Get ready for summer! Our favorite beach gear
Bing: The Toweligator
The Toweligator ($9.95 for a pack of 2, amazon.com) secures your towel in place, so that pesky breeze won't blow it away. You can bury the gator's tail in the sand or hang it on your chair, while its strong teeth anchor your blanket. Bonus: It can also hang on to your sunglasses or any other belongings that fit between its jaws.
Bing: Dry Pak Belt Pack
Keep all of your valuables and electronics safe in this compact, water resistant pack. The Dry Pak Belt Pack #DP-65 ($12.99, amazon.com) floats, so don't worry if it drops in the water — your phone will be fine. It can be secured around your waist like a fanny pack or hooked to a belt loop, so you'll always have your ID and money with you.
You won't be drinking any more warm beverages with the ArcticZone 30 Can IceCOLD Cooler ($30.95, amazon.com). Fitting up to 30 cans, this collapsible cooler keeps drinks cold for more than 12 hours. Its adjustable shoulder strap is padded making it easy — and comfortable — to carry around.
Bing: Coolibar beach umbrella
Block out the sun with Coolibar's 6' Titanium Beach Umbrella ($89.50, amazon.com). This collapsible umbrella weighs only 4 pounds, making it easy to carry with the rest of your beach gear. A breeze to install, it should stay put in the sand, no matter how windy it gets.
On a hot day of beach games and sandcastle building, Coppertone Sport Pro Series with DuraFlex SPF 50+ ($11, amazon.com) will keep your skin protected from the sun — no matter how sweaty you get. Lasting up to 80 minutes, this sunscreen spray is easy to apply without your hands getting oily. Its Duraflex technology moves with your skin, so you won't feel sticky while you're active.
Feel clean sunscreen
Skip that sticky, greasy sunblock. Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($12.49, amazon.com) keeps your skin protected from the sun without making you break out. Even antsy little ones won't mind this lightweight, oil-free formula.
Bing: Coolibar Sedona hat
Protect your skin on a hot day at the beach with Coolibar's Sedona Hat ($39.50, amazon.com). Its four-inch brim will conceal both your head and neck from the sun, while an elastic sweatband inside the chapeau keeps you comfortable and cool.
Easy to get on and off, these B.O.C. by Born Hanna Sandals ($24.98, qvc.com) are perfect for not burning your toes on the hot sand. These sandals boast padded insoles too, to combine comfort with style.
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the X-mini II Capsule Speaker ($19.16, amazon.com) brings the party to the beach. Just plug in your phone or mp3 player for easy tunes on the go. You can make a chain with multiple speakers for when you need an even louder sound.