The Best Beach Gear


nikon-coolpix-aw130-digital-cameras-blue, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelWaterproof Camera

The best waterproof cameras were once expensive, but have become much more inexpensive and designed to be just as happy in the water as you are.  What to look for in an waterproof camera:Depth Rating – Underwater cameras are depth-rated. Water pressure increases with depth, and cameras can only withstand so much. The depth rating tells you just how far down they can go.  Shock Proofing measures the vertical height from which the camera can be dropped, but only under the makers’ precise testing conditions. These won’t necessarily reflect real-world conditions, and the makers don’t offer a guarantee against accidental breakage.  Freeze Proofing indicates the lowest temperature at which the camera is guaranteed to operate. But while the camera may be functional, that’s not to say the battery will be.  Lithium-ion cells are more tolerant than other types, but their capacity is still substantially reduced at these temperatures.  Read Our Review & Purchase Here

Our Top Pick:  Nikon COOLPIX AW130 Waterproof Digital Camera with Built-In Wi-Fi 

best flip flops for women, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelFlip Flops

I know we all want to look great at the beach, and that includes our footwear.  But lets be honest not all flip flops work well in the sand or on slippery surfaces.  Here are the best picks for men and women:

Best Flip Flops for Men:  Rhea Vepo Sandals Slip Resistant Comfort Premium Shower Beach Pool Flip Flops  Read our Review & Purchase Here

Best Flop Flops for Women:  Clarks Women’s Breeze Mila Thong Flip-Flops  Read our Review & Purchase Here

best sunglasses for the beach, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelSunglasses

Sure, “cool” is part of it. Everyone needs a little cool now and then.  But slipping on your favorite pair of shades before you go outside is more than just a nice look. It’s critical for a lot of reasons.  You’ll ward off those little wrinkles at the corners of your eyes caused by too much time in the sun.  You’ll keep the whites of your eyes from getting all red and nasty.  And you’ll block the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light.  So grab those sunglasses before you head for the beach, park, or anywhere outside. Grab them whether it’s bright or cloudy. And don’t forget about the little ones.

Best Sunglasses Pick for Men:  Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses  Read our Review & Purchase Here

Best Sunglasses Pick for Women:  Ray-Ban Women’s Erika Wayfarer Sunglasses  Read our Review & Purchase Here

best sunscreen for the beach, Coola Sunscreen, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelSunscreen

You may know that sunscreen is a good idea, especially if you spend plenty of time in the sun, but do you know why? If you haven’t gotten in the habit of wearing sunscreen daily, you should… Read more on the importance of sunscreen why we choose Coola Natural Sunscreen.

Check out our Coola Natural Sunscreen Products & Purchase Here

best beach umbrella, best beach chairs, best beach tents, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBest Beach Umbrella, Shade & Chairs

Enjoy your day on the beach and avoid being overexposed to the sun.  No trip to the beach is complete without a beach umbrella, some beach chairs, and for some a beach shade or tent.  So set up your space in the sand, and enjoy your day at the beach!  Check out the best beach umbrellas here!


best beach bags, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBeach Bags

All year round we dream about lounging on perfectly sandy beaches under the scorching summer sun. Whether it’s Tuesday or Saturday, during the summer season, the beach is always on our minds and packing appropriately is crucial. First and foremost, a super cute beach bag is your bathing suit’s best friend so don’t skimp when searching for the perfect one. Using an old water resistant handbag where you may have messed up the liner at one point is always a resourceful option. To lighten your load and avoid taking a cooler, try placing your super cold drinks in the bottom of your beach bag and place your rolled beach towel over the top. When you arrive at the beach you’ll have a cool towel to lay on the hot sand and your drinks will be perfectly cold. A good  beach tote is essential in promising that you’ll have a fabulous ocean-side experience.  Having the right bag and carrying the right things will make your day at the beach awesome.  Read Our Review & Find the Perfect Beach Bag Here

best beach clothes for women, best swimming suits for women, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBeach Clothes & Swimming Suits For Women

Beach vacations  tend to bring out some clothing skeletons.  Even if you’re an all-black-everything kinda gal in your normal routine, there’s something about heading to the beach that summons a completely different look to include floral prints, terry-cloth cover-ups, short shorts, scantily clad tops, short skirts, sun dresses, or just your bikini and some flip flops. Though vacations may seem like an entirely different style beast — the sand, heat, and pre-noon margaritas might have something to do with it — you don’t have to sacrifice your look to dress the part.  We have clothes from Planet Blue, Billabong, Roxy, and South Beach Swim Suits.  Come check out the best beach wear.

best beach towels, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBeach Towels

When you head to the sandy shores for some sun, be sure to pack a versatile beach towel. Whether you’re drying off after a swim or applying sunscreen by the pool, an oversized beach towel adds style to your outdoor adventures. Check our list of the best beach towels to suit every personality.   Add a splash of color to your summer beach vacation with a cheery beach towel.  Check out our beach towels and grab one for your next visit to the beach.

best beach toys, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBeach Toys

For kids, the best part of a day at the shore is taking along all their beach toys.   Find everything bitty beachgoers need to have fun in the sun in one convenient place.  Our sand and beach toys selection are a blast.  Get the best beach toys here and have a fun adventure at the beach.  Get ready for your family beach trip with the essential best beach toys.

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The Seawag waterproof case for smartphone will be your ideal partner during your aquatic activities to protect your smartphone.  They are completely waterproof and tested to a depth of 25 meters (80 feet), even resistant to sand and dust.  These are an absolute must at the beach, and anywhere around water!  Read our review & purchase the Seawag Here!


the best beach cart wagon, beach cart, beach wagon, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelThe Best Beach Cart Wagon

Having a beach cart wagon for the beach is a must!  Use the beach cart wagon to hold all your beach gear….umbrella, cooler, chairs, towels, beach bag, beach toys, sunscreen….you name it and it will all fit in these carts!   Read our review and get the best beach cart wagon here!


best beach cooler, beach cooler, cooler, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelThe Best Beach Cooler

One of the most popular summer activities is spending the day at the beach and there is no single item that can be more important than a proper beach cooler.  But what is the best beach cooler?  There are a lot of options to choose from.   Read our review and get the best beach cooler for your beach trips!


beverage coolies & holders, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBeverage Coolies and Holders

Hold your favorite ice-cold beer or soft drink can/bottle without getting your hands wet and freezing cold. Visit here for the best selection of coolies and cup holders made just for the beach!



floatables for the beach, beach floatables, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelFloatables For The Beach

What beach trip is any fun without the floatable for the kids, and adults alike?  See the top selling floatables to make your beach trip fun!  Read our review and get the best floatables for the beach here.



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As soon as the weather gets warm, the beach begins to call. And nothing makes a beach visit more fun than some good beach games. Beach games for kids keep them entertained when they are out of the water. Beach games for adults provide both exercise and fun.  Of course, every beach has sand and included are some great sand games your whole family will enjoy. Visit our Fun Beach Games, and have some fun on the beach!

beach vacation essentials, things to take to the beach, things to take on a beach vacation, beach travel gear, beach vacation essentials, beach travelBeach Vacation Essentials

There are certain things you need to pack for your beach trip.  We have everything you need!  << Click Here >> to read all of our beach vacation essentials.  Don’t forget anything!


  1. Jessica

    Very soon the beach will warm up around Connecticut! I would love a beach cart wagon! Instead of an umbrella, we use a beach tent! Its like a tent for camping, but only half of it. It is easy to set up too.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I love the beach cart! Makes it much easier to get things on and off the beach. I also have a beach tent. On windy days, we use the tent as it keeps the sand out of our faces. On other days, we use the umbrella. They are both great to have 🙂 Thanks for reading about the best beach gear!

  2. peter

    Wow, very good list. Almost all necessary equipment included. I think the mobile phone waterproof protector is so necessary, it is a smart way to protect our phone at beaches. we always take pictures, videos at beaches and we all love to share these to social media.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Peter, we both (my son and I ) have Seawags. We can go in the water with not worries, AND don’t have to worry about someone running off with our phones or credit cards and IDs. They are definitely necessary and they work great! Thanks for reading about the best beach gear.

  3. stefanie

    Wow, what a brilliant checklist! And all of them are needed and important for a great beach day. I’d never thought about a mobile phone protector cover for the beach before but I know that I need one as I’ve ruined a phone whilst on holiday once by getting tiny sand particles into it, so that’s another reason other that the worry of getting it wet to use one.
    And the most important thing for me is a nice cool box for all my goodies and drinks as I’m not a fan of all the sugar laden junk foods you get from beach cafes. Plus, I love a beach picnic!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Who doesn’t love a beach picnic Stefanie 🙂 I have the waterproof phone protector, the Seawag, and so does my son. We love it because we can put our id’s and money in there as well. When we head to the water, we don’t have to worry about someone swiping our stuff off our towel. They work perfect and are 100% waterproof. Thanks for reading about the best beach gear!

  4. Kegan

    Super! The waterproof cell phone case looks like a fantastic idea – along with having a waterproof camera too. Looks like you’ve really though of everything! Here in the hot Aussie sun the beer cosie helps to insulate the cold from your warm hands – there’s nothing worse than a warm beer!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree!  There is nothing worse than a warm beer 🙂  Thanks for visiting the best beach gear Kegan!

  5. Julia

    Hi Leahrae,

    You thought of everything! Thank you. Next time, I’ll use your list when getting ready for a beach. 🙂 Only one other thing I would need to remember is to take my Kindle with me as I like reading on the beach. Oh, and maybe thermos-cup to keep my drink cool while drinking and not needing put it into the cooler after each sip. LOL. I liked the idea of the beach Cart Wagon. I didn’t know they exist, and first was suspicious about it riding the sand. But, looking closer at the picture, it seems like its wheels are thick enough, and tires are made to roll on sand. Is it true?
    Great advice! Thank you, Leahrae.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for reading Julia.  Yes, I have one of the beach cart wagons and they go on the sand great.  Actually you will see a lot of them on the beach….at least here they are popular.  Probably because it is a good walk from the parking lot to the beach.  Thanks for reading about the best beach gear.

  6. Jen

    I live within 5 miles of the beach and think this is a very comprehensive list. 2 things for kids that could be helpful are a swimming shirt and a net for picking up fish and shells. The swim shirts give you peace of mind without having to constantly reapply sunscreen on their backs. The fishing net is one of those items many people don’t think of, but actually keeps the kids more occupied than regular sand toys.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know, I live less than 5 miles from the beach as well, and yes I do spend a LOT of time there.  Now that you mention it, yes there are kids…and adults…with nets for the shells.  There are little ones with the shirts too.  I am going to add.  Thank you for the suggestion Jen! 

  7. Daniella

    WOW! Great list!

    I often go to the beach as I live nearby. I really like the list you have suggested in the article. What I need the most for the moment is an excellent bag to bring several things with me. As I leave the bag on the wet sand, it gets wet and all my stuff that is inside, too. I’ve read that bag is water resistant, so my question is will it protect my belongings from water and keep them dry?

    Thank you!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Daniella, I am glad you enjoyed the best beach gear list 🙂  The beach bag I have listed is the one I have.  Of course it is not waterproof, but I keep it with the beach gear, and it does keep the sand and water out.  I believe you will love it!  Thanks for visiting

  8. Amy

    This list is great. I feel like I can just scroll through it before going to the beach and end up with everything I need. Have you thought about beach coolers too? I always bring one if I can. It saves money on food and drinks and keeps them cold. Plus you don’t have to leave your spot when you’re hungry or thirsty.  Any way, great information, and I love all the beach gear you have listed!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for reading Amy.  I keep forgetting to add a cooler to my list.  We take one with us too.  That way we can stay longer, and not have to leave because we are hot and thirsty 🙂  Thanks for reminding me!

  9. michel duhamel

    Nice list of everything a person (or family needs) for the beach. I have always loved going to the beach, and every time I seem to forget something that kinda spoils the trip. Not no more! my wife and I booked marked your page and will use it for future reference. Awesome article thanks!


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Michel. Make sure you stop in and get what you need 🙂 I don’t think I left anything off except the beach and the sand! Thanks for reading about the best beach gear and come back and visit again.

  10. Melissa

    I think this is a great list! I especially love the wagon because carrying a cooler is too much for me. I didn’t know there were waterproof cell phone cases that are safe up to 25 meters, that is so cool knowing you can have protection underwater as well as from the sand. I like the waterproof camera, I have never used one but would love to get some images of fish. Thanks for another great post!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Melissa. Yes, both my son and I have the Seawag and would not go to the beach without them. I can get in the water, go back on the towel, and not worry about water or sand getting all over my phone. They are really great to have. The Nikon water-proof camera is the best one I have seen. It is rugged, durable and waterproof. It also is not affected by the sand. Both of these are really great options for the beach 🙂 Thanks for visiting

  11. Shannon

    This article is speaking to me, anything and everything to do with the beach i’m in! I am creating a beach line of clothing, hopefully when complete I can send you a few pieces for you to review 🙂

    Great tips for the waterproof camera, I think everyone should have this at the beach!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh Shannon, I would love to review them and add them to my site. Please keep me informed and lets do this! Sounds wonderful to me….I am all in too with anything to do with the beach!

  12. jacob

    Whenever i go to the beach, I always find that ive forgotten half the things that i need and end up having to look around the nearby shops or just go without.

    This article will definitely help me ensure that i dont forget anything for my future beach visits so thank a lot for that.

    It also gave me some useful ideas for products to buy such as a water proof phone case.  That I must have!  Thanks!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I do that too sometimes.  Now I just keep everything in my beach bag and in the wagon. So when we go, it is just a matter of throwing it all in the back of the jeep 🙂  The SeaWag waterproof cell phone case is awesome, also keeps the sand off our phones. Thanks for reading about the beast beach gear!

  13. hong

    I always love to read your articles. I always learn new things. This is an awesome list for the things you need for beach. I have heard of a waterproof camera, but never really looked into it. Next summer I will be needing one for a vacation I am taking. I like your recommendation. The Nikon is always a good camera choice. I am going to do some further reading on this camera. I also didn’t know they make a waterproof cell phone case. I drop my phone quite often, which won’t be good when I am at the beach. The Seawag looks like a great cell phone case to keep my phone dry and sand free! Thanks for all your great recommendations!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Hong,

      Thanks for reading about the best beach gear to have for the beach. I personally have a SeaWag…..well my whole family does. We go to the beach quite often and just keep it with us even when we are in the water. It works great! That I can vouch for. The Nikon camera is also a great water-proof camera. It is rugged and the sand will also not damage it. A great choice for an under-water camera that you want to have that will last. Thanks for visiting


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