Are you ready for some food, tunes, the sun, and sand? Surely it’s a combination of it all that makes for a great day at the beach, but what really sets the tone for your guests is the proper staging. If you need some tips on the right color, umbrella, chair, and more, we’re here to help with a list of essential beach accessories. Just don’t forget to send us an invitation.
For fashion mavens
The Havana straw hat is a timeless classic. Lightweight and comfortable to wear, you’ll forget you had this tropical number on all day. Our favorite thing about it? It’s easily paired with a swimsuit by day and becomes a must-have accessory by night.
Practical for long-haul adventuring, the cooler from Igloo can hold up to 188 cans of soda, beer, and other beverages. This 120-quart insulated cooler features a threaded drain plug, dual snap-fit latches, and swing-up handles with tie-down loop features.
Buy: Igloo Polar Cooler
This oil- and paraben-free sunscreen from La Roche-Posay is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It’s trusted by dermatologists for its broad-spectrum protection for the face and body. It offers UVA and UVB protection and is fast absorbing.
Buy: La Roche-Posay
Just like peeling open your aloe leaf, this organic aloe gel gives an instant cooling sensation. Pure aloe vera provides over 70 natural ingredients that nourish our bodies. From beta-carotene to salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin), aloe gel quickly gets absorbed into your skin. Treat your sunburn or shaving burn, or itchy insect bites with this gel. Gentle enough to use on your face every day, and strong enough to help treat scrapes and cuts, it’s a good practice to always have aloe vera gel in the medicine cabinet.
The regulation size cornhole set includes two solid wood, cornhole boards, eight regulation bean bags, and the rules you need to play by. The set is unadorned allowing purchasers to customize their sets with their own decals and designs. The GoSports set comes ready to use with no installation or construction required to play.
Every day is a great day for this versatile umbrella, as it keeps you safe wherever you go, rain or shine. The clamp allows this portable umbrella to attach to anything. Your golf bag, your stroller, your fence, even attach it to your tailgate for the drizzly gathering. It offers superior sun and UVA and UVB protection, and the way it’s designed, it can swivel 360 degrees to always keep you and your loved ones protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
This chunky style from OOFOS is made with a cushy foam sole that helps absorb impact as you move. Designed for active lifestyles, this is a flip flop that feels good and provides relief for sensitive feet. Even better? These flip-flops are machine washable.
Buy: OOFOS Sandals
Fully cushioned seat
Beachgoers or campers who enjoy a cool drink while relaxing will appreciate the four-can cooler pouch on one side and a mesh drink holder on the other. The chair also has a convenient side pocket to keep magazines, phones, or keys at your fingertips.
Reach for anything
Big wheels keep on turning, to quote John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. And this Mac Wagon has some sturdy big wheels to get you through all types of terrain effortlessly. Its accordion-style floor folds easily, allowing for a simple setup, and just as easy breakdown. And it all fits nicely into a compact storage bag. It even includes an adjustable handle with two mesh holders to hold drinks as you haul your cargo.
Mini but mighty
Because a cooler really only has one job to do – keeping the contents cool – we’re happy when we find one that keeps ice icy for 12 hours. The grey oxford fabric not only gives this cooler a classy look, but it’s water and dirt-resistant. Then it’s lined with PEVA (kind of like PVC) and 6mm plastic foam, which is how it keeps your drinks cold all day. We appreciate how the whole soft lid zips open for access. When you’re done, it folds for easy storage.
Large enough to comfortably hold seven adults, this Wekapo blanket is 10′ by 9′ and features four anchor loops, and comes with six metal stakes. It features four corner pockets, is sand proof, water-resistant, and dries quickly. In addition to using it as a beach blanket, you can use it for camping, picnics, hiking, and more.
Buy: Wekapo Beach Blanket
Designed for those who crave outdoor activities, these 100 percent polarized RIVBOS sunglasses were practically designed with Florida in mind. The wraparound frames fit snugly on the face and keep the eyes protected from UV rays, wind, and sand.
*Compiled from previous reviews
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.