In a few weeks, I will be heading to the beach for the first time in years. With that in mind, I started browsing Amazon for certain summer accoutrements. As I was looking for a tumbler to keep my drinks cold in the heat, I stumbled upon a very interesting product: sand coasters.
Maybe I am late to the party here, but I had never heard of sand coasters. In my experience, setting a cold Corona on the beach without it spilling was somewhere between an art and a science, as you had to keep in mind both the wind as well as the running patterns of children in the vicinity. If you happened to have a beach chair, of course, there was no problem, since most beach chairs feature cupholders. If you were just basking on a beach towel, however, you were pretty much out of luck. Unless you managed to gulp it down in down in one swig, the catastrophe of your beer spilling all over the sand was a fait accompli.
Enter sand coasters. The sand coaster is one of the simplest little innovations I have ever seen, and yet it is utterly ingenious. These small cupholders resemble the miniature orange soccer cones you may remember from elementary school gym class, but they have a stake-like bottom that allows them to be firmly planted in the sand. Just like that, your beer, soda, or other beverage gains instant protection from the elements.
Because there is really not much to them, sand coasters are not expensive. The #1 bestseller on Amazon is by AOMAIS (a brand typically known for its speakers). The set comes with five cheery, brightly-colored coasters, priced at a total of $15. The photos on its Amazon listing show that these coasters can be used for more than just drinks: images also depict them holding phones and sunglasses. This strikes me as another good idea, especially since more often than not I end up using a shoe for such purposes.
The AOMAIS sand coasters do seem to be the best, although I did come across another version that caught my eye. This set from the brand Island Genius happens to be shaped like starfish. While Island Genius’ design is almost identical to that of AOMAIS, its starfish shape does bring with it a certain additional layer of fun.
Unlike the AOMAIS set, this one only comes with four sand coasters. Depending on your family size, that may be all you need.
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Honor America With A Summer Patriot Pack
Summer is soooooo close. I know we just hit the first day of spring this week, but it feels like April and May are going to fly by, and it will be Memorial Day before you know it.
That makes this a great time to check out beach essentials. We have identified this “patriotic pack” of items depicting the U.S. flag that will help you stand out at the shore.
- Better Dweller Beach Umbrella
Available on both Amazon and Walmart.com, the 6.5-ft beach umbrella from Better Dweller is a way to express both your individuality and patriotism as you catch some rays on the shore. This product is brand new for 2022, and it is sure to make you the envy of beachgoers all across the country.
2. Expersion Clear Tote Bag
Even if your vacation home is on the beach, you still need a method of carrying your towels, sunscreen, beverages and other accoutrements down closer to the ocean. Of course, you want something that is easy to clean since it is sure to be exposed to sand and water. A vinyl tote bag is a great solution, and this one from Expersion features an American flag patch. Like the Better Dweller beach umbrella, this tote bag is available on both Amazon and Walmart. Unlike the umbrella, it comes in a variety of colors, including blue, black, red, pink, green, and orange.
3. Expersion Clear Backpack
What is a backpack but a tote bag that is easier to carry and with more space? Not just for schools and sporting events, the Expersion clear backpack can also help you get your belongings down to seashore. It is also available on Amazon and Walmart.
Prepare For Summer With An American Flag Beach Umbrella
The East Coast is currently in the midst of a spate of unseasonable weather, marked by highs in the 60s today and tomorrow. After an extended cold period more typical of winter, it is impossible not to revel in the warmth and look ahead to the sunny days of spring and summer ahead.
The cabin fever this situation inspires has led many folks to begin planning their summer vacations. Whether we are talking about a day trip to the local beach or a farther trip down to the paradise marked by Florida palm trees, it is a good idea to book now before flight prices continue to increase as COVID ebbs. This also makes it a good time to shop for vacation essentials. I’m talking bathing suits, beach towels, coolers, things of that nature. I am also talking about one of the coolest new products available for the first time in 2022—the American flag beach umbrella.
Available on both Amazon and Walmart.com, the 6.5-ft beach umbrella from Better Dweller is a way to express both your individuality and patriotism as you catch some rays on the shore. For years, blue has been the dominant color for beach umbrellas, creating something of an eyesore for your supposedly pleasant getaway. At least for the time being, we are still free in this country. This gives us the chance to show how much we love it by setting up a beach item decked in the stars and stripes.
The Better Dweller beach umbrella is an imposing 6 and a half feet tall and approximately 6 feet wide, and will protect your food, your beverages, and even your dogs from the sun, and you can also move your own beach chair under it when you are ready for a bit of shade. It features a tilting mechanism, so you can create the perfect angle to ward off the sun when desired. And of course it is waterproof. Furthermore, it comes with a carrying case for easy storage and transportation to and from the beach.