8 Beach Bag Essentials (Including the Tote to Hold It All!)

updated Jul 18, 2023
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One of the best ways to enjoy summer weather (especially in places where it’s not warm all year-round) is to go to the beach. But before you can play in the surf and sand, you’ll need to pack all your beach bag essentials. 

Whether you go to the beach every weekend the sun is shining or only get to the water once in a while, we’ve got you covered with our list of beach bag must-haves.

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This roomy, waterproof tote is a great size — big enough to fit everything you need, but not so gargantuan that you feel weird taking it straight to dinner from the beach.

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This super-fun and colorful option is not only big (and long!) enough to fit taller people, but it also absorbs water quickly. You’ll be able to enjoy this one for more than just one season, thanks to the double-stitched ends (which is more than I can say for many beach towels … ).

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This tunic serves as a cover-up when you’re on the beach, but it can also be worn when you’re just feeling that vacation mode. Plus, it’s a shirt dress that can easily go from the beach to happy hour.

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This cult-favorite sunscreen is buzzed about for a reason: It’s lightweight, oil-free, and packed with antioxidants that are actually good for your skin. If you have sensitive skin and are afraid to put sunscreen on your face, this is the product for you. Plus, it’s SPF 50!

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A water bottle is a must, and the Stanley Tumbler will keep your water (or wine!) cool for a very long time.

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You can’t go to the beach without some tunes. This mini speaker keeps a charge for up to 10 hours, features a clip for easy transport (pro tip: Hang it on your beach chair), and is waterproof, to boot. Don’t forget to pair it with the perfect playlist.

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Keep everyone occupied with these very fun velcro paddles. They’re compact enough to slip into your bag, and the neon colors (and carrying case) mean you’ll have a hard time losing any of the pieces.

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With six mini stakes to help keep your blanket in place, you can enjoy your day knowing the blanket won’t blow away if you need to stand up. The 9x10-foot size is great for you and a few friends, and the bright colors make it easy to spot. When you’re done with your day in the sun, it folds into a convenient carrying case.