Shore Thing: 10 Beach Essentials Every Guy Needs

beach snorkeling honolulu hawaii
Channey

Isn’t summer just the best? As things keep warming up, like many people, we’re headed straight for the beach. Nothing is better than sand and sun, but it’s easy to get bogged down with too much gear. How can you pack everything you need without spending half your beach day making trips back to the car? Here are our top ten beach essentials for keeping things clean and concise without sacrificing fun.

A Quality Towel

Dock & Bay Microfiber Beach Towels – $24
Dock & Bay Microfiber Beach Towels

As far as beach towels go, the best come down to three things: size, softness, and ease of cleaning. Dock & Bay’s beach towels tackle all three and manage to squeeze eye-catching designs into the mix as well. They’re made with smooth microfiber, so they repel sand and dry three times faster than cotton. They’re available in multiple sizes, including an XL that’s just right for spreading out on the sand, and they come with a compact carrying case for easy travel. We especially love the Festival collection.

See It

Keep Your Cool

Clevermade Collapsible Cooler – $30
Clevermade Collapsible Cooler

You can hardly spend a day under the summer sun without ice-cold refreshments, so you’re gonna need a cooler. This design from Clevermade holds true to its branding: in addition to holding up to 50 cans of choice beverage (plus ice), it collapses flat for easy storage. Its leak-proof interior will keep drinks cold for up to 36 hours, and the material quickly wipes clean when you’re ready to tuck it away. Not into this one? There are plenty out there to choose from.

See It

Fun in the Sun

Bocce Ball Set – $40
Bocce Ball Set

Bocce is a classic beach game. It’s easy to learn, extremely portable, and lends itself perfectly to a sandy playing field. This set is simple, well-crafted, and comes with everything you need to enjoy the game – including a zip-up carrying case for easy transport.

See It

BucketBall Beach Edition – $50
BucketBall Beach Edition

In case you’ve never heard of BucketBall, here’s a rundown: it’s basically a giant, beach-friendly version of everyone’s favorite college classic, Beer Pong. Instead of solo cups, your targets in BucketBall are, unsurprisingly, large buckets. This set comes with 12 buckets, two game balls, a handy tote bag, and instructions on how to play (ha! As if you’ll need those!). Much like its tabletop counterpart, the game is surprisingly fun given its simple concept. Heck, it’s enjoyable even if you don’t use it as a means for getting drunk by the ocean. Plus, you can buy fun accessories, including floating bucket racks so you set them up in water.

See It

House of Marley Chant Sport BT – $80
House of Marley Chant Sport BT

House of Marley is dedicated to two things: superb sound quality and responsible products. Everything they make is constructed of sustainable materials, including this handsome Bluetooth speaker. Its waterproof and dust-resistant design make it a perfect beach day companion. It includes an attached carabiner clip for easy portability, and its shape and size are designed so it will fit conveniently into most cup holders. With 8 hours of playtime, you can enjoy your favorite summer jams all day long – and feel good about protecting the planet at the same time.

See It

Beach Bag

OdyseaCo XXL Mesh Beach Bag – $29
OdyseaCo XXL Mesh Beach Bag

Ya gotta get all these beach treasures out to the sand somehow and we’d recommend doing so with OdyseaCo’s XXL Mesh Beach bag. For starters, it’s absolutely massive (24” x 18” x 08”) so it’ll fit just about anything you want to stuff in there. It also includes 7 large exterior pockets for essentials like sunscreen and flip-flops, with one interior pocket made with waterproof fabric and a hidden zipper to keep your electronics and other valuables safe. The base is waterproof, too, so no need to worry if the surf sweeps around it as the tide rolls in. An interior carabiner clip will save you the headache of digging for your keys amongst all the goodies you’ve got stashed inside and padded handles make it comfortable to carry even when it’s filled to the brim.

See It

Beach Chairs

Ostrich Deluxe Beach Chair – $119
Ostrich Deluxe Beach Chair

What’s in a beach chair? Well, if you’re lucky, portability, durability, comfort, and clever design. And wouldn’t you know it, this Deluxe Chair from Ostrich has all four. Made with heavy duty polyester on an aluminum frame, the chair has five adjustable back positions and three adjustable footrest positions. It sits 12” off the ground so you can assume maximum lounge position and fit snugly under your favorite tent, umbrella, or canopy. It also has an attached pillow and an open/close face cavity and arm holes to let you enjoy the sun’s sweet kisses on your back without suffocating or wrenching your head awkwardly to one side. The wooden armrests are equipped with storage for small essentials, including a cup holder. To top it all off, an attached carrying strap makes it a breeze to tote to the beach and back.

See It

Cabana

CoolCabanas 3 – $119 – 139
CoolCabanas 3

Although we like to think of beach days as time spent under a bright summer sun, a reliable shady respite is just as important. Umbrellas don’t always offer the coverage you’re looking for, and tents can be a frustrating hassle to set up. We recommend investing in the CoolCabanas 3 – a full, glorious beach cabana that pops open as easily as your classic umbrella. Just pop open the rig from the center stake and fill the four corner pouches with sand for stability. Then sit back and relax. When you’re ready to head home, pack it back into the carrying case and you’re on your way.

See It

A Wagon for Your Haul

Mac Sports Folding Utility Wagon – $146
Mac Sports Folding Utility Wagon

If you’re going all out and a tote won’t cut it, pick up this handy utility wagon to transport your beachy haul. Its 36” x 21” x 25” interior can hold up to 150lbs of oceanside goodies, and the fold-out table has two cup holders to hold your tropical libations while you chill. Thick, heavy duty wheels and an adjustable handle make it easy for anyone to maneuver on sand and the durable fabric is easy to clean. The whole thing collapses into a neat little package for easy storage.

See It

Leave the Sand at the Beach

Beach Be Gone – $12
Beach Be Gone

When the summer sun sets and it’s time to pack it in, there’s just one more item you’ll want to have on hand. Olita’s Beach Be Gone is a gentle body powder you sprinkle over your skin to remove sand and keep it from coating the interior of your car. The powder comes in fragrances like Coconut, Tangerine, and Cool Surf to freshen you up a bit too (there’s also a fragrance-free version). As Olita says, “leave the sand at the beach, not on your seat!”

See It

Now that you’re equipped with our top ten list of beach essentials, all that’s left to do is decide which ocean-side respite to visit next. Get out there and soak up some sun!

Article originally published June 13, 2017. Last updated June 21, 2018.

Grooming

Cool Off from Head to Toe with these 7 Cooling Grooming Products

For maximum refreshment, we’ve assembled seven products that will start your day with a cooling tingle.
Outdoors

4 Best Camping Hammocks for Backpackers, Hikers, and Outdoor Lovers

Because you deserve a deep, soul-searching session between two trees.
Fashion & Style

Get Ready for Fall With These Classic Oxford Shirts for Men

Casual versatility is the name of the game when it comes to Oxfords.
Fashion & Style

The Best Summer Sales on Menswear and Gear

Swimwear, outdoor gear, watches, shoes — you name it, we've found a deal on it.
Auto

The AEV OutPost II Is Your Dream Off-Road Jeep Wrangler, But You Can’t Have It

It's like a smaller, more badass RV and we're in love.
Outdoors

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018: The Best Gear of the Year

After walking dozens of miles around the expo and seeing plenty of stuff to excite us, we narrowed down our long list of favorite stuff to just five "Best of Show" winners.
Outdoors

When You Want to Get Away, But Not That Far Away, Try Urban Camping

While the classical version involves semi-legal squatting in a public area, in recent years, cities have exploited the practice of urban camping for recreation.
Outdoors

Danner Teases New Lightweight Hiking Shoe Inspired by the Pacific Crest Trail

It's not a hiking boot and it's not a sneaker. It's a Trail 2650 and does what you want it to.
Outdoors

5 Lesser-Known U.S. National Parks You Need to Visit

Did you know that some of the more obscure U.S. national parks are just as majestic as the popular ones, yet receive only a fraction of the visitors?
Travel

Road Trip on 2 Wheels Instead of 4 Along United States Bicycle Route 66

Cyclists on USBR 66 ride on two-lane rural roads that parallel or exactly follow the original Route 66 motorway.
Travel

Mooching, Whales, and Catching Kings: What It’s Like to Go Salmon Fishing in Alaska

It's more peaceful (and a lot easier) than you can imagine.
Living

The Best Hiking Boots for Men, From Lightweight to Ultra-Plush

Happy feet means a happy hiker. Cheap boots that don’t fit right are a nightmare to hike in.
Outdoors

6 Mystical Old-Growth Forests Around the World

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness," says John Muir.
Outdoors

The BioLite FirePit is a Portable Fire Pit That Doubles As a Grill

After a successful Kickstarter funding period, the BioLite FirePit is ready for retail!