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June 24, 2021
Everything You Could Ever Need For A Beach Day
From chairs to coolers to blankets, make the most of your time by the ocean.
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Next weekend is 4th of July and chances are you’re heading to the beach. Or if not, at some point this summer you will be. Before you try to remember where you stashed the beach towels and if that bottle of expired sunscreen is still good (it’s not), let us help you make things a little easier. Whether you’re jumping on the subway to the Rockaways and require a lightweight backpack cooler and chair set up or if you’re driving to a more remote locale and can bring along more elaborate items like a pop-up tent and beach-friendly grill, we got you covered. From the best, most discreet outdoor drinking vessels to our favorite canned wine to a waterproof speaker, read on for our exhaustive list.

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A Cooler That Doubles As A Seat

So you’ve run out of blanket space? This cooler can double as a seat with rigid sides that won’t crumble under your butt. Also helpful: the entire thing folds flat for easy off-season storage.

Get Picnic Time Bongo Cooler & Seat ($28)→

A Backpack Cooler

If you’re taking the subway to the Rockaways and looking for a commuter-friendly cooler, this colorful backpack can stash your drinks, snacks, as well as have enough room for a small beach towel.

Get ICEMULE Jaunt 9-Liter Waterproof Cooler Backpack ($80)→

A Yeti Made For Small Groups

Most people won’t need the bigger Yetis, unless they’re hosting a ton of people or camping for multiple days. This smaller version is ideal for a casual beach day, with more than enough space for wine, water, and all the [charcuterie needed for a proper snack platter].

Get YETI Roadie 24 Cooler ($200)→

An Artsy Towel

Made in collaboration with artist Isabelle Feliu, this graphic beach towel is distinctive enough that your friends can spot you across a sea of umbrellas. One side has velour, for soft lounging while the other has absorbent terry cloth.

Get Brooklinen x Isabelle Feliu Scenic Beach Towel ($75)→

A Big Blanket For Two

The better to spread out on.

Get Business & Pleasure Co. Beach Blanket ($98)→

A Blanket That Doubles As A Board Game

In case you get bored, this one comes with everything you need to play checkers or backgammon.

Get Sunnylife Summer Games Beach Towel ($20, was $39)→

A Festive, Lightweight Chair

Weighing in at just under 3 pounds, this ultra light chair is easy to carry whether you’re commuting to the beach by subway or hiking in to your favorite lake.

Get Helinox Incline Festival Chair ($120)→

Outdoor Wine Glasses

One of our favorite outdoor drinking glasses is this silicone coated glass one by W&P. It’s discreet, hefty, and feels like you’re enjoying a proper drink.

Get W&P Porter Glass ($20, was $25)→

A More Discreet Outdoor Wine Glass

If the W&P wine glass is too clunky to carry, this one is insulated, lightweight, and ideal for hiding whatever you’re drinking.

Get Yeti Rambler 10 oz. Wine Tumber ($25)→

A Water Bottle For Cocktails

Prefer to bring a cocktail? Our staff editor Carlo Mantuano swears by this S’well bottle (in this particular color), in part because he likes how wide the mouth is. It’s the ideal way to enjoy a cocktail with ice cubes.

Get S’well Traveler ($35)→

A Water Bottle That’ll Fit (Almost) An Entire Bottle Of Wine

At 24 ounces, it’s just one ounce shy of fitting the average bottle of wine so consider it a pretty solid option for carrying your drinks to the beach.

Get Hydro Flask Water 24 oz. Bottle ($35)→

A Very Good Sunscreen

I’ve gone through at least four bottles of sunscreen from Supergoop! In the past year alone and the brand is hands down one of my favorites. Lightweight, it absorbs easily into my skin without breaking me out or leaving a white cast. Their latest one is ideal for a hot day at the beach since it’s water and sweat-resistant.

Get Supergoop! Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen ($34)→

A Clear Sunscreen Stick For Reapplication

If you’re like me and you forget to reapply sunscreen, you’ll want to grab this clear sunscreen stick. It’s invisible over makeup and absorbs quickly, without the need to rub it all over your face.

Get Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ ($29)→

A Light And Delicious Canned Wine

I was initially skeptical of this canned wine brand since they’re low carb and zero sugar. How good could it be? Well, after finish a few boxes, the answer is: pretty good! It’s light, refreshing, and does not skimp on the ABV. While it’s not as complex in flavor as a more traditional bottle, it’s ideal for a hot day in the sun.

Get Bev Noir 8-pack ($49)→

A Refreshing, Non-Alcoholic Seltzer

As far as seltzers go, Sanzo is hands down my favorite with its refreshing Asian-inspired flavors. Their calamansi one is nice and tart while mango, with its splash of juice, is more like a delicious spritzer.

Get Sanzo Sampler ($35)→

Tupperware For All For Your Snacks

Because trudging across a giant sea of hot sand only to wait forever for fries is not worth your time, use our favorite picnic-approved tupperware to pack your favorite snacks.

Get Oxo Good Grips 8 Piece Smart Container Set ($30)→

Eco-Friendly Utensils

Bring along eco-friendly compostable utensils so you don’t have to dig your sand covered hands into that container of cut up watermelon.

Get Bamboo Cutlery Set 18 Pieces ($18)→

A Corkscrew And Knife Combo

Opinel is a classic French brand of knives we love and their foldable knife is not only handy for picnics but also at the beach. Use it to open your bottle of wine or to slice up meats and cheeses for your charcuterie set up.

Get Opinel No.10 Stainless Steel Corkscrew Folding Knife ($35)→

A Classic Beach Activity

Is it a beach day without a game of paddle ball? Obviously not, so grab a set.

**[Get Sunnylife Sunny Days Beach Bats Game


A Less Active Beach Activity

When the thought of chasing after a tiny ball across burning hot sand sounds miserable, sit and play a game of cards instead. These are waterproof, so they won’t warp or get mushy in your wet hands.

Get Fun In The Sun Waterproof Playing Cards ($21)→

The Ultimate Beach BBQ

If your beach lets you grill, this lightweight, highly portable cube charcoal BBQ is the ultimate way to make delicious meals outdoors. The top pops off as a cutting board and there’s also a storage tray for tongs, plates, or food.

Get Everdure CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill ($200)→

A Speaker To Set The Mood

Waterproof and featuring 12 hours of battery life, this speaker will set the vibe on your patch of sand.

Get JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($90)→

A Slim Drink Koozie

This slim insulated cooler will not only discreetly hide your drink but also keep it cool longer.

Get BrüMate Hopsulator Slim ($20)→

A Lightweight Tent

As much as you want to enjoy the sun, it winds up getting pretty hot out there which is where this pop-up tent comes in. With a flick of the wrist the entire thing springs to life and creates a convenient shelter to hang out in.

Get Picnic Time Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent (from $59)→

An Adjustable Umbrella

If you’re more of the umbrella type, this is a great, lightweight option that comes in its own carrying case. The shade can tilt, so you can adjust according to the angle of the sun for optimal coverage.

Get Picnic Time Portable 5.5′ Beach Umbrella (from $35)→

Sand Coasters

Yes, beach coasters exist and they’re actually pretty helpful to keep your drinks from spilling over into the sand.

Get AOMAIS Beach Sand Coasters ($18)→

A Portable Table

If you want to be next level prepared for the beach, this foldable table is it. Play cards, set up a lunch spread, or just use it as a resting spot for drinks.

Get Best Choice Products 28x28in Foldable Wooden Table ($60)→

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