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25 Things​ You Need For The Perfect Day At The Beach

Feel the sand in between your toes and also in your soul.

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1. Upgrade your beach towel to one that includes a built-in pillow (and pockets for various belongings) for the best sun-soaked nap of your life.

*in extreme mom voice* Just don't forget to wear SPF!!!

Get it from The Grommet for $35.95 (available in four styles).


2. Situate yourself in a beach chair with one 👏 very important feature 👏 — a canopy shade!

Promising review: "I purchased two for the beach to have an all-in-one chair/umbrella. The chairs are very comfortable and easy to open/shut, as is the canopy. The canopy is sturdy and can also be easily adjusted to various heights and angles to ensure proper shade from the sun. There is also a pocket on the side for your phone/keys/etc. I really am happy with this purchase!" —guardinanangel

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

Or if you want a super extra chair that has a fold-out table (with shelves!) and a larger cooler, check this one out.

3. Or go the full mile and retreat into a shady tent that's ridiculously lightweight, easy to set up, and actually fits back inside its carrying bag.,

Promising review: "Excellent design, high quality construction. Weighs no more than a beach umbrella (about a half-gallon milk carton), but offers much more in terms of sun protection, privacy, and comfort. Super easy setup — took me seconds to set up the first time, and same for take down. It's a bit wider than a king-size bed, so there's plenty of room for me and two kids. The sewn-in side pockets are a nice feature for keeping snacks and iPads off the floor. The floor is made of a tarp-like fabric, which is great given how abrasive sand is. The built-in sand anchors provide extra stability on windy days." —Edward Barnett

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (L) or $99.99 (XL).

4. Document the best moments (before sand inevitably infiltrates every part of your body) with a stylish matte Instax that whips out flawless, vintage-tinged snaps.

@fujifilm_instax_northamerica / Via

#doitforthegram Plus, it comes with a selfie mirror feature, booyah.

Promising review: "This camera is exactly what I wanted — the tone and quality of the film are not compromised by the small size of the picture size. Perfect camera for a fun day out with friends and family." —riversquared

Get it from Amazon for $87.95+ (available in six colors).

5. Prep the gang for an epic water balloon fight in just 60 secs with a filler and balloons set* (with a self-tying design, because thank the heavens).

*not responsible for any relationship-ruining effects it may have

Get a pack of three (100 balloons total) from Urban Outfitters for $16 or Amazon for $9.99.

6. Sport a handheld misting fan everywhere you go for a pocket-sized blast of cool relief.

Say hello to your beach trip LIFELINE.

Promising review: "I'm very picky when it comes to handheld fans, but this one is definitely a winner. I've bought plenty in the past and none of them give you the amount of wind that the third setting on this one does, it's unreal. 10/10 would recommend." —Jessica Kabat

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).


7. Rock a flattering swimsuit to solidify your status as the fiercest babe on the beach.,

Plus, coverage and no skimpy bikini string bean straps (aka accidents waiting to happen).

Promising review: "Surprisingly great fit. I am on the bustier side, but the suit still has awesome upward stretch without showing too much side boob. It's snug enough to make everything look great without being too tight." —H

Get it from Amazon for $21.55 (available in sizes S-XL and 13 styles).

If you prefer a higher cut over a plunge, try this one.

8. Dab, dab, and dab on some more baby powder in order to stop sand from clinging onto you.

I'm sorry, sand; I think we need to break up. It's not yo — just kidding, it's definitely you.

Promising review: "Bring baby powder to get the sand off of you and your personal items! It soaks up all of the moisture and the sand practically falls off of your skin!" —ashtynwaltrip56

Get it from Amazon for $1.92+.

11. Or for something a lil' more discreet, use sunscreen bottles that are meant for anything but.

Just don't forget your *actual* sunscreen! Wow, I'm really driving the mom thing hard today.

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.99.


14. Apply coconut oil to your hair for a protective layer against sun and salt water damage.

Promising review: "A few years ago I switched from fancy expensive creams to using coconut oil after reading positive articles and reviews. It only takes a very small amount to melt in your hands and apply, and at the beach I put a little into my damp hair to protect it from sun damage, but I basically use it from head to toe. It goes onto the skin cool, which feels wonderful after a day in the sun." —mimi13

Get it from Amazon for $10.47.


18. Ditch your flimsy beach towel for a weather-proof, mildew-resistant mat that makes clean-up a total breeze.

So this is what T-Swift was referring to, right?

"I'm just gonna shake, shake...shake [the sand] off"

Promising review: "I wanted to be able to spread out at the beach without going home with a sand-filled blanket. This lightweight and breathable product gives you ample room and sand slides right off as you're packing for home. It's a great buy." —Darlene

Get it from Amazon for $10.35+ (available in two sizes and three styles).

19. Take some whale-y sick underwater videos on your phone using a handy dandy waterproof case.

Being apart from your phone? NO, NEVER.

Promising review: "I was skeptical because of the low price, but this case worked amazingly well. I was able to take my iPhone 5S into and under the water and it kept the phone dry and safe, and also enabled me to take underwater video. I would turn on video recording above the water surface and then take video while snorkeling, and if I wanted photos, I would later pause the videos and take screenshots. The case was also very handy simply because I didn't have to leave my phone unprotected on the beach when I wanted to go in for a swim." —angela3000

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


22. Harness those Olympic-level skills of yours by destroying your enemies (I mean, friendly opponents?) in a game of beach volleyball.

Promising review: "This was the perfect set for a beach trip! It has a relatively easy setup and a tote bag for easy transportation. The net actually gets tight enough to play a ball off of it! It doesn't fall down like those cheap Walmart sets and it doesn't cost a fortune, so I'm glad I didn't buy the $200 sets." —Kenton Bradford Duncan III

Get it from Amazon for $81.99.

24. The right tunes make everything better, so keep 'em coming and throw a little dance party with a water resistant bluetooth speaker.

Promising review: "Awesome sound quality, awesome price. When looking for a speaker I just couldn't justify paying 100s of dollars for a small speaker. We love to have cookouts, sit by the fire, play corn hole, etc., and this speaker has gotten a lot of attention. Also, the battery life is amazing!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

25. Dry yourself off (after your friends casually toss you into the water) with a super absorbent microfiber towel.

So you can get back to relaxing and not dripping.

Promising review: "I picked this up to put in my kid's bag and then ended up using it so much that I got two more! Now it's THE towel for swim lessons, the gym, camp, travel, etc. Incredibly absorbent and dries so quickly! Never again will I carry a huge, heavy, wet beach towel. So happy to have this!" —Dawn Quinn

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).