Nothing says summer—or vacation—like a day at the beach. Sun, surf, and sand are all you need for a perfect day… except for a few essential beach gear items. Here’s everything you need to make sure your day at the beach is as relaxing as possible.
Let’s start with the most important item when you’re heading to the beach—sun protection. As someone who lives on an island, I’ve tried just about every type of sun protection you can think of. But I’ve narrowed it down to these essential few items you’ll need to spend a day at the beach.
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For sunscreen, I look for two things—high SPF and products without chemical sunscreens. I’ve tested so many brands, but these are my go-to sunscreens. Always remember to apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply often!
For days at the beach, I look for SPF 50 in a product that’s moisture resistant. I’ve been using this SkinCeuticals UV Defense Sunscreen for years and it is the best face sunscreen I’ve tried. It’s perfect for days at the beach or for any outdoor activity.
I’m a huge fan of Juice Beauty and their Sport sunscreen is my favorite for beach days. Unlike other physical sunblocks I’ve tried, it doesn’t leave a white film if you rub it in well. It’s SPF 30 and water resistant for 80 minutes. I’ve never gotten a sunburn with it.
This one is my favorite! I searched a long time for the perfect sun hat. This one is cute, light and breathable and most importantly UPF50!
I love that this shirt is breathable and UPF 50. It even has mesh panels on the underside of the sleeves for cooling and venting. Perfect to throw on if you get a little too much sun.
The perfect beach towels
This quick dry beach towel is large, lightweight and it folds up into its own storage bag making it super easy to stash in your tote—great for keeping your beach bag sand free.
Beach chairs and umbrellas
This is optional, but I love beach chairs and umbrellas (more sun protection!) when I’m at the beach. You can often find heavy duty rentable chairs and umbrellas already set up at the beach. But if you want to bring your own, lightweight beach umbrellas and beach chairs with a shoulder strap are great options.
If you’re at the beach, don’t forget to stay hydrated. This stainless steel insulated bottle will keep your beach beverage of choice cold up to 24 hours.
This essential beach gear will make for a good beach day whether you’re hitting the local beach or your dream beach destinations. And depending on where you’re headed, you may want to include beach toys or water shoes as well. Be sure to add these items to your beach vacation packing list.
Your essential beach gear
What are your must-have beach day essentials? Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments below!