The ten best essential items for the beach

Play Twister on the beach ' or simply lie back and relax
Play Twister on the beach ' or simply lie back and relax
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Generally beach brollies give up at the smallest gust of wind, offering more in the way of entertainment to others as they are chased down the beach by their owners.

However, this sturdy beach umbrella offers protection from the sun, rain and wind – and there’s plenty of space for the whole family.

Set up in seconds from the travel bag, the Sport-Brella opens to seven foot wide for plenty of shade and also includes wind vents and side windows.

2 Twister Towel – £12.89 from firebox.com

Both unique and iconic, the Twister game is usually found tucked away in the back of a cupboard.

But this version of everyone’s favourite limb-challenging game, pictured above, has the play surface on a 100 per cent cotton beach towel, making it ideal for the beach, or to just have a snooze on.

Complete with inflatable playing dice, really, what’s not to like?

3 The Transporter – £59 from theseasidecompany.co.uk (pictured on the front page of Family Life.)

With five adjustable positions, sit back and relax for a while, safe in the knowledge that your sturdy companion can be easily transported back to the car at sunset.

4 Scrunch Bucket – £7.95 from micro-scooters.co.uk

Is there any point going to the beach if you aren’t going to build a sandcastle? Exactly. So here’s a solution for those with restricted space when packing the car. The silicone Scrunch Bucket is a fully functioning sandcastle-building device but which can be folded or rolled up to take up minimal space when not in use.

5 Beachbouy waterproof case – £14.95 from proporta.com

This durable waterproof case will protect all your gadgets from water, dust and sand.

6 Family sports bag – £26 from gltc.co.uk

There’s plenty of useful pockets and with two waterproof sections, it’ll keep those post-swim outfits away from your dry items.

7 Beach towel clips – £8.99 from firebox.com

There’s nothing worse than having your towel flapping about all over the place when you’re trying to sunbathe. Now you can keep your towel exactly where you want it with this nifty set of beach towel clips.

8 The Pocket Parafoil – £11 from theseasidecompany.co.uk

Serious fun in a small package. The ‘take it anywhere’ kite comes in its own drawstring bag.

9 National Geographic metal detector – £26 from gltc.co.uk

How much fun could children have in the garden or on the beach with this metal detector? Hunting for treasure will keep them busy for hours.

10 Sanyo Xacti CA65 – £150.25 from elitegadgets.com

This is the world’s first waterproof camcorder and functions at 1.5 meters down for 80 minutes.