What to bring on your next beach trip

A Go-Pro shuttlecock? I love the beach.

Must have beach gear
Yeah. That looks nice.Nikos Zacharoulis via Unsplash

While there's nothing that gets you out of the mid-week doldrums like imagining sand between your toes and the sunlight on your skin, the reality—if insufficiently prepared—is a day in paradise that can make you sand-caked, sunburnt, hangry, and dehydrated.

In preparation for this weekend's sandy lie-about, we've gathered all the beach stuff a friend could need. Whether you want to keep the sun away or keep the sand out of your ... everything, read on for the coolest beach products you never knew you craved.

YTBLF

YTBLF
A shuttlecock GoPro caseAmazon

Throw your GoPro in the air and let it slowly glide back down as it takes aerial footage. The YTBLF fits the GoPro Hero 3+, GoPro 4, and GoPro 5. The case floats in water, so it's safe to bring to the beach.

Aomais Mesh Bag

Aomais Mesh Bag
Make sure your bag doesn't get full of sand.Amazon

This Aomais beach bag has eight zippered pockets and is made of a mesh that lets the sand sift through the bag's bottom. It's large enough—16 x 14.5 x 8.5-inches—to pack all the beach essentials. It can hold up to 150 pounds.

WEKAPO sand-free beach blanket

WEKAPO sand-free beach blanket
Don't worry about the sand.Amazon

The 14-ounce WEKAPO beach blanket measures 10 x 9-feet. When you're ready to pack up, though, it can fold down to portable pouch. It's made of durable, lightweight nylon and comes with six metal stakes that anchor its corners, so it won't fly away. The blanket is designed to stay cool in the heat and dry super quickly.

Bdsign microfiber towel

Bdsign microfiber towel
A thinner towel that will dry quicker than your normal beach towel.Amazon

Microfiber towels are thinner than the traditional terry cloth, plus they’re more absorbent and dry more quickly. This makes them great for the beach. These towels from Bdsign are 74 x 74 inches—you and a few friends can lay out comfortably—washing machine friendly, and come with a travel bag.

Star Trek towels

Star Trek beach towels
For a towel with more color and personality, it’s highly illogical not to check out these Star Trek beach towels.Amazon

Boldly go to the beach with these two 59 x 29.5-inch cotton towels. They are safe to throw in the washing machine and dryer on cold and low-tumble settings.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite
I can’t stand damaging books with water, sunscreen, or sand.Amazon

When it comes to beach reading, a Kindle does the trick. The waterproof Kindle Paperwhite battery lasts weeks, features a built-in adjustable light for both day and night reading, and has an anti-glare screen so you can read the words no matter how sunny it is. The Paperwhite comes in black or white.

Sunski Sunglasses

Sunksi sunglasses
Don’t forget to protect your eyeballs.Amazon

These lightweight 6.4-ounce Sunski sunglasses have polarized lenses, which means they not only block light coming directly from the sun, but also the light that glares off the pavement. These have a polycarbonate frame with steel hinges and come with a carrying case and lifetime warranty. They are available in three colors.

Oniva Portable Chair

Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair
If you don't want to lay around on the sand, bring a decked-out beach chair that's easy to carry.Amazon

This polyester beach chair is lightweight, 19.5 inches wide, and made with an aluminum frame. A side pocket has a place for your cell phone, sunglasses, and other smaller items. It also boasts a side table that folds out, with a beverage pouch and a security pocket.

WEKAPO blow up chair

WEKAPO blow up chair
Try an inflatable beach sofa.Amazon

If you aren’t a fan of beach chairs or laying on a towel in the sand, this inflatable sofa—82 x 27 x 35-inches—from WEKAPO might be your favorite beach lounging experience. It has a built-in headrest, requires no pump to blow up—just wave it in the air to inflate—and will maintain air for hours. The waterproof lounger comes with a carrying bag and stakes to keep the seat in place. It can also be used as a pool float.

Yamaha Sea Scooter

Yamaha 275L Sea Scooter Dive Propulsion Underwater Vehicle
How low can you go?Amazon

The Yamaha 275L Sea Scooter can thrust you forward up to 3.3 mph, dive 130 feet deep, and has three speeds. The battery lasts for two hours and the whole thing weighs only 32 pounds. For those with Aquaman aspirations, this might be the closest you'll ever get.

WildPaces Dry bags

WildPaces dry bags
Some items you’ll want to keep safe from the elements.Amazon

To ensure the security of your phone, wallet, or devices, bring roll-top dry bags. This set from WildPaces comes with three sizes—10-liter, 5-liter, and 2-liter. They’re made of waterproof fabric and float when closed. The largest comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. They are also great to throw wet clothing or towels into once you leave the beach.

A sand castle kit

Click N' Play 18Piece Beach Sand Toy Set
Basically obligatory.Amazon

Make the sand your beach. This 18-piece sand castle set includes molds that turn sand into alligators, turtles, and castle walls. Make a quaint castle or conquer the entire beach.

BucketBall

BucketBall Giant Yard Pong
A beach spin on a classic game.Amazon

If you like playing beer pong—you know, for the thrill of competition—give BucketBall a go. The game comes with two balls and 12 stackable buckets that all fit in a carrying tote.

Spikeball!

Spikeball
Spike! Ball! Spikeball!Amazon

If giant beer pong isn't really your thing, consider Spikeball. The primary move is similar to spiking in volleyball, but instead of over a net, you hurl the ball onto a trampoline.

goTenna

goTenna - text and GPS on your phone
The goTenna helps solve the problem of being on a beach with no service and not being able to communicate with people nearby.Amazon

goTenna creates an "off-grid" network where friends in the range—up to four miles—can send texts and have access to GPS. You can send group chats or one-on-one messages to people in the area. The free goTenna app includes offline maps for the whole world, too.

Pole-R Bear

Pole-R Bear
A place to hang your wet towels at the beach.Amazon

The four stainless steel hooks on the Pole-R Bear umbrella attachment can keep your belongings off the ground when you are at the beach or in your backyard. The rubber attachment can fit around poles that are 3/4 inches to 1-5/8 inches in diameter.

Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Bring your music where the beach is.Amazon

The Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker connects to your phone via Bluetooth, is IPX7-rated waterproof, and produced powerful 360-degree sound. The speaker also holds 12 hours of juice and has a ring of LED lights that dance to the beat of the music.

MiiR insulated bottle.

MiiR Insulated Growler for Beer
Stay hydrated at the beach.Amazon

The MiiR stainless steel, double-walled bottle is vacuum-insulated, holds 64 ounces, and will keep drinks cold for more than 24 hours.

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