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.

Drink Up

If you are determined to keep your drinks from spilling into the sand this summer, try making a few of these nifty cup holders we spotted over at The Homes I Have Made. Ideal for keeping cups and bottles clean and positioned at the perfect height, you’ll need a few simple materials including: a large soup can, fabric, glue, and a threaded rod. Sail over to The Homes I Have Made for the tutorial.

photo: Megan Duesterhaus via The Homes I Have Made

Do you have any beach hacks to share? Tell us in a comment below!

—Natasha Davis & Amber Guetebier