While many simply toss a towel in the car and lather up with sunscreen, there are beach accessories that can make your day in the sun (or at the park) even easier.

I stumbled upon these cool options while looking to upgrade my own beach gear in time for spring break. I thought I would share these finds in case you’d like to wow your friends and family by arriving prepared and with extra things to do.

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1. Beach Coasters to Stabilize Your Drinks

Keep that drink stable with a beach coaster. The arched corners hold beverages steady in the sand. The colors make it noticeable so people don’t accidentally kick your drink over because they don’t see it. This coaster also works very well on grass, too, for soccer games and picnics.


2. Waterproof Playing Cards

Elevate your seaside gin rummy or go fish session with this nifty deck. First of all, your cards won’t get soggy because they are waterproof. Second, because they’re plastic, you can even stand them upright in the sand. Scrap the phone and play an old-fashioned card game with friends or family. These playing cards also make my list of best beach games.


3. Collapsible Sand Buckets

Not only are collapsible sand buckets or pails fantastic for travel, they take up less room in your beach bag or car. Just push the bucket downward to flatten it. I’ve mentioned these in a few other articles and they are very popular for families who want to pack beach toys and take them on vacation.

4. Beach Accessories Carry Bag

Forget piles of sand at the bottom of your bag that are impossible to shake out. A mesh sand beach bag makes life easier because you can simply shake the bag to release the sand, rinse it out, and hang it to dry. Plus, the mesh makes it easier to see what’s inside.

This beach accessory has pockets on the inside and outside to separate items and it can carry up to 150 lbs.


5. Huge Beach Blanket with Stakes

The reviews are impressive and not only does this staked down, big beach blanket (10×9′) stay in place, it repels water so it doesn’t get soggy like the average beach towel. Roll it up in a convenient carry pouch for your next beach or park outing.


6. All-in-One Beach Umbrella System that Won’t Blow Over

This beach umbrella was designed based on the input from beachgoers and addresses the (often dangerous) concern regarding umbrellas being lifted up by the wind and blown into someone else’s space. It’s made by a family-owned company. The umbrellas have been wind evaluated for up to 44 mph and use a patented base to secure your umbrella to the beach

This cool and practical beach accessory comes with its own carrying case and towel hooks, and weighs 9 lbs.

7. Folding Beach Table With Carry Bag

This convenient, personal-sized beach table enables you to keep your drinks out of the sand but also chilled in a cooler underneath the table portion, which has cup holders for four and a snack bucket. It collapses to folds up into its own carry bag and is made from waterproof material.


8. Sand Anchor and Hanging Hooks For a Beach Umbrella

Among the most clever beach accessories, this two-pack of plastic umbrella hooks slip onto a beach umbrella pole for beachgoers to hang towels, clothes, or handbags to keep them out of the sand and from getting lost. The universal size design enables these hooks to be added easily to any beach umbrella pole and wedged in place. They are easy to install and no tools are required.

Plus, you get a sand anchor that you can put on the bottom of your umbrella to make it easier to wedge into the sand.

9. Beach Umbrella Drink Holders and Tray

You can also add a handy drink holder to your umbrella pole to keep cups out of the sand. Use the tray space for smaller items (though be mindful of them falling into the sand anyway).

10. Family-Size Beach Sunshade

If you’d like full coverage for the family, check out these sunshades. They’re easy to set up with four aluminum poles and manage to screen out 98% of UV radiation. This beach sun shade weighs only 7.5 lbs but can withstand strong winds due to its custom anchor design and sandbag weights.


11. Personal Canopy Sunshade

Here’s a way to support a local business. Neso is an Encinitas-based company that makes popular personal sunshades in a 7×7′ size. They’re lightweight, portable, and commonly seen around San Diego beaches.

12. Beach Wagon to Carry Your Stuff

When you head to the coast with young kids and a lot of stuff, it may easiest and most fun to pull your beach gear in a wagon. This one is collapsible as well, making it easier to fit in your car and store when not in use. The outside dimensions are 35x20x23″ but it folds to only 8″ thick and has a carrying handle. This wagon also has two mesh drink holders but is meant for toting things and not people.

However, if you’re not planning on hitting the sand, consider Radio Flyer wagon with canopy that kids can actually ride in for the boardwalks and transport. During a recent San Diego Zoo Safari Park visit we noticed multiple families shading happy kids in this setup. So, yes, you can bring it into theme parks like a stroller (check rules and regulations to be sure, as always).


13. Pop-Up Cooler

Keep food and drinks chilled with this pop-up cooler that collapses flat (and can tuck into the giant mesh beach bag above) when not in use. This way, you have less bulky gear to take back to the car and easy storage.

14. Bucket Ball Beach Game

Bucket ball is considered the ultimate beach game for 2021. It’s lightweight and portable and while it’s probably modeled after beer pong this version is fun for all ages. This beach accessory includes 12 buckets, 2 balls, a carrying bag, and instructions.

15. Goodminton — The Classic Beach Paddle Game

Surfminton is a classic paddle game with water-resistant paddles and two different types of balls that easily slip into a carrying case.

What do you think are the best beach accessories?

See also: Best Travel Games for Kids and Best Outdoor Games for the Most Fun Backyard Ever

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. This is such an interesting list of games to make beach day extra fun for the family. Thanks for sharing these ideas, I am sure it would help many!