Today marks the official first day of summer. Summer means lots of time spent outside and lots of beach trips. Have you ever wondered what to bring to the beach when you want to spend the whole day there? Or what to pack when you’re going on a beach vacation? Or maybe, you think you’re a beach expert and have no need for this list. But, we guarantee there’s at least one beach accessory on this list you’ll want.

We did some digging and found a handful of must-have beach accessories you never knew you needed.

For the whole family

Portable charger: this one isn’t too surprising, but a definite beach day necessity. A portable charger saves you a lot of headaches, whether it’s for that Bluetooth speaker you’ve brought for the beach party or for your Kindle while on a beach vacation, your portable charger has got you and your electronics’ back. It’s always hard to remember to fully charge all your electronics the night before. But with a portable charger, you don’t need to. Just make sure your portable charger is fully charged.

A couple enjoying the beach on their sand free mat, a must-have summer beach accessory.
Sand free mat to keep your towel sand free

Sand free mat: no matter how much you try, do you find it’s really hard to keep sand off your towel? If you spend all day at the beach until sunset, you’re bound to have a towel covered in sand by the end of the day. These sand free towels are a definite game changers. They’re made from a mesh cover attached to a tarp-like piece to sit on the bottom, which protects from sand coming up onto the towel. Water and sand fall right through the mesh top, away from your towel. They’re large, which takes up space on a crowded beach, but they’re definitely worth it for a happy beach day.

An awning that attaches to your Jeep to create a shaded area. It's a must have beach accessory for the summer.
Jeep awning for a shaded beach site

Jeep Awning: in some places you can drive your car right onto the beach, which is why a lot of people in those areas own Jeeps, one of the best cars designed for a beach day. Now, there’s an awning designed to attach right to your Jeep, creating a shaded area right at your beach site. No umbrella needed! Plus, the awnings don’t need to be screwed into the ground, like umbrellas, to only fly away when a 5 mph gust of wind occurs. You can easily pack it up and store it in the back of your Jeep for the next beach day.

For the Adults

Spikeball and KanJam: you can decide to bring one of these beach games or both, but you definitely need to bring one along for a day at the beach. Both games are easily transported to the beach of your choosing, they’re simple to setup, and provide hours of beach fun. Spikeball is sometimes better on sand as well since a lot of diving can occur during games. Kan jam takes up a little bit more space, but you can usually find a good spot to play at the beach. You need 4 people for each game, but you can play for fun with just 2 people.

A baseball cap with a hole above the typical baseball cap hole, used for high ponytails and buns. It's a must have beach accessory
For those who want to rock a messy bun or high ponytail at the beach

Ponycap (also called a high ponytail hat): this one is for all the long haired people out there, especially the ladies who love rocking a high ponytail or messy bun during their beach day. It’s a bit of a quirky beach accessory, but definitely a useful one. These trucker hats have the regular snapback hole, but they also have a oval-like shape above that for higher ponytails. Now you can keep that messy bun for your beach hair while also blocking your face from the sun. These are also great for those really sunny days on the water when you paddle board.

A cup holder that digs right into the sand to keep your drinks sand-free. It's a must have beach accessory for the summer.
Convenient holder that sits right in the sand

Sand cup holders: this is a beach party must-have. The worst thing about drinking any beverage at the beach is that the bottom of the cup, can or bottle gets all sandy when you put it down. You start getting sand everywhere and, somehow, it travels up the side of the drink into the actual liquid. The bottom of these cup holders dig into the sand for stability. Once it’s dug in, you have a little holder on top that sits above the sand. Some are even equipped with a place for your drink AND a place for your phone. No more sand infested drinks here!

For the Infants & Toddlers

An infant pop-up pool for the beach with detachable shade. It's a must-have beach accessory for infants and toddlers.
Make your own shaded pool at the beach for the kids

Pop-up pool: these are for families with infants or toddlers who want to play with or in the water, but have no one to supervise them near the ocean shore. You dig a hole, line the hole with the pop-up pool, then pour in a bucket of water. Now the kids have a little water hole to play in without having to be too far from adult supervision. It also comes with a detachable tent piece depending on whether you need shade or not. This accessory is going to make it a lot easier to build sand castles, no need to truck water back and forth in tiny buckets (…though that may help tire the toddlers out quicker).

For the Dogs

Dog Tote: Dog owners love being able to bring their furry friends to the beach, especially when the dog really enjoys it. This Dog Tote is the all-in-one accessory to keep Fido happy for a full day at the beach. It includes the bag, a blanket, a dog food carrier, two collapsible bowls, and a frisbee. There are a lot of pockets and places to carry everything you need. You can bring food, treats, water, toys, etc for your beach buddy. It’s easily cleaned inside so you can bring ice packs to keep anything for your dog cold, like frozen watermelons for a treat.

A dog tote that comes with multiple dog accessories. A must have beach accessory for your dog.
All-in-one dog tote to satisfy all your dog’s needs during an all day beach trip

With this list, you’ll be able to go to the beach all day, sunrise to sunset, with all your needs met. The only thing you’ll need to remember is to pack lots sunscreen to make up for all the extra time in the sun. Beach days are what summer is all about and these beach accessories will help you enjoy those days all summer long.

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