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25 things you need for a day at the beach! From stylish cool bags to portable speakers & pineapple pool floats

Your beach day essentials checklist is right here...

beach essentials
Hollie Brotherton
Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
Updated: August 11, 2022
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Summer weekends are made for a trip to the beach, so it's time to start planning. You've got your swimsuit, your sunglasses and your denim shorts, but what about those extras that will make your day fun, easy and totally stress-free?

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From stylish cool bags to portable speakers and pineapple pool floats, read on for 21 must-have beach day essentials for summer 2022.

A quick-drying towel

Your most important accessory is your beach towel. These are compact, quick-drying, and come complete with a travel pouch.

Beach towel

Dock & Bay quick-drying towel, £22.99, Amazon


A cool bag

It's no beach day without drinks and snacks, so make sure they stay fresh in this beautiful vintage-style canvas cool bag.

Cool bag

Business & Pleasure Premium Cooler canvas bag 14L, £68, Anthropologie


A wine cooler

On that note, you'll also need somewhere to keep your wine. We love this Fieldbar cool box from MADE.COM. It keeps ice for up to 50 hours, and it's tall enough to store champagne bottles if you're feeling fancy. Plus, leather handles make for comfortable carrying.

made coolbox

Fieldbar cool box in orange, £159, MADE.COM


Plastic glasses

Take these beach-friendly rainbow glasses to sip your drinks from in style.

Wine glasses plastic

Set of 4 glasses, £15, Marks & Spencer


A beach tent

Easy to assemble, water repellent and offering UPF 50+ protection from the sun, this beach tent is ideal for when you need some shade (and to save your spot).

Beach tent

Neso Tents Grande beach tent, from £153.30, Amazon


A beach chair

This beach chair is lightweight and foldable with an adjustable carry strap which makes taking it to the beach a total breeze. It's perfect for sunbathing, reading and relaxing. 

folding beach chair

Foldable beach chair, £59.99, Amazon



Don't forget your sunscreen! Garnier's Advanced Spray contains SPF50 and has a non-sticky formula that's suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

garnier sunscreen

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hypoallergenic Protection Spray 200ml, £8, Boots


A mini portable fan

If it's set to be scorching hot, keep cool with a portable fan. This one is small but sturdy and can be handheld or placed on a hard surface.

Mini portable fan

YunTuo mini portable fan, £23.99, Amazon


A cool water bottle 

A Chilly's reusable water bottle will ensure ice cold water all day long! 


Chilly's Water Bottle, £22, Amazon


Kid-friendly lunch box

Pack your kid's favourite foods and snacks in this kid-friendly lunch box that features five compartments that are perfectly sized to fit essentials such as sandwiches, juice boxes, and more. It also keeps food fresh!

The snack catcher, which retails at £8.99, is also perfect for toddlers and helps keep all the snacks contained. They are an ultimate must-have for independent toddlers!


Kid's Lunch™ Bento Box With Stainless Steel Utensils, £22.99, Amazon


A rain poncho

Don't get caught out - if there's a sudden downpour you'll be so glad you brought this lightweight rain poncho, which comes complete with a pouch.

Beach rain poncho

Rain poncho coat, £27.99, Amazon


Eva Birkenstocks

The perfect beach sandals rain or shine are the waterproof Arizona Eva Birkenstocks. They're so comfortable, too.

Birkenstock eva sandals

Eva Birkenstock, £40, Schuh



Crocs are also an excellent choice for all of the family. 

crocs beach

Crocs, £49.99, Crocs 


A Kindle

Now's the time you can finally get down to that book you've been meaning to read. The Kindle Paperwhite is compact and waterproof which makes it great for the beach - a no brainer.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite, £129.99, Amazon


An inflatable

Fancy a dip? It will be infinitely better with a pineapple float to relax in.

Pineapple pool float

Ginkago inflatable pineapple pool float, £21.99, Amazon


A parasol

When you just want a little bit of shade, it's a great excuse to bring out your stylish beach parasol. 

Beach parasol

Business & Pleasure holiday beach umbrella, £205, Revolve


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Beach toys

If you're taking kids with you, keep them busy with these cute beach toys. With this 14-piece set, they can make their own colourful ice cream stall on the beach.

Beach kids toys

Top Race kids beach toys set, £11.99, Amazon


A portable speaker

If your beach day is more of a soirée, bring the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Wireless Speaker. It's waterproof, sand-proof and will keep playing tunes for up to 15 hours.

Boom 3 unicorn

Ultimate Ears Boom 3, £158.99, Amazon


Beach bats

How cool is the tropical design of these beach bats? And they're as fun as they are stylish.

john lewis bat and ball set

Tropical bat and ball set, £12, John Lewis


A portable phone charger

There's nothing worse than a dead phone battery on a day out. This portable charger is ultra-compact but will get your devices back up and running super quickly.

Portable phone charger amazon

Poweradd Slim2 phone charger, £21.99, Amazon


A waterproof camera

You're going to want some photos to remember all the fun you've had, but don't risk dropping your phone in the sea. Grab one of Sunnylife's waterproof film cameras instead.

Camera waterproof

Sunnylife ombre underwater camera, £24, Free People


Hand sanitiser

A spray hand sanitiser is perfect for the beach, and if you're going to get one it may as well come in a case as cute as this. The fast-absorbing formula contains moisturising aloe vera.

Dew of dawn amazon

Haan Dew of Dawn hydrating hand sanitiser, £16.70, Amazon


Sand removal powder

The only downside to a day at the beach? Sand. Everywhere. Luckily this clever powder will remove it all from your skin and leave it silky smooth.

Beach powder

Beach Powder, £9.99, Beach Powder


Beach towel clips

Don't risk losing your towel! Beach towel clips will be your beach day saviour. 

beach pegs

Beach towel clips, £3.99, Amazon


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