No-one likes sand in their pants. CGear has a range of products, from beach mats to tote bags (amazon.com from around £20), made with a high-tech weave originally developed for military use. It lets sand fall through but not come back up, so give your mat a good pat down and it’ll once more be a sand-free zone. Technology doesn’t usually like sandy, salt-watery places, but the Scosche boomBOTTLE H2O Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (from £70.48 on Amazon) is water- and dustproof, and really packs an audio punch. The compact cylinder design is perfect for tucking into a water-bottle holder, housing a high-quality up-firing omni-directional speaker and passive sub-woofer. The wireless connection means you can leave your phone tucked safely away.
Snapchat your memories in 10-second clips direct from your sunglasses with the social media platform’s own sunnies (spectacles.com from £129.99). These really do look good, with high-quality UV lenses and a tiny camera mounted in the frame. Link to the Snapchat app on your phone and you can add funky video effects and post straight away. To avoid the privacy issues of covert filming, a ring of LEDs lights up around the lens when recording.
If you really want to make your mark on the beach, literally, check out the FlipSidez site for personalising a range of good quality flip-flops with laser cut custom messages in the soles (from £12).
And if you want to stay out late, try a LuminAID PackLite solar-powered lantern (from £14.99 on Amazon). The inflatable design creates a diffused lighting effect with four brightness settings and packs down flat for easy carrying. The PackLite Max 2-in-1 (£39.99) also lets you charge your phone.
Get the gadget: GoXtreme ‘Barracuda 4K’ Ultra HD Waterproof Action Cam
Action cameras are all the rage, whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or just want to capture your day at the beach in high definition, the GoXtreme Barracuda 4K has all the modes you’d expect from a camera of this type; up to 20-megapixel resolution on still shots; burst photo mode; and ultra-sharp videos up to 4k/25fps. It also has a 170-degree ultra-wide view to capture as much of the vista as possible. You can operate the camera via the touchscreen controls or download the free app for iOS and Android for a remote controller and viewing screen that connects via built in wi-fi. The camera is also waterproof to a depth of 10 metres. RRP: £119.99 available from Argos.
Published in the Jul/Aug 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)