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Best Summer Beach Gear

Best Summer Beach Gear

With summer barely a week old, you may find yourself still mapping out all the fun things you and your family and friends are going to do. It’s a strong bet that many of you will hit the beaches at some point in the season, so we thought of curating a list of some things every beach trip should have. From things to shield you against the sun, to something you can lounge in, to things that keep you cool, fed, and entertained, we’ve got you covered.

1. beachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System

If you’ve been a beachgoer for some time, chances are you’ve either fallen victim or witnessed others suffer from fly-away umbrellas. You spend time picking the perfect spot, carefully set your trusty canopy, settle down, and prepare to just soak up the sun and take in the scenery. Then all of a sudden a big gust of wind blows by and you’re chasing after your runaway shade at the same time praying it harms no one. Designed to counter this pesky and potentially hazardous problem, the current beachBUB is the product of 10 years and thousands of hours of collaborative designing, engineering, and testing. Wind tested up to 35mph, its beauty lies in its base, a small tent-like piece of material which you fill with sand to hold the umbrella in place as long as you need it. The base tips in at about 120lbs. once filled with sand but the entire set with the umbrella and poles weigh less than 9lbs. when packed up in its extra-large carry bag. Recently endorsed by the American Life Guard Association, purchase comes with a 3-Year Protection Plan and 3-year frame warranty. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

2. Sport-Brella Umbrella

Recently, we’ve seen the evolution of beach umbrellas to those resembling the offspring of a tent and an umbrella. One of the more impressive examples of this lot is the Sport-Brella. It’s fairly simple. You set it up at a 45-degree angle using its telescoping pole, then anchor down the side flaps using the supplied ground stakes and if necessary, the accompanying anchor cords as well. If conditions get too windy, you can fill the pockets with sand or other heavy items to weight it down further. That’s it. You make yourself comfortable inside it. Side zippered windows afford you a view and provide efficient airflow and 8-foot canopy is more than big enough to shelter a small group or family. The unit is even UPF50+ coated to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Tipping in at no more than 9lbs. when taken down, it’s easily stashed in its own carrying bag. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, you can get it from Amazon.

1. Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler

While not necessarily a requirement, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have your own personal comfy seat while enjoying sun, sand, and surf. Beach chairs make a great addition to any outing and this one from Coleman is sure to spoil whoever sits in it. With its fully cushioned back and seat, as well as an insulated cooler pouch built into one armrest, and a cup holder and side pocket built into the other, it’s no surprise this chair is widely hailed for both comfort and convenience. The cooler pouch can keep up to four cans chilled, while the side pocket on the other armrest is handy for stashing your key, phone, or snacks within easy reach. Available in red, blue, black, and a grey/black combination, it’s rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

2. Oniva Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair

Tagged a sports chair with picnic time in mind, this offering from Oniva is quite a gem. Unfolding to the height of a regular chair, it’s great for older people, those with knee and hip problems, or anyone who has difficulty with low seats. With a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum frame supporting an extra-wide padded seat that’s 19.5 inches and made of durable canvas, it can carry a weight of up to 300 lbs. It also comes with a pair of insulated beverage pouches, padded armrests, an accessories panel with pockets for holding books, magazines, and assortment of smaller items, an umbrella loop to hold up your shade, and even a fold-out side table for putting your snacks, gadgets, sunscreen and other things you want within easy reach. When your time at the beach is done, simple grab and go with the underseat carrying handles, or use the adjustable, detachable shoulder straps for longer walks. Available in a variety of bright colors and backed by the Picnic Time Family of Brands BUILT TO LAST Lifetime Guarantee, this portable folding chair is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

3. Kelty Low Loveseat Chair

So maybe you’re thinking this is something for couples who want to cozy up in front of a picture-perfect sunset. While that is certainly a good use for the Kelty Loveseat, it is equally great for anyone wanting to stretch out on a chair as he/she would on the sand. With its quilted body fabric, it’s perfect after a long drive, or if you want to nod off for a bit after a swim. It’s also good for families with kids who may want to sit and play together as it is sturdy and stable enough not to topple over. It also comes with some of the usual accoutrements one looks for in a beach/camping chair. It has a pair of insulated beverage holders that can each accommodate either a 12oz. can or a one-liter bottle. There are two side mesh pockets for convenient storage, and reflective accents for added visibility in low light conditions. Also comes with its own padded, multifunction roll-out storage bag and even a bottle opener. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

4. KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair

At 6.6lbs., the KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair is lightweight yet sturdy enough to carry up to 300lbs. thanks to its heavy duty steel frame. Its reinforced breathable mesh back and seat is ideal for keeping you cool above the hot sand, while the foam-wrapped armrests provide soft comfort. Comes with cup holder as well as a carrying bag with strap for easy storage and transport. Available in summery shades of cyan, blue, and rose red, it’s rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

1. Coleman 16-Can Soft Cooler with Hard Liner

Although this cooler sports a soft exterior, it does come with a hard plastic liner that protects your food from getting crushed. It’s removable for easy cleaning and FDA approved for food contact while treated with antimicrobials to keep mold, mildew, and odors at bay. Apart from its capacity to hold 16 beverage cans, this cooler offers additional storage in its zippered front compartment, side mesh pockets, and lid mesh pocket. It also has bungee straps for holding more items against the lid, and adjustable shoulder straps for convenient carrying. Available in red, blue, or green, it’s rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

2. Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler

The come-on for this Igloo cooler is obvious – it rolls! In the same manner that wheeled suitcases have become the norm due to their convenience, this roller makes lugging your beach, camping, or road trip essentials a breeze. The combination of rugged, heavy duty wheels and a reinforced telescopic handle make it a sturdy match even over more unforgiving terrain. Its ergonomic cube design takes up less space, and together with the molded side scoop handles, makes for easier loading and unloading. Available in red or blue, this 60-quart cooler is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

3. AO Coolers Canvas Soft Cooler with High-Density Insulation

With its high-density insulation, this soft-sided cooler is the arctic equivalent of ice chests. At ¾ of an inch thick, its inner insulation is twice that of other softshell chillers and guaranteed to keep ice for 24 hours in 120-degree weather. Made of durable canvas and featuring a high quality TPU liner in the same material used for waterbeds and above ground pools, the AO cooler is leak-proof and resilient enough to withstand impacts and abrasions. Available in 12, 24, 36, and 48-can models, the 24-can variant pictured above can accommodate 24 beverage cans plus about 14 pounds of ice. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, choose from eight colors on Amazon.

1. Cambridge Soundworks Oontz Angle 3

Apart from the beautiful scenery, good, food, engaging book, and great company, what else make a trip to the beach fabulous? Music! And as far as portable speakers go, this one from Cambridge Soundworks is a terrific bang for your buck. Its 10+ watt power AMP delivers volume hard to imagine possible for something as small as the Angle 3. Bluetooth pairing is possible up to 100 (unobstructed) feet, and when played at 2/3rd of maximum volume, you get up 14 hours of non-stop tunes. Certified IPX5 water resistant, rainproof, dustproof, and splash proof, it’s great for the beach, the pool, and outdoor activities. Compatible with a wide selection of mobile phones, laptops, and other Bluetooth devices, it’s rated 4.3 out of 5 stars and currently at 14% off on Amazon.

2. AOMAIS Sport II

Another great option for your outdoor listening pleasure is the AOMAIS Sport II. It’s got even more power with 20 watts of crystal clear, full-bodied stereo output. You can even connect two of them to enjoy 40 watts of surround sound perfect for a beach party. Capable of Bluetooth pairing up to 100 feet, the Sport II can deliver up to 15 hours of continuous playtime. It’s certified IPX7 waterproof, guaranteed to be fully functional even when submerged up to a meter deep for 30 minutes. Rugged with a drop resistant design, it’s dustproof, shockproof, rainproof, mud proof, and snow proof. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, you can get it on Amazon.

3. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Speaker

A major player in quality speakers, JBL delivers on sound and connectivity with the Flip 4, the next generation in the Flip series. Its 3000mAh rechargeable battery is good for 12 hours of continuous high-quality audio playtime and if you connect two smartphones or tablets to it via Bluetooth, you can even switch playing between them. And with JBL Connect +, you can link up to a hundred JBL Connect + enabled speakers to really have a party. Certified IPX7 waterproof, it can survive a spilled drink, sudden rain, or even a dip in the water. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5, it’s double the price of the other two speakers on this list but well worth every penny. Choose from any of nine colors on Amazon.

With summer officially just a week old, you have plenty of time to make plans for the beach and other fun outdoor activities. You may find just the thing you need for that perfect outing among the items we’ve listed so be sure to give them a look.


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