Beach gadgets

What to Bring to the Beach in 2020

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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 will remember to pack a classy swimsuit, a sand-free towel, and a trendy pair of sunglasses, but don’t forget to bring along those little extras and cool beach gadgets that make all the difference.

From chic beachwear to the latest beach accessories, we’ve got you prepared for a stylish, fun-filled summer in the sand.

Sandless Beach Mat: CGear

Sandless beach mat
© CGear Sandfree Limited

Make the most of your trip to the seaside with CGear Original Mat, a sandless beach blanket that 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! Use the code TRAVELAWAY10 at checkout and you will get a 10% discount.

Portable Charger: Goal Zero Flip 24 Power Bank

Portable charger

Give your power-hungry devices a boost when out and about with this pocket-friendly portable charger from Goal Zero. Equipped with a 24 Wh, 6700 mAh battery, the Flip 24 is ideal for small gear like cameras, headlamps, and GPS units, and can charge your smartphone on the go two times before needing a recharge. When it’s out of juice, this power bank can be charged up either via USB or one of the brands’ groundbreaking portable solar panels. Plus, it has a sleek design and comes in classic black as well as vibrant green and blue shades to match your mood and personal style.

Eyewear: RIMOWA Rim Pantos White Yellow Mirrored Round Sunglasses

RIMOWA Sunglasses

A small accessory with a big impact, sunglasses make life comfortable on the beach while adding that instant cool factor to any look. If it’s sleek and contemporary you’re after, look no further than these modern, minimalist shades from Rimowa’s new eyewear collection.

Crafted in acetate and infused with metal temples in a palladium finish, the Rim Pantos White – Yellow Mirrored Round Sunglasses are engineered to match the brand’s signature aluminum suitcases and withstand the rigors of modern travel. This lightweight, unisex pair is a fresh take on the classic pantos shape and comes with a round skinny metal frame and colored reflective lenses in striking yellow to give the summer of 2020 some much-needed bounce.

Waterproof Camera: Olympus Tough TG-6

Olympus Tough TG-5

True to its name, Olympus’ Tough TG-6 is a rugged 12-megapixel digital camera designed to survive whatever you put it through. Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, dustproof, and even freezeproof, it’s ideal for most outdoor adventures, including a trip to the beach or a diving session. As well as delivering impressive image quality, this durable point-and-shoot is packed with pro features – built-in Wi-Fi, 4x optical zoom lens, advanced shooting modes, and a multitude of sensors, to say the least.

Selfie Drone: Hover Camera Passport Drone

Selfie 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.

Lunch Bag: Monogrammed Cooler Tote

Monogrammed cooler bag

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 bag will keep your food cold and fresh in hot weather, while also making for an appealing beach accessory. And the best part, you can choose from a variety of fun, colorful fonts and also personalize your lunch box with your initials in the color of your choice.

Sun Shelter: Bondi Beach Tent

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.

Swimwear for Him: Orlebar Brown’s Photo-Printed Swim Shorts

Photo printed swim shorts

Stand out at the beach this summer with these cool, quick-drying Bulldog swim shorts from Orlebar Brown. Fun, comfortable, and expertly tailored, the brand’s photographic-print shorts are definitely some of the trendiest beachwear around. This particular pair depicts a retro poolside scene from the iconic French Riviera Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc captured by famed society photographer Slim Aarons in 1969, but there are lots of other interesting styles to choose from.

Swimwear for Her: Billabong X Sincerely Jules “Mas Fiestas” One-Piece Swimsuit

Billabong One-Piece Swimsuit

Designed in collaboration with Julie Sariñana, founder of the popular style blog Sincerely Jules, the Mas Fiestas One Piece Swimsuit is hip, vibrant, and comfortable to wear. Inspired by the rainbow-colored streets of Cartagena, Colombia, its bold striped pattern gives you an instant dose of positivity while the square neckline and sexy low back with adjustable spaghetti straps make it both functional and contemporary.

Portable Shower: RinseKit

Portable shower

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 a 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 Bag: CGEAR’s Classic Sand-Free Canvas Tote

Sand-Free Canvas Tote
© CGear Sandfree Limited

Add a cool nautical touch to your next coastal getaway with this oversized carryall by CGEAR. Made of water-resistant mold-free material, the Navy Stripe Canvas Sand-Free Tote is light and comfy on your shoulder, yet roomy enough for your towel, beach read, and all the other summer essentials you need for a day of fun in the sun. Good looks and versatility aside, the bag features a unique sand-free technology that allows sand and other particles to fall right through its mesh-like fabric, making it one of the best beach accessories on the market.

Foldable Lounger: Picnic Time Beachcomber Beach Mat

Foldable beach mat

Combining the comfort of a folding chair with the ease and convenience of a beach mat, this foldable ground-level lounger from Picnic Time is sure to become your new favorite summer accessory. Fully padded and complete with reclining backrest, the Beachcomber is as comfortable as it is lightweight. It also features a large zippered pocket to keep your essentials safe and folds flat into a tote bag with an adjustable shoulder strap.

Portable Safe: SAFEGO

Portable travel safe

Keep your valuables safe by the seashore with SAFEGO, a portable travel safe and lock box designed to attach to most beach furnishings out there. Stylish, durable, and gloriously lightweight, the all-in-one security device locks with a key or 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.

Stay Hydrated: Takeya Actives Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Using a reusable water bottle will help reduce the huge amounts of plastic that end up in the ocean every year. But Takeya, takes things a step further by creating a reusable water bottle that’s not just friendly to the environment, but also chic, inexpensive, and utterly efficient.

Made of lightweight and durable food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, the BPA-free 32oz Actives Insulated Water Bottle With Straw Lid keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Its insulated lid comes with leak-proof technology, and the spout is convenient enough for one-handed pouring on the move. Another standout feature is its wide-mouth design which lets you add ice cubes, lemon wedges, or whatever else you want to flavor the water with. Staying hydrated has never been easier, so make sure to add one of these beauties to your beach packing list this summer.

Inflatable Sofa: Lamzac the Original

Inflatable Sofa

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.

Sun Protection: Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

If there’s one item that can’t be missing from your beach essentials packing list, it’s sunscreen. Our bet for natural, organic, mineral-based sun protection is Beautycounter’s Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, a lightweight zinc oxide formula that protects against harmful UVA, UVB, and blue light while leaving your skin hydrated. Infused with antioxidants and aloe vera, this water-resistant product is safe for all skin types and absorbs seamlessly.

Sun Shade: The Original Sunscreen

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.

Cooler: Sunnylife Dolce Vita Beach Cooler Box Sounds

Beach cooler with speaker

A beach cooler that can chill your drinks and also play your favorite tunes? It’s possible with the Dolce Vita Beach Cooler Box Sounds, an original two-in-one audio player and cooler box from Sydney-based beach lifestyle brand Sunnylife.

With a 15L / 507oz. capacity, this hard-sided model holds up to 16 cans with ice while injecting a little extra fun into your sun-kissed escapes. It comes with a built-in speaker and can play FM radio, as well as connect to your device via Bluetooth and Aux cord for an epic music-filled day at the beach.

Swimwear Bag: Matador Droplet Wet Bag

Swimwear 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.

Unisex Footwear: Crocband Flip by Crocs

Beach footwear

Walking barefoot on the sand is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but most of the time, you’ll still need something comfortable to slip your feet in. If a beach vacation looms on the horizon, the Crocband Flip should be the next item on your summer shopping list.

Crafted from the brand’s revolutionary Croslite material, they provide lightweight comfort and maximum cushioning. Additionally, they’re easy to clean & dry, water and odor resistant, and antimicrobial. Add a durable, no-frills design in countless stylish colors and you have the perfect pair of warm-weather footwear for both the beach and the boardwalk.

Beach Read: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020

Travel book

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, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 will transport you across the world’s hippest places and keep you in vacation mood all day long. Packed with a year’s worth of travel inspiration, expect tons of wonderful recommendations on where to go and what adventure to try next.

Sun Hat: Cuyana Folding Panama Hat

Cuyana Folding Panama Hat

Top off your seaside outfit with a timeless straw hat that keeps you cool, stylish, and protected on hot summer days. Handwoven in Ecuador from natural Toquilla straw and complete with an interior adjustable band, Cuyana’s Folding Panama Hat oozes vacation vibes and tropical elegance while remaining highly functional. And the best part, its collapsible design makes it the perfect beach accessory to pack for your coastal trip.

Water Sports: Compact Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Compact Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Who’s ready for hours of entertainment by the sea? A full-sized SUP which folds down to half the size of a regular inflatable paddle board, the new Red Paddle Co Compact 9’6” is designed for maximum performance.

Thanks to its advanced modular design and technology, the revolutionary product promises unparalleled convenience without sacrificing performance or durability. In fact, you won’t find a more versatile and easier to transport paddle board anywhere on the market. Completing the package is a portable 5-piece paddle, a smartly designed backpack, Titan pump, and a leash.

Game: Frescobol Carioca’s Beach Bats

Frescobol 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.

The 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.

Solar Charger & Speaker: Solgaar Solarbank Boombox

Solar charger boombox

Power up your gadgets in the sun while enjoying your favorite tunes with this cool 3-in-1 device from Solgaar. A power bank and Bluetooth speaker rolled into one portable solar-powered unit, the Solarbank Boombox is the perfect companion when hanging on the beach. Complete with a 10,000 mAh battery and 4G Solar Panels, this little guy provides up to 5 full charges for your smartphone or 80+ hours of music via Bluetooth, making for a practical add-on to your beach gear repertoire.

Thermal Smartphone Protection: PHOOZY Thermal Capsule

Thermal Smartphone Protection

Fun in the sun requires special protection, and not just for you, but for your phone, as well! With PHOOZY’s Apollo Series Thermal Capsule, you can prevent your device from overheating on those hot summer days spent soaking up the sun thanks to its chromium-infused outer shell that reflects over 90 percent of solar radiation.

The award-winning case is also buoyant, which means it will keep your phone from sinking if it accidentally falls in the water. On top of that, its layered NASA-inspired materials offer military-grade drop protection and keep your device’s battery going longer in the cold. One of the best things to bring to the beach in 2020, if you ask me!

Wearable UV Sensor: La Roche-Posay My Skin Track

Wearable UV Sensor

This summer, protect your skin from harmful sun rays with La Roche-Posay My Skin Track, a wearable sensor that measures your UV exposure and sends real-time information on your phone through its companion app. Sold exclusively through Apple’s online and retail stores, the tiny device is designed to clip on your clothes, sunglasses, or other accessories and also measures pollution, pollen, and humidity based on your location.

Water Toy: Sunnylife Mermaid Luxe Lie On Float

Blue mermaid tail float

Does it get more summery than a giant pool inflatable? This year, cool off in style on this aqua blue mermaid tail from Australian brand Sunnylife. Chic, comfortable, and Instagram-ready, the Mermaid Luxe Lie On Float is sure to brighten up your beach days and poolside sessions. At 31.5 x 76.8 x 7.1 in, it’s the perfect place to work on your tan undisturbed. Plus, it comes with a repair patch in case there’s an accidental puncture.

Beach Towel: Tesalate Bohemian

Tesalate Bohemian Beach Towel

Because life is too short for dull beach towels. With its bold, hippie-inspired pattern, the Tesalate Bohemian Beach Towel is the latest seaside accessory, a true work of art that is sure to inspire many compliments on the seashore.

Made from the brand’s innovative AbsorbLite microfiber, it’s blissfully sand-repellent, lightweight enough to fit easily in any beach bag, and dries in half the time of a regular one. If boho motifs and vibrant colors are not your style, there are plenty of fabulous, travel-themed designs to choose from.

Portable Beach Table: SandStand

Portable beach table

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.