Summer is here! That means families everywhere will be headed to the beach for some family time in the sun and sand. Whether you are fortunate enough to live near the beach or are planning a beach vacation, the essentials are all the same. Check out the list of beach must-haves below to ensure you don’t forget anything important!

Day at the Beach


Beach Umbrella– Bringing a beach umbrella is always a good idea to provide shade from the sun when you’ve had too much, especially for children. Beach umbrellas can be purchased at nearly any store on the beach (I’ve even seen them at gas stations!), and are very affordable.

Beach Bag– Having a large, waterproof bag to carry all of your things on the long trek across the sand is a life saver! This South Beach Tote is a super steal, featuring a trendy quilted exterior and soft rope handles.

Sunscreen– Sunscreen, of course, is one of the most important things you can bring to the beach. Having a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 is essential, but it is a good idea to choose something with more protection for children, such as SPF 30 or 45. A bad sunburn is the quickest way to ruin a vacation!

Beach Towels– Bringing beach towels to dry off after splashing in the water, or just to sit on while you bask in the sun is a good idea. Spreading out a sheet before laying down your towel is a great way to prevent sandy towels. Beach mats may also be available at stores on the beach.

Cooler/Water/Snacks– You may not realize the effects of the sun until you have been exposed for many hours. Bringing a cooler with water and snacks is vital for keeping you and your family hydrated and nourished. A soft-side cooler like the one above is easy to carry and can still store the essentials. Think easy, non-messy snacks for sandy fingers such as crackers or fruits and vegetables.

Sunglasses– Sunglasses are another great way to protect from the sun, so bring a pair for each family member. How adorable are these celebrity kid’s style sunglasses?!
Beach Toys- If you have little ones, beach toys will be a necessity. Bodyboards, footballs, and floaties are good for older kids, while buckets and shovels are imperative for building a sandcastle!

Camera– Don’t forget a camera to preserve all the memories from your day at the beach. You never know what will happen. Just be sure to store it in the shade, deep within your beach bag to protect it from the elements!

What’s on your list of beach essentials?