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    28 Things To Solve Every Problem You've Ever Faced At The Beach

    The beach has its pros and cons...here are the things that'll help you out with all the cons.

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    1. A waterproof phone pouch because a pouch now can save you a bag of rice later.

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    Promising review: "I just returned from Orlando yesterday, used these at Discovery Cove, and they worked perfectly. I could not be happier! I took photos above and underwater. I cannot believe how clear the underwater photos came out, I figured they would be blurry but they were beautiful! I was very concerned about ease of use but the product is easy to use. I just opened it up, put my phone in (case and all), sealed it up, and it was good to go. Taking pictures (even underwater) was easy. I used it all day and had no leaks, not a drop. I did the test on both at home before we left for vacation and both passed. Dry off the outside as well as you can before removing your phone, you may get a few small droplets in the case when you take your phone out. Great product, great price, highly recommend!" —Marilyn Smith

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors).

    2. A pair of bottle opener sunglasses for killing two birds with one stone.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    3. An umbrella that's lightweight and easy to set up. It'll protect you from the elements in just a few quick steps.

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    Promising review: "Best. Beach. Purchase. EVER. We bought this tent umbrella for the beach after our daughter was born. There was plenty of room underneath for my 6'5" husband to sit in his large camping chair, our five-month-old daughter to lounge in her travel bassinet, and me to sit in the shade on my towel. 10/10 definitely recommend. The wind vents unzip easily to let the draft blow through so it isn't lifted up. The sand pockets definitely help, too, and it comes with plenty of stakes so you can secure it in the sand. It provides plenty of shade. We took it to a barbecue for the Fourth of July, and it was a hit with all the moms and their babies. We spread out three towels to let the babes play and hang out in the shade. It's definitely large enough to accommodate two chairs underneath for easy beach lounging. I love it." —Laura Muldoon

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99 (available in two colors).

    4. A set of four drink holders so you won't have to plop your cold drink in the hot sand.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 12 colors).

    5. A folding table for a beach picnic that's a bit more elevated and sandwiches that aren't filled with sand.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.00.

    6. A mesh beach bag with a cooler compartment that'll finally make it possible to bring just one bag to the beach.

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    Promising review: "I’ve had this bag for over a year now and still love it and use it all the time! I’ve brought it on trips to the beach and use this as my daughter’s swim bag. It’s a great, large size that is big enough to fit a large towel or two, a few beach toys, change of clothes, snacks, and sunscreen. I keep our food and cold drinks in the insulated bottom portion. I love this bag and it’s held up very well!" —Tty206

    Get it from Amazon for $29.25 (available in two colors).

    7. A can ice pack — it may help you fit more into a cooler by making the most of your space.

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    Get them from Amazon for $14.95 (available in three colors).

    8. A portable safe for keeping your valuables safe from grubby beach thieves.

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    Promising review: "Highly recommend this product. I’ve taken it on several vacations already and I won’t ever go on another one without it. It holds several cell phones which is what we really need it for. I hope they come out with colors but black will have to do for now." —Alan

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $49.99.

    9. A beach toy to create the perfect sand castle every time!

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    Promising review: "LOVE this! It was such a pleasant surprise!! It is easy to get to and from the beach because it is so compact and it makes a great castle!! So easy for my 4-year-old grandchildren to use and they get to make a tall castle with little effort!! They are so happy to use this toy and feel so accomplished when they step back and admire their creation!" —Paulie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A pack of 10 beverage plates to hold your snacks and drink in one hand.

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    Get it from Walmart for $9.99.

    11. A microfiber beach towel that sand doesn't stick to, so you won't feel like you're drying off with sandpaper.

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    Promising review: "Obsessed with this towel! This towel is great I ordered the extra large version because I am tall. It's definitely huge, which is what I was looking for. It dries very fast and doesn't hold the sand, which is a huge plus when traveling. The little bag it comes with is super handy and a great added touch to fold the towel back up to put it into. I purchased the red stripe one and will definitely purchase the pink when it's back in stock." —Tee

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 24 colors and two shapes).

    12. A beach chair backpack with five different positions for the various stages of beach relaxation.

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    Get it from Amazon for $45+ (available in 7 styles).

    13. A lounge chair with a face hole so you can read (or just play with your phone) while you're tanning your back.

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    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this thing! Super incredibly easy to adjust to whatever angle you would like. It's amazing for face down relaxing! I chill and watch movies on the tablet when I face down and the padded piece that covered the head hole when you are face up provides an excellent shade for when you are face down! Super easy to set up. Super east to set up and put away!" —J. Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A sunscreen alcohol flask to get your drank on...but on the DL.

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    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (also available as ice packs).

    15. And some actual sunscreen that instantly cools you down. This is one sunscreen you'll actually look forward to applying.

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    Get them from Amazon for $10.34+ (available in three versions).

    16. A beach cart for lugging all your beach essentials (and non-essentials) down to your favorite spot by the water.

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    Promising review: "Having a family of five, with three young kids, I found our trips to the beach to be a bit unbearable lugging all the bags, chairs, toys, coolers, and kids. For years my family would comment on how there needed to be some sort of invention that streamlined beach trips. Lo and behold, I found this beach cart on Amazon, and my life has never been the same! The cart is super easy to put together, folds up easy, and compactly for storage, and carries TONS of beach stuff! We're able to fit our Sportbrella (with it's nice special pocket on the side), cooler, sand toys, beach bag, and chairs and then I can push it while carrying my infant in the carrier, and have my younger ones hold on to the cart. The cart's wheels make it easy to push on hard surfaces, pull on loose sand, and the swivel front wheels make it easy to turn and maneuver. This cart has so many small pockets to store items you need handy like keys, phone, sunscreen, water, sunglasses, a large basket that I use for beach toys, and finally a huge mesh bag that I load with towels and my beach bag. There is a special spot for a cooler on the bottom, and the umbrella pocket/strap on the side. I can't say how many beach chairs it can carry, as I got rid of them all when I started having babies and had more important things to bring to the beach with me. I will be getting lots of use out of this product." —DScott

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95+ (available in two colors).

    17. A floppy sun hat to serve two purposes: shading you from the sun and throwing shade at unwanted visitors.

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. A water-resistant bluetooth speaker so you can jam out without worrying about ruining your speaker.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS SPEAKER! I bought this speaker for my summer river floating trips and for around the pool! Not only did this speaker take a full on dip in the river on its first excursion, but it's also taken on the summer heat and sat in 105 degree heat on multiple days! This speaker can take a beating and seriously BUMPS the jams! It's LOUD, the base from the subwoofer is booming and I am so satisfied with this speaker I would definitely and most likely will buy again! I also used it to connect to my projector for outdoor movie night and I was still impressed. It gave an almost surround sound effect! THANKS GUYS!!! If I could give 10 stars, I would!" —Nicole W.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    19. An inflatable lounge chair that'll totally put all the normal beach chairs around you to shame.

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    Promising review: "This product is awesome and super comfy! I used it at the Sundown Music Festival and was super cozy listening to the music! They are easy to carry, super easy to inflate (you DON'T need an air compressor to fill up which I mistakenly bought because I didn’t realize you just scoop air into them, which is super cool!), and super easy to deflate, and put away. I highly recommend this product and am super happy with it. I am also very impressed with their customer service and emails to check in and make sure I was happy with my purchase which I totally am. Thanks for a great product WEKAPO!!!" —Amber Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $30.98+ (available in five colors).

    20. A set of blanket anchors so you can stop saying, "see ya later alligator" to your blanket every time the wind blows.

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    Promising review: "I bought these for a trip to the beach. They worked great! I used them with a beach blanket I purchased elsewhere and they did the trick. All my friends wanted to know where I got them and got a kick out of calling them alligator clips. It would be nice to have other options like flip flops or something but that's not a deal breaker in my book." —Lml

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    21. A dog lifejacket for enjoying the sand and surf with your favorite beach buddy. Plus, it has a top handle for grabbing your pup out of the water if you need to!

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.51+ (available in three styles and five sizes).

    22. A Wet Brush for easily brushing out post-swim knots you thought you might have to take a scissor to.

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    Get it from Walmart for $10.76 or from Amazon for $7.24+ (available in 10 colors).

    23. A pair of aqua socks that'll protect your feeties from scalding hot sand and razor sharp shells.

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    Promising review: "I really can't say enough about these shoes. I was skeptical, which is why I only purchased one pair for myself and not my entire family but as soon as I got them and used them at the beach, I totally regretted not having purchased some for all of us. These work AMAZINGLY for the beach. I hate going in the ocean without something on my feet, but other water shoes, sandals, flip flops etc., always left me with painful feet because shells and grainy sand would still fill them and tear up my feet. NOTHING but tiny specs of the 'fine' sand got into these shoes at the beach. I was shocked and SO happy. I was able to hunt for shark teeth carefree about what I was walking on, LOTS of shells and rocks under my feet. Meanwhile, my kids had to prancey foot around most of it because I didn't get them any, whoops. They are also a breeze to clean out, I just removed the insert and was able to completely turn the shoes inside out to get a complete rinse done and then slide the insert back in and wring them out, they also dry nicely! I definitely need to get more for my entire family for our next beach trip and see myself getting some as future family gifts!" —Rachel

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 38 colors, sizes XS–3XL).

    24. Or a pair of water shoes disguised as espadrilles so you can look super stylish while protecting your feet!

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    Get them from Nordstrom for $89.95+ (available in nine colors, sizes 6–10).

    25. A deck of waterproof cards so they won't get ruined when you play Go Fish.

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    Get them from Amazon for $5.97.

    26. A wrap dress to quickly and easily throw on over your bathing suit.

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    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 10 colors, sizes S–5XL).

    27. A sand removing mitt because sand will follow you home and haunt you forever if you let it.

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    Promising review: "A lifesaver for me. I love the beach but I hate when the sand sticks to me! When it's time to reapply lotion, I use this to get all the sand off first. Works amazing on my kids too. When I come off the beach, I use it before I put my shoes back on to walk back to the beach house or the car. No more tracking sand in the car or house. Love it! Need to buy a few more for this summer." —JMOM

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    28. An umbrella hat for people who want shade without carrying a big umbrella to and from the beach.

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    Get it from Amazon for $6.02.

    And if you're looking for some more awesome beach items check out our round ups of the best beach chairs, bikinis, one-pieces, swimsuits (in general), sunglasses, and beach reads!

    You are now ready to go steppin' on the beach do do do dooo!

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