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How to Gear Up for the Ultimate Beach Bonfire

Summer is here. Now it’s time to act like it.

Curated by Clare Healy

If you live anywhere near a coastline, you know the romance of your first bonfire of the summer season. Setting up camp all day at the beach, playing games, and sipping on a tasty beverage into the night for an epic sunset, a roaring fire, and some grub. Summer doesn’t get much better than that. So pack up this gear and stake claim on the next fire pit you can find.

As with all campfires, be sure to follow LNT ethics for fire safety

So you’re planning to camp out in the sun all day and into the night. This shelter might be the next item on your purchase list. This wind-proof shelter is easy to pop up and provides perfect sun or rain coverage all day.

The perfect camping blanket is the perfect everything blanket in my book. Machine-washable, synthetic insulation, and a nice-to-the-touch feel makes the Rumpl blanket a go-to for every occasion, especially a breezy summer night on the beach.

Whatever liquids you may be lugging to this bonfire, a Hydroflask can handle it. It’s dual stainless steel walls keep every beverage (but especially a summer brew) nice and crisp even in the summer sun.

This massive beach towel can almost double as a blanket and will have everyone on the beach asking where you got it. With plenty of styles to choose from and lasting durability, you can’t go wrong with one of these.

This fleece officially ruined me, as in, I will never be able to find another fleece I love as much. It’s perfect for breezy summer night and for layering on cold winter mornings and has strangers asking about it on the regular.

If you know the game, this one is self-explanatory. And if you have yet to play, now is the time to grab a Spikeball set and get your summer going. Competition is always high and bodies are always sandy with this volleyball-esque beach game.

This classic summer game is always a fun one to have around, but it’s not the easiest to lug with you. So I found that REI’s backpacker set is the perfect solution. Get the satisfaction of beating everyone out without having to pull a shoulder getting back to the car.

I like games (you caught me) and having a deck of cards around is never a bad idea. And waterproof ones, because no one likes soggy cards.

This all-natural, non-toxic sunscreen is one of the best out there. It goes on much smoother than other zinc-based options, but still provides all the coverage you need for a long day in the sun.

Depending on where you are, even the nicest summer nights can get windy along the coast. And that’s exactly why everyone should have one of these jackets. It packs down into next to nothing, and is perfect for travel, camping, or just daily commutes.

If you’re anything like me, a beanie is always on your person. This beanie is softer than the average, will keep those ears warm, and comes in all the colors one could want.

Now that you have your cooler, you need something to fill it with. And there’s nothing like a crisp wine on a warm summer night. Underwood comes in 4-packs and has enough varieties to make any wine drinker content.

Heal the Bay IPA

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This crisp, hoppy beer created by LA’s first and only local canning brewery was made for a bonfire. It’s bright and citrus taste is undeniably delicious and 10% of every purchase gets donated to Heal the Bay. Double whammy.

When it’s time to fire up the grill and get some grub cooking, this grill has everything you need. It’s portable, can hold 2 large pots or pans, and gets your food cooking in no time at all. If you’re looking for a reliable camping stove, this 2 burner option is your best bet.

When you need something to carry all of your supplies, this trendy yet durable Alite bag will do the trick - and stylishly at that. It can act as a backpack or a tote, satisfying the needs of all.

After all is said and done, the coast + a fire + sunset + starry nights make for a pretty good scene that, if you’re anything like me, you may want to capture. The Sony a6000 is a camera that never disappoints. This compact camera pack a powerful punch when it comes to functionality and photo quality, plus you have an array of interchangeable lenses to choose from.

A nice sit in the sand is never a bad thing, but once you step up your game with this chair, you’ll be keeping it in your car for every possible occasion. The folded footprint is compact and the folding mechanism simple, ready to go whenever you need. Grab a few of these for the whole gang, kick back, relax, and watch that sunset.