Sunscreen, beach blanket, sunglasses, umbrella, and a good book...the essentials for a great day at the beach. Many of us are also bringing a few electronic companions: a tablet, phone, digital camera, and/or a wireless speaker to keep us company while kicking it out on the sand. We've gathered up a devices and accessories designed for enjoyment out in the sun and surf with the seaside elements in mind...
A couple of things to consider being bringing any electronics device to the beach:
Consider the Sun: Remember, just like your skin, most electronic devices aren't designed for hot temperatures and long exposure in the sun. So be sure to bring a tote, backpack, or ideally an umbrella/tent to provide shade for any device being left out exposed to the sun beyond an hour.
Get Sand Off Easily: Another tip is to keep a can of compressed air in the car to use to easily blow off clinging beach sand from both yourself and your electronic devices. A small barber's brush is also useful for cleaning up.
For Listening to Music
Jawbone Jambox Wireless Speaker: The Jambox comes in two sizes, the smaller version fitting in one hand, the larger sibling Big Jambox bringing even more oomph for outdoor playback. Made of stainless steel and both utilizing Bluetooth wireless to connect to a smartphone or tablet playlist, these speakers are ideal beach blanket companions for enjoying summer tunes while soaking in some sun.
X-1 Weather Proof Earphones: If you’re going to listen to music on the beach while running along the coast or playing along the surf, it would be best
to wear sweatproof and weatherproof earphones. These are small, lightweight and
perfect for a jog by the water.
Kate Spade iPad Folio: Leaving the heavy books at home, I do most of my reading on the iPad now (tip: bring an umbrella to reduce glare). But bringing an iPad to the beach means exposing it salty ocean air and sand, so consider keeping the tablet protected in a case like this beachy Kate Spade edition.
Dry Doc Kindle Case: If the Kindle is your choice of e-Reader and you plan to be close to the shore (or pool), protect the tablet from water damage with this nifty
puncture-resistant, waterproof pouch. It offers a re-sealable closure so it’s easy
to take the Kindle in and out of the case.
To Take Photos
Disposable Beach Camera: In this age of digital photos and Instagram, there's something quaint and appealing about capturing vacation moments using a film camera. Disposable cameras are fantastic because they're cheap, single use, reduce concerns about damaging or losing expensive equipment, and are usually readily available in beachside gift shops.
Photojojo Underwater Digi Cam: The Underwater Digi Cam is an affordable plastic lens digital camera that shoots in "Lomographic-style" (aka filmy, lo-fi) up to 100 feet underwater. The camera is equipped with a modest 16MB internal memory, but also has a micro SD slot for up to 2GB additional space. Not bad for just $35.
To Carry it All
Herschel Supply Co. Colorblock Backpack: Carry all your beach tech essentials with the Herschel Supply
Co. backpack which evokes the sun and ocean in this cheerful “peri-lemon” colorway.
Zippered Tote Bag: If totes are more your thing, here's a beach appropriate surf print tote bag that would also be perfect for stashing a
camera, waterproof earbuds, reading material, and a few snacks within.
(Images: Society 6, Waves iPhone Case; all other images as credited above)