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Summer is in full swing, and with it come beach vacations, long days by the pool and a ton of time spent outdoors.
Upgrade your standard day at the shore with some of these new, great products, as picked by Men's Journal's Clint Carter.
Read on to discover the waterproof cases and sand-free gadgets that promise to make beach days even better.
Best Beach Gear
SealLine E-Case, $20+, Amazon
Waterproof cases can be expensive and are often device-specific — but these affordable options can be used across a range of devices, depending on which size you purchase. With sizes ranging from extra small (4 inches-by-6 inches) to extra large (8.8 inches-by-12.6 inches), there are plenty of options, and you can even use the different colors to color-code for different family members or friends.
Sandlite Sand-Free Mat, $44+, CGEAR
This fabric was originally designed for military helicopter landings, but now it's available to beachgoers who are trying to avoid sand-covered blankets. Made of a porous material that allows grains of sand to drop through, it'll help you avoid one of the most irritating parts of summer. There's a style for everyone, as these mats are available in several sizes and colors.
Barrier Reef Model BeachBUB All-in-One Beach Umbrella System, $150, BeachBUB
This umbrella stays fixed in place even when the ocean breezes come along — the pyramid style base is filled with sand, and helps the umbrella withstand winds up to 35 miles per hour.
Rinse Kit Pod, $85, Amazon
Tracking sand into the car or house is a surefire way to make sure it gets everywhere — so use this portable shower to leave it outside! The portable shower holds 1.75 gallons of water, allowing for four minutes of spray. There are also larger, longer-lasting versions for those who need an extra blast.
The Magic 5 Swim Goggles, $59, The Magic5
This company builds the world's first custom-fit swim goggles. With an app that scans your face, it's a high-tech solution to the simple problem of goggles that fill with water. In just 10 days, the company molds the nose bridge and lens cups to fit your face exactly, creating a comfortable, leak-proof seal.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, $80, Amazon
This ultimate beach speaker is waterproof, with long-lasting batteries that hold a 13-hour charge and powerful sound. If you need even more music, pair it with other Wonderbooms to create a multi-speaker sound system.
AquaVault FlexSafe Portable Travel Safe, $70, Amazon
This portable lockbox keeps your belongings safe while you enjoy the beach. Slash-resistant and easy to move, it can be secured to the back of a beach chair, the pole of an umbrella or even the railing of a boardwalk, and the roomy interior can fit all your necessities.
Pelican Sling Cooler, $150, Pelican Cases
This giant, sling-style cooler holds 12 cans of beer or four wine bottles. With watertight zippers that prevent leaks and a molded base that allows it to stand on its own, it's perfect for the beach, and the classic neutral color makes it a stylish but functional choice.
RovR Roller, $369, Amazon
The price is high — but the payoff is huge with this cooler. With rubber tires, an aluminum handle, internal dry storage and a pop-up bin that you can fill with beach chairs and snacks, it can carry almost all of your beach supplies. Plus, lash points allow you to attach cup holders and a pop-out food prep station helps minimize set-up time. The add-on trailer hitch even means it can be pulled behind a bike for easier transport.
Beach Accessories and Games
For more accessory recommendations, we turned to Good Housekeeping's Lori Bergamotto. Read on for her picks of the best beach chairs, beach games and more.
Mockins Pink Inflatable Lounger Hangout Sofa Bed, $23, Amazon
Forget uncomfortable chairs that always seem to be facing into the sun — this easy to inflate recliner is spacious and convenient, and has three different pockets that can hold all your beach supplies. There's no need for a pump or to blow it up by hand — just open it up against the wind and let it fill. When you're done for the day it folds down small, fitting into a color-coordinating pouch for easy transport.
Beach Lounger and Sun Shade Tent, $55+, PBteen
Give yourself some on-demand shade with this stylish tent, available in four fun patterns. Perfect for sunbathing or relaxing by the water, this waterproof lounger set will make sure you don't get soaked by a stray splash, and the shade helps protect from the sun. With an easy carry case, you can move it from beach to backyard and back again, and the quick setup means you won't be wasting precious vacation time with assembly.
Kids' Chair Ice Cream - Sun Squad, $15, Target
Get the whole family ready for summer fun with this collection from Target. These fun, kid-friendly camp chairs come in a few different designs, including a sweet ice cream cone, a shark and a pineapple. To make it even better, they're lightweight and easy to carry.
E Lite Beach Blanket Pool, $30, Bed Bath & Beyond
Little ones might not be ready for the ocean's waves yet, but you can bring the sea to them with this beach blanket pool. Double-sided, it can be filled with water to make a personal pool, and when it's time to dry off, it can be turned over, revealing a beach blanket.
Outdoor Wine Table, $58, UncommonGoods
Shifting sand and delicate wineglasses aren't a great mix, but this easy-to-use table helps put everything right. Designed to hold two glasses, a wine bottle and a plate of your favorite pairings, it's the perfect addition to your summer picnics.
WildHorn Outfitters Sand Escape Beach Blanket, $26, Amazon
This huge blanket ensures that nobody will be stuck sitting on the sand again. Measuring 63 square feet, it folds up to fit into a tiny collapsible pouch. With anchor pockets to keep it weighed down and a zipped pocket for your valuables, it's a must-have for beach parties.
Cuisinart Drink Stakes Party Pack, $19, Walmart
These stakes are even less complicated than the picnic table above. Designed to hold everything from wine bottles to soda cans, they're perfect for keeping your drink safe.
Kan Jam Ultimate Disc Game, $40, Amazon
Kan Jam is a great classic beach game. With two portable goals and a custom-designed flying disc included, this box holds everything you need to play and provides a convenient carrying option. With durable, weatherproof materials, it'll withstand the strong summer sun, and the easy-to-play game is sure to become a group favorite.
Sailing Ship Kite, $42+, Haptic Lab
These gorgeous kites are handmade, beautiful and perfect for flying. Made in collaboration with Balinese artists exclusively for Haptic Lab, the unique ship shape can be flown or displayed. You'll easily be able to find a favorite option, as they are available in multiple sizes and colors.
For more summer essentials, check out:
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- The best sunscreens to buy in 2019 according to Consumer Reports