Top Beach Necessities List, Ultimate Amazon Beach Checklist

We just got home from the beach and it was awesome. But planning beach trips with kids (and all their gear) is no easy feat. From toys to snacks to gear and beyond, parents have to juggle so much, that when it’s done with precision, they are to be applauded! That’s why we, as travel-savvy parents of one dozen kids, have put together our top beach necessities list, for days and days of fun.  

Read on for our ultimate Amazon Beach Checklist!!

Top Beach Necessities List

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Go Play 8 Ball Bocce Set

Even the most hardcore wave lover has to come out of the water at some point, and for those for whom being sedentary isn’t an option, bocce ball is a big hit which lands it on our top beach necessities list!

Top Beach Necessities List

Ultimate Skip Ball

We discovered this awesome ball after arriving at the beach. There was a family playing with this on a day the waves were less than grand. We hightailed it to a shop on the boardwalk and payed an arm and a leg for it, but it was worth it. So. Much.Fun.

Sun Bum Lip Balm

Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Vegan and uber protective, I trust the folks at Sun Bum. They live at the beach and since using this product on the mountain, I haven’t had a single issue! Call me a loyal customer and it a winner on our top beach necessities list!

Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Lotion

This non-comedogenic facial sunscreen delivers UVA/UVB protection and is packed with Vitamin E. It’s oil-free, water-resistant and Hawaii 104 Reef Act Compliant SPF 50 Face Lotion is great for all skin types. 100% recommend and so it made it on our top beach necessities list!

JBL Waterproof Speaker

Music makes everything a party. I take my tunes everywhere I go, paddle boarding on the beach, volleyball in the sand, tanning, with the waterproof JBL speaker, there are no worries.

Pelican Waterproof Phone Case

While most phones are waterproof in their own right these days, salt water and sand can wreak havoc on this investment. This waterproof case has an innovative design for easy access to side buttons, meaning you never have to even take it out of the case! We use this exact pouch for kayaking, rafting, beach fun, SUPing and more!! This comes with two cases and a lanyard for each!

Stanley Tumbler

All the rage, this Stanley tumbler is virtually indestructible  all the while keeping your beverage cool and comes with a Lifetime Warranty!! See what the craze is all about!

Hydro Flask 20L Cooler Bag

For chill days outdoors, our family is sure to take our  Hydro Flask Soft Cooler Packs, a backpack-style insulated bag that keeps refreshments cool for 36 hours. Just add ice packs or cubes and you’ll have cold drinks all day, which is why it made it on our top beach necessities list! 

Green Sprouts Swim Diaper

As a mom of 12, I’m 100% an advocate of cloth diapering. It saves you money, is better against baby’s skin and one thousand times cuter than the boring drab disposable diapers.Swim diapers are no different, super cute and super easy, hence it’s appearance on our top beach necessities list!

Veer Cruise XL

Now admittedly, this is on the pricey side, but the way it glides over the sand, and keeps the kids corralled, it’s great for the sand, the boardwalk, or anywhere at home, which is why it’s made it onto our top beach necessities list! Perfect gift for the beach loving family in your life! 

Boba Air Ultra-Lightweight Baby Carrier

We love being hands free, and this waterproof baby carrier is ideal for dips in the ocean with baby or just simply walking along the shore with your little one. Weighing just under a pound, the Boba Air packs compactly and dries quickly, and its nylon material is sand-resistant. The mesh shoulder straps are also breathable and padded, perfect for those warm days at the beach, the pool, or any vacation. Its versatility earned it a spot on our top beach necessities list!

Astral YTV Lifevest

Our top pick for pfd’s. We all have one for our whitewater adventures as well as our SUPing fun. We trust Astral with our lives, in both the river and the ocean, which is why it made it onto our top beach necessities list!. See below for the child’s Astrasl (under 90 lbs).

Astral Otter 2.0 Lifevest

When you are concerned about safety, there is no brand that offers more assurance than Astral. We trust them with the lives of our kids, in both whitewater and still water. Even if your kids are great little swimmers, the open water, on a SUP, or surfboard, is filled with uncertainty. Astral delivers.

BOTE Flood Aero Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Love, love, love this board. It is stable and fast and fun and great for everyone, even beginners! It’s sleek. It’s sturdy. Made for the adventurer who’s looking for a quality board that won’t slow ya down, the Flood Aero is convenient to store, easy to carry and even easier to paddle. It’s an all around recreational paddle board, perfect for leisurely paddling, catching some small waves, and SUP fitness, thanks to its stable platform. Rivers, beaches, lakes, which is why its on our top beach necessities list!

Mesh Sand Free Bag

We can all visualize the iconic image of families toting multiple bags to the beach, kids in tow. Well, this mesh tote bag, with eight pockets that can separate all your beach needs, from sunglasses and towels to snacks (anything that doesn’t need to go in the cooler), sunblock, kids toys, and more, making all the other bags obsolete. I love seeing everything in this bag, which is why its on our top beach necessities list!

Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs

Bougie with the name, but I love the beach colors! Plus it’s lightweight and sturdy, my kids can carry one themselves and they actually haven’t destroyed them yet, so, for me that’s a win/win, worth the money and lands it on our top beach necessities list!

Ballast Beach Pillow

I’m not a relax at the beach gal, but my husband is a “get everyone settled, take a nap” type of guy, and he doesn’t get to chill often. Compact and padded, this beach pillow can be paired with cooling gel packs for extra climate comfort; if you tend to overheat at the beach, slip a pack into your cooler, then into the pillow’s sleeve when you need some relief. Dan claims it transformed sleeping on the beach, hence its earned it spot on our top beach necessities list!

Gorich Beach Tent

For snack time, nap time, playtime with baby, or just when you’ve had enough sun and you want to chill!  Our little grandbaby was able to play with his toys and stay out of the blistering sun … yep, that’s why it made it onto our top beach necessities list!

Sun Bum Aloe Vera

While prevention is the best course of action, if you get a sunburn, Sun Bum soothing Aloe lotion is a lifesaver! This natural and vegan mixture instantly nourishes and prevents peeling of sun damaged skin! I love all things Sun bum, and this is no different, so it’s on the top beach necessities list!

Anker Portable Charger

When you’re out on the sand for hours at a time, playing music or taking photos can mean a drained battery. Come prepared with a portable charger: We love the Anker for its reliability and the iWalk for its ultra-compact size.

Kindle Paperwhite

Indestructible as they come. I love this thing and I’m a loyal print fan!! But, e-readers take up way less space in you bag, and every book in the world is at your fingertips. Plus, it can withstand some water (I’ve dropped mine in the tub). I love to read, and I love my Kindle, so of course it is on my top beach necessities list!

Oversized Beach Towels

Fast drying, ultra absorbent and super soft, these are great towels for your beach trip!! Set of 4!

Aqua A Dive Sports Snorkeling Set

For more fun (and comfort) underwater, grab a few pairs of goggles. They’re not meant for deep diving, but they’ll come in handy in the pool and in shallow ends of the ocean. Coby and Maddy spent hours scouring the beach floor for shells, so it earned its spot on our top beach necessities list!


If you’re traveling with kids, games will keep them happy when the shade comes out, when the water’s too cold, or when they just need something new to do!  Spikeball will get plenty of use in the backyard and at the beach, so it’s a good investment. More portable options include flying rings, Kan Jam, and water-resistant Uno cards. 

Sand Free Beach Blanket

This is a HUGE waterproof mat. This 63-square-foot nylon blanket has a pretty classic stripe design, and also features four sand-anchored pockets to weigh it down and a front pocket to safely stash valuables.

Biolite Firepit+

BioLite Firepit

Callling all grilling enthusiasts or really just anyone who loves combing time outdoors and eating!! If this is you, this is the coolest Firepit ever made. And I’m not joking. We take it everywhere we go and enjoy grilled veggies, burgers, brats, and everything in between. There was no way I wasn’t going to include it in our top beach necessities list!

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