With summer officially here to stay, you may be wanting to plan some trips around the city to soak up the sun. What better way to do so than to head on over to the beach?

Toronto has a handful of beaches as well as some a couple of hours away, like Sugar Beach, Bluffers Beach, and Sandbanks Dune Beach, to explore. There are truly stunning spots to visit and even plan an entire day trip to experience the beauty. Not only can you get in that desired relaxation, but some of the areas actually have hiking trails and activities to take part in so you can enjoy the outdoors however you please. That being said, if you want to have the perfect beach day, you’re going to need some supplies.

Here are some of our favourite beach day essentials

Paddle Board

Starting off with one that everyone will love—introducing Maddle. Maddle is an inflatable paddleboard brand that comes in a bunch of different colourways and designs. The best part about the boards is that not only are they easily inflatable but once you’re ready to pack up from the beach and go home, all you have to do is push the notch at the end of the board and it’ll fully deflate. Then roll it up and place it back in its carrier bag. You can quite literally take your new Maddle paddleboard everywhere!

Beach Tote

Another essential for the beach that we can’t forget is a durable beach bag. You most definitely need something to safely store your phone, towels, sunscreen, money, books, or even food! Currently, we’ve been obsessed with the MEC Muskoka Dry Tote. It has a wide opening so you can easily see everything as well as webbing straps to comfortably carry when you’re walking to the water. Plus, it has RF-welded seams to prevent leaks, which means it works to keep wet stuff in—like a wetsuit, so it doesn’t get all over your vehicle at the end of the day; as well as keeping the wet stuff out to ensure your belongings stay waterproof inside.


Obviously, you can’t go the beach without a towel – whether you plan to swim or lay out seaside, a towel is essential to not only keep you dry if need be but to also separate you/your belongings from the sand. Any towel will do the trick, but we are absolutely loving Simons’ collection if you want an Insta-worthy beach moment.


It should go without saying but we’re going to say it anyway. Put on sunscreen! Here’s a list of some of our faves for your face.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

What’s a beach day without some music? While you lounge in the sand, or even on a floaty in the water, you can bring along a waterproof Bluetooth speaker like this one to ensure you never get bored.


Although you may be near water, you still need to remember to continue drinking it. Especially if you’re planning on sitting out in the sun and heat all day. Come prepared with a Hydro Flask filled with fresh water and ice to keep you cool and hydrated!

Beach Chair

Our final essential for a beach trip would have to be a beach chair. You can find a handful online under “backpack chairs” or even a “foldable beach chair“, basically any that are easy to transport back and forth.

With there being so many items that you can take for a beach road trip, let us know on Instagram which your top items are for the summer!

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