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    37 Things To Buy In Preparation For Beach Season

    ☀️Life's a beach and we're just playin' in the sand☀️

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    1. A mineral-based sunscreen with a matte tint so you can get some sun without looking like a lobster by the end of the day.


    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with this product. I tell everyone that this is my favorite beauty product. I am 20 years old and conscious about keeping my skin in good shape for as long as possible. As we all know, sun is one of the most damaging aspects to the skin. Wearing a face sunscreen every day is so so important. I will never use anything but this product. It goes on perfectly. Your skin feels like butter with it on. I go in the sun pretty often and usually get burnt but haven't once with this product. Not only is the protection great but it's an all-natural product and isn't filled with toxins making it safe to use every day. I absolutely love this!!" —j torres

    Get it from Amazon for $36 (available scented or unscented).

    2. A vintage-styled tank to throw on over your bathing suit and bring extra ~good vibes~ to the beach.


    Promising review: "Fit was good, arm holes are large, but that's ok. Very soft material, and graphic is not too loud. Colors are muted, looks cool." —Behaviorizm101

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    3. Texturizing sea salt spray you'll want to keep on hand to tame your luscious windblown locks.


    I have wavy hair and I always keep a bottle of this in my beach bag. If I end up with spontaneous plans after the beach, I know a few spritzes of this beloved product will have my hair looking fresh again.

    Promising review: "My hair is thin but wavy and can have a very nice look but most products are too thick and weigh it down or leave it crunchy. I tried this product and have not looked back since. It smells like a day at the beach, gives me that awesome sea salt hair texture, and gives me nice bouncy waves. AMAZING." —wifetylifety

    Get it from Walmart for $3.69.

    4. Retro sunnies that you can wear until the end of time because they'll never go out of style.,

    Promising review: "So far these sunglasses are perfect. They really block out the sun. They are a good size and fit my head nicely. They do not hurt when I wear them for long periods of time as some sunglasses do. They also came in a nice little soft case, a cleaning fabric, and a little screw thing to tighten or loosen the glasses as needed. I’m very impressed with these sunglasses!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 12 styles).

    5. A bikini trimmed with playful tassels that'll make you wanna shimmy right into the ocean.,

    Promising review: "Ooookay I saw one of the fashion bloggers on Instagram raving about this suit so I had to try it out. I love it!! Seriously. I’m a hard critic and I read reviews for days before I’ll buy something but this is very nice quality and really cute. I’ll get more in other colors. I have a mom stomach, hanging skin, stretch marks and all and this suit covers it and makes it look nice, not tacky." —Dustin

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes 4–16 and in 14 styles).

    6. Or a ruffled racerback tankini so cute all your friends will be dying to know where you picked it up from.

    Promising review: "This was my first time ever wearing a two-piece swimsuit. I was nervous at first, but I felt really comfortable in this swimsuit, it showed just enough. I got several compliments on it. No one believed I got it on Amazon. I will be buying another one for my cruise coming up." —Megan Millard

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in 14 styles).

    7. An exfoliating body scrub that'll remove dead skin and make you want to flaunt your legs all along the beach.


    I usually hate the way exfoliants feel on my hands, but the texture of this wonderful product has made it possible for me to scrub away dead skin without cringing. I love using this right before I get out of the bath rather than in the shower — it feels more luxurious that way.

    Promising review: "Best smell and feel I've put on my skin in a year (strike that, probably ever). It's time to let myself enjoy the small things in life. Thank you, Dove." —KMRL

    Get it from Amazon for $5.62.

    8. And an intensive hydration serum to help freshen your face after soaking up rays all day.


    This product is formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide (FANCY!) and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or pthalates. It has Sephora's Clean badge of approval and the company is a supporter of the International Elephant Foundation. Need I say more?

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 or Sephora for $52.

    9. A portable umbrella to shield you from the sun while you read a magazine or snack on watermelon.


    Promising review: "At the beach, the wind was fairly strong (around 8–10mph), but the Sport-Brella held up great for our weekend trip! I found that putting sand around the edges of the umbrella, to help support the anchors was helpful. The flaps that allow wind kept me shaded, cool, and breezy. I've used other cheap beach umbrellas that would have buckled under the wind gusts that we had today. It even rained for a few minutes, but my wife and I stayed nice and chill under the Brella. We loved it! We're the kind of folks who love to sit on the beach from 9 a.m. until the sun goes down and this made the beach THAT much more enjoyable." —Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    10. A floppy hat you'll love because it'll keep your shoulders covered while channeling the most bougie of vibes.


    Promising review: "I don't like the way some of the extremely oversized sun hats look on me, but this hat is absolutely perfect! It's large enough to provide shade over your face but small enough that it's not hanging over your shoulders. It's the perfect hat for a weekend at the beach or tropical getaway!" —Erin Drummond

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 93 styles).

    11. A canopy you can attach to any chair to keep you covered while you're ~throwin' shade~ and gossiping with your squad on vacation.


    Promising review: "The Rio Beach Canopy for my chair works very well in shading the sun from my head and face. It is also very easy to attach and remove from my chair. I am very glad I purchased this item. Would recommend to anyone wanting to have a little shade while on the beach, park or yard. Very light weight also." —Debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    12. A dad hat embroidered with an avocado, so you'll be ready to ~guac 'n' roll~ no matter how brightly the sun is shining.


    Promising review: "Cute, funny, and perfect for your local avocado-loving fiend (everybody has one!) The colors are vibrant and complement each other well. The stitching is nicely done and looks it, too. I like the look so much that I'm considering a second purchase!" —Sonj

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A lightweight lounger for those who can never decide if they'd rather sit directly on a towel in the sand or physically in a chair.


    Promising review: "Cannot say enough about these chairs. Purchased these last minute due to the cost and prime shipping. Heading to a beach for a couple of weeks and wanted something that I did not have to lug out to the beach and feel tired from! Well, these were the answer. Extremely lightweight and there is even a pocket. I zipped my cellphone into the pocket and even brought home some seashells, all without having to carry something else! These look very nice, work very well on the sand and are comfortable. Did I mention that they wick away the water and sand extremely easily! YES THEY DO! I came out of the ocean and sat down on my chair and noticed that there was water just wicking itself away from the chair. Easy to keep clean and EXTREMELY LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO CARRY. The strap that comes around the chair is long enough to fit on your shoulder and really makes it feel like nothing is there at all!" —Cpronzato

    Get a set of two for $59.99 (available in two styles).

    14. A sexy sarong you'd commit to early morning beach plans for just so you can show it off.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "Omg I love this so much. Definitely made my outfit so much cuter." —Daisy Z.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $12.90 (available in one-size and in two colors).

    15. Affordable cat eye sunglasses to keep on hand for when you inevitably lose yet another pair in the ocean.,

    Promising review: "So fashionable. Very light frame, the lenses are very nice, I use them while I drive and it has been amazing. I use the black ones more, but the pink ones are so dreamy. Price is very affordable, and you get two completely different looks with each one." —Bless Line Corporation

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 33 styles).

    16. A beach chair with built-in suspension support, perfect for napping off your hangover at the beach with the utmost comfort.


    Promising review: "The best beach chair there is. I'm able to carry my towel, a few drinks, sunscreen, and a blanket in the storage area. Unfolds easily. Cup holder is epic for cans or holding the cell phone. The head rest I used way more than I thought I would. And the best feature of all is that you can wear it as a backpack and it's not uncomfortable for long walks. Everyone is jealous of it. Highly recommended." —SPENCERWASHERE

    Get it from Amazon for $36.93+ (available in four styles).

    17. A cooler on wheels for storing ALL of your beach beverages and snacks without pulling out your back.


    Promising review: "I have three kiddos and going to the beach alone is no fun with so much stuff. I was able to pack lunch, drinks, snacks and ice to keep everything cold and roll it around with ease. Well, except over sand. Because, well, it's sand. But, it fits so much! The pockets are fantastic for utensils and napkins. And that hard liner inside is a necessity. It keeps all the melted liquid in its place. I'd highly recommend. It's been a lifesaver." —Jane G.

    Get it from Amazon for $40.44+ (available in two colors).

    18. And an insulated water bottle that'll assure you won't get dehydrated while people watching in the sand.


    Promising review: "I am addicted to Hydro Flask products and own several different flasks. I have even given them as gifts. I like my beverages ice cold and Hydro Flasks can keep you beverage ice cold ALL DAY. I fill mine with ice and water and head to the beach in the morning — there is still plenty of ice left by the time I go to bed at night. I love Hydro Flasks." —Linda Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $29+ (available in four sizes and 21 colors).

    19. Stylish Jack Rogers' jellies, a must-have for anyone wanting to bring an extra touch of style to their swimwear.

    Jack Rogers

    I have a pair of these and they are my go-to sandals for the beach and pool. They've held up beautifully in sand and against wet feet — can't beat 'em!

    Get them from Jack Rogers for $49.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and in five styles).

    20. Or regular ol' flip flops, in case your priority is simply to protect your toes from the scalding sand., Amazon

    These shoes have over 3K positive reviews on Amazon, so it's safe to say they're worth giving a shot this summer.

    Promising review: "This is my third pair of Teva MUSH flip flops. They are beyond comfortable and nice looking. I wear them at home all the time and at the beach, too. I also recommend them highly for people with foot problems. They have a very soft, but supportive foot bed with good arch support and they stay on my foot almost no matter what i am doing. They are also very stable. Great buy!" —PLC

    Get them from Amazon for $19.69+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and in six styles).

    21. Quick-drying swim trunks from Patagonia made of 100% recycled nylon you'll want in every color (and there's A LOT of options).


    My husband religiously wears these ALL summer. He is extremely picky when buying clothes, so it's really saying something that he owns about six pairs of these bad boys.

    Promising review: "At the bouldering gym, going for a swim in Lake Michigan, or just stopping into my local watering hole, these are the shorts I wear all summer. I especially like the drawstring closure for a secure fit as well as the corded loop sewn into the right pocket to keep my keys tethered." —Abbie R.

    Get them from Patagonia for $55 (available in men's sizes XS–2XL and in 14 styles).

    22. Glasses with colored lenses that'll take a boring outfit and transform it into an Insta-worthy look.,

    Promising review: "I was a bit iffy at first since I'm super picky with sunglasses but these fit SO nice!! I absolutely love these and I'm thinking about getting another pair. I needed a good pair of glasses since I'm always at Disney and I loved these and they don't feel cheap at all!" —Sarah Contreras

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 11 styles).

    23. Cabana-striped pool towels to make you feel like you're truly on vacation — even if you're just lounging at your local beach.


    Promising review: "I bought these for a recent trip to the beach. I had low expectations, buying a pack of towels without being able to feel them first. I was pleasantly surprised at the thickness of the towels, much better than some thinner cheap beach towels I had bought in the past. I have used them several times at the pool since taking them to the beach and I am still very happy with my purchase." —Darrell A. Snodgrass

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $29.99 (also available in a pack of 24 and in five styles).

    24. Quirky clips you can attach to your beach chair to secure your towel so you NEVER have to fret about it blowing in the wind again., Amazon

    Promising review: "We love these towel clips! We just got back from 10 days in the Dominican Republic and every morning we used these clips to claim our lounge chairs with towels down on the beach. Not even once did the towels blow away, even in some seriously windy days. They are easy to open (although they have a strong grip) and they look awesome! Great product!!" —SachseAlex

    Get them from Amazon for $7.55+ (also available in packs of two and in 25 styles).

    25. A lunch bag that'll store your sandwich, chips, fruit, and a drink for a day at the beach without sacrificing an ounce of style., Amazon

    Promising review: "When I first received it, I thought I was going to return it because it looked too small. I was totally wrong. My entire lunch, snacks, and even protein shake bottle fit perfectly! I even have extra space left in the front pocket." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight styles).

    26. Or an insulated bag with a shoulder strap, capable of holding up to six cans. You're welcome.


    Promising review: "Bought this to take out on the beach, fits nicely in my beach bag. Not too big or too small, just the perfect size. Threw cold drinks in it with no ice the first day and they stayed nice and cold for the 5 hours we were on the beach. Has lots of pockets, zippered and mesh which came in very handy for coozies, keys and my phone." —nisey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and 20 colors).

    27. A waterproof portable bluetooth speaker, so you'll never have to fumble with headphone wires at the beach again.

    Promising review: "UE Boom 3 is an amazing small bluetooth speaker. For its size, the sound is spectacular and can fill a small room, pool area, or picnic. The speaker is waterproof as well as dust- and shock-resistant, and can FLOAT. Honestly, for music, audible books, or podcasts and movies, these sound GREAT! You definitely won't be disappointed with your purchase and will probably end up buying more like I have. They'll fit in your backpack, clip to a bike or almost anything else and will sound great." —Vince V.

    Get it from Amazon for $141.16+ (available in four colors).

    28. A tropical cami with a ruffled hem that'll make you want to order a piña colada to take selfies with for Instagram.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I love this top! Perfect for summer it's lightweight and comfortable plus the straps are adjustable which is a life saver." —Ari L.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    29. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, excellent for getting lost in a steamy romance novel without the entire beach noticing.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    My coworker Abby Kass has this Kindle and loves it. Here's what she had to say about it: "I've been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery last for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book."

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    30. Or a subscription to Book of the Month, in case you prefer to get lost in a physical book.

    Book of the Month / Via

    One of the best gifts I've ever received is a subscription to Book of the Month. If you're like me and you LIVE for a hard copy of a novel rather than the e-book (sorry, Kindle-fans) then you'll likely enjoy this as much as I have. Each month you'll select a book and it'll get sent right to your home. Pretty magical.

    Get a three month subscription from Book of the Month for $44.99.

    31. A mesh beach bag with SO many pockets it'll make your organization-loving heart want to burst.


    Promising review: "I'm a bag snob and I LOVE this bag. I searched for a month before I finally committed to this bag, and I'm so glad I did. It's VERY large and holds towels, swimsuits, snacks, whatever you need. The number of pockets is perfect if you want everything in its place for the beach or pool trip. Outside pockets can be used for sunscreen, goggles, water bottle, toys, whatever. And there is an inside pocket to place keys, your wallet or phone. Would HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking for a large pool or beach bag." —Keely

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95+ (available in nine styles).

    32. A sand- and waterproof mat, perfect for your pal who DETESTS the feeling of sand on their skin but you refuse to let sit home all summer.


    Spoiler: it's me.

    Promising review: "Love this blanket! The sand didn’t stick to it like it did to our old one. We laid it partially on the soft and on the firm sand that is damper. When I picked it up almost no sand stuck to it. What did was easy to knock off. It’s soft to lay on too. The only problem I had was getting it rolled back up so the Velcro could connect to close it. Just need a little more practice — gives me a good excuse to go back to the beach!" —Super

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    33. A non-greasy sunscreen stick you can apply in a snap to make sure your skin is perfectly protected.


    Promising review: "Holy crap. This. Stuff. Is. Amazing. Just spent nine days at the beach and for the first time ever I am leaving without a sunburn across my face. Easy to apply, great coverage, travels well. I will never use anything else." — A. Flynn

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in two sizes and in SPF 45 and 70).

    34. Underarm deodorant wipes infused with coconut milk and essential oils as well as witch hazel and shea butter, great for when you've been sweating in the sun ALL day.


    These handy wipes are also vegan and cruelty-free, making them the perfect way to freshen up on-the-go.

    Promising review: "These things are a game-changer!! I sweat a lot when it’s warm and hate the feeling of being sticky (and possibly smelly), but these wipes work so well and will definitely leave your underarms (and I use them for that hated 'boob sweat') feeling nice and fresh!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four scents).

    35. Sporty slides you can slip into quickly to go grab an ice cream cone for you and your beach buddy.


    Promising review: "These slides are by far the most comfortable I’ve ever owned. It feels like you are walking on your own personal clouds. I bought them for the beach but wear them around the house and short trips to the store too. Not only are they comfortable but the look really good too." —R. Johnson

    Get them from Amazon for $29.89+ (available in men's sizes 5–13 and in two styles).

    36. An advanced sand castle building kit so you and your friends can attempt to recreate all the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones.


    Promising review: "We took this kit with us on vacation and LOVED it. We had teens so we were looking for something more advanced than just buckets. There is a small learning curve to the straps that hold the blocks in place but once we got that figured out we were able to build cool castles. We even had a family that had several young kids ask if they could come build with us. We let them build some things as well. Product is exactly as described and works well." —Critterdawn

    Get a 27-piece set from Amazon for $11.99+ (also available in a set of 37).

    37. And a magic carpet towel that'll take your beach trip to ~a whole new world~.


    Promising review: "It is bigger than I thought, the colors are amazing and the details in the corners and all around the towel are beautiful! It is like a magic carpet!" —Lololilian

    Get it from shopDisney for $14.99.

    All that's left to do now is pack a bag and head out for some fun in the sun!☀️

    The Walt Disney Company

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