With Memorial Day right around the corner, you might be plotting your first beach escape of the summer. As temperatures start to heat up and cooling off on a beach grows increasing more appealing, beachgoers need to get all of their gear and gadgets in place now for the summer ahead. While bringing a tube of sunscreen, basic goggles, and a simple towel is all fine and well, you can turn your beach vacation up several notches by packing these nifty beach gadgets.
1. CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag
Neat freaks can rejoice over the CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag. If you are sick of all of the sand accumulating in your beach bag by the end of the day, dirtying up your car and home, the CGEAR Sand-Free Tote Bag might be just what you need. The bag boasts a unique patented weave that helps shake out any sand, dust or dirt that might make their way into bag while on the beach. At the same time, the bag holds all of your belongings, keeping them sand-free. The CGear Sand-Free Tote is even used by militaries around the world. It retails for $29.99.
2.Tribord Easybreath Snorkeling Mask
If you are itching to get to the beach so that you can see all the sea life underwater, you’ll need a snorkel mask of some kind. While standard snorkel masks make you breathe through your mouth, can fog up and even get water in your snorkel when submerged, the Tribord Easybreath Snorkeling Mask works a bit differently. The mask makes its possible to breathe both through your nose and mouth. As many people struggle with snorkeling due to the breathing, the full-face snorkel mask makes it easier to breathe, especially if you aren��t used to breathing through your mouth. Lending a 180-degree field of vision, the mask also won’t fog up like traditional snorkel masks due to its dual air flow system. In addition, the snorkeling mask also boasts a mechanism that seals the top of the snorkel when submerged. You don’t have to worry about a bunch of salt water re-entering your snorkel. The mask comes in several colors and runs about $70.
3. Minox Suntimer
Beach vacations can be downright unpleasant if you end up sunburnt at the end of the day. Being as red as a tomato isn’t just uncomfortable but also extremely dangerous to your health. Even if you apply sunscreen, you might forget when to reapply or realize when you need to find some shade for a while. The Minox Suntimer tells you when you need to apply more sunscreen or head indoors for a break from the sun. The watch-like device monitors damaging UV rays and also factors in your skin type and the SPF of sunscreen you have applied to get a more accurate reading. The Minox Suntimer works by measuring the amount of ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight and lets you know more about the intensity of the sun.
4. The Coolest Cooler
Sure, you could pack your standard, plastic cooler for the beach. However, that cooler might just act as a container for your cold beverages. The Coolest Cooler goes way beyond standard coolers. It boasts several beach essentials like a built in blender, wine opener, reusable plates and a ceramic knife. The cooler also comes with more high-tech amenities like an outdoor Bluetooth speaker system, a USB charger, and an LED lid light. There is even an accessory deck built-in to the cooler so that you can keep your valuables safe and dry within the container. The Coolest Cooler is lithium ion battery charged. Carrying a retro look and available in several colors, the cooler runs for $399.
5. SlotFlop Sandals
Going to the beach always presents that worry that someone could steal your valuables while you are out splashing in the sea. While you should always try to limit the amount of valuables that you bring to the beach, you need a spot to store your hotel key card, credit cards, I.D.s and cash. For simple storage, SlotFlop Sandals provide a compartment right in your flip-flops to store credit cards, cash and hotel keys. You can both conceal your valuables and also have some snazzy beach footwear in the process. Available in both men’s and women’s versions, you can also purchase the SlotFlop Sandals in a whole rainbow of colors. A pair runs from $24.95.
6. Waka Waka Power+
While you set out for the beach this summer, that problem of where to charge your dead devices always seems to present after a few hours on the sand. The Waka Waka Power+, a solar flashlight, and charger aims to solve that problem by providing a solar powered way to charge up your phones. The device fully charges smartphones, cameras and gear via USB ports. You can charge your phone fully in 2 hours. Lending a full battery life after 12 hours in the sun, the Waka Waka Power+ also comes with a built-in beach light in case of emergencies. It retails for $79.
7. Sandusa Beach Towel
Sure, you could pack your standard beach towel, the kind that never seems to dry out and collects sand in the process. If you want a more efficient beach towel, you can try the Sandusa Beach Towel. The towel boasts two different sides, one composed of cotton to help you dry off after getting out of the water and the other with a waterproof nylon backing so that sand and moisture doesn’t stick to it. Designed by Australian Baz Brown, the towel can help keep that car seat dry too if you are still wet when heading home from the beach. The Sandusa Beach Towel costs $49.95 and comes in all sorts of patterns and colors.
8. Pelican Marine Phone Case
If you want to snap those underwater Instagrams or you merely just want to protect your smartphone on the beach, you’ll need a waterproof case that can handle the elements. The Pelican Marine Phone Case helps shield your phone from the water. Used by armed forces and emergency personnel, the phone case is IP68 certified for complete water submersion. It has been tested at 2 meters underwater for 30 minutes. In addition to withstanding the water, the case also has been tested to survive multiple drops and impact. It costs $79.
9. F1 Go Clean Beachwear Bag
No one likes to hang out in a wet, sandy swimsuit. And at the same time, no one likes a wet swimsuit and towel getting mixed in with your clean and dry clothes in your luggage. Part of Flight 001 Go Clean Bag collection, the Beachwear Bag helps to keep out odors, moisture and keeps your sandy beach items from mingling with the rest of your luggage. Made of heavyweight nylon material, the bag also has interior dividers so that you can separate non-sandy items from sandy ones. It can even function as its own beach bag thanks to the long shoulder straps. The bag costs $30.
From a cooler that can charge your phone and blend some beach refreshments to a snorkel mask that lets you breathe through your nose, these beach gizmos are sure to improve your experience on the sands this summer. Do you have a favorite beach item that we missed? Share your favorite gadgets for beach travel with us in the comments below.