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    32 Essential Things To Take On Your Next Beach Vacation

    Featuring a personal beach umbrella, sheer sunscreen, a portable safe, and other vacation necessities.

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    1. A TSA- approved toiletry bag to keep your liquids all in one place during security check so you move through the line faster. Not to mention it will prevent potentially leaky shampoo from getting all over the rest of your stuff!

    hand holding the clear square bag with blue trim filled with toiletries

    Promising review: "This bag held surprisingly more than expected. I put tiny travel jars for my skincare creams and other small toiletries in it with room to spare. I definitely feel like it was easier to pack and was also easy to grab out of my bag for security. It feels sturdy with nice, thick vinyl. The double zipper moved easily, and I was pleased that it opened completely for ease of getting the items I needed out of it." —Mrs M Tate

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 11 colors).

    2. And a set of four leak-proof travel bottles reviewers swear by for storing shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face creams, ointments, and more with no mess!,

    Promising review: "These are the best bottles that I have ever owned. I like them so much that I got a second set. I got them to go on vacation and filled them with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, all the standard basics. They were easy to fill. They lasted without a spill there and back. What's best about these is when you squeeze them, they don’t suck in air so you can literally squeeze out the last drop. And they don’t use up as much space when they’re half empty. The little round containers were good for things like face cream and ointment so that you don’t need to take the whole bottle with you." —Jennifer

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    3. A pair of Birkenstock Arizona slip-ons that are waterproof and washable, so they don't get grimy due to moisture from your oceanside adventures.

    two reviewers's pairs of feet: one in the blue, the other in the pink Birkenstocks

    Promising review: "I have owned several pairs of the classic Arizona and when I saw these I knew I wanted to give them a try. If you have had classic birks you understand how awful it is when they get wet. I’m working seasonally in Alaska this summer and needed something that is okay with the moisture up here. I’ve had these for about a month now and I love them. The EVA foam is actually softer and more comfortable than the cork in my opinion and they are perfect when wet. They weigh nothing. So lightweight and easy. Plus they have all of the looks of the Birkies you love so much. Half the price too. Can’t beat it!" —Bethany

    Get them from Amazon for $31.95+ (available in sizes 5.5–15.5 and 31 colors).

    4. A pair of Apple AirPods Pro that'll play hours of tunes so you can turn off the noise around you as you travel, or find the perfect jams for a jog down the shoreline. 

    side view of a buzzfeed editor wearing the airpods
    a buzzfeeder holding the earbuds in their hand
    a buzzfeeder holding the airpod case
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Best earbuds I’ve ever purchased. For years I wanted wireless noice canceling earbuds after using the Beats Studios and Bose QC lines. Being an iPhone, user I always saw the appeal of AirPods but never could use them due to them not fitting my ear correctly and always falling out. As soon as I saw the design of the AirPods Pro, I instantly came to Amazon and ordered them. If you’re at all contemplating ordering these, I 100% recommend them. The noise canceling is slightly above average and the transparency mode is extremely useful on the go or whenever you need to hear your surroundings with your music. Amazing product definitely worth the steep price." —Corey P.

    And here's more from BuzzFeed shopping editor Emma Lord: "I have a pair of these, and they're not playing around. Once they're securely in your ear, you can toggle the headphones between noise-cancelling and regular sound, depending on your situation. I've been working from home, and the noise-cancelling is so effective that I can work next to a window where my neighbor is doing heavy construction and I don't hear anything louder than a faint buzzing. It's quieter than if I'd just plugged my ears with my own fingers. I'm also a runner, and these don't budge when you're sweating, which is nice. It's also handy that these toggle out of noise cancellation mode, because I feel better being able to hear traffic and other people around me when I'm out and about. The TL;DR: I love these so much I have zero interest in owning another pair of headphones for as long as I live." Read her full review of the AirPod Pros here!

    Get them from Amazon for $189.99.

    5. A RFID-blocking travel wallet with plenty of slots, pockets, and pouches for all the currency and identification one could ever need. 

    a reviewer's phone, cash, and cards before being put in the wallet
    the same items all placed in the trifold wallet

    This wallet has a passport pocket, a boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a SIM card pouch, a coupon ticket slot, a cellphone pouch (max 5.8 inches), a money and coins zippered pocket (fits US dollars), a key holder, a pen holder, and a slim pocket.

    Promising review: "This holds everything I need all in one place, and it still closes nicely and stays flat! Boarding pass, passport, ID and credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, etc.! Yet it doesn’t bulk up or look like an overstuffed mess. Just amazing. The description says it only holds US money, but I just used the boarding pass flap to hold all my Japanese Yen (¥), which are larger. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 37 colors).

    6. And a vaccine card holder that'll easily clip on to your purse or bag so it's always on hand and you won't have to worry about losing it as you travel. 

    eight different vaccine card holders in various prints, colors, and glitter
    Ava Reign Creations / Etsy

    Ava Reign Creations is a New York-based Etsy shop that sells masks, gifts, and more. 

    Promising review: "These will be great for travel to Hawaii. Each of us will be able to safely keep our vaccination cards on us. We will be able to clip them to inside of our travel backpacks and access them easily. Shipped quickly and well packaged." —hydrator1 

    Get it from Ava Reign Creations on Etsy for $10 (available in seven colors and designs). 

    7. A chic fanny pack you'll be able to fit all your essentials in despite its sleek design!,

    Promising review: "This is a perfect bag for lots of travel and comes with a shoulder strap as well as a belt! The bag fit my phone, my passport, some cards, cash, and small hand sanitizer. There is an option to choose your belt size in which I chose an M that was a bit large for my 29” waist line. The clasp held strong for my whole week of travel. I used both the shoulder strap and belt which worked well!" —Ariana

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 15 colors).

    8. Some biodegradable hypoallergenic wipes you'll be glad you have on hand on long flights, or when you're going from the beach to dinner and there's no time to shower.

    hand holding the packet of wipes
    Good Wipes / Via

    These are made with natural tee tree oil, peppermint, ginseng, and oil and come individually wrapped, so they're super easy to stash in your carry on.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product for a recent trip to China so that I could freshen up between flights and also so that I could clean up as needed. I predominantly used these to wipe my body between my long-haul flight and my connecting flight to a local destination. This was a nice alternative to a shower when one simply wasn't available. It just made me feel cool, refreshed, and slightly de-scuzzed. I'd recommend them for this purpose. As they are perfumed, I wouldn't recommend using them as a toilet wipe for fear of throwing off a critical pH balance for women, but as an overall body cleaner, they are great. :)" —Magdalene Sikora

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A digital luggage scale so you can overpack with confidence that you didn't *totally* overdo it – say bye-bye to overweight baggage fees!

    the silver luggage scale with black strap under it

    Promising review: "This luggage scale is so handy and is great for weighing your luggage. I was a little concerned before I got it because I wasn't sure how accurate it would be. When I used it when I went on vacation, it was dead on to what the airport said, so I highly recommend this. Plus, it’s easy to pack in your bags." —Teresa Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in five colors).

    10. A mesh beach bag that'll make bringing home sand from the beach a problem of the past. Plus it has a splash-proof inside pocket for your phone or Kindle, which you probably can't say for your go-to tote bag!

    the black mesh bag with a rainbow handle

    Promising review: "I really like this bag. It's so nice to be able just to shake the sand out, with everything in it, before placing it back in the car. The compartments for shoes, sunblock, etc. are nice. I really love the inner pocket where I can fit my cell, keys, etc. It protects them while at the beach and it's very roomy! The handles are nice and large which makes it easy to fit over my shoulders even when the bag is full of towels and such. It fits a lot!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in nine colors). 

    11. A reusable water bottle with a daily pill organizer so you can hydrate throughout the day and have your meds/supplements on hand in a super convenient way.,

    Promising review: "This water bottle has helped me so much with the convenience of taking my meds at night. I always forget or say I’ll do it later bc I have to grab a drink for the meds. So I have a daily alarm now and my meds and water are right at my bedside. No issues whatsoever. I love that I can stand the bottle or lay it down, it doesn’t spill or leak, and the top doubles as a cup. Worth every penny." —Natalie Hayes

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five colors).

    12. A sun visor with an open design to keep you cool and to keep the sun off your face on the beach!

    model wearing a beige wide brim visor

    The wide brim provides much more UV protection than regular caps!

    Promising review: "I have long hair and always avoided hats because I hate having my hair sweating against my neck in a low bun or ponytail. With this sun visor-summer hat combo, I can keep my hair in a top knot and still keep my face and neck protected from the sun while catching a nice breeze. This is perfect (although a little large in circumference and I have a big head, 7-3/4 hat size) and it’s adjustable and can fit any head size. It rolls up well and has an elastic to keep it rolled. I’ll be recommending this item to all my friends!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    13. A pack of small laundry soap sheets that'll be a god-send when you spill something on your only white tee or realize you didn't pack enough underwear. Just add water for hand-washing!

    collection of shaving sheets, body wash sheets, and shampoo sheets

    Promising review: "This came SO in handy during my vacation to Europe! I was making lots of different stops to places with different types of weather. With these laundry soap sheets I was able to wash my clothes in the sink — letting me pack just the right amount of clothes for all the different places I went." —Katie Fujarski

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19 (also available as hand soap sheets or shaving sheets).

    14. A super lightweight towel designed to dry quickly and repel pesky sand so you can lay out in the sun and dry off stress-free.


    It's made of a polyester microsuede material that absorbs quickly and dries fast. It also has an anti-microbial finish to keep the towel clean longer.

    Rumpl is a small business based in Portland, Oregon that makes stylish, cozy "sleeping bag blankets" meant for indoor and outdoor activities as well as packable beach towels.

    Promising review: "This towel dries better than a conventional towel! Not only that but it was completely dry and ready to reuse in about 10 minutes. Normally we'd go through a stack of beach towels in one day. The towel itself is big but it packs up compact leaving more room in your bag for other things. It's soooo soft, made very well, and the pattern is gorgeous. I will be replacing all of my towels with these!!" —Danielle W.

    Get it from Rumpl for $49+ (available in eight colors).

    15. Or a custom beach towel worth rolling up in your suitcase. You'll get tons of compliments, plus plenty of space to read a book and chill out.

    a person holding up a yellow and pink sparkling towel that says "Kelsey"
    Custom Cooper

    Custom Cooper is an LA-based small business offering personalized blankets, towels, face masks, and more.

    Promising review: "I love our beach towels. I get so many compliments on them." —Amanda Taylor 

    Get it from Custom Cooper on Etsy for $17.95+ (available in three colors). 

    16. A set of three hard-shell spinner suitcases you can maneuver through busy airports and streets by pushing them instead of dragging them behind you. And they are sturdy enough to protect all your stuff!

    reviewer's three white suitcases of different sizes with the handles up

    Promising review: "We took the 24" and 28" suitcases on our vacation to Portugal and they survived wonderfully. Cobblestone streets and sidewalks, three-story stairs in a historic guest house, three-level stairs from one street to another below, two different airport transfers round trip, Lisbon subways, and regional trains. A few scrapes and scuffs but intact and waiting for the next adventure!" —Bob C.

    Get the set from Amazon for $189.99 (available in four colors).

    17. Or a cult-favorite hardtop carry on suitcase with features reviewers love — like super smooth 360-degree wheels, an optional USB charger, and an interior compression system.

    Away Travel

    Promising review: "I’ve used my suitcase four times since I got it one month ago and I can’t recommend it enough! T wheels are super smooth and the portable charger always comes in handy, I can fit all my clothes and it’s the perfect carry-on size. If you travel often (or even once or twice a year) invest in this suitcase, it is really worth it!" —Isabel H.

    Get it from Away Travel for $225+ (available in five colors and with or without USB charger).

    18. A quick-drying laundry sac to keep damp swimsuits from getting the rest of your stuff wet. You'll wonder how you survived without this.

    the yellow mesh laundry bag

    Promising review: "I was searching for a reusable laundry bag but bought this on a whim right before a five-day trip, it works great and serves its purpose. It keeps me organized and was easy enough to pack in my luggage." —Anonymous

    Get it from REI for $29.95 (available in two colors). 

    19. An inflatable lounger for anyone who wants to make the most of their sunbathing experience. It packs up small, yet gives you a cozy spot to kick your feet up and sip some wine by the waves!,

    To inflate, just move it through the air and trap the air by closing the sleeve opening before you're done moving. Make sure to keep the opening closed until you start your next inflating movement. Whenever I go to the beach, I always see people doing a little running motion to fill this up with air quicker, and it seems to work really well for them!

    Promising review: "I wanted to hang out in the beach and just lay down for a couple of hours. I tried foldable chairs but they were too heavy. I tried the Wekapo and it was the best solution. It packs to a small size, it's lightweight enough, and it elevates me enough from the sand." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98+ (available in 16 colors).

    20. A beach chair that packs up compactly and sits low to the ground so you can stretch your legs out over the sand or blanket. It also comes with a sleeve to hold your towel and a cup holder!,

    Promising review: "Love these chairs! Got two for a trip to the beach and they’re very comfortable. They fold up easily and are very compact and easy to carry/pack, just throw it on your shoulder with the strap on the bag and your hands are free to carry other things!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $40.95.

    21. An anti-blister balm to help your trudge through the cobblestone streets or sandy boardwalk without blisters ruining your day. Reviewers who are blister-prone swear by it!

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for our one-week Disney World trip. I knew I’d be walking around A LOT, and my feet aren’t used to the many miles of walking a day in the hot and humid environment, so I didn’t want to be uncomfortable. I'm happy to say I put it on once in the morning, slipped on some socks and comfy shoes, and I didn’t get one blister or issue with my feet! I wish I knew about this a long time ago!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    22. A clever personal umbrella you'll clip onto the back of your beach chair so you can have access to the shade. *And* this baby conveniently packs up in a suitcase!

    Promising review: "My wife likes no sun, so this allows us to pull a beach chairs together and I can set it up and 'boom' no sun for her. The clamp holds up in wind and the adjustable angles that the umbrella has allow you to sort of aim the shade. Great product and it fits into a suitcase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.79+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    23. A tumbler featuring double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drinks icy cold all day long.,

    According to reviewers, it's even better than the more expensive brands of insulated tumblers! It comes with a flip lid, a straw lid, and two reusable straws.

    Promising review: "Not to be dramatic, but I would die for this cup. I bought the all black version and it's beautiful. Not only that, but the interchangeable tops and two plastic straws!!! I'm so excited to be saving the whales and looking amazing in the process. I should ask for commission on the sales of this because all of my coworkers want one now. Another great part that I don't think the description mentions, there's NO condensation AT ALL. I also accidentally left half an iced coffee WITH CUBES in here for nine hours and when I came home the cubes were still there and the coffee was still cold. ALSO, I have tiny hands which sometimes makes holding things difficult. But the 16-oz size is tall and slim and easy to carry/fit in small bags." –jacklynn ramos

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four sizes and 31 colors)

    24. A pair of pride striped swim trunks so you can frolic in the waves in comfort and style.

    a model wearing the rainbow striped trunks

    Homoco is a queer-owned small business that makes swim trunks out of recycled plastic. They donate a portion of sales to organizations that support the rights and overall well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Get them from Homoco for $69 (available in sizes XS–2XL).

    25. A one-piece swimsuit that'll help you look your best amongst the beachgoers. Reviewers say it fits unlike any other suit!,

    We've been through the reviews and can confidently say this suit fits like a dream on everyone!

    Promising review: "THIS SWIMSUIT BLEW ME OUT OF THE WATER, HOLY HECK! It fits, in a word, perfectly. I may just buy this in every color." —Emma Maas

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and14 colors).

    26. Or a bikini top designed for anyone with a bigger chest who needs a bathing suit that'll actually offer support. You can run, jump, and swim through the waves in this top, no problem!

    model wearing a red bathing suit
    Wild Isles

    The bikini top is UPF 50, fade-resistant, chlorine-safe, and sunscreen and oil resistant. Hand-washing is recommended. 

    Wild Isles is a woman-owned small business based in Minneapolis that creates swimsuits constructed with sustainably, ethically made materials.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I have never had a top that fit this well and allowed me to feel covered to move around, like playing volleyball or being crushed by waves without the girls falling out. SO happy I found this site." —Jeannine R.

    Get the bikini top from Wild Isles for $95 (available in sizes 1–4, which accommodates cup sizes C-H, and four colors).

    Check out the Wild Isles' bikini bottoms here.

    27. And a swimsuit cover-up with a collared neck and pre-rolled sleeves, to give you a casual yet put-together beach vibe for your vacation.,

    Promising review: "This cover-up is so great that I came back to buy an additional color. I bought the black first and recently bought the white. It is lightweight, cool, and the fabric is soft. Looks very chic but also functional as a coverup. I wanted it a bit loose so I bought a size up and it's perfect. Very comfortable. Dries comfortable. You won't roast while you're wearing it. You could easily throw this on over your suit to go out for a meal or do some shopping at the beach. Highly recommend. It's super cute with cute flip-flops and a big hat and sunglasses." –D. Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $28.39 (available in sizes S-3XL and 38 colors).

    28. Sunblock from Black Girl Sunscreen that won't leave behind a dreaded milky layer on your skin like most other sunscreens. It goes on sheer and is made with hydrating avocado and jojoba oil.

    blackgirlsunscreen / Via, blackgirlsunscreen / Via

    This sunscreen is paraben-free, fragrance-free, oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, silicone-free and aluminum-free.

    Promising review: "I used to dread wearing sunscreen because of that horrible ashy cast it gave my brown skin. Now? I actually look forward to putting this stuff on. I love how moisturizing it is and that it is completely sheer. What is advertised to do it actually does. I layer this on top of my moisturizer. You do need to work it in a little bit but it absorbs into the skin nicely. To all my brown/black ladies/fellas, what are you waiting for? Buy it!" —MD

    Get it from Target for $15.99.

    29. A Neutrogena SPF 70 sunscreen stick to protect your face an body from the sun, plus you won't have to worry about it spilling in your carry-on or beach bag.

    reviewer holding up a tube of neutrogena sunscreen at the beach

    It goes on lightly and absorbs fast so you don't have to worry about that gross greasy feeling most sunscreens leave behind.

    Promising review: "I did not have high expectations for this sunscreen! I just bought it because the price was good and someone said they liked it. Oh my gosh! I love it! I thought it was going to be hard to rub on but it's creamy. It's perfect for my kids to keep in their sports bag so they can just rub it on their face and neck before games. It doesn't pull on your skin at all. Doesn't leave ugly white stuff everywhere. This sunscreen is great; I'm ordering more to put in everyone's bags!" –Erica's Deals, Steals, & Finds

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    30. A waterproof pouch so you can enjoy full touch-screen capability safely in the water and send some snorkeling selfies to friends.


    It also comes with a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck.

    Promising review: "This product is incredible. I purchased to use while in Key West for an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, and Galaxy S6 Edge and it fits perfectly for each phone (but a little more snug with the iPhone 6 plus). It is completely waterproof and takes great photos and video through the case but you have to press record prior to submerging the case underwater. My family went snorkeling and kept the case with the phone inside submerged almost the entire time and had no issues with leakage. My family and I got stopped numerous times being asked where we purchased this product. Perfect even if just on the beach and you do not want to get sand or sunscreen on your phone and want to still take photos/text/browse the internet while on the beach. I will be purchasing this for everyone in my family as it has become a travel must-have! I highly recommend this product." —Jennifer Roman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 14 colors).

    31. A Trtl neck pillow that's designed to keep your head in a comfy position while you nap, and it's more compact than those pillows they sell at airport kisosks. Not to mention no weird neck cramps when you wake up!

    model wearing a gray trtl pillow while sleeping on a plane

    I've used this for the past few years and swear by it! Before this, I always found traditional neck pillows uncomfortable and would end up ditching them halfway through the flight and getting frustrated. The Trtl pillow is adjustable — you wrap the pillow around your neck and secure it with Velcro, and if you find it's too loose, just make it a bit tighter! I've truly never slept better on a plane than with this pillow.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors and in a junior size).

    32. And last but not least, a portable safe you can easily stash your valuables in. You'll be able to go swimming knowing your phone and wallet are safe and sound on the shore.


    Promising review: "This safe has become a MUST have on all our vacations. We no longer travel without it. We put two iPhones, cash, and car keys in this little safe, locked it to a beach cabana, threw a towel over it and took off for a hour of snorkeling. Never once worried about our belongings. We now use several of these as room safes AND as 'hide a key' lockboxes outside our vacation condo for teens who come and go throughout the day. They are invaluable!" —KeepIT Reel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.70+ (available in two colors).

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