The sun is shining, the waves are getting warmer and the crowds are starting to flock towards the beach. Whether you’re a sun kissed local or one of our friends from out of town, dialing in your beach bag is essential if you want to enjoy a day at the beach.

From sun protection to making sure you have groovy tunes so you can get your beach boogie on, we have picked some of our favorite and most essential beach bag items. We are fortunate to live the beach lifestyle full time and always have our beach bag handy, but even if you and your family are only in town for a few days of fun in the sun, we have everything you need to enjoy the beach in comfort and style.

Stop by Hansen’s today to shop our full selection of beach lifestyle goods, or pick up what you need online and be ready to hit the beautiful beaches of San Diego.

1. Surface Sun System Sunscreen Wetskin Spray SPF 30-

Everyone who ventures into the sun needs to make sure to keep their skin protected this summer. Nothing ruins an epic trip or beach session faster than a painful sunburn. Not only is sun damage a major factor in the development of skin cancer, but also keeps you from looking like a lobster after a long days of soaking up the rays. Surface’s spray on formula is easy to apply and goes on dry or wet, so cover yourself and the kids with plenty of protection this summer.

2. Hansen’s Beach Towel-

From laying out on the beach to drying off after a long summer surf session, the Hanen’s Beach Towel is the perfect beach bag addition. Everyone needs a good beach blanket to capture those summer beach vibes, and our large print California blanket is soft and stylish for keeping it cool on the our beautiful North County beaches.

3. Cobain Womens Sandal Nias Bounce-

Stylish and coastal chic, these simple yet elegant Cobain Womens sandals are perfect for any situation. From the beach to happy hour with the ladies, these sandals are a go anywhere flip flop that can be worn as a beach sandal or for running errands around town. Cobain makes some of the best womens sandals on the planet, and the Nias Bounce doesn’t stray from this time honored tradition.

4. RAEN Optics Remmy 52-


The kings and queens of cool are back, RAEN is a local favorite as their timeless shades are both high quality and packed full of style. While these are perfect to pack in your beach bag, we know you are going to want to rock them all of the time, as they are an epic choice for anyone looking to keep those UV rays out of their eyes this summer.

5. Rip Curl Womens Bikini Top Love N Surf Bralette-

Made from 100% microfiber, the Love N Surf bikini top from Rip Curl is a fast drying easy to pack top that looks as good in the surf as it does in the sand. Whether you want to shred some summer south swells or just want an awesome looking bikini top for laying out during warm sunny summer days. Make sure to throw this top in your bag and you won’t have to worry about not having a bikini when summer calls.

6. Vissla Mens Boardshort Mind Surf-

The Vissla Mind Surf’s 4 way stretch allows for ultimate mobility whether you’re punting at ponto or showing the beach your inner top gun on the beach volleyball court. Easy to pack and quick drying throw these in your beach bag so you can know you’re covered the next time you head to the beach.

7. Quiksilver Pierside Hat-

For any summertime anglers, beach goers, or surf enthusiasts a good hat goes a long way in terms of offering protection from the powerful summer sun. Quiksilver is all about living the beach life and luckily this full brimmed sun hat is easy to pack for days when sunscreen alone isn’t cutting it.

8. Nixon Audio Mini Blaster-

Keep the good vibes rolling with the Nixon Mini Blaster! Long days at the beach are always better with a killer playlist. With a rugged rubber casing and bluetooth enabled technology the Mini Blaster is both durable and easy to pack. No wires no worries, just bring your mp3 player or phone and blast your favorite jams.

9. GoPro Camera Hero + LCD-

Whether you’re a San Diego native or just visiting, capture all of your epic summer memories in crystal clear 1080p. GoPro makes it easy to relive all the action as their POV cameras are not only great water cams, but can mount onto the front of boards, which makes catching the kiddos first waves a breeze. Throw one in your beach bag and never miss one of life’s most epic moments.

Stop into Hansen's today or find all of the very best gear for beach enthusiasts online today!