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6 Beachside Essentials You Need This Summer

From portable grills to collapsible coolers, jumpstart your summer shenanigans in style with these chic beachside staples.

Jul 12, 2019

Summer is here and there’s no better way to celebrate than a trip to the beach. But before you head to the shore, don’t forget to pack a few stylish essentials to make your beach day go more, well, swimmingly. 

Not sure what you’ll need? Don’t worry. We got you. From portable coolers to the perfect beach blanket and more, here are six chic beachside items that will take your summer to the next level.

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SunnyLife Pineapple Beach Fan at Shopbop, $17

The only thing better than a reliable handheld fan is one that’s shaped like a pineapple. This adorable portable fan at Shopbop runs on two AAA batteries and is petite enough to carry around in your purse.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal the Cube Grill at Williams Sonoma, $229

‘Tis the season for grilling. This clean-lined portable cube grill at Williams Sonoma can cook up to six burgers at once and boasts stay-cool chrome handles for easy transport.

Hammam Beach Blanket at Brooklinen, $65 

No trip to the beach would be complete without a soft blanket to sunbathe on. Our Hammam Beach Blanket is composed of smooth, long-staple Turkish cotton so you can soak up sunrays in comfort and style all summer long.

Hammam Beach Blanket in Beachside | ALIGN:RIGHT

Picnic Time Fold-Up Portable Cooler at Food 52, $58 

Consider this savvy foldup cooler at Food 52 the Rolls Royce of portable coolers. Not only does it feature a built-in shoulder strap so can carry it around with ease, it unpacks into a bonafide cooler with plenty of room for beer, wine, and other beachside refreshments.

Wonderboom 2 Speaker at Ultimate Ears, $99.99 

Whether you’re sunbathing or grilling, good music is essential to your day at the beach. Ensure your beach day soundtrack plays smoothly with a superior portable Bluetooth speaker, i.e. like the Wonderboom 2 Speaker at Ultimate Ears that’s waterproof and easy to carry around.

Business & Pleasure Co. UO Exclusive Printed Holiday Beach Umbrella at Urban Outfitters, $149

Looking for a stylish way to score some shade during your next beach day? This portable palm-patterned umbrella at Urban Outfitters provides the perfect amount of shade and folds up into a petite carrying bag that’s easy to bring to the beach.

There’s no better way to celebrate the warm weather season than having a little fun in the sun. These design-savvy finds will turn your next trip to the beach into a full-blown summer soiree in seconds. 

Written by Caroline Biggs

Caroline is a writer living in New York City. She contributes regularly to publications including The New York Times, AD, and Apartment Therapy. When she’s not covering the latest in art, interiors, and design, she’s usually playing music, watering (and talking to) her plants, or hanging with her rescue bunnies, Daisy and Daffodil. You can find more of her work at

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