Best Beach Gadgets and Gear
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Maximize your fun in the sun with this list of what to bring to the beach—from a sand-free tote bag to the latest waterproof speakers.
You can turn any ordinary snorkeling outing into a Jacques Cousteau-worthy adventure if you document it with the waterproof Hydra mask, whose built-in HD camcorder shoots wide-angle footage with audio.
It’s part of a new wave of beach gear that’s more useful and more fun than ever, thanks to advancements in design and technology—and a stronger sun. We’ve come a long way from the Beach Boys’ days, when all you toted was a towel, a bathing suit, sunglasses, tanning oil, a paperback, and a cooler.
While the sun still turns cold drinks warm, beach-ready food storage accessories are rising to the challenge. Stanley’s Adventure coolers can chill your lunch for up to 27 hours, while the S’well Textiles collection bottle keeps liquids, even wine, cool for 24 hours, while saving the earth from another tossed plastic bottle. And you can harness that sunshine to power your devices, with the help of a solar charger from WakaWaka.
But there can be too much of a good thing. To avoid overdoing your sun exposure, take advantage of devices that either block out those rays (the foldable, portable Sunmate Sun Shelter) or alert you when it’s time to apply more sunscreen (the wearable JUNE gadget).
One constant is the need to protect your valuables from water and sand. So every item we’ve profiled is water resistant or waterproof, from the Braven BRV-X Bluetooth speaker to the Waterfi Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.
Our beach packing list also includes clever yet low-tech items like the Waboba ball—an alternative to the traditional volleyball or Frisbee—and stylish customizable Ray-Ban sunglasses (you choose the color, frames, and personalized engraving).
These items are, naturally, travel-friendly; even the sturdy Alite Bison Chair weighs in at only 4.6 pounds and collapses easily. So whether you’re flying or driving, upgrade your vacation with this beach gear.