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Let’s be honest, going to the beach is always the biggest highlight of summer. No matter how many times we go, sitting and relaxing in the sand and water truly makes it feel like summer has arrived. But there are few things worse than showing up to the beach unprepared. No cooler? Catastrophe. Don’t even mention forgetting the towels! We put together our top picks for those fine, sunny days so you never have to wonder what to bring to the beach ever again.
Having a good cooler is crucial, whether you’re packing sandwiches or a few cold ones. We recommend the Igloo 38-Quart Wheelie Cool Cooler for a number of reasons, but most importantly we love the wheels! No more lugging a heavy and awkward box as you trip through the sand. Plus, this cooler can hold 53 cans! Owners love the low price and high quality, and you will too.
For the days you want to bring the beach to you, there’s nothing better than setting up an umbrella in the backyard and laying out. We love the Belham Living South Isle All Weather Wicker Umbrella Side Table with Glass Top both for its quality and design (owners rave about the Belham Living brand), and also its 5-year warranty. Most companies won’t stand behind their products if they know they’ll be wind-battered and rained on. But you can buy this umbrella with full confidence.
Zero-gravity chairs are all the rage right now. They’re more comfortable and typically better built than traditional lounge chairs. However, they tend to be bulky and heavy, which is why the Coral Coast Zero Gravity Chair with Sunshade and Drink Tray is our pick – it’s got a three-part locking mechanism for easy storage and it’s light for portability. It’s also made from durable fabric and steel, so it can take those long summer days (storms included). You’ll be sitting pretty at the beach in one of these!
If you could only pick one thing to bring to the beach with you, it’d be the towel. But we wouldn’t pick just any towel. We love the Better Homes and Gardens Resort Beach Towel for a number of reasons, mostly its luxurious Egyptian cotton feel. The 35” by 70” dimensions don’t hurt either! We’ve all come to expect quality from Better Homes and Gardens, and this towel doesn’t disappoint.