8 products to help you stay cool this summer

Make sure you’re fully equipped for your next beach day with this summer’s coolest products

By Tayla Sassen
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Summer is finally here and with it, long days of lazing on the beach. Sure, it sounds romantic, but if you’re unprepared, a lazy day at the shore can be a sandy nightmare.


We’ve curated a list of must-haves for this summer season, all of them designed and manufactured in our beautiful country.

Tidefolk Beach Bag


Made from up-cycled plastic waste bottles, these insulated bags will make sure all your beach essentials stay sand-free and cool. And, thanks to the thermo-reflective foil lining, you can throw your wet towel and swimsuit in there without worry. Another great plus? These bags are completely machine washable.

Tidefolk Keone Beach Bag Ⓒ Tidefolk

Freedom of Movement Beach Umbrella


Stay cool on the beach with these chic, limited-edition beach umbrellas. With their Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, you’ll be protected from the sun’s harmful rays and keep all your belongings cool. It’s easy to transport too. Fold it up and chuck it in the matching carrier bag, and you’re ready to go.

Mungo Beach Towel


The sand and sea water can be harsh on your skin. That’s why when you’re drying off, we love these 100 per cent cotton towels. Not only are they soft, but they’re also stylish too. Available in a variety of patterns, you’ll want to wrap them around your waist and strut your stuff on the beach. The flat weave design also ensures that you can fold them up tight to fit them in your beach bag.

Mungo Itawuli Blue Moon Towel Ⓒ Mungo
Thandana Picnic Blanket Ⓒ Thandana

Thandana designs


Stay comfy on the beach with a water-resistant, foam-stuffed picnic blanket. Not only are there a variety of stylish designs, but all the blankets fold up easily into a tight roll and come with a carrier for easy transportation.

Crystal Birch Hats


Protecting your skin has never looked better. Crystal Birch’s wide range of Summer hats comes in a variety of materials shapes and styles that will keep the sun off your face while making a fabulous fashion statement. And, if your hat happens to sustain any damage, you can check it into the Hat Hospital for a free repair!

Crystal Birch Wheat Straw Bolero Ⓒ Crystal Birch
Fieldbar Safari White Cooler Box Ⓒ Fieldbar

Fieldbar Cooler Box


Never suffer a warm drink on the beach again. These stylish cooler boxes are designed for superior thermal performance. The modern design ensures they’re durable, versatile, and comfortable to carry, and they look damn good too.

Ballo Sunglasses


Keep the sun out of your eyes with this Summer’s coolest accessory. These sunglasses are handmade in Woodstock, Cape Town and all the frames contain upcycled, recycled or sustainably sourced materials. They’re also good for your eyes, with scratch- and impact-resistant CR-39 lenses that offer durability, clarity, and visual acuity.

Ballo Olive / Lala Sunglasses Ⓒ Ballo
Beachcult Cara Saven Turquoise Bikini Ⓒ Beachcult

Beachcult Swimwear


Created from sustainable recycled techno swim fabric in unique colours and patterns, these swimsuits will ensure you stand out on the beach. And while you’re at it, why not get a cover-up to match?

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