A good beach day should be pretty analog. You want to be connected to the warmth of the sun, the feel of sand between your toes, and the sound of crashing waves—not a steady WiFi signal. But that doesn’t mean throwing a few high-tech accoutrements in your tote with your beach towel isn’t a good idea. These gadgets and apps will give your beach day a tech upgrade, and yes, they work just as well for swan float days in the pool, if that’s more your style.
Lifeproof FRE iPhone cover
If you can’t help wanting to capture every sunny, salty moment, this waterproof phone cover from Lifeproof ($45) is much sleeker than others in the category (which lean more chunky design-wise) and comes in multiple colors. Your phone can be submerged in 6.6 feet of water for up to an hour (#underwaterselfie!) and is protected from sand.
Nixon Blaster Wireless Speaker
For social folks who need a beach-day soundtrack, this Nixon Bluetooth speaker ($99) is super cool in tie-dye and can “withstand water, sand, and shock.” It’s also light and compact for portability, but if you want to do something like take a speaker on your surfboard, opt for one that can be totally submerged, like the Braven BRV-X or the Nyne Aqua.
Staying hydrated while out in the hot sun is key (especially if you’re, ahem, also sipping rosé) and this smart water bottle ($55) tracks how much water you’re drinking throughout the day and then glows and sends alerts to your phone to remind you to drink more when you need it.
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Violet’s sun-savvy app (Free) monitors your sun exposure and sends helpful alerts like reminders to reapply sunscreen at the right time. Input info on your skin tone, location, and SPF use, and alerts become bespoke to you. Violet’s wearable sensor that tracks your real-time sun exposure isn’t available yet, but it promises to make sun monitoring even easier— it will clip to your swimsuit or a bracelet so you can fight skin damage without your phone in hand.
Inspired to upgrade your beach day? Let me know in the comments.