The 28 Best Beach Essentials for Your Ultimate Day in the Sun

It’s officially the summer season, which means it’s time to hit the sand for the best day of R&R. While COVID-19 cases continue to spike around the country, it’s important to follow safety guidelines, wearing a fabric face mask and social distancing. When it is safe to head down to your local beaches, your new beach essentials bag has a few important additions you should never leave home without.

Whether you’re crushing a workout before catching some waves, taking a dip to cool off, or just laying out with a good beach read, packing the best beach essentials takes some planning to have you covered for your day in the sun. From the best portable speaker to play your favorite summer jams, to the must-have pair of shades for cool style, and even the best sun protection to slather on so you don’t go home looking like a lobster, check out the 28 beach essentials to safely enjoy a day in the sun.

Judy The Safety Kit


Safety first, folks! The Safety comes with a first aid kit, hand sanitizer, dust masks, wet wipes, and gloves in a small pouch that’ll fit perfectly in your beach bag. 

Fair Harbor The Nautilus Boardshort


Fair Harbor is making some of the most eco-friendly, comfortable, and cool trunks of the moment.  This swimsuit made with recycled polyester—which is made from 11 plastic bottles—makes for feel-good beach attire while catching some waves. The four-way stretch fabric with water-repellent coating allows for optimum flexibility and comfort for all beach activities. 

Birdwell Birdie Reversible Mask


This stylish face mask designed by the iconic swimwear makers Birdwell Beach Britches is another important beach essential. For each mask you purchase, a mask will be donated to CORE, a non-profit founded by Sean Penn working in partnership with the LA Mayor’s Office and the LA Fire Department to provide free drive-through testing for high-risk individuals. 

Bare Republic Mineral Body Sunscreen Gel Lotion SPF 30


Ray-Ban Chris Sunglasses


Stylish sunglasses for sun protection are essential for any day at the beach.  This Ray-Ban Chris style is a classic option you’ll be thankful to have this summer with a flattering, semi-flexible frame shape and gradient lenses. 

Aviator Nation 5 Stripe Hoodie


Aviator Nation’s retro cool clothing has the SoCal vibes you’ll want to flex both on and off the beach.  Their hooded sweatshirts are a standout with signature colored stripes and hand-stitched details. The brand prides itself on making each piece feel specially crafted with a worn-in look and feel that’s sure to compliment the wearer.   

Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones


The new Powerbeats Pro is worth the hype for great sound and a secure fit for an active day on the beach.

Body Glove Phoenix 2MM Springsuit


Body Glove’s attention to detail in creating quality wetsuits makes this a must-have for surfing waves this season. The look is stylish and the fit is perfection.

Havaianas Flip=Flops


Brazilians have mastered the art of effortlessly cool beach style. Don’t leave home without your go-to Havaianas flip-flops for their lightweight feel and comfortable footbeds.

Coleman Beverage Cooler


$9.15 (39% off)

This beverage cooler is ideal for enjoying your chilled drink of choice on the hot sand, thanks to ThermOZONE insulation. Staying hydrated while on-the-go has never been easier. 

Mack Weldon Tote


A lightweight crushable tote bag that’s perfect for your beach gear or chilling a six-pack on ice.

Gentleman’s Hardware Portable Charcoal Grill with Coal Tray


What would a day at the beach be if you didn’t get to fire up the grill? This portable grill will get tons of use on the beach, poolside, or even on a camping adventure.

Sony SRS-XB12 Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Sony’s latest Bluetooth speaker is small, lightweight, and easy-to-carry to add the perfect soundtrack to your summer fun. Plus, it floats on water!

Sperry Authentic Original Kick Down Boat Shoe


These boat shoes made with a kick-down backs are lightweight, water-resistant, and easy for carrying in your beach bag when the occasion arrives to head-off the sand or onto a boat.  

Neso Tents Neso 1 Sunshade


This lightweight portable beach tent is a no-brainer choice over standard sun umbrellas with the ability to stay in position, even in the windiest conditions. 

Noah Stencil Logo Hemingway Cap


Go bold with your cap for standout beach style. It’s easy to carry, delivers extra sun protection for your face, and provides a cool finishing touch to your look for a day in the sun

Sunrise Beach Chair


This Sunflow beach chair is uniquely designed and expertly crafted so you can enjoy the best seat on the beach.  The super lightweight aluminum frame makes it easy to haul to the sand and back home. 

Buck Mason Built-Tough Bandana 2-Pack


Murdock London Sea Salt Spray


Give your locks some added texture for effortless post-beach hair.

Swet Tailor Softest Tee


Swet Tailor’s crazy-comfortable, Supima-micromodal-blended fabric is a great choice to sport to and from the beach with the perfect fit. 

Sean John Men’s Classic-Fit Colorblocked Stripe Track Pants


Chilly evenings on the beach call for some cool sweats. The side-stripe details add a heavy dose of style to this year-round wardrobe essential.

Lacoste Polo Merci in Cotton Piqué


A polo is the quintessential shirt for the summertime beach season and this Lacoste option will look great with everything in your wardrobe. 

Lacoste created this special limited edition Merci polo as a thank you to all the volunteers and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and 100% of the proceeds from sales in the United States will go to The Red Cross.  

Birkenstock Arizona EVA Waterproof Slide Sandal


Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua Fragrance


It’s the perfect warm-weather scent that transports you to the Mediterranean with one spritz, which is as good as it gets these days when international travel isn’t an option.  A refreshing blend of cypress, juniper, and myrtle oil, along with hints of lemon and pine make this the best scent for the summer season.  

Chubbies The 6th Mans 7″ Soft Shorts


While your swimsuit dries off post-surf, throw on these soft and comfy sweat shorts with retro stripe detailing. 

Faherty Brand Beach Twill Shirt


Leave it unbuttoned to feel the beach breeze on your chest and button up for adventures after you hit the sand, you can’t go wrong with a cool and casual button down. The designer duo at Faherty specialize in making clothing that’s comfortable and lived-in for any summer adventure. 

Timex + Todd Snyder Maritime Sport MS1 Watch


The MS1 Maritime Sport watch has a smart balance of cool American style with diver ready durability and function at an affordable price.  Todd Snyder’s thoughtful watch collaborations with Timex offer timeless designs that look great on men of any age and this one is made just right for the beach and beyond.  

Frescobol Carioca Trancoso Wooden Beach Bat and Ball Set


A day at the beach isn’t the same without some fun beach games. Frescobol Carioca’s handmade paddle ball sets are uniquely crafted with handmade pine wood and finished with a coat of resin for ultimate durability.  The neoprene hand grips add an extra layer of comfort while working up a sweat.

Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health.
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