-Pack Items for the Perfect Beach Day

From trendy towels to waterproof speakers, you'll be on the beach and relaxed to the max in no time with these essential items in tow.



Front view image of an attractive young female in swimwear with sunhat. She is lying on beach towel and reading a book. Beach bag and flip flops aside

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You’ve booked your vacation and are counting down the days until you can turn on your OOO email notification and get your toes in the sand. But not so fast. Have you made your packing list yet? Because nothing ruins a beach day like forgetting the sunscreen. These essential items will make your beach day relaxed and carefree – just like any vacation should be.

Chic Beach Tote

Photo by: Photo Courtesy of CGear

Photo Courtesy of CGear

The worst part about coming home after a day at the beach is all the unintended sand. Somehow it just gets everywhere. The CGear Sand-Free Tote bag has interlocking, “one-way sift” technology that makes sure sand stays out.

Trendy Towel

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Round towels are really having a moment right now — and for good reason. Not only are they super chic, but they allow you to easily stake out your space on the beach. They're perfect if you need a play area for little ones, a spot to enjoy lunch or a larger space for lounging. This blue and white one from Revolve has a modern nautical look perfect for the beach.

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Easy-to-Carry Cooler

Photo by: Photo Courtesy of Yeti

Photo Courtesy of Yeti

Lugging a heavy cooler down the ocean boardwalk is not a great way to start your relaxing beach day. The YETI Hopper is more like a purse that thinks it’s a cooler and, like Yeti’s other products, maintains a promise of “ice for days.”

A Drink Glass Made for the Sand

Beach Drinks

Beach Drinks

What's a beach day without a cold drink? Keep hands free with these acrylic "glasses" from The Beach Glass that you can stick in the sand.

Photo by: Courtesy of The Beach Glass

Courtesy of The Beach Glass

A plastic red cup? You can do better. A beach day and a cold drink go hand-in-hand, and these plastic drink “glasses” from The Beach Glass are perfect for sipping on something fruity. They’re made from BPA-free acrylic, are dishwasher safe and will hold up to 12 ounces. The patented ball and stem design holds the glass upright in the sand. And they even float!

Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Don't forget to pack a BPA-free water bottle like this S'ip by S'well one in your beach bag to stay hydrated.

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

If you’re drinking a fruity or caffeinated beverage, you’ll still need to make sure you’re getting enough H2O. Fill a BPA-free bottle and drink up.




Young woman applying sun lotion on summer vacation

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This one is obvious, but before you get to the beach to discover last year’s bottle is basically empty or even several years old, make sure you’re stocked up on a solid sunblock. We love Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55, which provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It absorbs quickly and feels lightweight.

Beach Tent

Beach Shelter

Beach Shelter

The L.L. Bean Sunbuster Folding Shelter is a great way to take a break and get out of the sun.

Photo by: Benni Spinelli/L.L. Bean

Benni Spinelli/L.L. Bean

A beach tent like this Sunbuster Folding Shelter can provide a little privacy from other beachgoers and shade from the sun. It’ll also come in handy if an unexpected rain shower strikes.

Hydrating Lip Balm

lip balm

Hydrating Lip Balm

This isn’t just for the beach, but Glossier’s Balm Dotcom Coconut flavor just tastes like summer and after a long day in the sun, the all-purpose salve will keep your lips (hands, elbows, etc) smooth and hydrated.

Photo by: Courtesy of Glossier

Courtesy of Glossier

This isn’t just for the beach, but Glossier’s Balm Dotcom Coconut flavor just tastes like summer and after a long day in the sun, the all-purpose salve will keep your lips (hands, elbows, etc) smooth and hydrated.

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Waterproof Speakers

Waterproof Speaker

Waterproof Speaker

A waterproof speaker like Soundcast's VG1 is the perfect beach essential.

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Courtesy of Soundcast

What’s a beach day without a good soundtrack? Pack a portable and waterproof speaker like the one-pound VG1 speaker from Soundcast, which Business Insider calls the “best sounding speaker.”

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Waterproof Phone Case



San Diego, California, United States - July 29th, 2013: This is the Apple iphone 5 in a red lifeproof case. It was photographed in the studio at a low angle and spritzed with water. Apple Inc. is the leading manufacturer in smart phones. It recently released the new IOS 7 operating system. Lifeproof caes enable the iPhone to be submersed up to 6 1/2 feet of water and protect it from falls and dirt as well.

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Nothing ruins a vacation like dropping your phone in water. Protect your precious device in a waterproof case like Lifeproof’s FRĒ.

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