11 Beach Essentials for a Perfect Beach Day in 2021

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In this article, I show you the essential beach gear for a perfect day at the beach.

The beach serves as a perfect place to spend a day in the sun while spending quality time with friends and family.
If you want a perfect day at the beach, our list of essential beach gear and useful beach tips will keep you relaxed and having fun.

The Beach Essentials

From quality beach chairs to commercial umbrellas to an ice chest that keeps your drinks cold all day long, the beach items recommended in this article provide comfort, function and more.

Best Beach Cart

Walking across the sand and down to the beach seems easy until you realize you have a LOT of stuff.
Instead of wasting time and energy making multiple trips (to setup and pickup), consider purchasing a heavy duty beach cart with balloon tires.

beach essentials beach cart
beach cart balloon wheels

This beach cart will hold all your beach essentials and reduces multiple trips to a single trip to the beach.
The 12″ balloon tires glide over the sand with ease and the removable tires allow for easy storage.
In addition, the no rust aluminum frame will make sure it lasts for years to come.

Wood Beach Chair

If you make an annual trip to the beach as many people do, you probably spend $30 to $40 dollars on a cheap beach chair during your quick trip to the grocery store or local beach gear shop.
For those lucky enough to live near a beach, this same chair may last a bit longer.

A quality wood beach chair, like the ones the beach rental huts provide to you, is a great investment and will last for many years.
As a side note, I purchased mine 9 years ago, use them at least 100 days per year, and they are still in great shape.

wood beach chairs
beach essentials wood beach chair

Wood beach chairs are made from hardwood such as white oak and protected with a marine grade varnish.
The rust-proof brass hinges and rivets provide strength and durability.
In addition, the marine grade fabric resists sun fading and provides a comfortable reclining seat.

Beach Umbrella with Wooden Pole

A sturdy beach umbrella to provide protection from the harsh sun is a must-have beach item.

The rugged and durable umbrella cover provides UPF 50+ sun protection and most are 7.5 feet or wider.
In addition, the 2-piece wood pole prevents the umbrella from breaking.
Additionally, I use the beach umbrella to push the beach cart.

To make it look like you really know what you are doing, you can match the beach umbrella fabric to the same fabric as your beach chair.

wood beach umbrella

Also, do not anchor these umbrellas with a sand anchor.
There is a better solution in this article, so keep reading.

Cheap Drill and Sand Auger Bit

Have you ever seen the wind carry an umbrella across the beach?
A flying umbrella poses a serious safety risk even though it’s quite funny to watch a fellow beachgoer chase down their umbrella.

Do you wonder why the rental umbrellas at beach resorts always seem to remain in place?
They remain in place because the beach services uses a drill and sand/garden auger bit to secure the beach umbrella.

sand auger for beach umbrella
sand auger for beach umbrella
sand auger for beach umbrella

In order to secure your umbrella like a beach pro, I recommend buying the cheapest drill you can find on Amazon (such as the one below) and an auger bit. Drill a hole about 12″ to 24″, place the umbrella in the hole, and push sand around the edges.

As a quick tip, you should always put the umbrella down when the winds pick up to a dangerous level even if it’s secured correctly.

Waterproof Beach Bag

Afternoon summer storms appear out of nowhere, so I recommend you bring a waterproof bag to keep snacks, clothes, and wallets dry and free of sand.

waterproof beach bag

A worthwhile beach essential if you plan to bring items such as phones, dry clothes, food, or drones with you on your perfect beach day.

I use my waterproof bag while paddle boarding in Destin, Florida.

Beach Cooler Backpack

Part of a perfect day at the beach involves enjoying refreshing cold beverages.
As a result, a beach cooler backpack is a vital member of our most recommended beach essentials.

beach backpack cooler

The Yeti hopper backpack ice chest contains closed-cell rubber foam that holds ice all day long – even in the hot summer sun.

In addition, this beach cooler backpack is waterproof, puncture resistant, UV resistant, and large enough to fit a day’s worth of drinks and food.

Ice Packs

As mentioned, cool refreshments and drinks are part of a perfect beach day.
However, buying a bag of ice each time you plan to head out to the beach gets aggravating and expensive.

Instead of buying a bag of ice for each beach trip, these ice packs work as a superior substitute.
Simply place them in the freezer before you go to bed and throw them in the ice chest before heading out to the beach.

These refreezable cooler ice packs are break-resistant and keep your ice chest cold during hot summer days at the beach.

Underwater Camera

You need a way to capture the priceless moments of your perfect beach day with a cool camera.

An underwater GoPro camera records video and takes pictures just as well.
With video up to 5k resolution, it maintains detail even while zooming.

As a quick tip, I always record video at the beach instead of taking pictures because pictures can be extracted from video with the free gopro video editing software.

Ultimately, underwater video cameras capture special moments while snorkeling or scuba diving.
I use my gopro when snorkeling for starfish and sand dollars in Destin, Florida.

Bungee Cords

I almost forgot to mention you need a way to secure your beach chairs, ice chest, and other things to your beach cart.

These bungee cords work great for holding your items in place as you float over the sand with your beach cart.


You must protect your skin while in the summer sun.
This is especially important for those who have fair skin or don’t go in the sun much.

Sunburns ruin many perfect beach days and beach vacations, so make sure you protect yourself.

I prefer water resistant sunscreen which contains no oxybenzone or octinoxate and provides both UVA/UVB protection.

Blue lizard sunscreen is SFP 50+ and protects us with one application for an entire day.

Polarized Sunglasses

A cool pair of polarized shades not only look cool, but they enhance visibility and color, and reduce eyestrain.
Essentially, they reduce the amount of reflecting light entering the eye.

I have sensitive eyes and I’m very particular on the sunglasses I wear in the sun.
After trying many different brands, Maui Jim works best for me.

The Beach Essentials Checklist

Beach Cart
Waterproof Bag
Ice Chest
Ice Packs
Sand Auger Drill Bit
Bungee Straps
Polarized Sunglasses
Underwater Camera
beach essentials checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

How to carry all your stuff to the beach?

A rugged beach cart with balloon wheels is the best way to carry stuff to the beach in one trip.

how to carry stuff to the beach

What to bring to the beach for a day?

The beach essentials needed for a perfect day at the beach include the following items:
Waterproof Beach Bag
Beach Cart with Balloon Wheels
Wood Beach Chairs
Backpack Cooler
Beach Umbrella

beach essentials beach cart

What is the best way to secure a beach umbrella?

To secure a beach umbrella and prevent it from blowing away, use a sand auger drill bit and drill a 8″ to 12″ hole in the sand.

sand auger for beach umbrella

What is the most comfortable beach chair?

Wood beach chairs are the most comfortable. Most come with a foot rest and recline in various positions. Also, they are the most durable.

beach essentials wood beach chair

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