The Best Beach and Patio Accessories for a Stylish (and Burn-Free) Day in the Sun

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It’s beach season! Whether you’re heading to Malibu, Montauk, or anywhere else, packing for a day at the shore can be difficult. You can transform your basic umbrella-and towel spot into a well-equipped relaxation area on the sand with the right beach gear. If you bring the wrong equipment, you will end up dragging a heavy beach wagon or struggling to lift the weight of fragile folding chairs and shades.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best beach accessories that are as stylish as they are functional — think umbrellas that actually stand a chance against the wind, super-absorbent towels, reef-safe sunscreens, sand-friendly tote bags, sunglasses, wireless outdoor speakers and more. (Don’t forget your sun hat and swim trunks or swimsuit, too. )

From pro surfer-approved essentials from Ikea’s new Kaseberga collection with the World Surf League to must-haves from water-ready brands such as Funboy, Sun Squad and Sunnylife, check out our top picks for every type of beachgoers below. Are you not near the ocean? These accessories are great for patios.

The Best Beach Chairs

Minnidip The Rattan Beach Chair

Stand out from the sea of basic folding chairs with Minnidip’s sand-friendly rattan seat.

Minnidip The Rattan Beach Chair

Minnidip the Rattan Beach Chair

$120


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Sun Squad Backpack Patio Chair

We’ve all struggled to find a spot on the sand with an armful of beach chairs — but this colorful folding chair has convenient backpack straps so you can stay hands-free while you search for a seaside plot. It is made of weather-resistant fabric and has a wide seat and back, armrests, and a built in storage bag.

Sun Squad Backpack Patio Chair

Sun Squad Backpack Patio Chair

$30


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Ostrich 3-in-1 Beach Chair

When you want to kick up your feet and relax, Ostrich’s three-in-one beach chair adjusts to five positions so you can lay out on the sun your way.

Ostrich 3-in-1 Beach Chair

Ostrich 3-in-1 Beach Chair

$141. 64

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Helinox Lightweight High Back Collapsible Chair

If you prefer a more travel-friendly seating option, Helinox’s lightweight collapsible chair fits into an approximately 19-inch pouch and weighs 3. 25 pounds when packed. It’s made of 600-weave rip-stop UV-resistant polyester and can hold up to 320 pounds.

Helinox Lightweight High Back Collapsible Chair

Helinox Lightweight High Back Collapsible chair

$169. 95

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The Novogratz Priscilla Folding Chairs, 2-Pack

These folding chairs from celebrity interior designers The Novogratz are chic by the poolside or on the sand.

Novogratz Priscilla Folding Chairs

The Novogratz Priscilla Folding Chairs, 2 Pack

$74. 99

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The Best Umbrellas

Beach Bub All-in-One Beach Umbrella

Beach Bub’s sturdy umbrella has saved us from countless potential flipped shade situations, thanks to the unique sand anchor that keeps it firmly in place and a design that withstands winds of up to 44 miles per hour. We love the included towel hook (included) and optional cupholder tray for staying organized.

Beach Bub All-in One Beach Umbrella

All-in-one Beach Bub Umbrella

$156. 85

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Beach State Summerland 6.5-Foot Beach Umbrella with Fringe

No stylish seaside setup is complete without a photogenic beach umbrella, like this fringed shade by Beach State. It comes in other colors and has UV 50 sun protection, and it folds up into an easy-to-carry bag.

Beach State Summerland Beach Umbrella

Beach State Summerland: 6.5-Foot Beach Umbrella With Fringe

$165. 00

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AMMSUN Beach Umbrella

Available in other prints, AMMSUN’s 6.5-foot beach umbrella features UV 50 sun protection and a convenient sand anchor.

AMMSUN Beach Umbrella

AMMSUN Beach Umbrella

$45. 99

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The Best Beach Tents and Canopies

Cool Cabanas Beach Shelter Tent

Cool Cabanas’ UPF50 tent comes in different stripe colors and prints and in 6.5-by-6.5-foot or 8-by-8-foot sizes. It is easy to set up and take down. The tent folds into a three-foot carrying case.

Cool Cabanas Beach Shelter Tent

Cool Cabanas Beach Shelter Tent

$159. 00

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Ikea Kaseberga Canopy

We love everything in Ikea’s new Kaseberga collection, which was created with the World Surf League as well as pro surfers like Rob Machado and Kassia Meador. This limited-edition collaboration includes recycled and renewable beach essentials and home goods like cork balance boards, sand friendly backpacks and beltbags, surboard-inspired bamboo coffee table, wooden folding chairs and plywood bodysurfing handsboards.

This chic oversized canopy is easy to set up and comes with everything you need to pitch it at the beach or in your backyard.

Ikea Kåseberga Canopy

Ikea Kaseberga Canopy

$50


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Keumer Venustas Pop-Up Beach Tent

Don’t worry about an umbrella! Pop-up beach tents are great for relaxing in the shade or enjoying lunch on the beach. Available in other colors, this waterproof sunshade from Keumer takes less than a minute to install and fold away, and it fits up to five people.

Keumer Venustas Pop-Up Beach Tent

Keumer Venustas Beach Tent

$59. 99

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Minnidip Checker Cabana Stripe Beach Cabana

Measuring 6.5 feet wide by 7 feet tall, Minnidip’s incredibly fashionable Checker Canaba Stripe beach cabana will turn any sandy plot into a resort-worthy seaside retreat. The polyester fabric has UPF 30 sun protection, and removable side panels can be tied open to let the breeze in or closed for privacy.

Minnidip Checker Cabana Stripe Beach Cabana

Minnidip Checker Cabana Stripe Beach Cabana

$160


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Business & Pleasure Premium Beach Tent

Six feet of stylish shade awaits when you pop up Business & Pleasure’s premium beach tent, which is made of eco-friendly reclaimed laminated wood poles, marine-grade aluminum hardware and UPF 50 canvas that’s finished with fashionable fringe. It takes only four minutes to set it up and comes with a carry bag. Other colors are also available.

Business & Pleasure Premium Beach Tent

Premium Beach Tent for Business & Pleasure

$299


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The Best Beach Bags and Totes

OdyseaCo Extra-Large Beach Bag

If you’re more of tote type, OdySeaCo’s extra-large mesh beach bag has plenty of pockets for your sunscreen, sandals, towels, sunnies and other essentials.

OdyseaCo Extra-Large Beach Bag

OdyseaCo Extra Large beach bag

$28. 04

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Beis Terry Towel Tote

Also available in beige, this chic terry tote folds out into an approximately 37-by-69-inch towel and includes an inflatable pillow.

Beis Terry Towel Tote

Beis Terry Towel Tote

$78


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Ikea Kaseberga Bag

Eco-conscious beachgoers can help to keep the coast clean with this foldable mesh bag from Ikea’s Kaseberga collection. It was specifically designed with sand in mind and can be used as a bag to collect beach waste or as a wet bag. It can also be made from recycled polyester spun out of ocean-pound plastics. )

Ikea Kåseberga Bag

Ikea Kaseberga Bag

$10


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Shell Collecting Beach Toy bag

These colorful mesh bags are perfect for pint-sized shell collectors or keeping kids’ beach gear organized.

Shell Collecting Beach Toy Bag

Shell Collecting Beach Toy Bag

$13. 99

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’73 Originals Beach Mesh Mini Backpack

For the minimalists, this mesh mini backpack (available in other colors) has an eight-liter storage capacity and a front pocket to keep your stuff organized. You won’t have to bring home a lot of sand because the lightweight material is so light.

'73 Originals Beach Mesh Mini Backpack

’73 Originals Beach Mesh Mini Backpack

$22. 00

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Tupelo Tote

Made of lightweight EVA foam, this waterproof tote by Tupelo comes in fun summer colors and features a roomy design that stays upright in the sand.

Tupelo Tote Light Blue

Lululemon 25-Liter Wunderlust Backpack

Stow your stuff in Lululemon’s 25-liter Wunderlust backpack, which is made of water-repellent fabric and has pockets for water bottles and wet clothing, a padded laptop compartment, straps for a yoga mat and more.

Lululemon 25-Liter Wunderlust Backpack

Lululemon 25-Liter Wunderlust Backpack

$148


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The Best Beach Towels for Every Style

Amazon Basics Cabana Stripe Beach Towels, Set of 2

Amazon Basics’ super plush striped beach towels measure 30 inches by 60 inches, and the 100 percent terry cloth fabric meets the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. They are available in sets of two or four and come in a variety of colors.

Amazon Basics Cabana Stripe Beach Towels, Set of 2

Amazon Basics Cabana Stripe beach towel

$24. 59

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Slowtide Sea Ombre Beach Towel

Relax on this stylish oversized fringe towel by Slowtide, which is 30 inches by 60 inches and made of sustainably sourced Oeko-Tex Standard 100 cotton.

Slowtide Sea Ombré Beach Towel

Slowtide Sea Ombre Beach Towel

$55


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Quiksilver x Stranger Things Hellfire Surf Club Towel

Dive deep into the Upside-Down with this Stranger Things-inspired towel from Quiksilver, part of the surf lifestyle brand’s collaboration with the hit Netflix sci-fi horror series.

Quiksilver x Stranger Things Upside Down Beach Towel

Quiksilver x Stranger ThingsHellfire Surf Club Twel

$38


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Society6 “Keep Off” Beach Towel

Artist-focused platform Society6 has no shortage of beach towels (as well as sling chairs, water bottles, decor and more outdoor-friendly goods) to suit your style, like this decidedly Off-White-esque “Keep Off” design.

Society6 Keep Off Beach Towel

Society6 Keep Off Towel

$55


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Brooklinen NYC Summer Beach Towel

No matter which coast you’re swimming on, Brooklinen’s ultra-absorbent beach towel brings a colorful taste of the Big Apple to your coastal hangout.

Brooklinen NYC Summer Beach Towel

Brooklinen NYC Summer Beach Towel

$68


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The Best Coolers for the Beach

Igloo Picnic Basket 25-Quart Cooler

The ’90s continue to live on in this retro 25-quart cooler from Igloo. This picnic basket-style cooler from Igloo features colors that are inspired by the original and has impact-resistant hinges and handles.

Igloo Picnic Basket 25-Quart Cooler

Igloo Picnic Basket 25-Quart Cooler

$50


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Corkcicle Eola Bucket Cooler Backpack

For those more laid-back days on the sand or by the pool, Corkcicle’s Eola bucket cooler backpack has enough space for 12 cans or two bottles of wine and 8 cans. The backpack has padded straps for comfort and an interior liner that is food-safe so your food stays cold.

Corkcicle Eola Cooler Backpack

Corkcicle Eola Cooler Backpack

$160


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The Skotch Soft Kooler

Midcentury brand Skotch is back with its line of 1950s-era Tartan-covered picnic essentials with a modern twist. (Bob Hope starred in the original magazine ads. The Ohio-born company was revived in 2017 by a trio of Minneapolis-based entrepreneurs, who relaunched the brand several years later. The Soft Kooler measures 13 inches wide by 15 inches tall by four inches deep and features heavy-duty waterproof lining, a woven wool exterior and a removable insulated bottom panel.

The Skotch Soft Kooler

The Skotch Soft Kooler

$295


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Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Cooler

Ask anyone who has spent money on a Yeti cooler. They’ll tell their story. The sturdy wheels and easy-to-pull handle make it easy to pull. It can also hold up to The Tundra Haul boasts sturdy wheels and an easy-to-grip handle for easy pulling, and it holds up to 45 cans of beer.

Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Cooler

Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Cooler

$400. 00

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More of the Best Beach Accessories and Other Summer Essentials

Rio Brands Beach Wonder Wheeler Deluxe Wagon

We’re fans of this deluxe beach gear wagon with 10-inch wheels that makes it a breeze to pull an umbrella, chairs and more essentials across the sand in a single trip. It can hold up to 100 pounds worth of gear and has a dedicated strap and pocket for an umbrella, and the mesh basket has plenty of space for a small cooler, towels, toys and more. It can hold four standard folding chairs, and comes with a removable tote bag.

Rio Brands Beach Wonder Wheeler Deluxe Wagon

Rio Brands Beach Wonder Wheeler Deluxe wagon

$154. 00

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Up & Up Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Sunscreen is a must in every beach bag, and this mineral broad-spectrum SPF 50 lotion has a reef-safe formula that’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Up & Up Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Up & Up Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

$7


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Pipette Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Don’t forget to protect little beachgoers’ skin, too — this broad-spectrum SPF 50 mineral sunscreen by Pipette is non-toxic and reef-friendly, and features a lightweight, fast-absorbing and moisturizing formula that’s safe for infants.

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

$11. 32

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Sunski Ventana Black Forest Sunglasses

There is no shortage of options when it comes to the best shades ,, but we love these black frames from Sunski because they are eco-friendly (they’re made from recycled materials and have plastic-free packaging), which means less waste ends up in the oceans.

Sunski Ventana Black Forest Sunglasses

Sunski Ventana Black Forest Sunglasses

$58


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JBL Flip 5 Eco Edition Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

One of the best outdoor-friendly Bluetooth speakers, JBL’s waterproof Flip 5 Eco lets you keep the beats going at the beach or by the pool. It’s made from recycled plastic and delivers 12 hours of playtime with booming bass, and you can also link it with the brand’s other PartyBoost-compatible speakers for surround sound.

JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

$99. 00

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Retrospec 10-Foot Inflatable Paddle Board

Keep Retrospec’s 10-foot inflatable paddle board on hand and you’ll always be prepared for adventures beyond the shore. It’s lightweight, durable, and comes with everything you need, including a waterproof phone cover, removable fins and a repair kit.

Retrospec 10-Foot Inflatable Paddle Board

Retrospec 10-Foot Inflatable Paddle Board

$350


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Sunnylife Bocce Ball Set

Australian brand Sunnylife makes some of the best beach accessories for fun under the sun, and the brand’s chic bocce ball set is sure to keep your group entertained on the sand.

Sunnylife Bocce Ball Set

Sunnylife Bocce Ball Set

$44


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The Get Out Anywhere Rug

When your fashionable occasion calls for something sturdier than a basic picnic blanket and larger than a beach towel, The Get Out’s durable outdoor rug makes for a ‘grammable and comfy option. It measures three by five feet, is lightweight enough to roll up and put in your trunk, and comes in three vibrant colors.

The Get Out Anywhere Rug

The Get Out The Anywhere Rug

$215


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KingCamp Lightweight Bamboo Camping Table

Whether you’re beach glamping or you just prefer a comfortable setup, this lightweight bamboo camping table is one of the best beach accessories for upgrading your seaside hangout. It measures about 39 inches long by 26 inches wide and features a scratch-, water- and weather-resistant tabletop, and you can adjust the height from 17.7 to 25.6 inches tall.

KingCamp Lightweight Bamboo Camping Table

KingCamp Lightweight Bamboo Camping Table

$136. 76

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Sandy pages can be frustrating. Instead, bring your favorite beach books in one lightweight (and waterproof!) device. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch glare-free screen to prevent eye strain in the bright sun, and the display is adjustable from warm to amber. Enjoy up to 10 weeks of battery life and 8GB of storage — enough to hold thousands of books.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

$159. 99

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Funboy x Barbie Dream Oversized Beach Ball

Funboy recently teamed with Barbie on a DreamHouse-inspired collection of swimwear and pool and beach essentials. In addition to whimsical swan floats, oversized tubes, inflatable chaise loungers, towels and more, the playful collaboration includes this 20-inch beach ball that adds a punch of color to your coastal volleyball games.

Funboy x Barbie Dream Oversized Beach Ball

Funboy x Barbie Dream Oversized Beach Ball

$14


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Green Toys Sand Play Set

Green Toys Sand Play Set

Green Toys Sand Playset

$29. 60

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