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It’s summer, which means it’s time to hit the sand and surf. We know it’s always a conundrum figuring out what to bring, so here’s a list of essentials to help make your beach trip truly epic.

Smuggle Your Booze Sunscreen Lotion

essential beach gear sunscreen flask

This flask fooled us. It holds 10 oz. of your favorite liquor, and no, beach patrol won’t bother you. It’s also perfect for festivals, amusement parks and cruises. $10 from

Tommy Bahama Deluxe Backpack Beach Chair

Essential Beach Gear Tommy chair

This chair is unbelievably comfortable with an adjustable pillow and padded shoulder straps—and it even lays flat. It’s so practical it also doubles as a cooler, comes with a hanging cup holder, and has a phone compartment. $65 from

Sharkk 2O Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

essential beach gear sharkk speaker

This is a solid speaker, boasting a Bluetooth range of 60 feet, which means you can leave your phone on the beach and take this into the waves. It also has the highest waterproof rating of IP67 which, for the layman, means no water is short-circuiting this beast. $52.99 from

It: A Novel by Stephen King

essential beach gear It by Stephen King book

Quite possibly one of the scariest books ever written, this behemoth of a novel is a great beach read because you’ll never put it down, resulting in a longer time spent in the sun and a more intense tan. $14.42 from

Australian Gold SPF 30 Sunscreen with Kona Bronzers

essential beach gear Australian gold sunscreen lotion

Because Stephen King’s It will be keeping you in the sun longer, you’ll need a quality sunscreen, and Australian Gold is always a winner. Plus, you’ll smell like coffee, and that’s always promising for impressing the opposite sex. $8.99 from

Traveler Sunglasses by TOMS

essential beach gear Toms sunglasses

How about eye protection? Traveler by TOMS are perfect for the beach because they’re designed to bend, flex, and withstand life on the move. Plus, with every pair you buy TOMS will help give sight to a person in need, so it’s a win-win. $78-$109 from

Winner Outfitters Double Hammock

essential beach gear hammock from winner outfitters

Towels are usually essential for a beach trip, but what about a hammock? With a hammock, you can better avoid getting sand everywhere, and they’re damn cozy. String this between two palm trees, and you’re a postcard in the making. $26.99 from

KanJam Ultimate Disc Game

essential beach gear kanjam game with frisbees

Laying around can sometimes get boring, so here’s a fun, easy, and portable game that even the worst Frisbee player can enjoy. Team up and a throw a Frisbee toward the bucket, where your teammate can slam dunk it or hit it on the outside of the bucket to earn points. The sand is especially ideal, as you will be diving, sliding, and jumping. $39.99 from

Sperry Savannah Vintage Tote

essential beach gear tote for the beach

So how are you going to carry all this and do it in style? Why not go with something from the king of boat shoes: Sperry? This black-and-white, canvas bag features a map of 1818 Savannah printed on a recycled sail and has hand-spliced rope handles. $135.99 from

Need more tips? How about our road trip essential guide?

Photo Attribution:
Smuggle Your Booze is from Command G LLC, Tommy Chair courtesy of Tommy Bahama, Sharkk is courtesy of Sharkk, It is courtesy of Simon and Schuster, SPF 30 Lotion is courtesy of Australian Gold, Sunglasses are courtesy of TOMS, Hammock is courtesy of, Inc., KanJam is courtesy of, Inc., Sperry is courtesy of Sperry.

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