a special feature from Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow, founders, grandparentslink.com
Summer is right around the corner and one of our favorite articles to write up for our readers, is our beach day essentials. What is worse than getting to the beach and realizing you forgot your water bottle, or sunscreen!? Or, maybe you are in the market for a new tote or sun hat? Well don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 things you absolutely need for a perfect summer beach day!
1. Woven Tote – Perfect for your beach days that turn into a lunch and shopping date, this tote is ideal. Your beach-and-beyond bag, with striped crochet work and the functionality of a snap closure, full lining, and slightly structured base. Handmade through Fair Trade partnerships with local artisans, it showcases the natural beauty of raffia palm and is artfully finished with braided handles and raffia pom-pom trim. Get it here!
2. Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All Terrain Beach Wagon – This wagon will save you all the hassle for a beach day with the grandkids and family! Folds compactly and easily for convenient storage. (It’s even perfect for giving those babies a ride up the beach to the car!) Get it here!
3. Tommy Bahama Sun Shelter – Solace from the sun is a snap with this UPF 50 portable pop-up shelter. Easy to set up and take down (see the video on their site), it’s made from light polyester with mesh windows for optimum ventilation. Ideal for the beach, park or yard, this day tent protects against the sun and wind — as well as sand, hot cement and wet grass. Metal stakes and tie-down cords keep it securely anchored. Get it here!
4. HYDRAPEAK Stainless Steel 32oz.Water Bottle – This stainless steel, triple-insulated, lightweight bottle is there for the ride. Stay hydrated on road trips, flights, or just a packed day of activities. Fill it up with 32oz. of your favorite beverage, and throw it in any bag without worrying about leaks. It keeps your drinks ice cold for 24 hours and piping hot for 12 hours. Get it here!
5. Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract – This hydrating, fast-absorbing formula provides high performance protection from UVA, UVB and IRA rays, while also helping prevent photoaging and dehydration. They’ve also formulated it to be water and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so it’s perfect for a day of play. It also smells amazing.
P.S. This is a new reef-safe formula, meaning it’s now octinoxate-free––and you won’t even notice a difference in texture, feel, etc. (How’s that for a little SPF magic?)
Get it here!
6. Women’s Moderna Asymmetrical Sun Hat – This Moderna Asymmetrical Hat by Coolibar is amazing. The unique brim is designed to put you in control of your UPF 50+ coverage! Adjust the brim to best shield your face, neck, shoulders and chest from sunrise to sunset. Get it here!
7. Women’s Flip-Flops – Own the beach this summer in the iconic slim flip-flop by Havaiana. This bestseller comes in a rainbow of colors to suit any style. Featuring a slim sole and straps, this feminine style keeps feet cool and comfortable from sun-soaked days to breezy summer nights. Get it here! Also, Havaiana makes flip-flops for men and children.
8. Multi-Leaves Brazilian Velour Beach Towel – This extra-large beach towel is perfect for a family beach day! You can spread out your picnic for the family and still manage to keep the food sand free! Get it here!
9. Kindle – For those book lovers, this is the perfect product for you to enjoy a relaxing beach day! Adjustable front light lets you read comfortably for hours, indoors and outdoors, day and night. Purpose-built for reading, with a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight. Select from millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks. Kindle holds thousands of titles, so you can take your library with you. Get it here!
10. JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – This lightweight Bluetooth speaker goes anywhere. Bad weather, or at the beach? Not to worry. With its waterproof design, you can rock out to the signature sound rain or shine. Get it here!