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List of the Best Travel Friendly Beach Tents and Sun Shades


Gone are the days I have to fight for shade on a beach vacation! I have a beach tent now which I can take with me in my luggage and on road trips — looking for the best travel-friendly beach tents and sun shades? We have a list of the very best.

My pick for best travel-friendly beach tent or sunshade is the Coleman Beach Shade.

Dream it.

As a redhead with very fair skin, I have to get shade when I go to the beach. Even with a great sunscreen, it doesn’t take long for me to burn. This means I have to fight for an umbrella when I’m staying at a hotel or beach resort.

Some resorts have more shady options than others. I have become the one that wakes up before dawn to reserve the chairs. My girlfriends rely on this! The good thing is I get to take some great sunrise photos and have the beach to myself. The bad news is I never get to sleep in late on a beach vacation.

Plan it.

No More Fighting for Umbrellas at the Beach!

I found a solution to this issue. It’s called a travel beach shade, sunshade or personal cabana. It is a lightweight beach sunshade that can be set up easily anywhere. It’s great for storing gear, changing clothes when you need privacy and napping, or sitting in the shade.


Things to Look For in a Beach Tent or Sun Shade

  • Size
  • Does it fit into luggage?
  • What does it weigh?
  • Is it easy to travel with?
  • Is it easy to set up?

Types of Beach Tents and Sun Shades

  • Pop up beach shade or Instant Setup
  • Cabana, Tent Beach Shelter
  • Umbrellas
Travel-friendly beach shade and umbrella with stroller sitting in front of water on beach

How will you use your Beach Tents and Sunshades?

  • Does it need sand?
  • Can it be set up on any surface?
  • Will it blow away in the wind?
  • Is it durable for frequent use?

SunShades that our Great for Road Trips

Beach Shades that our Great for Beach Vacations

Live it.
Best beach shades and sun shades

My Choice: Coleman Sunshade Instant Shade

The best part is that I can create shade from the sun anywhere on the beach I like. I can take it right down to the water, set it up and stick two beach loungers in there and I’m set.

Portable Sun Shade for Beach

In the Caribbean the locals go crazy for it, everyone wants one. You will not be able to sit inside without at least one person coming up to admire it! But for me knowing that I have shade wherever I go and being able to sit with the waves at my feet is an awesome reason to travel with one.

Best Travel Beach Tent that Fits in Suitcase

The Coleman Sunshade fits into my luggage easily (23 by five by 5 inches is its size) when it is all folded up in its case and only ways 6.4 lbs so it doesn’t eat into my luggage allowance too much.

No Umbrellas? Set up the Coleman Sunshade Anywhere You want on the Beach

The Coleman sunshade is a great shelter from rain and sun while on the beach or on a camping trip.

  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Powder-coated steel frame
  • Heavy-duty polyester canopy
  • Easy to set up
  • Lightweight, shock-corded poles
  • Stake-free stability with sandbags
  • Center Height: 57 inches
  • Footprint: 7.5 by 4.5 feet
  • Includes carrying bag, sandbags, extra-long stakes
  • Total size in carrying bag: length 23 inches, height 5 inches, width 5 inches

Here’s my Coleman beach shade on my beach vacation in Aruba. There was plenty of room for two sun chairs, it set up in minutes, and the best part was NO FIGHTING FOR BEACH SHADE!

Coleman beach shade with two lounge chairs inside at beach in Aruba

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Sharon Mendelaouihttps://www.dailydream360.com
Sharon Mendelaoui is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer, passionate photographer and creative designer. She is the founder and publisher of dreamtravel360.com, a Canadian travel and lifestyle website featuring our favourite travel destinations, fashion and beauty tips and a selection of lifestyle articles, reviews and posts on everything you may need to live a balanced Daily Dream 360° life.


    • Hi Pam, The Coleman sunshade has a floor in it. We fit two sun chairs inside but I don’t think you will get three in there. The tent is more to provide shade, a place to change clothes etc. vs sleeping inside.

      • Hi Pam, The Coleman sunshade comes with stakes and sandbags. Personally, I find the stakes have the most support. You may want to try one of the pop-up versions of shades if you don’t like putting up a tent, as there are rods and stakes in the Coleman version.

  1. You left out the single most important thing – what are the dimensions when packed up? “Fits in luggage” is not helpful unless I know what size your luggage is.


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