While you could just show up on the sandy shore with an old towel, the following gear is sure to make your next beach or park visit a posh, soothing experience.
Roll Up in Style
Relaxing in a comfortable chair and taking in the view is the best way to spend time at the beach, and this chair is a great choice. Featuring big wheels that easily roll over the sand, it serves as a cart to haul towels, snacks, a small cooler, and other gear. It then unfolds to create a lounge chair rated for sunbathers up to 225 pounds, complete with a padded headrest.
Make Your Own Shade
The best way to ensure UPF 50+ UV protection is to bring it with you. Weighing less than three pounds, this cabana is easy to bring along to the beach or park in its storage bag. Each pole has pockets for drinks or sunblock. Fiberglass poles, four sand nails, and sand pockets allow a fast, secure setup, and the removable back panel provides shade all day long.
Float on the Sand
Sand between the toes is wonderful, but it isn’t as much fun in a sandwich or between the pages of a paperback, making this must-have beach day gear. Whether used as a spacious beach mat or set under a portable cabana, the durable, two-layer system, which was originally designed as a landing pad for military helicopters, allows sand, dirt, and dust to flow down, but not come back up.
Sitting around a fire on the beach is relaxing, and hot dogs taste best right off the grill. While lugging a traditional BBQ grill is tedious, this compact grill folds to less than 2 inches thick to fit in a beach cart or bag and sets up in less than a minute. The stainless steel grill has slanted sides that act as a windbreak to keep the flame alive.
Junior Beachgoer Protection
Designed for children from 6 months to 2 years old, this portable playpen features an ultra-padded floor to protect tootsies from hot sand, and a large canopy offers UPF 50+ protection from the sun. Mesh sidewalls allow breezes to flow through while providing a view. It assembles and disassembles in minutes, and the fabric areas are machine-washable.