Hit the beach in style this season with these chic summer essentials, cool accessories, and high-tech devices meant to take your sunny escape to the next level. If you have already picked out your destination, it means it’s time to gear up for your next trip to the ocean. Sure, you won’t forget to pack a classy swimsuit and a big pair of sunglasses, but don’t forget to bring along those little extras that make all the difference.
From towels, bags, and flip flops to the latest beach gadgets, we’ve got you prepared for a stylish, fun-filled summer in the sand.
Sandless Beach Mat: CGear
Make the most of your trip to the seaside with CGear Sand-Free MultiMat, a sandless beach blanket which keeps you and your belongings clean. Featuring two separate dual-weave layers, the revolutionary ground sheet keeps dirt and dust away, ensuring an unworried sand-free experience on the shoreline. Undeniably, this beach accessory is one of the smartest inventions ever!
Sun Shelter: Bondi Beach Tent
A stylish alternative to the common beach umbrella, this slick, versatile canopy from Lovin’ Summer keeps sun worshippers protected from harmful UV rays while also making a fashion statement. Its 100% cotton canvas blocks 97% of UV rays thanks to an integrated Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 40, and the smart and beautiful A-line design allows for pleasant airflow. The Bondi Beach Tent can be easily assembled by one person, but provides shade for the entire family.
Sunglasses for Her: Butterfly Runaway by Chanel
Sunglasses are a must-have item for beach holidays, and while there are tons of fun and colorful eyewear collections to choose from each season, it’s always worth investing in a great pair of high-quality shades that will never go out of fashion. With their dramatic black mirror lenses and statement black frame infused with 18-karat gold, the glamorous, oversized Butterfly Runaway sunglasses from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection will make you look like a movie star this summer.
Sunglasses for Him: Prada Linea Rossa Spectrum
Mixing sporty elegance with outstanding attention to detail, the Prada Linea Rossa eyewear collection is full of exciting options for the refined, confident, modern man who likes to look dapper at all times.
Featuring ultra-light pale gold metal frames and blue lenses, this classy pair of aviators are an inspired choice, whether you’re sipping cocktails at a swank beach club, partying with your friends on a yacht, or just relaxing under a palm tree somewhere remote and exotic.
Swimwear for Him: Orlebar Brown’s Photo-Printed Swim Shorts
Stand out at the beach this summer with these cool Setter swim shorts from Orlebar Brown’s new season collection. Fun, comfortable, and expertly tailored, the brand’s photographic-print shorts are definitely some of the trendiest beachwear around. This pair, aptly called Las Hadas Photographic Swim Shorts, depicts a retro poolside scene from a luxury Mexican resort, but there are lots of other cool styles to choose from.
Swimwear for Her: Botanical Embroidered Swimsuit by Stella McCartney
Retro-fit swimwear is making a comeback this season, and this navy blue, classically inspired one-piece by Stella McCartney, is particularly feminine. With its nostalgic floral embroidery and delicate scalloped edging, it oozes Riviera sophistication, while also being flattering to a multitude of body types.
Flip Flops: Feit Unisex Bamboo Flip Flops
Stay chic and comfortable at the beach this summer with these unisex designer flip-flops from Feit. Made of sustainable bamboo and vegetable-tanned leather, the sandals combine artisan craftsmanship with urban street style for an effortlessly elegant beach look.
Bean Bag: Sandusa Beach Towel Bean Bag
A successor of the world’s first sand-resistant towel, Sandusa Beach Towel Bean Bag is the latest seaside accessory. Part bean bag, part beach towel, this ingenious outdoor cushion comes with thick cotton top layer and durable nylon underside, which means you don’t have to feel again the discomfort of staying wet and sandy every time you get out of the ocean. Excellent for the pebbled shores of the French Riviera or the Amalfi Coast! Just saying.
Beach Bag: Sunnylife Havana Beach Tote
Ready to add a pop of color to your next coastal getaway? Good looks aside, the light and breezy Havana mesh tote from Sunnylife is roomy enough for your towel, beach read, and all the other summer essentials you need for a day of fun in the sun.
Ride: Deus Sea Rider
Hit the beach in style as you ride this cool, retro inspired motor bike from Australian custom bike shop, Deus Ex Machina. Created at their store in Canggu, Bali, the Sea Sider combines a 1995 Honda Astra engine with repurposed vintage bicycle pieces and bespoke details into a one-of-kind surf commuter.
With two cushy leather seats and handmade surf racks, this lightweight two-wheeler is perfect for taking two people and a surfboard to the beach.
Personal Photographer: Hover Camera Passport Drone
With its compact size, dedicated iOS app, and artificial intelligence facial recognition feature, this state-of-the-art flying camera makes for a fun beach companion or travel photographer. Designed by Zero Zero Robotics, the Hover Camera Passport follows you around, capturing stunning 4K videos and 13MP aerial photos of you and your friends. The selfie drone is available exclusively at Apple website.
Well, nothing can be cooler than you. But still, Sovaro’s luxe ice box is downright sexy. Decked out in topnotch Portuguese cork and highly durable polycarbonate, its 13-1/2″-high interior chamber holds 10 standing wine bottles, while its luggage-style wheels and telescopic handle ensure outstanding maneuverability.
The state-of-the-art 45-quart cooler comes with a transparent divider and premium one-touch latch, and is also a convenient seating alternative at beach gatherings, yacht outings, or whatever event requires cold drinks, good vibes, and a dash of sophistication.
Sun Shade: The Original Sunscreen
Beach umbrellas are great and all, but if you’re looking for that perfect blend of sun and shade while lounging on the beach or by the pool, The Original Sunscreen is the answer. A brainchild of inventor Joe Pucci, the flexible 16″ shade has just the right shape and size to provide instant shelter for you or your belongings, anywhere, anytime. Its lightweight and portable design means you can take it with you at festivals, sporting events, or camping trips, while the UV blockers make it particularly suitable for the beach.
Beach Towel: Vertty
Vertty’s unique geometric shape is not only highly attractive, but it also makes it easier to fold. Handmade in Portugal using all eco-friendly materials, this trendy, colorful beach towel is larger, lighter, and easier to dry than most standard products out there. Additionally, it comes with a convenient waterproof pocket for keeping your valuables safe while lazing by the ocean.
Beach Read: LOST iN Ibiza
Few things are as relaxing as lounging on the warm sand with a good book while enjoying the breeze and soaking up the sunshine. No matter where your beach towel is laid out, LOST iN Ibiza will transport you to the free-spirited Balearic island and keep you in a sunny mood all day long. Curated by locals, this travel guide is chock-full of wonderful recommendations, suggestive photos, and interesting stories that capture the true spirit of Ibiza.
Inflatable Sofa: Lamzac® the Original
Sturdy, portable, and ridiculously easy to inflate, Lamzac® the Original takes beach lounging to a whole new level. All you have to do is simply pull it through the air, and this innovative product will magically transform into a cool, comfortable airbed, perfect for chilling outdoors. Needless to say, the inflatable sofa deflates just as easily, and, when not in use, can be folded up into a small bag for easy transportation.
Swimwear Bag: Matador Droplet Wet Bag
Designed to hang on a key ring, Matador’s Droplet wet bag is a must have for any self-respecting bather. Ultra-compact and completely waterproof, this handy beach accessory will keep your wet bathing suit separate from your dry goodies, but it can also be used as a dry bag for electronic gadgets.
Beach Kit Essentials: Pinch Provisions Secretly A Mermaid
Packed with a bunch of beach essentials, this cute Pinch Provisions summer kit is all you need for a fun, fabulous, and carefree day on the seashore. In addition to personal-care products such as sunscreen, aloe gel, deodorant wipes, or dry shampoo, Secretly A Mermaid also includes some useful items, like a mini phone USB fan, hair bands, and blister bandages.
Portable Music Player: Elbow
Whether or not you are a fan of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, you may have heard that cassette tapes are trending again. And there’s no better way to bring your own awesome mix to the beach this year than with Elbow, a bare-bones mobile cassette player that uses a single pulley to drive the tape, leaving most of the cassette exposed.
Unlike the old Walkman, the ground-breaking gizmo features a strikingly minimalist design, plus a couple of modern tech features such as a 3.5mm audio plug and a mini-USB port for charging and transferring audio to a computer.
Portable Shower: RinseKit
With a water capacity of 2 gallons and a revolutionary high-pressurized system, RinseKit is, no doubt, one of the best portable showers out there. It delivers pressurized spray for up to 3 minutes, without requiring pumping or batteries, which makes it an excellent beach gadget, whether you are an avid surfer who needs to rinse off his gear or just a nature lover always venturing to remote stretches of sand.
Beach Call: The Light Phone
If you don’t want to risk damaging or losing your precious, data-packed smartphone on your next trip to the ocean, switch to the Light Phone. Designed as a seamless extension of you every-day device, this little guy uses your existing number to send and receive calls, and nothing more. This, along with its light weight and slim, credit card shape, makes it an excellent backup phone for when you go to the beach, or just want to disconnect from technology for a while.
Footwear for Her: Woven Mules
Add a touch of boho-chic to your beach style with these woven mules in a multicolored ethnic pattern from Urban Outfitters. Not only are these easy to slip on and off, but also extremely chic and versatile. For an effortlessly romantic off-beach look, wear them with a typical white Ibiza dress.
Footwear for Him: Mohinders City Slippers
Handmade in rural India, these naturally-tanned buffalo leather shoes are sure to add uniqueness and sophistication to any man’s summer outfit, no matter if you’re in the mood for sightseeing, fine dining, or cocktails on the beach.
Portable Radio: Robert’s Revival
Fusing retro ’50s inspired looks with the newest DAB technology, the Roberts Revival RD60 is the perfect portable radio for your beach outing. The stylish unit is hand finished with gold-plated fittings and comes with 120 hours’ battery life, a stereo line in socket for iPod/MP3 playback, and a small color-matching handle for carrying around easily.
Sun Hat: Bimba y Lola
Top off your seaside outfit with a sweet sun hat that keeps you cool and protected on hot summer days. Made almost entirely of paper, the two-color wide brim hat from Bimba y Lola oozes Greek chic and vacation vibes, while remaining highly functional. The Spanish brand is known for offering upscale and original high-street fashion at affordable prices.
Beach Cover Up: The Cape
A must-pack beach item, this handmade free-flowing kaftan makes for a stylish bikini cover up, but can also be worn over jeans for a bohemian summer outfit. Made of 100% Turkish cotton and patterned with delicate grey stripes, it’s light, soft, and oh so pretty!
Afternoon Nap: Flowerhouse MoonDrop Hanging Chair
A stainless steel carabineer, viewing windows, and durable, UV resistant fabric make the Flowerhouse MoonDrop Hanging Chair perfect for lounging at the beach. At 72 inches tall and with an 84-inch base diameter, this clever piece of outdoor gear is able to support up to 400 pounds when mounted to a tree.
Water Transport: The Crystal Explorer
Sporting a sleek transparent design, the Crystal Explorer is sure to turn heads and provide hours of entertainment by the sea. Envisioned by Crystal Kayak Company, this see-through canoe-kayak hybrid allows you to peer into the underwater world without getting wet. Its durable, yet lightweight construction along with removable frame, seats, and inflatable chambers make it easy to store and transport.
TheQ is a pretty unique compact camera equipped with onboard 3G so you can upload your photos to the internet in no time – no wonder it bills itself as the “world’s first social camera”. Of course, the fun doesn’t stop here, as this stylish little point-and-shot comes with 9 fun photo filters, a cool ring flash, plus unlimited personal online storage. And, it’s waterproof, which makes it the ideal tool for casual beachside photography.
Sunblock Detection Gadget: Sunscreenr
Armed with a special 1.3 mp UV camera, Sunscreenr will show you where you skin is not covered by sunblock, and eventually save your life. This tiny, smart-looking beach gadget may seem unnecessary in the first place, but considering its life-saving potential, we’re glad Voxelight’s savvy entrepreneurs came up with this brilliant idea.
Game: Frescobol Carioca’s Beach Bats
If spending the whole day sunbathing sounds boring to you, hit the beach Brazilian style by playing the nation’s favorite game – Frescobol.
Classy, active beachgoers will definitely appreciate the quality and beautiful design of Frescobol Carioca’s beach bats, each handcrafted by local artisans from carefully chosen reclaimed wood.
Their Trancoso Wooden Beach Bat And Ball Set comes with a waterproof bag and makes for a cool beach toy for adults, whether the destination is Ipanema, Copacabana, or a remote stretch of coastline on the other side of the globe.
Waterproof Speaker: Drifter Action
Most water-resistant Bluetooth speakers out there require a smartphone to connect to, but not Drifter. This smart waterproof wireless speaker comes with its own customized Android operating system, being completely self-sufficient and perfect for the beach. The device floats in water and features a built-in touchscreen, a camera, and a 16GB hard drive for storing your favorite tunes and take them with you wherever you go.
Portable Safe: AquaVault
Keep your valuables safe at the beach with AquaVault, a portable outdoor travel safe designed to attach to most beach furnishings out there. The durable, 120-cubic inch security device locks with a tree number combination and is capacious enough to hold your wallet, phone, watch, and jewelry when you head into the water or play in the sand.
Water Toy: ‘Rosie’ Inflatable Flamingo Pool Float
If it’s cool enough for Taylor Swift, it’s cool enough for you, too! Giant pool inflatables are the ultimate trend this summer, but who says you can’t take these chic water toys with you at the beach, as well? Instead of going for the usual swan, however, why not take things up a notch with Rosie, Sunnylife’s Luxe Rose Gold Flamingo Float. Its vibrant color and tropical inspiration is guaranteed to give your beach outing (or pool party) a stylish, playful touch.
Portable Beach Table: SandStand
A day at the beach will never be the same with a portable wooden table as stylish as this one. Designed for summertime leisure, SandStand is ideal for enjoying lunch or a glass of wine on the sand, but can also hold your laptop if you fancy watching a movie or getting work done under a palm tree. Handcrafted using premium materials and complete with features such as cup holders and bottle openers, this lovely piece of beach furniture adds class and convenience to your littoral experience.
Stay Hydrated: Soma Glass Water Bottle
Using a reusable water bottle will help reduce the huge amounts of plastic that end up in the ocean every year. But Soma, the first 100% sustainable water filter company, takes things a step further by creating a reusable water bottle that’s not just friendly to the environment, but also utterly chic.
The beautiful product is made of lightweight and durable BPA-free borosilicate glass, with a soft and slick silicone sleeve and a leak-proof bamboo cap. Staying hydrated has never been so stylish, so make sure to add one of these beauties to your beach packing list this summer.
Lunch Bag: Monogrammed Lunch Tote
Move over, boring paper bags! Handmade totes are a much elegant way to bring your lunch to the beach these days. Insulated with sealed interior lining and complete with a handy front pocket, this tiny, lightweight cooler will keep your food cold and fresh in hot weather, while also making for an appealing beach accessory.