You Need Every Single One of These Items in Your Beach Bag

These 12 must-have summer items will take your beach trips to the next level.

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April 19, 2019

Modern Cooler Tote

This surprisingly spacious, insulated tote will keep an afternoon's worth of snacks and drinks icy and ready to go. When you're not beach bound, keep this in your car and use it at the supermarket to keep all your purchases cool on the way home.

Buy It: Food52, $45.00

Insulated Canteen

Here's a triple-insulated canteen bottle that will keep your drinks cold for up to 25 hours. It features an easy-grip body (helpful for wet hands!), as well as a silicone bottom which is easier to secure in the sand.

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, $32.95

Table in a Bag

If your beach crew is large and in charge, it might be time for a lunchtime upgrade. This sturdy, low-profile table is easy to transport and comes with a canvas carrying bag.

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, Sale $39.95

Bluetooth Lunchbox Speaker

This adorable speaker also doubles as a lunchbox to keep kid-friendly snacks on hand. Or skip lunch and let kids use it to hold their toys and games. The sealed design is resistant to water and sand and will keep it all safe and sound.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $50.00

Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

Portable chargers are ridiculously convenient, but we've noticed they can also be ridiculously heavy. Keep your beach bag light with this small, lipstick-sized, high-speed smartphone charger. You'll get one full additional charge during your beach day shenanigans, so you can capture every fun moment.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99-$23.99

Mesh Wet Bag

This light, ventilated mesh bag is a perfect option for transporting wet bathing suits back home after a day at the beach. The backpack style means it's easy to carry. Reasonably priced and available in 13 bright colors, you can get each kid their own bag in a different hue.

Buy It: Amazon, $14.80-$19.50

Beach Towel Blanket

A large, sturdy blanket is another must-have for your beach bag. We think this patterned number will quickly become one of the first things you grab on your way out the door. The cotton blanket is big enough to fit the whole family or a big group of kids. Just toss it in the washing machine at the end of the day.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49.95

Lock Case for Valuables

This lock case is the perfect spot to keep your valuables on long beach days. Create a unique four-digit combination, and use the wire to secure it to an umbrella or a chair while you're out riding the waves or picking up a snack. Best of all, while your valuables are safe and sound, you can use the charging port to keep all your devices juiced up.

Buy It: Amazon, $13.44-$21.45

Packable Hat

Sun protection is always on the brain for us, so in addition to sunscreen, we think a comfy hat is a beach bag essential. This one has a 50+ UV protection rating and is soft and flexible enough to roll up and easily throw into your bag.

Buy It: Macy's, Sale $14.25

SPF Sunscreen Bundle

All sunscreens are not equal in our book, so we love this bundle from Bu. It's water-resistant, non-greasy and is loaded up with antioxidants to keep your skin hydrated and protected. It's also alcohol and preservative free, and it even smells good. With four bottles, each member of the family can have their own.

Buy It: AHALife, $51.00

High-Quality Sunglasses

High-quality, budget-friendly sunglasses are a bit of a summer unicorn. So we immediately fell in love with these fun, bright-yellow sunnies. The green-tinted lenses are a fun addition, and they even work for more narrow faces that can sometimes be harder to fit.

Buy It: ModCloth, $22.00

Shade Umbrella

Do you really need sunscreen, a hat and an umbrella at the beach? Yes. That's why we love this UPF 50+ protection universal umbrella. The clamp on this baby lets you secure it to any round or squared surface, meaning it works with almost any beach chair out there. It only weighs 1.8 pounds and comes with a convenient carrying case, too.

Buy It: Amazon, $17.99-$24.99