Skip To Content

    24 Things You’ll Definitely Want To Bring On Your Next Trip To The Beach

    The sun, sand, and waves are calling to you, and these products will help you make the most of a beach day!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of sand socks that'll act as a barrier between your sensitive soles and the broken seashells when you're splashing in the sea.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are fantastic for beach activities. When that sand is just too hot to walk on or there are shells in the sand or just walking. They protect your feet. They are also good for wading in the surf." —Kathi Samec

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and 27 colors) or Walmart for $22.99.

    2. A pair of colorblock swim shorts to take on the waves and water in fucking style.

    us.asos.com

    Get them from Asos for $16.50 (originally $26; available in sizes XXS–XXL).

    3. A football flask that'll hold your favorite liquor and make it ten times easier to throw to your homeboy who needs some whiskey.

    tillys.com

    Promising review: "I bought this for a tailgate in Green Bay and it was a huge hit. Dope design, good price, and fast shipping. Throws spiral with any amount of liquid in it. I'm definitely ordering more for my friends and family." —Benjamin

    Get it from Walmart for $26.89 or a similar product from Tilly's for $5.99 (originally $24.99).

    4. A bottle of Banana Boat sunscreen with SPF 50, because you really do need to do your skin a solid and apply it before you go out on the waves. Plus it's waterproof for 80 minutes and big enough for the whole fam!

    amazon.com

    And if you're about marine life, the formula is specially made without chemicals that damage barrier reefs.

    Promising review: "I needed a sunscreen in a pump with a SPF higher than 15 to get my husband to use it. Once I put it in front of him, he noticed it and used it. Now he thinks it is the greatest! He's used it while fishing and gardening, and admits that it works to protect him from sunburn. Hooray! I may have found something I can feel confident he will use!" —MorningPerson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94 or Walmart for $9.94.

    5. A nautical beach tote that'll look great even if you're nowhere near water, because you love multiplicity.

    bit.ly

    Get it from Walmart for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    6. A whimsical unicorn float (with glitter on the inside!) that'll be magical to get lost in the waves with while you do a little splish and splash!

    urbanoutfitters.com

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (orginally $56).

    7. A handy beach chair so your ass doesn't have to be engrossed in sand while you're enjoying the splash of waves on the seashore.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was looking for a low beach chair that I could easily transport. This chair is very good quality and I am confident it will last many summers." —S.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.42 or a similar product from Walmart for $29.01.

    8. A set of sand coasters that'll keep all of your drinks out of the grainy sand while you get your daily dose of vitamin D.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "It works great for our beach trips! Holds drinks securely, holds snacks inside. It was easy to clean, pack, and transport. I highly recommend these. It can fit a regular drink can inside or average 20oz bottle. I use it also as bowls for snacks or fruit. I love the fun summery colors. They are very sturdy and have not broken yet despite being stuffed in a backpack and thrown around." —H. Pham

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99 or Walmart for $16.49.

    9. A cool pair of "Beach Please" sandals for serving sassy looks at your local oceanside paradise.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These shoes are great and well made. A good price. I like the fact that I've worn them quite a few times and the writing hasn't come off as it does on most shoes." —D.B.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.57+ (available in sizes 6–10 and 11 colors).

    10. A pair of polarized retro sunglasses for constantly serving looks and protecting your precious eyeballs from UV rays when you're doing beachy things.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I used these glasses at the beach and I feel like a Tumblr goddess haha. I love them." —Jacqueline

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 14 colors).

    11. A portable Weber grill to get your fill of hamburgers and hot dogs. This way you can stay in the sand for a little longer if you're not warring with your empty stomach.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a great little grill! Putting it together was a breeze, and the heat stays very consistent. It's easy to clean and easy to maintain. I would definitely recommend this grill; it's perfect for tailgating or just hanging out at the beach!" —Nereo Morales

    Get it from Amazon for $36.48.

    12. A corn hole game set, because nothing screams tropical beach vacation like throwing bean bags in a tiny hole for points!

    amazon.com

    It includes two cornhole targets, eight bean bags, a carrying case, and a rule book!

    Promising review: "A simple game for hours of fun. The bag easily fits all the equipment without needing any special folds or order. I was able to get it out of the bag and playing in five to seven minutes. The PVC and materials are cut well and held up to the toddlers' shenanigans. It's great for recreational fun." —Watson

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two colors).

    13. An elegant tie swimsuit to take a dip into the calming ocean when the heat just gets to be too much.

    anrdoezrs.net

    Promising review: "I am always struggling to find a suit that is long enough. My torso is a bit longer than most and that little bit more fabric makes all the difference! It fits perfectly." —Heidi

    Get it from American Eagle for $22.47 (originally $44.95; available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors).

    14. A fashionable safari hat made with sunblocking fabric (UPF 50) to keep the top of your head protected from the beaming rays of sun while looking super cute in the process.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love it! I bought two — one for me and one for my daughter. We wore them every day at the beach. No sunburned faces! They look cute on, and the brim can be molded any way to suit you. The removable chin strap is great for windy days at the beach, and the adjustment inside the hat makes it fit perfectly to your head size." —Cynthia C. Wallace

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in sizes M–L and five colors).

    15. A straw hat for keeping your gorgeous head out of the harsh sunlight, while also looking like a bohemian hipster enjoying their day off!

    anrdoezrs.net

    Get it from Old Navy for $14.97 (originally $19.99; available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    16. A maxi dress cover-up, because you wanna be able to eat some fancy-ass brunch before the waves call to you.

    bit.ly, bit.ly

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It's great as a swimsuit cover-up, or over a cami, or just as is for lounging. The material is soft and lightweight, not see through, and perfect for the hot weather." —Katzrn

    Get them from Nordstrom: the billow maxi dress for $68 (available in sizes XS–L and four colors) and the chambray maxi dress for $44.40 (originally $74; available in sizes 1X–3X).

    17. A fun and festive badminton game set for giving you a fun and active sport to play while you're enjoying the sand.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a really fun paddle game! I got this set to play in the pool during summer and we always have a blast when we play. The feather birdies were so easy to use and the ball is perfect for the pool. Everything in the set is excellent quality, so I am very happy with my purchase." —David

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    18. A lightweight, waterproof Bluetooth speaker that'll be able to play your favorite beachy jams while you're getting nice and toasty brown.

    amazon.com

    You can even hang it in the shower once you're done lugging it to the beach!

    Promising review: "This speaker is definitely great sounding! The tweeter makes a perfect addition in sound, the battery lasts a long time, it can go really loud, and it sounds great when you're playing jazz, alternative, and rap. Out of all the bluetooth speakers I've owned, this is definitely the one I recommend. It is also waterproof, so you can bring it to the pool or beach!" —Patty

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five colors).

    19. A set of beach toys, because the kiddos deserve to be able to construct the best sandcastle of the day, making the other children glare in envy.

    amazon.com

    Includes a bucket, sand wheel, two shovels, three rakes, two sand shifters, a watering can, as well as sand molds, a seahorse, turtle octopus, seashell, duck, boat, starfish, and castle.

    Promising review: "Great sand toys! We purchased these to replaced a set of sand toys we left behind on a recent beach trip. Our little guy loves his sand toys, so we knew we had to buy something before he noticed. I found these and they were perfect! Not only did they replace his left behind toys, they work great for his little sandbox at the house. He uses all of the items to rake, scoop, pack and build in his sand. These are a must have for your beach trips or your backyard trips to the sandbox!" —Audiobahnguy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 or a similar product from Walmart for $8.99.

    20. A handy umbrella hook attachment that'll hang all of your towels and bags way above the sand...so you can go home without a mini beach in your belongings.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great idea, now I have somewhere to hang beach towels so they won't get sandy. Pretty simple, slip it onto the umbrella pole, tighten the screw and that's it." —Jean Paul Sassone

    Get it from Amazon for $4.38.

    21. A mesh tote bag set for housing all of your baby's beach toys. It can be easily sprayed out and cleaned once you've had your summer fun in the sun!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Perfect for all the beach toys! Being able to just dip the whole bag in the water makes clean up a breeze!" —Andrea C

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (for a pack of two).

    22. A cabana canopy that'll provide some much-needed shade after an intense game of beach volleyball. Maybe you'll even catch some Zs with a nice cool breeze coming through the side windows!

    amazon.com

    It also has UPF 50 fabric, so you can worry less about getting a sunburn while lounging!

    Promising review: "This thing is great! We keep it in our car so we have it every time we go to the beach or camping or where ever we might need it. Had it about two years now and it's held up fantastically! It has four pockets for rocks or sand instead of needing stakes. A heavy bag and or cooler inside works too." —Crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $34.55 or Walmart for $34.65.

    23. A beach mat to eat all of your snacks and lay out in the sun on without actually being immersed in the sand — other people can do it, it's just not your thing.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a very lightweight, durable mat that is very easy to clean and fold back into its original shape to carry. We've only used it at the beach so I can't comment on how it holds up on other surfaces. When we get home, I unfold it and hose it down with water. I let it dry overnight in the garage and by the next day, it's clean and ready to fold back up in order to take along for the next beach adventure." —Lauren Osborne

    Get it from Amazon for $9.63 or Walmart for $9.63.

    24. A Supergoop Glow Stick with SPF 50 for hydrating your skin with much-needed moisture, while protecting your beautiful face from harmful UV rays.

    bit.ly

    Promising review: "The only holy grail *ever* for me was Chanel’s Instant Lash Mascara, until today. I love this sunscreen. It’s so easy to put on my cat could do it. I had no problem pushing up the tube and gliding away on my face. There is no scent, no tackiness — just a super light balm that covers your face in seconds. It leaves a light sheen, but it looks healthy and it works well under my liquid foundation and on my combination skin. It’s so handy to travel with, too — just toss it in your bag. I’m really impressed." —bmas

    Get it from Sephora for $25 or Urban Outfitters for $25.

    Here's to the dog days of summer!

    Abso Lutely Productions

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    Black Friday Is Almost Here!

    Don’t miss out on the best deals of the year, delivered right to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form