Summer has officially arrived and we couldn't be happier. And what better place to head for on a steamy weekend than the beach? If you're lucky enough to live near a coastal spot, the beach (or anywhere on the water) is 100% the place to be when the temps start rising. If the seaside is a little more of a hike or not easily accessible, getting to any body of water, be it lake, stream or river, will help cool you down during the heat waves of summer. It also provides the perfect place for hanging with friends for some impromptu outdoor entertaining. There's nothing better than laid back, al fresco dining with friends in a gorgeous outdoor spot.
When you head to the beach with your S.O. or with your crew, you're going to want to be prepared. If you've got all your gear organized, you'll be able to relax and spend as long as you want in the sand and sun. That means lots of beverages, coolers for keeping everything chilled, and protection from the elements (as much as we love sunbathing, dehydration and sunburns are definitely not our faves). Once you have the basics covered, it's time to bring out the fun stuff: games, floats, tunes, and everything else that makes your beach gathering (even if it's just a excursion for two) feel festive.
Here are 14 essentials you need for your next trip to the beach!