9 genius products under $125 to take to the beach

Bondi Beach. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Going to the beach in 2017 looks a lot different from your trips as a kid.

These days, you can listen to your whole e-book collection on your phone. There are plastic baggies made just for keeping your devices dry and portable solar panels for charging them.

To help make your visit to the beach a relaxing one, we rounded up nine must-bring gadgets and accessories — all for under $125.

Stash your valuables in an underground container.

The Beach Vault secures your group's phones, wallets, and keys under the sand -- so one person won't be relegated to the shore to look after things.

It twists into the sand like a corkscrew, which you can cover with a throw or the Beach Vault's custom towel, which has a hole for easy access to your belongings.

Buy it here: $US49

Lean back in a chair that does it all.

The Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair is a mouthful of a name for a reason. The reclining beach chair features backpack straps for easy carrying, a large zipper pocket, a cup holder, and a built-in cooler.

Plus, the chair has five seating positions for your comfort.

Buy it here: $US54.88

Tune into your favourite beach read.


In the age of the audiobook, Audible is the book seller to rule them all.

A monthly subscription unlocks access to over 180,000 titles across best sellers, new releases, mysteries, thrillers, romance, sci-fi,and more. Plus, your first month is free.

Buy it here: $US14.95 per month

Keep your phone dry in a waterproof gadget bag.

The aLOKSAK isn't your ordinary Ziploc baggie. These element-proof storage bags are watertight and made from a durable polyethylene blended film, so they protect items against water, air, dust, and humidity.

You can even use your phone's touch screen through the material.

Buy it here: $US9.79 and up

Rock out with a Bluetooth speaker that floats.

If you're worried about waves taking your portable Bluetooth speaker out to sea, never fear. The EcoStone speaker by ECOXGEAR floats and is fully submersible. It features two full-range integrated speakers and a rear-mounted subwoofer.

If sound quality is important to you, you might be better off with the UE Roll, which blasts sound in a 360-degree direction.

Buy it here: $US90

Dry off with a towel that absorbs water, not sand.

The dedicated product-testers over at The Sweethome and Wirecutter spent countless hours testing the best beach towels on the market, and heralded the L.L. Bean Seaside Beach Towel as number one.

The towel is made from a fluffy cotton that absorbs water while repelling sand, which means more comfort. Stretching 90cm by 170cm, it's big enough to sprawl out on.

Buy it here: $US29.50

Charge your devices using the power of the sun.

Nothing like a hot summer day to suck the life out of your device's batteries. Luckily, power from the sun is free.

The PowerPort Solar by ANKER unfolds to reveal super lightweight solar panels sewn into the polyester canvas. It provides enough power to charge two mobile devices simultaneously, and restores the battery of an iPhone 5S at 1% every minute, according to one customer review.

Buy it here: $US59.99

Relax under a beach umbrella that won't blow away.

The Beach Umbrella Anchor by Dig-Git Beach Gear ensures you'll never chase a tumbling umbrella down the beach again. The idea is simple: Dig, drop the anchor, and slide your umbrella into the anchor.

In 2016, it was named the best overall beach umbrella anchor by Consumer Reports.

Buy it here: $US29.95

At the end of the day, toss your suits in a leakproof bag.

After a day at the beach, wet bathing suits make a sandy mess in a tote bag or the back of a car. The Travel Happens Wet Bag from The Container Store is designed to contain damp, dripping, or soiled items, so you can avoid getting everything else in your bag wet. It's also machine washable.

Buy it here: $US17.99

Bonus! Capture your adventures on dry land and underwater.

The Olympus Tough TG-4 is a high-performance waterproof camera -- but it will cost you a cool $US299.

Its speedy autofocus and wide-aperature lens lets users capture images that are crystal clear with a stunning depth of field. Plus, the Olympus Tough TG-4 is safe to travel up to 16 metres underwater.

Buy it here: $US299

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