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10 Awesome Beach Products You Need This Summer

August 3, 2017
Best Beach Gear | Crystal Cove State Park

We thought we were pretty avid beach goers before, but since moving within walking distance to the actual beach part of Newport Beach, California a few months ago, we’ve headed to the sand on almost a daily basis. Whether we’re trying to catch some waves, hanging out with friends or just watching the sunset, we’ve picked up a few things that have made our beach days both better (like an awesome Catch Surf surfboard) and easier (like a super compact microfiber beach towel).  Here’s our picks for the 10 best beach products we’ve been loving this summer. 

Best Beach Gear | Wildhorn Outfitters Microfiber Beach Towel

1 Microfiber Beach Towel

A towel is the most basic piece of beach gear, and Wildhorn Outfitters reinvented this staple and took it to a whole new level. I’ve accumulated a cupboard full of big, bulky beach towels (which I should probably just get rid of), but I always reach for my microfiber beach towel by Wildhorn Outfitters. Whether we need to dry off after a swim or just want to stretch out on the sand,  the Akumal Microfiber beach towel is our new go-to.  My favorite thing about this towel is that it spreads out like an extra large beach blanket, but rolls up extra small. It hardly takes up any room in our beach bag, so we can easily bring three and not feel like we’re carting a whole queen-size comforter to the beach. Plus the sand shakes right off this microfiber beach towel and it dries pretty fast. 

Best Beach Gear | Wildhorn Outfitters Sand Escape Beach Blanket

2 Beach Blanket 

This beach blanket by Wildhorn Outfitters is another recent addition to our beach kit. As much as we love the sand, we don’t love it when it gets everywhere. We spread this beach blanket out before setting out all our gear (including our awesome microfiber beach towels!), which helps keep us a bit less sandy.

Best Beach Gear | No Man Before

3 Beach Chairs 

These Tommy Bahama beach chairs are the best ones around. With backpack straps, a built-in cooler, and the ability to adjust all the way flat, these have everything you want in a beach chair. They’re a bit pricey on Amazon, but we bought ours through Costco a few years back for a much better deal. 

4 Beach Umbrella 

After spending some time along the Italian coastline, I wish everyone would buy these brightly colored striped umbrellas, all in the same color, and then line them up in perfectly straight rows in the sand. It’s super durable with a hefty price tag to match, but owners claim it will last you for years to come. For a more affordable option, the Tommy Bahama Umbrella is a solid choice. 

5 Beach bag 

I like having a large canvas beach bag that’s always ready to go, so we can grab it and head out the door. This bag fits everything we need, like our microfiber beach towels and sand toys, and it is lined with small pockets great for storing keys, phones and sunscreen. That way, I don’t have to dig through the bottom of the bag to find what I need.  

6 Cooler 

The YETI Coolers look awesome and every review raves at how long these coolers keep the contents icy. Until I can justify spending the $200, the Igloo MaxCold Cool Fusion 36 is working great, both for days at the beach and overnight camping. 

7 Snorkel set 

We’ve bought a few, and so far, this snorkel set has been the best. While they’re usually pretty cheap or easy to rent, we’ve brought our own on our last few beach vacations so we can play I spy with the fishes no matter where we are.  

8 Surfboard 

Lounging at the beach is nice, but it’s been so much fun to have a reason to get in the water. We’re still pretty new to surfing, but so far the 7′ LOG Catch Surf has been a great (well, I took a beating from it this last weekend, so I’m not sure if the feeling is mutual, but I’m trying to stick with it). We see a ton of the Wavestorm 8′ boards around, but a lot of people have said they’re not near as durable and you’ve pretty much outgrown the board once you can consistently pop up. This Catch Surf should be even more fun the better we get.  

9 Beach tent

This beach tent is quick and easy. At $25, the price is pretty much unbeatable for IKEA’s beach tent. 

 10 Spike Ball 

At first, I didn’t understand why this game was all the rage (seriously, I see them everywhere on the beach). But Spike Ball is super fun and easy to play. I think the $60 price tag is pretty steep for a net and a ball, but I’m sure it’ll get plenty of use! 

Best Beach Gear | No Man Before

Kid’s Beach Stuff 

11 Swim suit/ Rash Guard

The cute swim suit options for little girls seem endless, but we had to hunt around to find a fun rash guard and swim suit that fit our son. We love the ones at Zara and H&M. The Cat & Jack options from Target are great too because the tops and bottoms are sold separately (our son uses the 3-6 months bottoms and 18-24 month tops!) 

 12 Beach Sandals

Flip flops fall off tiny feet, so these Igor jellies are a great alternative for our son. Plus, the extra protection is nice for tidepools, and the cushion slips out for easy rinsing.

13 Sand Toys

This large bucket comes with all the sand toys you need to build an epic sandcastle. 

14 Kick board

Our son has a little foam kick board that he calls his surfboard, and he hardly goes anywhere with out it. 

 What’s the best thing in your beach bag? Let us know!


Best Beach Gear | Crystal Cove State Park, California

Best Beach Gear | Crystal Cove State Park

Best Beach Gear | Microfiber Beach Towel
Best Beach Gear | Wildhorn Outfitters Microfiber Beach Towel

 

Best Beach Gear | Microfiber Beach Towel

Best Beach Gear | Microfiber Beach Towel

Best Beach Gear | Crystal Cove State Park

Best Beach Gear | Crystal Cove State Park

 

Best Beach Gear | Crystal Cove State Park

Looking forward to those long, warm summer days at the beach? Check out this list of the best beach gear you need to get this summer. #beach #gear #summer #surfboard

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ryan September 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Great round up. Thanks for the list. It will help me to plan my next beach camping.

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