I think a beach umbrella is a must for any trip to the beach. I have very sensitive skin and I get burned no matter how much sun screen I apply to myself. I have found that the only way I can avoid this is to stay out of the sun entirely. Instead of spending all my time indoors, I decided to be proactive and invest in a big beach umbrella.
It casts such a large shadow that I can sit underneath it and not have any part of my body exposed to the sun. I can enjoy all the that the beach has to offer and not go home with cherry red skin.