Sunny weekends are made for a trip to the beach, so now we're finally starting to see better weather 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 16 must-have beach day essentials for summer 2021.
A quick-drying towel
Your most important accessory is your beach towel. These are compact, quick-drying, and come complete with a travel pouch.
Dock & Bay quick-drying towel, from £6, Amazon
A cool bag
It's no beach day without drinks and snacks, so make sure they stay fresh in this gorgeous vintage-style canvas cool bag.
Business & Pleasure Premium Cooler canvas bag 14L, £75, Selfridges
A wine cooler
On that note, you'll also need somewhere to keep your wine. We love this cooler which has enough space for six bottles.
Kato Tirrinia 6 Bottle Wine cooler bag, £24.99, Amazon
A beach chair
This beach chair is lightweight and foldable which makes carrying it anywhere a total breeze. It's perfect for eating, reading and relaxing. Plus, it's pink.
Peach pink foldable beach chair, £55, Oliver Bonas
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).
Neso Tents Grande Beach Tent, from £99.99, 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 Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Spray 200ml, £5, Amazon
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.
YunTuo Mini Portable Fan, £13.99, Amazon
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, £119.99, Amazon
Fancy a dip? It will be infinitely better with a pineapple float to relax in.
Ginkago Inflatable Pineapple Pool Float, £22.99, Amazon
When you just want a little bit of shade, it's a great excuse to bring out your stylish beach parasol.
Holiday Beach Umbrella, £158, Revolve
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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.
Top Race Kids Beach Toys Set, £10.59, Amazon
We want this set of beach bats purely for their leopard design, but they'd be pretty fun to play with, too. They come with two balls and a zip fastened carry case.
Beach bats, £28, Anthropologie
A portable speaker
If your beach day is more of a soirée, bring the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Wireless Speaker. It's waterproof, sand-proof and will keep playing tunes for up to ten hours.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, £89.99, Amazon
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.
Poweradd Slim2 Phone Charger, £9.59, Amazon
A disposable 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 Kodak's waterproof disposable cameras instead.
Kodak Sport Underwater Camera, £17.38, 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, £10, The Dressing Room
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