The beaches on the East Coast we've visited are WINDY. We finally got tired of having our beach day ruined by an umbrella that couldn't hold up to the gusts.
We tested out the beachBub umbrella and immediately fell in love with it so hard that I quickly ordered a second one. We take both umbrellas to the beach so we have plenty of shade for our family of four and it only takes my husband 10 minutes to set them both up.
These umbrellas have held up against strong winds without turning inside out or bending over, have SPF protection, and come with a compact tote bag for storage and travel.
Our umbrellas have had heavy use and are still going strong after several years of use. While they are definitely an investment, it is money well spent.
If you bought nothing else from this list but these umbrellas, your beach trips would already be better off.
Not all beach chairs are made equal. When we first started going to the beach with our kids over a decade ago, I bought a two-pack of these Tommy Bahama chairs at Costco as a Father's Day present for my husband.
They have held up with rough use for years and years and are still in amazing condition.
The frames are lightweight but very well made. The canvas is thick and sturdy. They dry fairly quickly and don't retain sand in the mesh weave.
There are cupholders and pockets hanging from the arms, a head cushion, and a zip storage pocket behind the head.
The seats are wide enough to feel extra comfy and they open and fold back up easily.
The best part is they come with backpack straps so every member of the family could wear one on their back for easy transportation to the beach.
However if your kids are still too little to carry a big chair, they also come with a carrying handle at the top.
Every member of the family should have a sturdy pair of waterproof slide sandals. Flip flops may be a popular beach shoe, but we've found that these slides do a much better job of staying on our feet as we walk through the sand to our resting spot.
They also protect us from stepping on sharp shells in the sand and are work great walking through the shallow waves as the tide comes in and out and there are more shells in the wet sand.
If you don't have beach chairs with cup holders, you'll be looking for a place to set your drink down at the beach. If you put it on the sand, you're going to risk getting sand IN your drink which is no fun at all.
These colorful cup holders also have an additional side pocket which is perfect for holding your sunglasses, cell phone, or other small accessories.
I wasn't sure whether to add this to my list of favorite beach toys or to keep it on the list of essential beach gear. Depending on your family, it could go either way.
For our family, it falls under essential gear because we cannot imagine a day at the beach without them. Boogie boards have been my girls' favorite thing to do in the waves at the beaches we've visited.
They've also doubled as a sand-free place to sit in the shade in lieu of a chair.
This style is lightweight and made from a really sturdy foam-like material. With heavy use, they can break but we usually get a few years of use out of each set and never hesitated to buy new ones as needed since we use them so much.