Did you know that going to the beach is actually good for your mental health? It’s true! And just one of the many reasons why it’s important to make time to hang out with family and friends near the ocean this summer!

But if you don’t go to the beach often, or haven’t been in a while, deciding what items to bring with you can be a bit overwhelming. And once you’ve gotten to the beach and realized you’ve forgotten something important, it can be a real day ruiner, to say the least. 

So if you’re asking yourself questions like “what are the must-have items for any beach day trip?” then you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll tell you 10 must-have items that you need to have with you this summer before heading off to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.

Now then, let’s get started!

1. Cooler

If you’re going to be spending all day at the beach, the first thing on your list of items to bring with you should be cooler.

A cooler will be what stores quite a few of the other items on this list, so it’s a good place to start. The number of people coming to the beach with you will determine the size cooler you need, as you’ll need to pack more items for more people.

You’re going to want to store drinks, as well as any snacks that you want to keep out of the heat, inside of your cooler. It’s also not a bad idea to have a cooler with wheels, that way it’s easier to transport between the beach and your car.

2. Drinks

It can get pretty hot on the beach and staying hydrated is essential for an enjoyable day in the sun, which is why it’s important to stock your cooler with ice-cold drinks.

Sodas and other beverages are nice to have but don’t forget to pack plenty of water, too. It might not be the most exciting drink to carry to the beach with you, but it’s the best way to stay hydrated while soaking in the sun and enjoying the waves.

To make your water a little more fun, why not put it in a custom water bottle? This unique collection has a ton of choices to choose from, all of which are perfect to carry with you to the beach. 

3. Snacks

If you’re planning to spend the entire day at the beach, you’re going to want to pack some food you can snack on throughout the day. Especially during the summer months, parking at the beach can be hard to find, and the last thing you want to do is risk giving up your spot for a fast food run. Items like sandwiches, chips, and fruit are all good choices, are easy to eat, and will fit nicely inside of your cooler.

4. Sunscreen

Believe it or not, skin cancer is actually on the rise, which is why it’s important to pack lots of sunscreen with you when heading to the beach.

Certain sunscreens work better for the beach than others, so keep that in mind when making a purchase. Also, don’t forget to reapply when needed, especially after swimming, as even waterproof sunscreens aren’t totally impervious to long periods of time in the ocean. If you want to listen to music while you swim be sure to try out these cool swimming headphones.

5. Chairs

Beach sand can get very hot, and sitting on the ground can become very uncomfortable very quickly, which is why you’ll want to have plenty of chairs for you and your friends and family to sit on while on the beach. If you’re planning on spending a lot of your time out of the water, a chair is a no brainer.

But even if you’re an avid swimmer, having a nice chair to relax in and dry off on is worth the effort it takes to drag one from the car to the beach.

6. Towels

Sure, having towels for people to use to dry off or lay on is pretty self-explanatory. But if you’re driving to and from the beach, it’s a good idea to bring a few extra towels for people to sit on while in your car.

7. Umbrella

An umbrella is another clever way to fight the heat, and the sun, so you and your party can stay cool while hanging out by the water.

Again, this will help protect you from the sun, and lower the temperature around your cooler and chairs, assuming you have an umbrella big enough for those items to fit under.

Just be sure to steak your umbrella down in the ground properly, so it doesn’t blow away while you’re in the water or walking down the beach. 

8. Sand Toys

If you’re bringing kids along with you to the beach, sand toys are cheap and easy to find in just about every beach shop around. Playing in the sand is a blast for adults too, and sand toys help take that fun to the next level.

Frisbees and footballs are also perfect for beach fun and don’t take up much room, either, which is an added bonus.

9. Waterproof Box

Losing items on the beach, or having electronics ruined by the water, can turn your beach vacation from a dream to a nightmare. 

A small waterproof box is a great way to keep items like your phone, keys, and wallet safe from the sand and water.

10. Waterproof Speaker

Last but not least, a waterproof speaker can absolutely take your beach party to the next level. Having the ability to play some tunes is awesome, and with a waterproof speaker, you won’t have to worry about any kind of water damage ruining any other Bluetooth speaker you may own.

Have a Great Time at the Beach This Summer!

Well, there you have it! Those are the 10 must-have beach items for this summer.

Remember, it’s important to beat the heat as much as you can. The ocean can help cool you off, sure, but items like food, water, and sunscreen are important and should be at the top of your list.

A nice cooler to store some of these items is a good place to start, though, and don’t forget about chairs, either.

Looking for more tips and tricks on how to make a day at the beach fun for you and the kids? Check out our blog!

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