Everything You Need for a Day Spent Reading at the Beach

There's nothing like the beach and a good book.

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As book lovers, we enjoy days at the beach because they're the perfect way to get a lot of reading in. The noise of the waves, the warmth of the sun, the feel of sand between your toes—it all makes for the perfect way to spend a few hours (or more!) getting lost in a good book.

However, if you're going to spend the whole day at the beach, you're going to need more than a towel! Below are all of our beach day essentials for book lovers.

Backpack Cooler Chair

beach chair for reading at the beach

Even if you enjoy laying in the sand, it's always nice to at least have the option of back support when you're spending all day reading at the beach. We especially like this beach chair because it has shoulder straps, meaning you can wear it like a back pack when toting your belongings to and from your beach spot.

Insulated Tumbler

insulated tumbler for a day spent reading at the beach

Staying hydrated at the beach is always important! And by packing a re-useable tumbler instead of multiple drinks, you can save space and take advantage of free water fountains for refills. Win-win!

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Portable Beach Umbrella

beach umbrella for reading at the beach

If you're going to be reading hundreds of pages of the newest thriller or steamy romance, then you're going to need more than sunblock to keep yourself protected from UV rays. This umbrella will keep you shaded, plus it comes with a convenient carrying bag.

Kindle Paperwhite

kindle paperwhite, one of the best ereaders in 2020

Believe it or not, eReaders can be better suited for the beach than regular books! While a paperback may not fair well if splashed, the Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof—it'll be okay in 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes, and .25 meters of seawater for up to 3 minutes. You also don't need to worry about glare, and can easily switch to listening to your book if you have Audible, too.

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sunglasses for reading at the beach

If you can't find last summer's sunglasses, then you won't want to head to the beach without a new pair. These aviator frames come in a variety of colors and include a microfiber pouch to keep them from getting scratched.

A Good Beach Read

that summer beach read

That Summer

By Jennifer Weiner

Of course, the absolute most important thing you need for a day of beach reading is the ultimate beach read! Called "the undisputed boss of the beach read" by The New York Times, you can count on Jennifer Weiner for a story that will suck you in.

That Summer follows Daisy, a mother and wife who is a bit bored, though she knows she generally has a good life. An email mixup causes her to live vicariously through—and then meet—a woman who seems to be living a much more exciting, single life. But when she finds out the meeting was no accident, things take an odd turn.

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