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    34 Things You Absolutely Need If You're Planning On Being At The Beach All Summer

    I'm from Florida and thereby have the authority to tell you what to bring to the beach!

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    1. A go-to halter bathing suit so that you don't have to waste any more time trying to figure out your beach oufit. Throw this cutie on, and get your booty to the shore!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $25.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 19 colors).

    Check out "This $25 High-Waisted, One-Piece Swimsuit Seriously Fits Everyone Like A Total Dream" for more amazing reviews of this suit!

    2. A huge umbrella that's actually sturdy enough to hold up to the ocean breeze. We've all seen someone chase their umbrella in the wind and vowed not to repeat their mistakes.

    Amazon

    This umbrella even has wind flaps so you stay EXTRA protected against any flying sand! It comes with stakes for security and a carrying bag for easy transport.

    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 $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    3. A set of towel clips to prevent the wind from blowing your towel all the way down the damn beach, making you chase after it like a FOOL.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Loved having these in my beach bag. Used them to secure beach towel to a chair, or a hat/coverup. Even clipped one to the umbrella to create a longer shade area by attaching a shirt. Used as chip clips in the beach condo too! Two secured a flag to balcony railing. People asked where I found them." —Sara McCoy

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $6.79.

    4. A set of striped beach towels so you can feel like you're laying out in your own cabana at a resort...even if you're just splayed out on an old chair at your town pool.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We live just 300 yards from the beach and we go through beach towels quickly. We use them out visiting family and friends and around the pool as well. So many of the 'tourist' towels really don't stand up to the wear, but these do — they are actual towels and not beach-front souvenirs! Absorbent and soft the colors stay vibrant. They're great towels." —Dr.L.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $31.99.

    5. A dramatic maxi cover up that will make you look like the true Heart of the Ocean.

    Forever21

    Get it from Forever21 for $29.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    6. Some beach reads to pass the time in the best way possible. Try The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang) if you're in the mood for a refreshingly new unique take on a sexy romance and Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple) for a familial mystery so wild, it'll literally take you to the ends of the earth.

    Amazon

    In The Kiss Quotient, love and relationships have never been natural for Stella, a brilliant statistician on the autism spectrum. But when she hires a male escort to give her relationship lessons, she winds end up learning a whole lot more than what's on her itinerary.

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette follows 15-year-old Bee Branch as she wades through emails, faxes, and letters in order to find her mother, the eccentric and disappeared Bernadette Fox.

    Get them from Amazon: The Kiss Quotient for $10.20 and Where'd You Go, Bernadette for $12.68.

    7. A large mesh beach bag that'll hold E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G you could possibly need, but lets sand fall right through. Good riddance!

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    Promising review: "Thank you for making this beach bag! It is exactly as described. The outer pockets are roomy and deep enough to keep things like sunblock from falling out, and the bag itself has tons of room without being bulky. The mesh material keeps your things in, but helps you get rid of the sand so you don't bring home half of the beach. The straps are the perfect length and very comfortable, even when the bag is loaded down. I was able to get rid of the sand toy bag and the main beach bag to use only this one. So happy with this purchase." —Life is Short

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in 11 colors).

    8. A lightweight pair of flip flops to protect your feet from that hot, hot sand. And after you're done, sand will just wash right off these babies — no more tracking it back home!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These flip flops make great pool, beach, and shower shoes. I'm glad I bought these! I love Crocs because they are lightweight, easy to clean, and give you lots of cushion with each step." —Mr. & Mrs. Kelley

    Get them from Amazon for $12.40+ (available in sizes 4–11 and seven colors).

    9. A wide-brimmed hat so you can protect your eyes and face from UV rays while also looking cool as hell.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Y’all! This hat is everything. Such good quality for the price. I got the white one — it’s super cute and flattering, and the brim is the perfect size to not be uncomfortable if you’re laying out on a beach chair. I want to get one in every color now! The best part is the tie inside the hat to make it fit to your head so that no wind will blow it off. Love! My favorite new addition to my wardrobe, hands down." —jovie

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 30 colors).

    10. A comfy beach chair that will become a temporary bed for when you're feeling a little beachy nap time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very comfortable and good quality. Doesn't take up much space in my trunk, easy to carry. I live in FL, have already changed many different beach chairs, and for now this one is the best. Highly recommend this product." —Yuliya

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    11. A chair canopy to keep your precious face out of the harsh sun as you enter hour five of reading a transfixing romance novel.

    Amazon

    The canopy can clip onto most beach chair frames.

    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 $17.75.

    12. An avocado beach towel, because avocado isn't just a super food — it's also a super accessory.

    Forever21

    Get it from Forever21 for $28.

    13. A beach toy set that's bundles of fun for all ages. NO ONE is too old to enjoy decorating a sandcastle with a seashell mold. NO ONE.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a FANTASTIC sand toy set, all in a neat, light-weight netting with straps that my 18 month old grandson can put on his back like a backpack and be a BIG BOY! There are long shovels and rakes and short little shovels and rakes. There are turtle and starfish molds that work so well in the sand. And the sand sifter does a great job, too. There’s also a water can and two sizes of buckets. It’s hard to believe how much fits in this cute little bag, and it's so easy to stuff all of it back in the bag when done. Clean-up is a breeze. Highly recommend!" —Linda Rotramel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    14. A chiffon cover up with tassels, becasue if you're not waltzing from the car to the beach like it's a runway, honestly, what's the point?

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This cover up is awesome! It hangs nicely on my frame and is actually pretty elegant looking over a bathing suit. I could even see wearing it over a tank top with a pair of jeans. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality, yet affordable, swimsuit cover up." —tech702003

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 25 colors).

    15. A waterproof bluetooth speaker so you can have a little beach dance party. Your towel neighbors won't be mad because they'll be begging to join in the fun!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve had this speaker for two years and it still sounds and holds battery life like it did when I first purchased it. I’ve used it at the beach, in my shower, and even had a kid accidentally drop it in the pool, and it’s still in great shape. The sound is crystal clear and it’s surprisingly loud for how small the actual speaker is." —Alex Lipford

    Get it from Amazon for $37.90+ (avaialble in six colors).

    16. An outdoor utility wagon so you can haul all of your goods up the beach to find the perfect spot. Whether it's your 30-rack, dog, or — idk — kids, this baby wagon's got you covered.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Every busy family needs this. We use it to carry our sports equipment, beach gear, and even our two young kids (1 and 3 years old). The wheels are very sturdy. We've used it over grass and gravel, and it rolls without issue. The handle also extends out and it locks securely in place when not used. The whole cart also folds and unfolds easily and isn't too heavy when loading in and out of the car. I've seen this in stores, but it was a much better price here. Definitely recommend." —Jheneya

    Get it from Amazon for $67.18.

    17. A set of cup holders because you could argue that sand is Nature's cup holder, but drinking a cold bevie from a can caked with sand is a bummer to say the least.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have used these on multiple beach vacations since purchasing them, and they are awesome. They’re perfect for holding drinks and snacks in the sand while keeping your hands free and your snacks sand-free. The cup design is great and ensures that the cups don’t budge, even when it’s windy. They’re also very easy to clean — usually all you need is a quick rinse. I highly recommend these." —Hibah

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 13 colors).

    18. An insulated rolling cooler that makes bringing along delicious snacks and meals easy as ~pie~.

    Amazon

    This leak-proof cooler is also collapsible when not in use!

    Promising review: "Just took it to the beach, and it works so well! I had six waters, six Pineapple-ritas, four grinder-size sandwiches and three ice packs, and there was just enough room for a big bag of M&M’s! Love it. " —Carrie Olvitt

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

    19. Polarized sunglasses so that you don't have to strain your eyes while watching the sun set over the water.

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    Promising review: "These are my new favorite sunglasses. The lenses are crystal clear and the don't cloud up when it is very humid outside. I even wore them at the beach and there was no residue on them from the sand and saltwater. I definitely recommend." —Good Girl in TX

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 19 colors).

    20. A ladder toss game that's easy to transport and set up so you can keep you *and* your crew entertained all the live long day.

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    Players toss the bolas (the ball and rope things) at the ladders in attempt to get them wrapped around the rungs. The higher the rung, the more points!

    Promising review: "This was bought for my boyfriend's birthday, and it's exactly what we wanted! Very sturdy and easy to construct and take apart. Perfect for play in the yard or at the beach. The plastic frame is very thick and is very sturdy. The carrying bag seems to be well-constructed as well and makes transport so much easier. We love going to the beach and this was the perfect addition to our collection of beach games." —Ciara

    Get it from Amazon for $37.49.

    21. And a corn hole set if you want to have a veritable beach Olympics!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Got this for a little beach fun. It went over well. It's lightweight and easily transported. It takes up little space in the trunk. Sets up quickly and tears down just as quickly. Good buy for the price. Seems sturdy and looks like it will last with a little effort and care." —Dennis

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

    22. A TomboyX swim suit that will give you the freedom to do SO MANY ACTIVITIES. Rock those beach cartwheels!

    TomboyX

    TomboyX is a queer-owned company specializing in comfortable and gender-affirming undergarments and swimwear for everybody with any body. Check out the rest of their suits here!

    Get them from TomboyX: the shorts for $55 (available in sizes XS–4XL and six colors) and the top for $45 (available in sixes XS–4XL and five colors).

    23. A serious sand castle kit with specific tools for forming brick walls and battlements that will be the envy of King Neptune himself.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit comes with a 10" cylinder, a 6" cylinder, a multi-tool, a brick battlement form, a window cutter, and a mesh bag.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40.

    24. A twin pack of Banana Boat spray-on sunscreen that makes application a million times easier while still providing the same great protection.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It arrived in a timely manner and worked perfect on our sunny vacation. Spray was so much faster and easier to use than lotion and was way less messy on a sandy beach." —Humorous Goddess

    Get it from Amazon for $11.85 (also available as a lotion or in SPF 30).

    25. And some high-SPF, non-greasy Neutrogena stick sunscreen perfect for keeping your face from getting a terrible sunglasses tan.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just spent 9 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 $8.52.

    26. A faux-rug beach towel if you want to lay out while still maintaining your homebody ~aesthetic~.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34.95.

    27. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite that makes it possible for you to read AND frolic in the ocean simultaneously if that's what's in your heart.

    Abby Kass, Amazon

    My coworker and Kindle-lover Abby Kass says: "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.

    For more hot (...wet?) takes on this Kindle, check out "The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof, And I'm Bringing It On Vacation."

    28. A cheery high-waisted bikini for when summer beach weather is finally in full ~bloom~.

    ModCloth

    Get it from ModCloth: the top for $44.99 (originally $49, available in sizes XS–3XL and three colors) and the bottoms for $39.99 (originally $45, available in sizes XS–3XL and six colors).

    29. A boogie board so you can catch some waves and yell "Cowabunga, dude!" even if you've never stepped foot on a surfboard in your life.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Took these on my beach vacation, and after a week of hard use and my kids dragging and sitting on them they are still intact. I won't have to purchase new ones for next year. so I highly recommend these." —melanie

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

    30. A visor for effectively combatting sun exposure but also...might be...chic?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wonderful. No more headaches and no more sunburns on my face. The bill is huge but it’s exactly what I wanted. I’m so very happy. Thank you. Love that it doesn’t pinch my head at all yet feels so secure." —Erica H.

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

    31. Reef flip flops that will make you look like you practically live on the beach. Nope, no shoobies here!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Took some time to find these, but they are the same model I've been wearing for almost 20 years. They last forever and are so comfortable. They're all purpose, for the beach, chillin', grocery shopping, whatever! I've worn the same ones from 2013 to 2017, wearing them pretty much everyday. You can't go wrong." —Corey Kepler

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes 4–15).

    32. Some coconut sunnies if you want to take your commitment to lounging in paradise up to 11.

    Bando

    Get them from Ban.do for $9.

    33. An insulated Hydro Flask water bottle because it would suck to ironically be dehydrated while surrounded by all that water.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these bottles! How can you giving with a double wall insulated stainless steal bottle? My water stays cold forever and the side makes it perfect to bring places. The color is perfect." —Matt Bonney

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in five sizes and 22 colors).

    34. A flying disc so you can make like a dog and play some fetch with your friends.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We saw folks playing with this on the beach while on vacation in Florida and immediately ordered one for ourselves. When we made it down to our NC beach, we couldn't wait to try it out. We were not at all disappointed. Forget all you know about a typical Frisbee. This thing will go twice as far, if not more, than any Frisbee and it's much easier to throw. Have fun!" —T. J. Boone

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    Have a rad time at the beach all summer! Don't forget to pick up your trash and leave the shore how you found it!

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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