Summer is officially here which means it’s time to hit the beach. When you’re planning your road trip to the beach, don’t forget these must-haves. What do you have to bring with you before you hit the waves?
It would probably be hard to forget this sunny-day essential, but it can’t hurt to mention it. Get a solid SPF — anything from 15 to 45 is recommended — and slather it on every few hours to avoid feelin’ the burn.
From trashy gossip magazines to a true page-turner of a novel, reading material is essential. This summer is especially jam-packed with entertaining lit: try Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers, Rob Sheffiield’s On Bowie, or Hannah McKinnon’s Mystic Summer are all great picks.
A cooler with drinks and snacks
The boardwalk might only be a short walk away, but keeping some food and water to tide you over is never a bad idea. Simple sandwiches, juice boxes, bottled water, and granola bars are quick and easy to keep in the cooler.
Music (and headphones)
The iPhone is the modern-day equivalent of the boombox, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less annoying. Don’t be that guy (or girl) who forces your fellow beach-goers to listen to your Spotify playlist — no matter how good it is. Pack some earbuds and enjoy your tunes without bugging everyone around you.
Towels and blankets
As you know, towels can do double-duty as both a beach blanket and as a way to dry off from splashing around. However, investing in a big ol’ blanket allows for more people, more room to stretch out, and significantly less sand. So worth it.
Umbrellas and beach chairs
Step up your set-up on the sand with some extra shade and comfort. It may be a pain to lug all of your stuff out to that coveted spot, but it’ll be oh-so worth it when you’re shielding yourself from those rays.
Frisbees, beach games, boogie boards, and surf boards
Sitting on the sand can get boring. Get up and active with a game that your whole crew can enjoy, like a round of of volleyball. Flicks ‘n’ Sticks, a new drinking game on the beach scene, incorporates bamboo poles, a frisbee, and cups for a fast-paced and fun time for grown-ups. Don’t forget about classic ways to cool down, like gliding on a boogie board or testing your balance on the waves if you’re a surfer.