Skip To Content

    33 Things That You'll Regret Not Bringing To Your Next Beach Day

    🎶 Let's go to the beach-each, let's go get a wave. 🎶

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of lightweight lounger chairs that'll be easy to pick up and move for when you find an even *better* spot to take beach selfies.

    Reviewer sitting in the blue lounge chair
    Same reviewer in the lounge chair

    It requires NO assembling at all! Just spread it out on the sand, adjust the angle to arch the chair to your most comfortable position, and relax! They even have a pocket by the headrest to keep your keys, phone, or snacks. 

    Promising review: "These were perfect. They were exactly what I was looking for now that summer is here. They're compact, easy to carry, lightweight — perfect for movies under the stars, music in the park, and beach days." —Sherry Ramsundar

    Get them from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A sand removing glove because one of the worst parts about going to the beach is that pesky sand that just sticks to your skin. It's super uncomfortable! Just wipe the sand off with these gloves and you don't even have to do the ol' talcum powder trick. 

    Model is wiping sand of their elbow using the glove
    Amazon

    Promising review: "BEST INVENTION EVER. When my friend showed me this when we Elster at the beach with our baby I ordered and had it delivered to our beach house the next day. If you have kids or even just hate sand all over you buy this for the beach! A must-have!" —ABetcha

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    3. A waterproof pouch that'll keep your cellphone dry, even if you take it in the water. Do we *need* our phones while swimming? No, but then who's gonna take that cute photo of you posing?! The clear sleeve still gives you full touchscreen capability!

    black joto waterproof sleeve for your phone
    reviewer with the black waterproof case around neck while in the water

    It also comes with a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck. Fits all smartphones up to 7" diagonal size.

    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 $6.99 (available in 14 colors).

    4. A cooler backpack to hold up to 25 cans of your favorite drink so you can stay at the beach way longer knowing you've got all the cold snacks and beverages you desire. It's also *super* easy to carry since you wear it like a regular backpack! No more lugging around those big plastic coolers.

    Reviewer shows open white cooler of water bottles while sitting on a beach blanket
    Same reviewer shows front side of the cooler, which has bungee detailing, while relaxing at the beach

    It's leakproof and scratch-proof!

    Promising review: "This cooler backpack is absolutely perfect. I plan on bringing it to the beach every time we go. It's actually very comfortable on my shoulders. No leaks and it keeps our beverages and snacks nice and cool! Would 100% recommend." —Anjel

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in six colors).

    5. Or a kiddie pool-shaped cooler for a fun way to keep your beverages and snacks ice cold and accessible for everyone. Simply inflate it, add some ice, and everyone can come up and grab their drinks as they please!

    kiddie pool-shaped tropical print cooler with bottles and cans in it
    Funboy

    Funboy is a family-owned small business based in Venice Beach, California that makes giant-sized pool floats and other fun summer accessories. Learn more about their story here.

    Promising review: "Loving this drink cooler for our bachelorette party in Key West! Perfect vibe and sturdy for all the cocktails." —Bach to Basic

    Get it from Funboy for $20 (originally $25).

    6. A cooling SPF 30 sunscreen because nothing puts a damper on your fun beach day like realizing you forgot sunscreen and you're on hour three of lounging in the sun. 

    The two pack of sunscreen
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great product. I love that this is available in a twin pack. It's easy to apply. I applied often ( maybe even more than recommended ) but after multiple days in the Florida sun the product left me burn free. Keep in mind that it still gives you a bit of a tan but it leaves no sunburn damage. This is my go-to sun protectant and will be all I buy in the future." —JBG

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.47+ (available in multiple styles).

    7. Or this SPF 30 sunscreen from Black Girl Sunscreen that won't leave behind that pesky milky look that most sunscreens do. This formula is infused with jojoba and avocado for the ultimate skin hydration *and* goes on completely sheer!

    a model holding up a black squeeze bottle of SPF 30 sunscreen
    a model posing with the bottle of sunscreen
    blackgirlsunscreen / Via www.instagram.com, blackgirlsunscreen / Via www.instagram.com

    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.

    8. A set of beach toys because when your kids are whining about being bored an hour into your beach day, you're going to regret not bringing along some sandcastle-building fun to keep them entertained. And by kids, I mean me. 

    A reviewer's beautiful sand castle and fort created with the toy set
    A set of red, yellow, blue, and green toys with a green sand pail on a hardwood floor

    Promising review: "My son loves playing in the sand at the beach or in our yard in the sandbox. This set has everything you could possibly need for playing in the sand. It has a bucket, various molds, shovel, rake, watering can, a sand sifter, and four small blow up beach balls. Probably the best thing this set includes, for me anyway, is a plastic zip-up storage bad and a net bag to use at the beach when the toys are wet and covered in sand. I have two kids and have purchased numerous sand toy sets over the years because they never come with a decent reusable bag and end up getting lost over time. These toys are bright colored and made from a thick plastic. They are a much better quality than some of the ones I have purchased from dollar stores in the past" —Jessika

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A universal phone shade so you can actually read the screen on your phone without being completely blinded by the sun (and burnt!).

    model with the fan-shaped shade attached to their phone and blocking the sun from their face
    Shadey Attachments / Etsy

    Shadey Attachments is a UK-based small business that came up with this idea after seeing people struggle to view their phone while lounging in the sun. The shades attaches to most mobile devices by suction and fans out to protect your face from UV rays. 

    Promising review: "I ordered this last-minute for Christmas holiday, and I can honestly say, I now can’t use my phone in the sun without it! It took a second to get going and to realize you have to point it at the sun to put your face in the shade (also better for the wrinkles). It's literally the best thing ever for the sun." —Hayley Place

    Get it from Shadey Attachments on Etsy for $16.52 (available in six colors). 

    10. A tumbler with double-wall vacuum insulation that'll keep your favorite drink ice cold all day long at the beach, even on the hottest day of the summer.

    reviewer photo of a two toned insulated tumbler cup with a straw in a car
    reviewer photo of a person holding up a two toned tumbler at the beach

    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 $17.99+ (available in five sizes and 35 colors).

    11. A pair of bottle opener sunglasses so you can keep your peepers protected from the sun's harmful rays *and* be the most useful person at the beach. Pop those drinks and party on!

    Person is opening a bottle of beer using the end of the glasses
    The sunglasses
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are great, practical, and fun glasses! The sunglasses work well under very sunny conditions, they are comfortable to wear, and having the bottle opener is a hoot! They work great." —LisaC

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).

    12. A swimsuit cover-up that'll instantly become your designated beach outfit every summer. It looks polished enough to be worn as a regular dress but cozy enough to lounge in by the sea. This makes it great for vacations when you don't want to go back to the hotel room to change but can't show up to dinner in your bathing suit!

    reviewer wearing a lilac cover-up while at the beach
    reviewer wearing a white cover-up while on the beach

    Promising review: "The beach dress is a soft, breathable material (100% cotton), color is so subtle and exactly like you see in the picture. The shirt/dress/coverup is so lightweight and flowy. You could easily wear this as a dress at a beach cafe, it’s definitely long enough and beautifully designed. The sleeves have tabs to keep them rolled up.. without the hassle of buttons." —Chifly

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in women's sizes S–3XL and 36 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    13. A pack of waterproof bandages so you don't have to worry about it coming off in the water or sand and creating unnecessary waste. Kids are always getting into things they shouldn't so it's imperative to have a couple of these stashed away.

    The bandaids
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best waterproof bandages out there. I've been using these for years now and really love them. I keep them in our beach bag and they've stayed good through years of hot days and are still usable when I need them. Usually adhesive bandages get ruined really fast in heat. They stick so well that you can swim and do whatever and be sure they'll stay on. I've even once used it to seal my broken nail while waiting on nail repair kit to arrive. These are my favorite beach bandages." —MooMeow

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $11.15 (available in various quantities and three styles).

    14. The Ring Thing — a waterproof clip-on holder to keep all of your rings secure in one place in your bag while you frolic in the ocean or play beach volleyball with your friends. 

    small purple ring holder with twist-on lid
    Ring Thing Designs / Etsy

    Ring Thing Design is a woman-owned small biz dedicated to creating stylish and functional products. A portion of each sale for this product is donated to nonprofits working to stop human trafficking. 

    Promising review: "I was unsure about this purchase. I didn’t think I would use it to its full potential, but, man oh man, was I wrong. I use it everyday. It’s where I store my engagement ring. While at work, I put it in the Ring Thing, and after, I am free to pop it back on. It has given me the power to shut my fiancé up when I 'forget' my ring. I NEVER FORGET NOW! It’s always with me. This is money well spent. Don’t sleep on getting yours." —Liliana

    Get it from Ring Thing Designs on Etsy for $19.95 (available in seven colors). 

    15. A bug bite suction tool because, yes, there *are* still bugs at the beach and this clever tool will help alleviate any itchiness in as little as 30 seconds. Simply place it on the bite securely, pull the lever up and *suck* the poison out!

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it, the editor holding the suction tool and an after photo of the swelling reduced on the editor's arm.
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am an adult who hates mosquito bites, so much so that I often will avoid going outside. I am a mosquito magnet when others I am with won’t get any bites. I will itch for days to the point my bites bleed. With this, I suction the bites a few times and no more itch. If on the rare occasion it flares up a few days later, I suction again and no more itch! I love this thing. If I could give it 10 stars I would!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three colors).

    16. A super sturdy beach umbrella to keep your area shaded and secure from any annoying sandy winds. Also, this prevents the *very* dangerous rogue umbrella from flying away and potentially hurting someone.

    Two people sitting under the umbrella
    Reviewer is eating grapes in front of the umbrella at the beach

    This comes with stakes to keep it extra sturdy and a carrying bag for easy transport. It's also made with wind flaps to keep sand out when the wind is blowing in — it's basically the best way to go to the beach without having to deal with any parts of the beach.

    Promising review: "The last time we were at the beach the wind was fairly strong but the this 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 this. 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 $64.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. A cutout lounge chair that'll let you soak in the sun while providing the perfect way to read your book or answer some texts about how amazing your beach day is. ☀️

    Model is laying on the chair belly down and reading a book
    Reviewer is reading a book under the chair

    Promising review: "I was looking for a QUALITY trifold, easy to carry, chaise that I could lie on facedown and not either smother or wrench my neck. It checks ALL the boxes! I can read while facedown now or simply breathe and not need neck therapy. It’s sturdy, quality, functional and has a carry strap. Do I need to say more? I’m considering buying a second in case I can’t get one in the future. —DMD

    Get it from Amazon for $67.95+ (available in five colors and three styles).

    18. A pack of eight beach clips you can easily attach to your umbrella or the back of your chair to keep snacks, clothing, and extra towels off the sand.

    The beach clips in pink, yellow, green, and blue
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I loved having these in my beach bag. I use them to secure beach towels, hats, and cover ups to my chair. I even used these as chip clips in the beach condo! People ask where I found them." —Sarah McCoy

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. A set of four lunch-box sized ice packs so you can keep your food cool without having to bring a hefty plastic cooler that is always the biggest pain when carrying it down to the sand. 

    Person is putting a sandwich in a cooler with ice packs on the edge
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I initially needed something small and slim for the cooler on beach days but now I use them regularly when packing lunches, picking up groceries, etc. They're super durable and the perfect size!" —Haley

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in larger packs).

    20. A towel designed to ~literally~ repel sand unlike most beach towels that become sand's best friend. They're fast-drying and super lightweight!

    two rumpl blankets sitting on a long piece of driftwood
    person using a rumpl beach towel to wipe off sand
    Rumpl

    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 seven colors).

    21. A rechargeable handheld fan perfect for those beach days when the wind is practically nonexistent and the sun has shown you no mercy.

    It takes about three hours to fully charge. The battery can last between three to eight hours depending on which of the three speeds you've set it on. 

    Promising review: "I am so happy I purchased this. It definitely makes my life slot cooler. Great for traveling or those occasional hot flashes. I love that it doesn't need countless batteries that die quickly. I can just recharge it. The battery lasts quite a while as well. It has three settings low, medium, and high, and let me tell you the highest setting really puts out some air. I was really amazed at the strength of the fan on the highest setting. It's definitely worth every penny. I like taking mine to work when I get overheated because I'm always hot or when I go to the beach. It always comes in handy living in this hot, humid climate." —Rae

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

    22. Or a cooling towel you can soak in cold water and place around your neck to keep you cool all day long.

    Reviewer with the towel around their neck
    reviewer's dog with a towel draped over it as it lays outside

    Please note: You should avoid using the towel in the same spot for longer than half an hour. The towel can absorb the moisture and oil from your skin, resulting in dry skin.

    Promising review: "This is the best for the summer heat. I even wrap one around my dog in summer in the car. I've bought multiples and gave one to mail carrier and maintenance guy...total game changer for us." —lou100

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    23. A Slammo game set to provide endless entertainment for when your usual beach nap just isn't cutting it. 

    Four people playing the game at the beach
    Amazon

    How to play: This game needs to be played with four people, two on each team. each team has three hits to bounce or spike the ball to the net. It's a lot like volleyball! This set includes the net, a carrying case, and three balls.

    Promising review: "This is an EXTREMELY fun beach game! I saw tons of people playing it last year so I decided to pull the trigger. Came with everything pictures and set-up was very easy. I have used it a few times and it seems very durable. Yes it is made of plastic so you will have to be careful not to leave it in a hot car, but as long as you think it will be fine! I love the handy pouch and the fact that it came with a training ball! I can get a very nice strong tension on the net quickly and easily!" —Casey Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    24. A full face snorkel mask with a wide viewing mask and comfortable padding, so you can admire all of the ocean life at the beach without worrying about water seeping in every 30 seconds. 

    This bad boy has two chambers and four intake valves to allow air to circulate in and out freely. It uses one-way valves *and* a separate breathing chamber to ensure fresh air is always circulating through the mask. The mask provides 50 percent easier breathing compared to other full face snorkeling masks.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic snorkel! I've tried other full face snorkels and they worked just fine. This gives a much bigger field of view and is a lot more comfortable than the others. I think other snorkels compromise on the viewing field and comfort in order to keep water from flooding the mask. You'll spend less money on different masks but it is most definitely worth the little extra money to get this mask and be able to be comfortable and experience life beneath the water with a huge field of view!! The GoPro mount is a very nice addition. Highly recommend!!!" —A Dougherty

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in sizes S–L and six colors).

    25. A pair of aqua socks that'll protect your feet from not just sharp and dangerous things lurking in the water, but gross, slimy things too. 

    Reviewer pic of them wearing the shoes on top of a kayak
    Reviewer is wearing the black water socks at the beach

    One time (before I got these), I decided to go swimming in a lake. I started to walk in and immediately recoiled by the feeling of the slimy, murky, gooey texture of the ground. Now I won't go anywhere in bodies of water without these. The bottom has a thick nonskid sole so you can get a better grip of slippery rocks and surfaces under the water and the top feels pretty much like a sock!

    Promising review: "I really can't say enough about these shoes. They are AMAZING 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, even with lots of shells and rocks under my feet. 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 slid the insert back in and wrung them out — they also dry nicely! I definitely need to get more for my entire family for our next beach trip!" —Rachel

    Get them from Amazon for $7.68+ (available in women's sizes 5.5–15 and 43 colors).