Summer is in full swing, and you’re probably ready to hit the beach. But you can make that day in the sand and surf so much more enjoyable if you do a little shopping first.
The difference between a relaxing beach vacation and a stressful stretch at the shore comes down to some advance planning and the following low-cost items. All were under $50 on July 18 — a small price to pay for an unforgettable vacay.
This is the first — and perhaps most essential — item for your beach vacation. Although there’s a variety of sunscreens on the market, many contain potentially harmful chemicals. One chemical in particular — oxybenzone (or BP-3) — is highly toxic to marine life, especially young corals.
Eco-friendly and aerosol-free, Alba Botanica sunscreen ($14.30) contains 100 percent vegan ingredients, broad spectrum protection and a light coconut fragrance.
No beach day is complete without a bevy of tasty snacks. The Tortuga Beach Bag Cooler Tote from Wildhorn Outfitters ($39.99) is the perfect vessel to transport your favorite foods and beverages to the beach.
This roomy insulated tote has comfortable padded shoulder straps and ample storage space for all your essentials, including an external mesh pocket and a bonus pocket. Did we mention it can hold up to 24 cans?
When lying on the sand, you need a drink in your hand. But who wants to have to hold onto their beverage all day?
Enter this colorful four-pack of clever cup holders. The Mookundy Sand Beach Cup Holders ($11.97) are perfect for beach days, picnics, camping and all manner of outdoor activities. They can accommodate drinks, snacks, cellphones and even keys. Talk about versatility!
Plus, they have strategic holes at the base for easy cleanup and come with a bonus bottle opener.
A water-logged cellphone can definitely put a damper on an otherwise incredible day at the beach. Fortunately, you can enjoy peace of mind with the Mpow Universal Waterproof Case ($7.99).
The fully submersible clear case is designed to keep out water, dirt, sand and snow and withstand extreme conditions. And its transparent cover allows for normal operation — even underwater! It’s compatible with most smartphone models and comes in a two-pack, so you can share with a friend or significant other.
With the handy RIO BEACH Personal Folding Beach Table ($29.90), you’ll never have to stray far from the shore to enjoy a delicious meal. Simply pop the adjustable table into position and place your breakfast, lunch or dinner on its large surface, safely out of the sand.
What a great way to maximize your time at the beach. Plus, it doubles as a footrest!
Not all beach mats are created equal, and the Camco Handy Mat with Strap ($9.63) is in a class of its own. Made of durable, mildew-resistant material, it expands to a generous surface of 60 inches by 78 inches. It also includes two storage pockets and built-in carrying handles.
To clean, simply shake it off and then wipe it down with soap and water.
Beat the heat — and fend off sun damage — with the Tommy Bahama RokPack Sand Anchor 7 feet Beach Umbrella ($49.98). This cheerful 7-foot vented fiberglass umbrella has a silver lining for sun protection, a built-in sand anchor for easy setup and enhanced stability for greater wind resistance.
It can accommodate multiple beachgoers and even includes a convenient carrying case.
Finally, once you have your beach umbrella, you’re going to want the brilliant TAGVO 2 Pack Beach Umbrella Hanging Hooks ($7.99). Use them to hang your hat, sunglasses, cover-up, towel, beach bag and any other items you want to keep away from the sand and surf. The hooks are lightweight, adjustable and easy to install.
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