17 Beach Vacation Must Haves

Summer is here! Are you ready to hit the beach? We are. Before you pack your bags and run for the sand, make sure you have the right stuff to pack. You can ensure that your beach trip will be the best ever if you pack things that will make your time at the beach easier and more enjoyable. Here are 15 Beach Vacation Must Haves!

Child Bike Seat by Thule

If staying fit and active is a priority in your life, you don’t have to forget about it on your summer vacation. Keep up with your fitness by including exercise that your kids can participate in. You might not want to leave the beach house and go to the gym, but you can certainly take a long bike ride by the beach with your kids in tow for a little cardio. Just take a bike seat like this one from Thule with you.

The Thule RideAlong is a brilliantly designed child seat that fits children up to 48.5 pounds. It is easy to install and safe to use. It even comes with a lock so that it cannot be stolen if you lock your bicycle up in a public place. Your child will be comfortable with the adjustable, padded harness, tilt capabilities for different reclining options, adjustable footrest and DualBeam suspension that absorbs road shock. You know your child is safe while buckled in with the childproof safety buckle and the built in reflector and safety light attachment for visibility. Choose from 3 different colors and different seat pad options that are reversible. We love the bright summery feel of the seat in Zinnia. The Thule RideAlong meets international safety requirements. If you can travel with your bike, great. If you can’t, just take the seat and rent a bike for your trip.


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Camera Backpack by Tamrac Hoodoo 20

The summer months fly by quickly and each trip to the beach is an opportunity to capture the memories your children will talk about for years to come. With all the things you need for a fun day in the sand, adding an extra bag for your camera might not be the best way to get to the beach before the best seats are taken. Instead of relying strictly on your camera phone, pack up your gear – and all your other beach essentials – in Tamrac’s Hoodoo 20.

With large storage compartments for your camera equipment that are separate from the rest of the bag, the Hoodoo 20 is ideal for bringing along everything you need for the perfect family day in the sun. Both waterproof and lightweight, Tamrac’s waxed ripstop canvas is ideal for protecting your equipment from both the elements and sticky-sandy fingers.

The Hoodoo 20 provides flexible utility, with the option to use the bag any one of three ways. Change easily from a backpack with a protective compartment, to a stand alone camera bag, to a water-resistant daypack with a protective sleeve for a 15 inch laptop. Lightweight and durable, the Hoodoo 20 weighs just one pound and the camera compartment is customizable for whatever lenses you’d like to bring along. There is nothing better than the convenience of being able to capture your memories on the go!


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Water Bottles by Hydroflask

The last thing you want to drink after a game of beach volleyball is a warm bottle of water. When you are trying to relax by the pool and enjoy a beer, you want that beer to be cold. However, cold can be a challenge in the heat of summer. Coolers aren’t always an option depending on how mobile you need to be or how much space you have. You can keep any drink cold all day long, up to 12 hours if you put your drink in the right container. Hydroflask offers drink bottles that do just that.

The secret to these bottles is vacuum insulation. Your water will stay ice cold all day, even in a hot car. Keep busy kids on the go hydrated with the 12 oz Standard Mouth Bottle. We think adding the Sport Cap makes it easier for younger kids to drink and not spill.

For adults, there are larger size options: 18 oz, 21 oz, 24 oz, 32 oz and 40 oz. If you choose one of the larger bottles, the Wide Mouth Straw lid is a great option. Keep enough beer cold to keep the party going by pouring it into the 64 oz Growler. You can keep that by your beach chair and enjoy all the beer you can drink without a heavy cooler and ice to lug around.

Evo Xplorer Phone Case by Tech 21

Face it, you have your smartphone with you ALL THE TIME! You love snapping photos and videos of your kids. You take a mean selfie every now and again. Without even realizing it, you now record some of your most important family memories with your phone. While planning a beach trip, you might have a moment of panic when you realize that the beach isn’t the safest place for your smartphone. Fear not, you can still take videos of your family splashing in the waves with your beloved phone and your phone will be protected in the Evo Xplorer Case from Tech 21

This case is a must have for anyone who wants to use their phone on the beach. It is waterproof, dustproof and gives class leading impact protection. In other words, you can drop your phone in the wet sand and it will stay dry, clean and in working order. This case offers a level of protection you won’t find in other cases. It is extremely protective but you won’t sacrifice sound quality. Order one of these phone cases for every smartphone in your family.


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Kid Products by Zoocchini

Zoocchini makes some amazing kid products that you need to pack for your next beach trip. Their towels, backpacks and underwear will be well loved at the beach and all year round. Everything they make is beautifully different. Why not pick up these three items to get your child excited about packing for your trip to the beach?

The beach means lots of time in the water. Once your kids get soaking wet, they have to get dried off eventually. Add to the overall beach experience by surprising your child with a special towel from Zoocchini. The Kids Hooded Towels let your kid look like animals and creatures with their decorative hoods, tails, and hand grabs that look like claws, paws or whatever your child’s favorite creature has. These towels aren’t just decorative, they are really absorbent, made of 100% cotton plush terry. 

Let your kiddo pack his own toys and treats for the trip to the beach in a Zoocchini Backpack Pal. With 4 different creatures to choose from, they are more than you imagined a backpack could be. The characters are 3D. The backpack includes mesh water bottle holders, mesh pockets, adjustable straps, and a name tag. The main pocket is large enough to hold a folder for school or a lot of little toys for a summer road trip. 

Your kids can’t stay in their swim suit the whole time you are on vacation. At some point you will dry them off and they will have to get dressed. We are obsessed with the Organic Underwear Sets from Zoocchini. The faces of animals and creatures that kids love are on the booties of these undies. The boys boxers are available for ages 2-6 and have silly designs on them that boys will love. The girl sets are available with a matching camisole.

Magnetic Wooden Block Set by Tegu

When traveling this summer, keeping the kids entertained during long car rides, food stops, or rainy days at the beach can get old fast. Instead of resorting to electronics, go old school with the fun of magnetic blocks. Tegu, creator of a number of magnetic block sets to entice a child’’s imagination, has created a travel set perfect for on the go fun and creativity.

The Tegu 8 Piece Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set provides 8 blocks that fit snugly inside a durable and small pouch, with easy access for children. Each pouch fits perfectly inside a small purse, diaper bag, and the hands of a child. With 4 blocks and 4 slab pieces, children can build towers, homes, vehicles, chairs, or whatever else their imagination can dream. Children will also enjoy simply snapping the magnets together, pulling them apart, or using the negative side of the magnet to repel the positive side of another — making the magnet move by itself like magic!

The Tegu Pocket Pouch Set also comes in a variety of colors, sure to please any child and also makes for fun mixing and matching. We love the bold blues and greens in the Original “Sunset” Tegu Pocket Pouch, while the bright pinks and oranges of the Tegu Tints Pocket Pouch collection make for a fun twist in their newest color combination. 

Sunglasses by Babiators

Hopefully your summer travels this year are full of laughter, family, fun and sun! For that last one, there is one thing for your little ones that may be overlooked but is definitely a necessity: sunglasses. Sunglasses are as essential for your children as sunscreen. Babiators has the best sunglasses for kids! They help protect eyes from the dangers of UV damage by offering UV400 lenses with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Babiators was founded by two couples who together saw a need in the market for high-quality, affordable, safe, durable and stylish products. They wanted to develop sunglasses that still let kids be kids, and so Babiators was born. These sunglasses really stand up to the test of rough and tumble little kids! These sunglasses are made of a soft and comfortable material that is lightweight and will not pinch their temples or nose. Along with being soft, these shades are flexible and borderline indestructible. Sound too good to be true?

Register your Babiators upon purchase, and if you lose or break them in the first year, they’ll replace them for free. All you pay is shipping! 




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Lunch Bags by Packit

Keeping food cold when you’re traveling is a big deal. Beverages, snacks, bottles, meals… it all needs to stay cool. Spoiled food or warm beverages can make things unpleasant and sometimes even dangerous. Coolers are the best way to keep these things cold when traveling, but typical coolers can be a huge hassle. You have to fill them with ice, which melts, and can leave you with a soggy mess.

Packit coolers make traveling so much easier. These unique coolers are stored in your freezer until you’re ready to use them. They use an eco-gel liner to eliminate the need for ice! Once frozen, they keep the contents cool for up to 10 hours. 

Because Packit coolers store flat in the freezer, they’re always ready to go when you are. The coolers are free of lead, PVC, BPA, phthalate, and are non-toxic, so you can store food in them without hesitation.

The Freezable 18-can cooler is a great size for beverages in cans, bottles or cartons. It has a large open area for cold items that zippers shut to keep cold air in. The outside features mesh pockets on each side, and a zippered pocket on the top. 

The Freezable Picnic Tote is the perfect way to bring a meal for the entire family. The spacious primary pocket keeps your food cool, and includes an elastic band to keep a bottle in place. The top flap unzips to reveal elastic holders for silverware, and includes quite a bit of space for napkins and other non-food items. The picnic tote has shoulder straps so that it can be easily carried to your picnic location.

Packit coolers are available in many sizes, including lunch bags, wine bags, bottle bags and personal coolers, so you’re sure to find the size you need. 

Sunscreen by Trufora

We know the effects of too much sun on our skin and we want to avoid those effects if at all possible. While we go to the beach to worship the sun, we need to protect our skin and especially our delicate face. However, you don’t want to clog up your pores or feel like you have a face caked in super thick sunscreen all day. You want SPF protection, but you still want to look your best. The Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen by Trufora is a must have for your beach vacation. It is actually a lightweight hydrating cream with SPF protection.

Just put it on like a normal moisturizer and you’re all set. Skip the paste-like zinc cream on your delicate face and try this instead. It actually functions better than normal sunscreen because it uses titanium dioxide for Broad Spectrum protection and Vederine®, which mimics the action of vitamin D in the skin. Use this cream under makeup or by itself. Either way, you will have a glowing complexion without the sun damage. You know you can count on this product to be amazing all around because Trufora is an incredibly ethical company. Their products are free from toxins, they use ethical practices and the products are vegan and come in recyclable packaging and use sustainable plant based products. 

Bath Products by Babo Botanicals

Thick sunscreens and lotions can leave you coated in a sweaty, sticking, grime at the end of a hot summer day. Waterproof sunscreen can be just as difficult to get off as waterproof mascara. Mix sand from the beach into the equation and you and your kiddos will be a hot mess! Use the right bath products to clean up with less effort. Babo Botanicals has a line of bath products designed specifically for swim, sun and active play.

The Swim & Sport Shampoo and Wash replenishes, hydrates and purifies hair, scalp and skin after pool, playground or beach. It is formulated with a corn-derived chelator that removes chlorine, salt, pollution and grime. Babo also has a Swim & Sport Conditioner. The Conditioner moisturizes parched hair that has been exposed to sun, chlorine or minerals. The Swim and Sport Detangling Spray keeps hair hydrated, protected and detangled and helps combats the pool, ocean or sun’s drying effects. Use the right stuff and your whole family can be clean and comfortable no matter how hard you play outside on your summer trip.

Hair Care by Hask Beauty

Sun and swimming can damage your hair. All day at the beach will leave you with a dry, tangled mess. Rescue your hair and make it stronger and healthier than ever this summer with the Bamboo Oil line of hair care from Hask. These strengthening products will fortify your hair and protect against future damage. The line features a Bamboo Oil Strengthening ShampooBamboo Oil Strengthening ConditionerBamboo Oil Strengthening Deep Conditioner and Bamboo Oil Strengthening SHINE® Oil, all formulated with ProDefense Complex that penetrates hair to strengthen, reinforce and protect.

Bamboo oil has long been proven to strengthen and revive hair. All these incredible products are free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. Even after a day at the beach or swimming in a chlorinated pool, your hair can be long, strong and damage free with the Hask Bamboo Oil Hair Care. 

Skincare by All Good

Toxins and other yucky stuff are everywhere. Nowhere can you find them more easily than in skincare, and time at the beach requires a lot of different skincare! Avoid the bad stuff with All Good. All Good is a nature based healing company committed to caring for the earth and our bodies. They use certified organic ingredients in their products and seek the highest possible medicinal quality in all of their herbs. Live in balance with nature during your beach trip this summer by choosing All Good for your skincare.

Their natural sunscreens are safe and effective. We love the SPF 50+ Water Resistant Zinc Sunscreen Butter and the Sunstick SPF 30. Don’t forget to protect your lips with All Good’s SPF 15 Lip Balm. Bug bites, scrapes, and blisters can happen at the beach. Heal all this and more, naturally with All Good Goop. This amazing little jar is full of powerful organic ingredients that heal and nourish your skin. It is powerfully effective yet gentle enough for diaper rash on a baby. Once you try it, you won’t go anywhere without your Goop. When you come in off the beach and your skin is dry and tired, moisturize and revive with All Good Organic Lotion. Your skin will feel naturally soft and not greasy. Choose from Lemongrass and Lavender; all are natural. You will be covered from head to toe with All Good Skincare at the beach this summer. 

Suncare by Coola

Protect yourself this summer naturally with Eco-Lux Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray from Coola. Spritz on this spray made with cucumber, algae and strawberry extracts that not only protects you from the sun but also nourishes and hydrates your skin. It is infused with anti-aging antioxidants. Even when playing hard on the beach or at the pool, this sunscreen will stay in place for up to 80 minutes of protection. 

For your little ones, protect them with Coola’s Baby SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen Moisturizer. Formulated for baby’s delicate skin, you can trust this sunscreen to provide a 100% natural environmental shield. Made with organic and natural ingredients like sunflower oil and sesame seed oil, there are no chemicals or preservatives. Baby’s skin will stay soft thanks to the organic shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado, and coconut oil. Just apply 15 minutes before sun exposure for up to 80 minutes of protection. This is organic suncare at its best!

After a day of worshipping the sun, your skin can feel tired and dry. We know that the sun can cause some major damage. How do you refresh and revive your skin? The Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion from Coola is exactly what you need. Made with organic agave, this lotion will soothe a sunburn if you forgot to use your sunscreen that day. Even if you don’t have a sunburn, you will benefit from the superior hydration that this lotion delivers. 

This After-Sun Lotion also contains aloe vera, lavender oil, rosemary extract, and sunflower oil. This lotion is packed full of powerful, natural healing elements. It is so rich! Your skin will be calmed, refreshed and protected from damage. If you do go out again, you will also be protected from the sun, as Coola is known for offering sun protection in all its products. 

Bath Products by SoapBox 

Spending time at the beach is so much fun, but the combination of sand, sweat, sunscreen and insect repellent can leave you feeling downright gross by the end of the day! You’ll want to pack high quality toiletries because your family might be bathing and showering more often than usual. SoapBox offers a variety of toiletries that are made with 100% natural, non-GMO ingredients. All SoapBox soaps are free of sulfates, parabens and other controversial ingredients common in most toiletries.

For your family’s hair, you can’t beat the SoapBox shampoo and conditioner. It gets hair clean and leaves it soft without the potential risks linked to parabens and sulfates. The subtle coconut scent lingers after your shower and we think it’s perfect for a beach trip!

We were drawn to the SoapBox Elements Black Body Wash because of its use of activated charcoal, which absorbs toxins to leave your body feeling fresh and clean. It’s the perfect way to get rid of the dirt and sunscreen that builds up throughout the day. The ingredients also include a blend of coconut oil, aloe and essential oils to leave your skin noticeably softer.

When you’re packing up your toiletries for vacation, don’t forget the hand soap. Many hotels and rental properties don’t provide hand soap in their kitchens and bathrooms. SoapBox hand soap is very gentle and moisturizes as it cleanses, so even with frequent washing, it won’t dry out your hands.

The very best thing about soaps from SoapBox is their “Buy One & Give One” program. For every product purchased, SoapBox gives a bar of soap or a month of clean water to a person in need.

Insect Repellent by Zoe Organics

Is there anything worse than dealing with giant horseflies and mosquitoes on a beautifully sunny day at the beach? We think not! Make sure that your beach trip is free of bugs this year with Zoe Organic’s insect repellent. There’s something about the salty sea breeze that tends to attract large, biting insects, and they can ruin your fun in no time flat. And while we can’t blame the bugs for loving the beach as much as we do, we certainly don’t want to deal with them – or their itchy aftermath – while we’re on a family beach vacation.   

Made from a special blend of 100% organic, natural ingredients that insects simply hate (so, you’ll love!), including rosemary, geranium, lemongrass, clove bud, cedarwood, and more, just a few spritzes will keep the bugs away from your family – so you can enjoy your time at the beach without making a run to the drug store to get calamine lotion. The best part is that it keeps the bugs away and smells good, which is something we can’t say about most bug sprays. It is safe for ages 6 months and older and is non-GMO and cruelty free. Zoe Organics uses only the most pure, organic ingredients because they believe in the necessity of eliminating toxins from our bodies and the environment. They also believe that green living doesn’t require that we compromise quality or aesthetics. Zoe Organics is committed to practicing fair trade and being socially responsible, with the goal of enhancing lives in every community they touch. 


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Deluxe Travel Set by Dolphin Organics

Traveling with children rarely means traveling light. Oftentimes bags are packed to the brim with clothes, shoes, activities and toys. The last thing you need to worry about is squeezing in full size toiletries. Dolphin Organics has the perfect deluxe travel sets that solve this problem! Not only are they the perfect size and carefully packaged in a fair trade, mesh bag but they are also 100% natural and contain no artificial ingredients.

Dolphin Organics has two Deluxe Travel Sets: Simply Citrus and Fragrance Free. Both include 4 2 oz. bottles of shampoo/body wash, hair conditioner, lotion and bubble bath. This is everything you need for a trip with your little ones. And the collection is great for adults as well. No need to double up on packing! They are gluten free, vegan and hypoallergenic. 

Wipes by Dapple

When you have a baby in the house, you try to keep things as germ-free as possible, but how do you keep things clean when you’re on vacation? Experienced parents will tell you that wipes are essential when traveling with kids, but disinfecting on the go can be a challenge. You’ll want to make sure you’re cleaning surfaces and little hands to keep everyone in your family healthy. Finding wipes that are natural and safe for children can be tricky, but Dapple offers great solutions that you must have if you’re headed to the beach this summer.

The Pure ‘N’ Clean Everything Wipes are the best option for wiping down airplane trays, restaurant high chairs, shopping carts, dirty toys, dropped pacifiers and anything else that your little one will be touching or chewing on. The wipes are free of fragrances and other controversial ingredients and use green technology and plant-based ingredients that can leave you feeling confident that they’re safe for your kids. 

When you’re on the road, you might not have access to soap and running water every time you need to clean up. The Pure ‘N’ Clean Hands & Faces Wipes are very mild and much gentler than traditional baby wipes for cleaning sand and dirt from hands and faces. They’re thick and easy to use, even with a squirmy toddler. Because there are no harmful chemicals, they’re completely safe for everyone in your family.

Both sets of wipes come in travel packs that fit easily into your purse or diaper bag, so that you can have easy access to them throughout your vacation.

Are you ready to get packed up for your beach vacation now? We know we are. With these must haves in your bag, you are sure to have a more enjoyable and comfortable trip. 

Before you head to the beach, you MUST read 3 Things You Should Tell Yourself Before Getting Into Your Swimsuit

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