Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? Nothing says family fun like spending quality time together with a little sun, sand, and surf.

If you’re heading to the beach or lake this summer (and who isn’t) you want to be prepared! You need to pack the right gear to be sure everyone is comfortable, there’s adequate shade, the kiddos are entertained, and you’re ready for an awesome picnic or barbecue.

In other words, you need all the family beach essentials.

We’re seasoned beach-goers, so we know what to bring to make sure the whole crew has a good time. We put together a list of the must have beach essentials you’ll need to ensure a perfect day surfside.

 

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Must Have Family Beach Essentials

 

 

1. Tecare Pop Up 3-Man Tent

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When you’ve got kids at the beach you want to make sure there’s plenty of shade available to prevent sunburn. This Tecare pop-up tent is the perfect size for all-day family fun in the sun play! It comes with its own carrying case, sand pockets, and stakes…and it sets up in seconds. Plus it offers UV 50+ protection.

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2. EasyGo Cabana 6′ X 6′ Cabana

Whether you’re rolling to the beach with a big crew or planning on spending a full day surfside, the lightweight EasyGo cabana makes the perfect shady space to set up a beach picnic! It’s UV protected and provides enough shady space for a BBQ, cooler, chairs, blanket…you name it. We love this especially for the 4th of July.

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3. Camco Handy Mat with Strap

 

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The Handy Mat is a number 1 best seller on Amazon. It’s the perfect mat for picnics and beaches. The mat folds out to a whopping 60″ x 78″ and then folds down to a compact 10.5″ x 15″. It’s weatherproof, mold- and mildew-resistant and UV-stabilized for years of use.

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4. Sport-Brella Portable Sun Umbrella

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For a full day of sun activities, shade is a necessity. The Sport-Brella has an 8 foot canopy with side zippered windows and wind flaps for ventilation. It’s also UV protectant and comes with ground stakes in case it gets windy.

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5. Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

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Most beaches don’t allow coal, so you’re gonna need a great portable propane grill like this Coleman Grill LXE. It folds down and has wheels which makes it easy to transport. We also like how fast it sets up and how it has folding side tables to hold plates, etc.  

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6. FoxPrint Beach Sand Toy Set

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You’re going to want to keep the kids entertained, which means you’re going to need some cool sand toys. This FoxPrint 16-piece sand toy set has everything you need for a full day of fun; molds, bucket, sand sifter, watering can, rake, and a shovel. The ultimate all-in-one.

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7. Melissa & Doug Octopus Folding Beach Chair For Kids

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Kids love having their own special kid-sized beach chair. Especially if it’s this cute Melissa & Doug octopus chair with a cup holder and storage bag.

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8. Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair

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Mom and dad need beach chairs too! Especially cool ones like these Tommy Bahama backpack chairs that have a drink holder, cell phone pocket, lower insulated pouch and folding towel bar. These babies are family beach essentials.

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9. Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard

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The Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your child. It’s ultra-lightweight making it perfect for a day at the beach. The water resistant floor helps keep baby dry even on damp sand. A travel bag with shoulder strap is included for on-the-go convenience.

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10. Funsparks Jazzminton Paddle Ball Game

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For a day at the beach you’re going to need some games. Jazzminton is a good one! It’s kind of like paddle ball meets badminton. Fun for kids and adults alike.

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11. Microfiber Beach Towels

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These microfiber beach towels are the coolest! They dry 3 times faster than cotton towels and sand won’t stick to them. They also come in a bunch of different colors and sizes…kid sized, grown-up sized, beach blanket sized. These definitely qualify as family beach essentials.

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12. Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Soft Cooler With Hard Liner

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This Coleman wheeled cooler has everything you want for a beach day. A removable hard plastic liner for flexibility, lots of space, and wheels for easy transport.

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13. Badger All Natural Sunscreens, SPF 30+

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This is a great sunscreen for kids!  Badger sunscreen has very few ingredients, all of them natural. That means no harmful chemicals being absorbed into your little ones’ skin. They’ve also made active sunscreens with safe non-nano particles, that stay on for swimming, but don’t feel super sticky and aren’t overly white.

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