Beach Volleyball Essentials: What To Bring To Beach Volleyball

Micah Drews


There are a lot of beach volleyball players out there, so you decided to give it a try. Having taken the plunge, you’re not exactly sure how to get started now that you’ve decided to do it.

These ten things are essential for every beach player, so you can get off to a good start.

What To Bring To Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball Essentials

Flip Flops/Sandals

Taking your flip flops to the court will make things easier for you, as shoes and sand don’t mix well. Flip flops don’t need to be of any particular type. If you feel most comfortable in a pair, then it is the perfect pair for you.

Sand Socks

It is possible for the sand to reach temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot day. The only time you might want to walk on hot coals is if you enjoy walking on hot coals. Nylon sand socks are booties intended for use on the sand, as their name suggests. If it’s hot outside, you’ll be glad to have a pair of sand socks on hand. They’re usually inexpensive and can make you much more comfortable.


Your day of beach volleyball shouldn’t be cut short by hunger. You should bring a cooler, water, fruit, and granola bars (hydration is crucial). When breaktime rolls around, you’ll enjoy plenty of ice-cold refreshments as long as you don’t forget the ice.


In the shade, taking a break will feel like taking a bite out of heaven after hours in the sun. Prepare shade by bringing umbrellas, canopies, tents, large potted plants, or whatever else you have on hand. The next time you have a break, take a seat in the shade and relax. It’s well deserved!

Lounge Chairs

Is there any reason why you should sit on the sand when you don’t have to? If you’re taking a well-deserved break from work, you won’t want to be sitting on the hot sand during your vacation. Grab those lounge chairs out of your garage and lug them down to the beach.


Make sure to pack enough sunscreen for the whole day to avoid getting a sunburn. In addition to being sweat-resistant, ‘Sport’ or waterproof sunscreens also allow you to spend less time re-applying sunscreen.

Sunglasses and/or Hat

Enjoy this opportunity to show off a stylin’ pair of shades while protecting your eyes from harsh ultraviolet rays.

It’s best to wear sunglasses designed for high levels of activity since you’ll be moving and diving all over. Here are a few features to consider if you are having trouble choosing a pair or unsure whether the one you selected will work on sand courts:

  • U.V. coating: This will protect you against harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Consult the salesperson if you’re not sure if sunglasses have a UV coating. The best course of action in this case would definitely be to be safe rather than sorry.
  • Polarized lenses: Beachgoers know that glare from the sun reflecting off the sand and surf can make it tough to track the ball. You can see better on the beach with polarized lenses because they eliminate glare.
  • Rubber grips: These are usually found on the nose piece and at the ends of the frame and can keep your shades in place.

It is important to remember that sunglasses do not have to have all of the features listed above. Make sure that they protect you from harmful UV rays and are snug enough to prevent them from falling off.

A hat can provide extra protection from the sun if you do not want to wear sunglasses. In order to keep your headgear from constantly falling off, any hat you choose should fit tightly.

Water Bottle

Exercise and sun exposure require you to monitor your hydration levels. In competition, you will sweat out nutrients, so you must replenish your fluids during every break. It is easier for your body to obtain the liquids it needs if you have a water bottle nearby.

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An Outdoor Ball

The old volleyball should remain in the garage at the back. You probably won’t find it useful. It uses a heavier and more durable outdoor ball (which is also slightly larger than its indoor counterpart).

In the wind, it is nearly impossible to track the indoor volleyball because it is so light. Before you hit the sand courts, get your hands on an outdoor volleyball instead of hoping for a frustrated afternoon.

Beach Volleyball Rule Book

Beach Volleyball Essentials

Indoor volleyball and beach volleyball are fundamentally different, but they have significant differences as well. Anyone new to the game would benefit greatly from obtaining a copy of the official rulebook.

You can also read: Beach volleyball Rules

Benefits of Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball is not only physically and mentally challenging, but has numerous health benefits as well. Besides improving cardiovascular fitness, endurance, strength, and coordination, playing beach volleyball also enhances agility, balance, and coordination.

Furthermore, beach volleyball provides opportunities for socializing and building friendships within the community because of its social aspect.

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Beach Volleyball Communities

Beach Volleyball Essentials

It’s possible to practice, compete, and develop camaraderie through playing beach volleyball with a local club or league, no matter how experienced you are.

For beach volleyball enthusiasts of all skill levels, a number of communities offer organized leagues, tournaments, and clinics, as well as online resources and forums.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear for beach volleyball?

Protect yourself with knee pads, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing, like swimsuits or athletic apparel.

How can I improve my beach volleyball skills?

The best way to improve your skills is to practice regularly, master fundamental techniques, and seek guidance from experienced players or coaches.

Is beach volleyball dangerous?

Although injuries are possible, proper preparation, adherence to safety measures, and communication with teammates can reduce them.

Can I play beach volleyball alone?

Solo practice drills and beach volleyball clinics offer opportunities for individual improvement while beach volleyball is usually played in teams of two.

What are the health benefits of beach volleyball?

Besides improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, stability, and coordination, beach volleyball also improves mental well-being.


You’re all set for a day at the beach now that you know what to pack. Take a group of friends (or use our Player Search feature to find volleyball players in your area) and the following items and get ready to hit the sand courts.

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About Micah Drews

After playing volleyball at an international level for several years, I now work out and write for Volleyball Blaze. Creating unique and insightful perspectives through my experience and knowledge is one of my top priorities.

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