Sandcastle building, swimming, and lounging in the sun: a beach trip is truly summer at its best. Don’t let your next trip bum you out, though: we’ve got ways to make sure you stay cool, protect your assets and even keep sand out of your car (well, kinda). Click through the gallery for 15 ideas that will make your next trip to the beach so much easier.

Beached Boat

All kiddies want to wade in the surf, but taking a dip in the ocean isn’t always the safest choice. Here's one idea for letting your little ones have fun in the water; bring a small blow up raft, fill it with water, their favorite toys, and presto! Baby beachcombers get to splash around as much as they want, and you get to keep a close eye on them.

photo: Mike Nan via flickr

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—Natasha Davis & Amber Guetebier