Top 75 Tools Every Man Should Have – Must Own Toolbox Essentials
As the great Scottish Philosopher Thomas Carlyle once said, “Man is a tool-using Animal… Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”
It reminds me of a time when Henry Ford’s vehicle broke down while traveling through town.
Stuck without tools, my great grandfather took note and offered to be of service. With tools from his local blacksmith shop, he performed the repairs and sent Ford on his way. The act would later lead to an honest business relationship and fine friendship.
While Ford may have been the inventor of the Model T, assembly line, and 26-horsepower racing automobile at the time, without tools he was nothing short of stranded.
Today, I’d like to share with you a list of the top 75 tools every man should have. The kind of tools you’ll find in places like barns and workshops were the word, “craftsmanship” comes alive.
The kind that holds a special place in the hearts of handymen, home owners and tradesmen across the world.
Now, there are thousands and thousands of different tools I could tell you about, many of which I’ve used myself. Though, you might not find yourself using a compactor plate, welder, tiller or concrete mixer anytime soon, let alone often enough, to warrant owning one.
If you want to know what it feels like to be able to build, repair or maintain something on your own, then take a moment to discover these must-have toolbox essentials below.
1. Adjustable Clamps
2. Adjustable Wrench
Let’s face it, fumbling around your tool chest for the right socket size sucks. You grab about five or six, walk over to your project, and before you know it, you’ve got six of those things scattered all around the floor.
While an adjustable wrench does make life a bit easier, it actually does a bit more than that. Unless you have hundreds of dollars to invest in longer/deeper sockets, an adjustable wrench is one of the tools every man needs. There are times when this tool is simply the right one for the job at hand.
3. Allen Keys
When it comes to Allen keys or hex keys, there are three you need to know about: Torx, imperial and metric. When you add them to your tool collection opt for the ones with the giant handles at the top. It’s like losing socks in the dryer, these things just seem to disappear from time to time. Try this REXBETI Hex Key Allen Wrench Set on Amazon.
4. Angle Grinder
This handheld power tool is used for cutting, grinding and polishing. You can use this versatile tool for getting rid of excess material, such as grinding stone. An angle grinder is a great tool for rough cuts, like cutting rear or rusty nails. This is a tool that every man should own.
5. Aviation Snips
Also called compound snips, aviation snips are a must have tool if you will be cutting sheet metal or aluminum. Each pair is conveniently color coded by type of metal to help you choose the right pair for the job.
This tool will allow you to cut straight, curved or any direction you need. This pair from Wiss offer good value for money.
6. Bench Vise
A bench vise can be mounted on your workbench or the work area to hold whatever material you are working with. This tool allows you to work safer knowing that your material is sturdy and held securely. A bench vise is one of the most useful tools when it comes to woodworking. See this 6″ standard duty bench vise from WILTON.
7. Bow Rake
A bow rake is a type of heavy-duty lawn rake that can be used for much heavier things than just leaves. Use the tines of this popular gardening tool to loosen and break up tough soil.
Once you have broken up the dirt, you can also use this type of rake to spread the soil or mulch to prepare a garden. This 16-inch bow rake from Bully Tools is a popular choice.
8. Brad / Finish Nailer
A brad nailer and finish nailer are two different tools, but are so similar that it can be hard to tell them apart. A brad nailer is slightly smaller and uses brads.
This tool is used to secure small pieces of trim without the need of hiding the brad with wood putty. A finish nailer does the same job except with larger nails. Make sure you are using the right tool because a finish nailer can crack small pieces of trim.
The PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Brad Nailer Kit could be a good choice.
9. Cable Ties
I’m sure you’ve used cable ties in the past. I just used them to install Christmas lights onto some deck railing not too long ago. When it comes to tools every man should own their invaluable.
It reminds me of a time when my old car kept dying on me. After looking through the engine bay I noticed a plastic air sensor had broken off the intake. A few zip ties later and that engine ran like a dream for years.
It’s truly amazing how many uses you’ll find for these ties. Best of all you can gang them together in a pinch to make them as large as you’d like. TR Industrial’s Multi-Purpose Cable Ties are a popular choice.
10. Caulking Gun
It’s enough to make Liberals cry. Meet the caulking gun. With a universal design, this tool accepts high capacity tubes of 10oz construction adhesive, window caulking, tub surround and beyond.
When it comes to ammo, my personal choice is Liquid Nails. Regardless if you’re gluing down subfloor or just sealing up around windows, the caulking gun comes in handy quite often. The Newborn 930-GTD is an affordable and highly rated option.
Have you ever tried to cut through a thick downed tree branch with a handsaw? After the tenth log, the muscles in the forearms and biceps scream, “I’ve had enough!”
Of course, why waste an entire day away if you don’t have to? Here’s where a chainsaw comes into the equation and makes life so much easier. Gas or electric, it doesn’t matter. Though, I prefer the soothing sound a two-stroke myself.
Just keep in mind, cutting a tree branch with a chainsaw while on a ladder is often dangerous. Enough that I wanted to bring it up.
In reality, when the blade barks back, your balance goes goodbye! Just watch some videos of gentlemen attempting it online. You’ll discover the fastest way to a broken back.
A chisel is a classic woodworking tool made up of a handle on one end and a sharp flat blade on the other end. Used for carving and shaping wood, stone or other hard material, there are several different types of wood chisels on the market. It is helpful to have a chisel set that contains an assortment of sizes and shapes.
13. Circular Saw
This power tool can be a bit intimidating for those that have never used a circular saw before. However, this is a must have tool for any man’s tool collection. The toothed blade spins quickly to cut through most hard materials, but are most popularly used for cutting wood for construction. See this popular DEWALT 20-Volt Cordless Circular Saw at Home Depot.
14. Claw Hammer
A claw hammer is one of the most widely used tools in the world. Who doesn’t own a traditional hammer? A claw hammer has two purposes. The hammer side pounds in nails, while the claw can help pull them out.
From hanging frames in your home to building a tree house, the opportunities to use a claw hammer are literally endless.
15. Cordless Drill
The convenience of rechargeable batteries makes it possible to have the strength of a power drill anywhere. A cordless drill is a popular tool because of its ability to turn a complex job into a quick task.
Drive screws neatly into most surfaces with the push of a button. Some drills also offer attachments, such as hammer drills which help hammer screws into tougher surfaces. The Dewalt #DCD991B, available from Zoro.com, could be a good option.
16. Drilling Hammer
When claw hammer won’t cut it and a sledgehammer is just too much of a tool for the job, you turn to the drilling hammer. (Sometimes referred to as small sledges or hand sledges.) With a range from generally one to five pounds, these one-handed heavy hitters make fine choices for stamping metal, light demolition work, etc.
17. Duct Tape
All jokes aside, duct tape is one of the most versatile and useful items to have in your tool box. This tough polyurethane coated rubber-based adhesive has been around since World War II.
You can use this tough tape to temporary repair small tears or holes, waterproof an object or secure items. The uses are endless. However, it is popularly used in duct work, hence its name. 3M’s Multi Use duct tape, available from Home Depot, is highly regarded by regular DIYers.
18. Ear Protection
Regardless if you’re old or young, damage to the ears is permanent. For instance, tinnitus, the ringing, and buzzing that occurs after loud noise exposure; it’s not something you want to live with for the rest of your life.
Chances are if you’re a hunter or weekend shooting range warrior you already own a pair. Use them. My personal favorite is the 3M Peltor Sport Tactical 100. They are electronic so you can still hear the world around you while your ears are covered up.
19. Electrical Tape
Electrical tape is not to be confused with duct tape. The texture and uses are different. Electrical tape is made out of a number of flexible plastics.
The most popular use for this type of adhesive is to insulate wires and other items that conduct electricity. The stretch durability of electrical tape makes it a helpful tool to keep around.
Commercial Electric is a good brand. You can get their colored electric tape at Home Depot here.
20. Extension Cord
While cordless power tools are convenient, some tools simply warrant being corded. In my case, I don’t prefer to charge batteries nor replace them every few years.
Sure, dragging around an extension cord can be a hassle, but always having a full charge doesn’t suck. Your views may be different than mine.
Regardless, it’s nice to own an extension cord; not everything is battery powered these days. Not to mention, most corded tools only come up a few feet of wire for plugging in.
See what you can’t see with a flashlight. Lurking in the shadows is that wire you need to fish out of the wall. It’s that bolt you need to wrap a wrench around, but can’t seem to find.
When it comes to inspecting things, a flashlight is a sure way to discover problems that are easily concealed under the cover of darkness.
22. Gardening Pruner / Bypass Lopper
Both of tools are must have for proper lawn maintenance. They are both used to trim and cut bushes, shrubs and other greenery. However, they are different tools. A bypass lopper is considered the more useful by expert gardeners because of the way the blades cut by sweeping past each other.
Out of reach doesn’t mean out of mind. When it comes to projects that are literally over your head a ladder can help get the job done.
There are two types you should know about: The first being a step ladder, aka an A-frame ladder with the pyramid looking design, and the second, an extension ladder.
For most household projects the ladder will fare just fine. If you’re looking to get onto the roof for some shingle repairs, you’ll need an extension ladder. My personal favorites include brands like Louisville and Werner.
24. Utility Knife
Pop in a fresh razor blade and get down to business. When it comes to the utility knife the uses are endless. Take for instance the joy of making quick cuts in cardboard after a big move or delivery. Not to mention, slicing out window caulking, trimming carpet down to size and beyond.
This hand-powered tool is a classic favorite of the carpenter. You can cut a piece of wood by using one hand to move the toothed blade back and forth over the wood. While you might think that this tool is outdated, you will find yourself using more than you can imagine. There are several jobs that can be done easier by hand than power tools.
26. Jab Saw
The first time you try to cut through drywall with a utility knife, you’ll stop and proclaim, “There must be a better way!” Luckily, there is because that takes forever. Meet the Jab Saw.
When it comes to cleaning up drywall corners, making new holes for electrical outlets, etc. it’s the one tool you’ll want to have. It makes sense to own when you realize that most new homes today are constructed with drywall.
Meet the jigsaw, it’s one of the first power tools I ever owned, aside from an old cordless power drill. With a variety of different blade attachments available, the jigsaw makes for one universal cutting machine regardless of the material at hand.
With a fine, small blade you’ll be able to cut into places where the circular saw simply cannot. Just drill a small hole, drop the jigsaw blade inside and cut out a perfect square in the middle of a board.
28. Joint Knife
What? Are you going to plaster over a hole in drywall with a butter knife? You need a joint knife (aka ‘taping knife’ or ‘drywall knife’). Joint knives make applying drywall joint compound a smooth and simple process. When using one the proper way with a thin skim coat, you’ll save yourself from all the wasted time spent sanding down walls.
The Wal-Pro Stainless Steel Joint Knife, available from Home Depot, could be a good option.
29. Jumper Cables
Car batteries die, it’s a fact of life. So does the battery on your riding lawn mower. And your girlfriend’s car, your mothers, and so forth. When it comes to being a man of admiration, not to mention, a hero, owning jumper cables will do it.
30. Knee Pads
While younger men might say knee pads are for wimps and wussies, older gentlemen believe quite the opposite. In reality, some 4.1% of American men today have undergone some sort of knee surgery or knee replacement.
Let’s face it, the knees aren’t indestructible. Protect them. Even if you don’t, you’ll still suffer one way or another. Try laying down a room full of tile without knee pads on, and see if that doesn’t change your opinion of them! Hint, it will.
31. Linesman's Pliers
This type of handheld pliers is popular with electricians because of its ability to twist, cut and hold cables and wires. However, even the non-professional can find some uses out of these pliers.
The long rubber handle allows you great gripping power to hold wires and sheet metal to clip and bend. The rigid tips can help you twist and snip with ease. These IRWIN VISE-GRIP lineman’s pliers, available at Amazon, are popular and highly rated.
32. Locking Pliers
Locking pliers give you the option to lock them in place, but many might wonder why. This type of pliers can be used as a type of vise grip to give you a sturdy hold. For example, you can use these pliers to grab a rusted bolt to loosen and remove it. You can adjust the jaws of the pliers to the size of the object you are working with.
33. Measuring Tape
A man without a tape measure is a like a man blindfolded with no training. Everything becomes a mystery. When you want to build something the right way, on the first time and not the tenth, you don’t eyeball it. You measure it.
If there was one thing teachers taught you that you’ll actually use in life, it’s how to read a ruler. Don’t waste that gift by being a guessing, happy-go-lucky idiot.
34. Chalk Line
Using chalk line is an easy way to mark long straight lines. Because of the lines size, it is sometimes unpractical and impossible to use a straight edge. A chalk line can help you mark a straight and precise outline in a relatively quick amount of time. This must have tool makes laying straight tile or cutting efficiently a breeze.
35. Digital Caliper
Digital calipers are a convenient tool for measuring internal and external distances. This task is made even easier by a digital LCD screen that displays the measurements with virtually no thinking on your part.
This tool will give you peace of mind that your measurements are correct in half of the time. You should always take advantage of a tool that cuts your workload in half!
Could you imagine how hard it would be to water your garden, wash your car or carry water around outside without a gardening hose. This flexible hose allows you to have water effortlessly.
If you can get the hose there, you have an instant water source. This tool is made even versatile with several optional attachments that allow you to turn your hose into a power washer, spray stream or other function.
37. Measuring Cup
Get your ratio right. When it comes to mixing up two-stroke fuel, having the right oil to gas ratio is critical. It makes the differences between a smooth operator and a seized engine.
Of course, you might find yourself mixing up epoxy resin and hardener on a carbon fiber wrap project too. If you’re on a budget or simply can’t find an automotive measuring cup, a baby bottle can be picked up for dollar and fares just as well.
This WirthCo 94120 Funnel King measuring container on Amazon could be a good choice.
38. Metal Files
Most commonly used in metalworking, these hard metal files are used for the obvious purpose of filing and shaping, as their name would suggest.
There are several different shapes and you will have to choose one depending on what you want do. Some will file your material straight and flat, but others can file a curved shape. Make sure you choose the right one.
39. Plumb Bob
A plumb bob is essentially a weight used for vertical reference. You might’ve seen these suspended strings with a pointed end. It basically uses the laws of gravity to create a vertical straight line, even in houses that might be slanted.
One common use for a plumb bob is hanging wallpaper. By finding a vertical straight line to line up your paper and create a starting point, you will be able to make sure that the wallpaper lines up perfectly straight.
40. Builders Level
From straight cabinets to sloping shower floors, even paver walkways and beyond, the level will become your best friend. When it comes tools every man should own the level easily makes it into the top ten. Keep in mind not all levels are made equal.
If you want ultra-accurate you go with a brand like Stabila. If you want accurate enough for DIY, a cheap builder’s level from a hardware store will get the job done.
41. Staple Gun
A staple gun is a great basic handheld tool every man should have. It easily drives industrial staples into hard surfaces, such as wood or drywall. This tool is used in a number of home improvement projects, such as securing insulation or upholstering fabric.
These industrial staples are extremely versatile and useful. Be warned, wives are known to find these particularly handy with crafting projects. Always hide your tools.
Speaking of keeping your tools safe and secure, every man should have a proper toolbox. No matter how many tools you own, you can you find a quality storage solution. The designs and prices of toolboxes can greatly range, so you really need to think about what you want. Some men prefer a large sturdy wall chest, while others prefer a portable bag or box.
The DEWALT TSTAK Tool Box is a popular option.
43. Nail Punch
A nail punch is usually used with the assistance of a woodworking hammer. This hard metal rod features a shaped tip and is used to drive nails into a material, usually wood. Carpenters use this tool the most for either driving in nails or creating marks on pieces of wood.
This Qualihome 4 Piece Nail Setter & Center Punch Set, available at Amazon, is a good budget choice.
44. Needle Nose Pliers
Needle nose pliers are the most common type of pliers because of its versatile uses. They can be used for gripping and cutting wires or thin metal. Because of their popularity, needle nose pliers are commonly seen being used by a number of tradesmen, especially electricians. You can use them around your home and garage to grip, clamp and snip virtually anything when the need arises.
This tool will help solve some pretty stinky problems. A toilet plunger can help unclog a toilet by suctioning out whatever is blocking the water flow. This is a go-to tool for homeowners dealing with an overflowing toilet.
Before calling a plumber, you should always try to unclog the problem with a toilet plunger. There are also a number of other types of plungers that you can use to unclog sinks and pipes.
More commonly known as a crowbar, this tool is for much more than a criminals go-to tool. A prybar is a simple looking tool but can be used for a lot. The metal rod features two flattened ends with one curved side. As its name suggests, it can be used to pry open object or separate fastened pieces. The curved side is also useful for removing nails from a surface.
47. Putty Knife
Scraping and spreading is made extremely easy with the use of a putty knife. It is also commonly called a spackle or spatula, but whatever you call it, it is a must have for construction.
Use a putty knife to spread plaster with ease. Or use the tool to scrape paint to prepare a surface to be repainted. There are also different sizes of spatulas available depending on the size of your job.
48. Random Orbital Sander
Wood sanding can be a tedious task, but power sanders can help take the load off. There are several types of sanders on the market. However, a random orbital sander is unique.
The handheld power sander holds a piece of sandpaper securely to its base. Not only does it move in a circular motion, but it also rotates in smaller circles at the same time. This type of sander is considered the most versatile and is the most recommended type.
It’s rope, what more can I say. If you need to pull something in a certain direction you use it. It could be that tree stump buried in the dirt, where you need a truck or tractor to yank it out. Or any of a million other things. With it comes learning how to tie different types of knots, knowing how to master these is quite simply put, an invaluable skill.
50. Rubber Mallet
When you need force but don’t want to destroy your project, you turn to the rubber mallet. It’s gentle enough to assemble fragile pieces of wood or tap in a bearing without deforming the surrounding metal.
This HDX 16 oz. Rubber Mallet, available at Home Depot, could be a good choice.
51. Safety Glasses
The most important thing to remember when using tools of any kind is protecting your body. Safety glasses are made out of durable plastic to help protect the eyes from shrapnel or flying objects.
For example, when using a circular saw to cut metal or wood, there is a large chance that small slivers of the material could fly through the air. Even a sliver of wood can cause an extremely serious eye injury.
52. Safety Respirator
Wood and stone dust can wreak havoc on the lungs. A safety respirator stops that. When it comes to your health, even small DIY projects can turn into big healthcare expenses down the road if you don’t take the time to protect your body. Personally, I don’t know anyone who likes breathing in asbestos either.
You have been using scissors since you were in kindergarten, so there shouldn’t be any confusion on how to use these simple handheld cutting devices. However, as an adult, you might have noticed the variety of scissors available on the market.
There are specific scissors for cutting different materials, such as tin, paper or metal. You can also choose between an assortment of handles and grip textures.
Yet another classic tool that you are sure to have heard of. Without screwdrivers, it would be virtually impossible to use screws. How would they go into the wood? There are several different types of screwdrivers because of the number of different types of screws. To properly use a screwdriver, you must make sure the tip matches the type of screw you are using.
Phillips screwdrivers like this one at Home Depot seem to be the most popular, but you can find an affordable set of screwdriver tips at most tool retailers.
A Shop-Vac is a lifesaver for cleaning up those inevitable workplace messes. These industrial vacuums can pick up large liquid spills as well as dry debris, such as sawdust. Some clever guys also use their Shop-Vacs to pick up snow from their doorstep. The possibilities are endless. Your garage or workspace can only benefit by owning a Shop-Vac.
This 4-Gallon 4.5 Peak HP model available at Walmart is a popular choice.
Speaking of snowfall, a shovel is another must have tool. Whether you shoveling snow from a pathway, digging a hole or gardening, a shovel makes the job a little easier. Shovels can also be used for lifting dirt, gravel and other materials. There are different types of shovels, but they are all made of the same concept: a long handle with a broad shaped scoop blade at the end.
This all-steel Super-Penetration garden shovel from Garrett Wade is a great choice.
If there was an anti-construction tool every man should own this would be it. Meet the sledgehammer, a brute force wrecking tool that destroys anything and everything in its path. A hammer on steroids. Things like drywall, wood studs, and even concrete are no match for this heavy-hitter. If you can swing it, you can smash it.
58. Sliding Miter Saw
From cutting deck boards to angling ceiling and wall baseboards, the sliding miter saw is a must-have tool for every man. In comparison to say the jigsaw or circular saw, the miter gives you a perfect cut that screams precise craftmanship. Hard to cut angles are a breeze, while straight lines are as simple as it gets.
For gentleman just getting acquainted with power tools, a sloppy cut with the jig or circular saw is common. The miter skips the practice needed to master those two and gets straight down to business.
The DEWALT DWS779 sliding compound miter saw, available at Lowes, is a popular choice.
59. Snap Ring Pliers
Meet the tool you’d be lost without. Snap ring pliers do exactly what their name implies. They can either shrink or expand a snap ring, retaining ring or c-clip; something your fingers nor any other tool can do. You’ll find these rings in a variety of places, for example, to hold in bearings on a two-stroke clutch.
60. Socket Wrench
A socket wrench is used to tighten or loosen nuts by simply turning the handle. After choosing the correct size of socket to go into the 90-degree wrench, you can use the socket to hold the nut in place. You might also know this tool as a rachet, which is technically just one type of socket wrench.
See this Stalwart 40-Piece Ratcheting Socket Wrench Set at Walmart.
61. Speed Square
A speed square is a common carpenters tool used to mark and measure. It is extremely versatile because it is able to do the job of three other tools in one: square, try square and framing square. This measuring multitool is ideal for finding specific angles to prep for cutting or construction.
The Swanson Tool S0101 7-inch Speed Square, available at Amazon, is a popular choice.
62. Stud Finder
When it comes to mounting a flat screen television on the wall, screwing into drywall isn’t going to cut it. You’ll end up with shattered glass on the floor when holes give out. Or worst-case scenario, you drill through a waste pipe or electrical wire. Now, while screwing into wood or metal studs is always the best option, finding them isn’t easy without tools unless you have x-ray vision.
In reality, a stud finder is an essential tool in any man’s toolbox. If you want to save a few dollars in the short term, strong magnets work just well. You can locate drywall screws in the studs and determine where the studs rest behind the walls.
63. Table Saw
Arguably one of the most dangerous tools a man should own, the table saw is a go-to pick for ripping boards. It’s also a go-to pick for going to the hospital and ripping off hands and fingers.
While tough to put on the list as an essential, the table saw really is when you get down to business. For straight, long cuts the jig saw and circular saw just don’t come close to what the table saw has to offer.
One of the most popular options is the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Table Saw, which you can get at Amazon.
64. Sawzall Reciprocating Saw
Meet the reciprocating saw, aka the Sawzall. If you need to saw through metal, wood, wood with nails, PVC pipe and beyond, this tool will do it. Like the power drill with its unique drill bits, the Sawzall can be paired with a variety of different cutting blades for whatever the job at hand.
One of the best features of this tool isn’t how well it cuts, rather how well it can get into places where other tools simply can’t.
65. Drill Bits
Good drill bits are a staple of any man’s toolbox. From drilling holes to running wires to screwing down boards, there are countless bits to choose from; each with their own head shape, length, diameter etc.
When it comes to buying the right ones, I’m a sucker for DeWalt. Their bits simply refuse to snap or strip. In comparison, I could destroy an entire box of Ryobi drill bits in about a day. (Though, I still love their power tools which are tanks at an affordable price). See this DEWALT Rapid Load Carbide Masonry Drill Bit Set at Ace Hardware.
This fine-toothed saw is meant for primarily cutting metal or making ultra-fine cuts in wood. The blade is housed in a frame and some models are extremely lightweight and portable. The hacksaw blade is made to be somewhat durable with its often smaller blades which get worn out rather fast from time to time.
The DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 Hacksaw is a popular choice.
67. Non Contact Voltage Tester
Don’t shock yourself stupid! If you want to stay alive, well, a non-contact voltage tester will help you do that. Simply put this must have tool up to an electrical wire and you’ll know if it’s hot or not.
If you’re not all that familiar with them, how they work is rather mind-boggling at first. You simply hold this tool in the proximity of a wire without even touching it, and it will flash the reading out with a beam of light. Rather neat.
The Klein Tools NCVT-2 Non Contact Voltage Tester, available at Amazon, is a good option.
68. Pipe Wrench
This unique adjustable wrench is most commonly used for forming soft iron pipes and can be extremely useful for those household plumbing fixes. The jaw of this wrench is adjustable and is perfect for those pesky rounded fittings.
This tool is a favorite of plumbers because of its many uses when it comes to pipes. This Milwaukee 14 in. Steel Pipe Wrench at Home Depot is very highly rated.
69. Torque Wrench
When it comes to tightening bolts, most think too little force is the only way to screw up. In reality, too much force can cause failure and strip away threads. There’s a good reason why many manufacturers, automotive for instance, give out their torque specs. I suggest you follow them with a torque wrench so you can avoid having to tap out or rethread your projects, which sucks, to say the least.
70. Tongue And Groove Pliers
These pliers go by so many different names, such as water pump plier. No matter what you call them, they are an extremely versatile and useful type of plier. These slip-joint pliers are sold with different variations, but they all do the same basic job.
They are able grip and clamp. They can also be used on nuts and bolts. Because of their adjustable jaw, they are useful for gripping odd shaped items. See these 10″ Knipex Cobra Water Pump Pliers at Zoro.com.
WD-40, you know it, you’ve probably used it. It takes Apple’s claim of, “It just works” it a new level of extreme. From removing rock solid rusted old bolts to making squeaks that bleed your ears go away, WD-40 is a must-have miracle worker for any man.
The wheelbarrow has been a commonly used tool for hundreds of years. Its basic design serves a very important purpose and allows you to move dirt, gravel and other materials in large quantities with ease. All you have to do is push the handles. A wheelbarrow can also be helpful for mixing and holding small batches of concrete. See this popular True Temper 6 cu. ft. wheelbarrow at Home Depot.
73. Wire Strippers
This small tool packs some serious power. Wire strippers are used to strip wires of their insulation, hence the name. For electrical wires to work, the ends must have the exposed copper and be free of the plastic coating. This tool will get rid of that coating as well as snip the wire if needed. These IRWIN VISE-GRIP wire strippers at Amazon are a good choice.
74. Gorilla Glue
It’s made right here in my hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio. Meet Gorilla Glue. Years ago, there was a time when most general-purpose glues just flat out sucked. In order to get the right hold, you really hard to follow the instructions meticulously. Then came along Gorilla Glue and they changed the game forever.
You apply it and come back later amazed that it actually worked. Their products really are top notch and so is the bonding strength. If you’re looking for metal applications, I’m a fan of JB Weld too.
75. Wood Moisture Meter
Meet the wood moisture meter, a tool that far too many guys today haven’t even heard about. You don’t have to an expert woodworker to use it, let alone need it. Though, take for instance installing drywall in a newly built or briefly flooded house. If your framing reads 18% or higher it’s too wet and needs time to dry.
If you don’t get it down to 12% or less, you’ll run into problems installing sheetrock too early. Can you say hello to mold, mold, mold! At 19% or so is when mold spores are activated and the rotting process starts. At 28% or so MC, wood becomes saturated.
In terms of which are the best, my personal favorite are pin-type meters like this General Tools model at Home Depot.
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The 10 Best Portable Speakers in 2021
For those on the go, regular speakers simply aren’t going to make the grade. They often don’t have the durability required for travel and the speakers may not be powerful enough to cope with an open environment.
If you love music and the outdoors, then you need a speaker that is able to cope with your lifestyle. That means an ability to protect itself from water, dust, and drops. It also needs sound that can cut through the open air.
Thankfully, you don’t need to look very far to find speakers to match those criteria. We’ve done the hard work to find 10 speakers that we think are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Read on to find the perfect portable speaker for you. Let’s go!
1. Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore
For the perfect combination of durability and sound quality, we picked this Bang & Olufsen speaker as the best overall choice. It has an excellent array of qualities and will never let you down.
The design of the speaker makes it look very tough and that’s exactly what you get. Its body is made from anodized aluminum and it can take a lot of punishment. This includes the speaker being both dust and waterproof.
While we adore the durability of this speaker, the feature we are most impressed by is the runtime. It can play for an incredible 27 hours before it needs to be charged. That’s usually enough time for most outdoor adventures.
There are many other aspects to love about this speaker such as the 360-degree sound, its solid Bluetooth connection, and the stylish earthy colors. While this speaker is great for any outdoor adventure, it’s brilliant in dusty or sandy environments where most other speakers suffer. It’s the perfect outdoor speaker, which is why it took our top pick.
2. Vifa Oslo Bluetooth Speaker
While the Bang & Olufsen speaker is perfect for those in more extreme environments, the Vifa Oslo is ideal for those who will be traveling in a bit more comfort. It’s a stunningly stylish speaker that comes in a choice of five vibrant colors.
It has two connection options of either Bluetooth or Aux, which are both very easy to use. The speaker itself is quite bulky, which is ideal for those looking for a larger speaker but not for those who need something compact.
The most impressive aspect of this Bluetooth speaker is the sound quality. The balanced woofers give you a premium level of sound at all ranges. It works well in any setting to give you exceptional performance.
There is also no doubting the level of durability and craftsmanship you get here. It’s extremely well made and has a soft feel. It looks great, sounds great, and is fantastic for premium sound quality on the go.
3. Anker Soundcore Flare Wireless Speaker
With the Anker brand, one thing you can always expect is excellent value for money. This speaker is able to produce premium sound while coming in at a lower price point, making it our best value product.
It has all the durability that you need for an outdoor speaker. It comes with an IP67 rating which not only means it can be briefly submerged in water but that it also has great dust protection.
For a small speaker, it also packs a punch. The bass especially stands out but the overall clarity is very impressive and it can deliver 360-degree sound. It’s able to run for 12 hours and is easy to charge back up.
A customizable light show is also available, which can be dialed back if you need to save power. That customization also extends to the EQ, which can be controlled via an app. It looks very good in either black or blue and is exceptional for a budget speaker.
4. Sonos Roam
A brilliant option for your outdoor adventure is to get a speaker that also has smart functionality for voice control. That’s exactly what you get with this Sonos Roam speaker which is packed full of exciting features.
It can be connected to a wide range of devices through either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, which are both very easy to use. You can also control the speaker from their App, which adds to the usability.
As with most Sonos speakers, it looks stylish and will complement any room or outdoor space. It lasts for 10 hours, which is a little less than some rivals but is still a decent runtime.
You’ll find the music to have plenty of clarity with precision sound, even in an outdoor setting. Part of the reason for that is due to its ability to automatically adjust to its surroundings. We loved it and with the IP67 rating, it can easily cope with anything the outdoors throws at it.
5. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3
If a company decided to call their speaker the MEGABOOM then it has a lot to live up to. You’d expect the volume to be great, even in outdoor settings. Thankfully, this outdoor speaker delivers on those promises.
The long cylindrical shape is very easy to carry and is able to deliver 360-degree sounds. This makes it ideal for the likes of a campsite where you can put it in the middle of your group and all enjoy the music.
You don’t have to worry about breaking it either. With its IP67 rating, the speaker can take a lot of punishment. That rating means it can be submerged in water and is highly resistant to dust ingress.
There are other features we love here such as the fabric covering, wireless charging, and drop resistance. It’s the ideal solution if you want a tough speaker that can deliver booming sound.
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6. JBL Charge 5
JBL is another brand name that you can trust. For these outdoor speakers to make this list, they needed to be very tough without compromising on sound quality. The JBL Charge 5 is a great example of that.
It’s able to produce a sound that is rich and clear. This is true even in challenging outdoor environments. If another member of your group has a JBL speaker with “Party Boost,” then you can connect it up for stereo sound.
It has 20 hours of run time, which is one of the highest available. If you use it for a few hours a day, then it has the potential to last for quite a long trip.
It’s another that has an IP67 rating but a standout feature is the built-in power bank that can charge your devices. It can be a lifesaver if your phone dies when you’re outdoors.
7. Sony Extra Bass Speaker
Sony is another company that has made an exceptional outdoor speaker. This stylish model comes in either blue, black, or taupe and will look great wherever you put it.
You’ll also be delighted with the sound quality. It’s both deep and punchy which can help to cut through any noisy outdoor environment. It also has a bass boost feature which can really boom.
The runtime is exceptional at 24 hours so you’ll be able to get plenty of enjoyment from it between recharges. It also has a lightshow feature that will sync up to the music that is playing.
The IP67 rating means it’s great for outdoor life but the fabric covering still adds style and a premium feel. The speaker is beautifully balanced and you’ll be impressed by the vocal clarity.
8. Urbanista Brisbane Wireless Speaker
When it comes to an outdoor speaker, style isn’t really that important. That being said, most people still want their devices to look great. It’s an area where this Urbanista speaker shines with its sleek rectangular design.
Looks aside, this speaker also performs brilliantly in both outdoor and indoor settings. It’s able to produce plenty of driver power which gives it a loud and deep bass. The vocal clarity is also excellent.
It’s highly compatible with many devices and you can also connect it with other speakers for surround stereophonic sound. It has a 10 hours runtime but only takes around three hours for a full recharge.
It isn’t quite as tough as other speakers we’ve looked at here as it has an IPX5 rating, making it splash resistant. That will still be more than enough protection for most uses.
9. Bose Portable Smart Speaker
If you want to have the ultimate in simple portability then you can easily get that here with this Bose portable speaker. It has a wide handle that makes it very easy to carry, along with it being lightweight.
It’s available in either black or white and both of them look great with the cylindrical design. There are many connection options here with Aux cable, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth all available.
It has an IPX4 rating which gives it decent splash resistance and a 12 hour runtime. You may also love the smart functionality, making it simple and easy to be controlled via voice.
10. Tribit StormBox Micro Bluetooth Speaker
For those wanting something a little more compact, this could be what you’re looking for. It’s only small but it can still pack a mighty punch in terms of volume and sound quality. The IP67 rating means it can cope with all tough environments and can easily manage rain, dust, and drops.
It will easily fit in any backpack and with the weight of just 0.64 lbs, you’ll hardly feel it. The eight hours of runtime isn’t the longest but you’d expect it to be a little lower with the smaller size.
The versatile speaker can be taken anywhere and your friends will be shocked at how much power can be delivered from this little thing. The bass can thump and it can cope with windy outdoor settings.
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Outdoor Speaker FAQs
Indoor speakers don’t usually need to worry about water, dust, and being dropped. An outdoor speaker is made to be much tougher and can cope with all these issues. An outdoor speaker also needs to be loud enough to cope with large open spaces.
Outdoor speakers need to have a high level of water and dust resistance, have enough power, and a long runtime between charges. After these key features, you can look at the connectivity, usability, and size. It’s important that you can easily carry it with you, so portability is also important.
We’ve looked at many great brands here such as JBL, Sony, and Bose. You can trust them all to give you a quality product. We’ve also looked at some lesser-known brands which often provide better value for money. It’s always a good idea to look beyond the brand and just get a speaker that perfectly matches your needs.
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The 10 Best Fashion Combat Boots for Men
The first pair of combat boots I purchased were a pair of black canvas Dr. Martens. Not to age myself but it was the 90s and I was in high school and they were essential in boosting my fashion confidence. I lived in Kentucky at the time and I stuck out like a sore thumb and I did not care.
Those boots made me feel invincible. And the best part? I still have them and I still wear them. Read the list below to find your next (or first!) pair of combat boots that you will be sure to have for years, nay, decades to come!
1. Dr. Martens 1460 Smooth Leather Lace Up Boots
This is the original Dr. Marten boot. Named the 1460 because they were born on January 4, 1960 (01.04.60) this 8-eye work boot is iconic and a must-have for every closet. Each pair stays true to the original design with a Trans colored sole and the classic black and yellow AirWair heel loop.
The Goodyear-welted lines are heat-sealed at 700 degrees celsius and reinforced with the brand’s signature yellow welt stitch. New colors are introduced every season but smooth black never goes out of style. The leather can be polished to shine or scuffed-up depending on your preference and style.
2. Thom Browne Tricolor-Stripe Brogue Combat Boot
Two words: Thom Browne.
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These Thom Browne black books are a mix of a traditional brogue shoe and a combat boot. These sexy-ass boots are crafted in Italy from pebbled leather and have perforated wingtip accents, chunky rubber soles, a tricolor pull tab, tricolor toebox stripes, and a cutout heel groove that twists around the edge. I cannot stress enough the cool factor associated with these. Trust me. They are in my cart.
3. Clarks Batcombe Hi2 Boot
Lined with sheepskin, these dark olive suede lace-up ankle boots were crafted with your comfort in mind. Made with Clarks Cushion Plus™ technology, the unique dual-density foam technology reduces strain on the ball of the foot and supports your natural movement, keeping your feet comfortable all day long. The durable yet lightweight cleated rubber sole ups the ante with an unbeatable grip making for a versatile boot that works for all aspects of life.
4. Thursday Boot Co. Captain Rugged
If you know, you know… and if you own a pair of boots from the Thursday Boot Co. you know that they’re a company that makes handcrafted and hand-stitched boots designed to complement your look from business casual to everyday wear.
These boots are made from genuine leather with a fully lined supple leather interior, studded rubber outsoles, and cork-bed midsoles that form to your feet for added comfort in order to give a clean, rugged, yet sophisticated look.
5. Moncler Black Vancouver Boot
These buffed black leather ankle boots are built for cold weather and then some. They feature a round toe, tonal lace-up closure, tonal hardware, and black leather lining. These boots also have a Vibram® black rubber outsole, a padded nylon tongue with a logo patch, a pull loop, and a tricolor rubber midsole. Moncler sells luxury and this boot is no exception.
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6. Timberland 6 Inch Premium Boots
Timberland boots. Need I say more? Oh… I do? This is awkward… Ok, then, for the few of you who do not recognize the original Timberland waterproof “yellow” boots from a mile away, let me give you some more information.
This classic boot was born in 1973 and features PrimaLoft® ECO insulation and waterproof leather sourced from a sustainable tannery. With premium leather uppers, rustproof hardware, seam-sealed waterproof construction, and exclusive anti-fatigue technology that provides all-day comfort and support, these boots have proven they will be in style for years to come. And did I mention that they’re waterproof?
7. Diesel Lace-Up Combat Boots
These Diesel black, goat skin blend lace-up combat boots feature contrasting panels, a logo patch at the tongue, logo to the back, a pull tab at the rear, a round toe, a chunky low heel, and a ridged rubber sole. At the time of publishing, if you use this link, they are also 40% off!
8. Wolverine 1000 Mile Axel Boot
Handcrafted in America since 1914, the 1000 Mile boot still maintains the same attention to detail with the finest materials and craftsmanship as it did over a century ago. The uppers are made from premium leather from Chicago and flat waxed laces from South Carolina. The sole is made from Goodyear™ welt construction that’s durable, flexible, and allows the boot to be resoled for years of wear.
9. Alexander McQueen Military Boot
Hands down, no contest, Alexander McQueen is my most favorite and can do no wrong. But that’s just my humble opinion. You can decide for yourself. Inspired by the military (as most combat boots are) these boots are crafted from genuine calf leather and they secure to your foot with an eight-hole lacing system. The edgy aesthetic is completed with a chunky lugged sole and printed branding pull tabs.
10. Red Wing Shoes Heritage Iron Ranger
No list of boots is complete without a pair of Red Wing Heritage boots. The Iron Ranger was originally built for iron miners in the 1930s. The six inch boot’s signature is a distinctive leather toe cap. These boots are built with a Goodyear welt, Puritan triple-stitch construction, and brass speed hooks that provide precision lacing and a visual hit of hardware.
The Iron Ranger is anchored with a Vibram® 430 Mini-lug outsole. As you wear the footwear, the full-grain leather upper, insole, and cork midsole will mold to your feet, creating an increasingly personalized fit over time.
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Combat Boots FAQs
Historically, combat boots were a tactical boot style designed for the military to wear during literal combat. In the 70s they became a symbol of the anti-establishment, most popular amongst British punk rockers.
Combat boots really gained traction in the 90s with the emergence of the grunge scene. Today, combat boots don’t have the same anti-establishment appeal as they did in decades past but they still ooze cool. There are a variety of modern styles, including traditional lace-ups in black and brown, as well as more bold colors like green and blue.
Combat boots became mainstream in the 90s when grunge was both a music genre and a fashion trend. Band members and fans of groups like Nirvana, Garbage, Hole, and Alice In Chains started rocking the utilitarian tactical boot style and by the turn of the century, combat-style boots became a part of mainstream fashion.
Combat boots look great styled with skinny jeans, flares, straight leg, cuffed jeans – basically, they look good with pants. If your pants are too long, tuck them in or roll them up. Or pair your boots with shorts. A longer short looks better but with confidence, you can pull off almost any look.
The 12 Best Beaches To Visit in the U.S.
There’s really no such thing as a bad beach, right? Sand, sun, and glistening, refreshing water to play or cool off in – what’s not to love? Thinking about what makes a beach exceptional, though, is a whole different story. It’s a very subjective thing, as the best beach might mean calm water and powdery white sand to some, while to others it may mean excellent surf and plenty of opportunities for adventure.
Whatever your personal definition of the best beach is, America has lots (and lots) of them to choose from. With two very different coasts and three major bodies of water, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a beach for everyone here.
Do you prefer iconic, broad, sandy, palm tree-dotted beaches, hidden ones requiring a hike to access, or maybe even beaches where wild horses live? Whatever your beach style, you’ll find the perfect one for you on this list of the best beaches in the U.S.
1. Secret Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
For most people, Hawaii immediately comes to mind when they think of the best beaches in the U.S. Kauai’s Secret Beach, which is officially named Kauapea Beach and often referred to as simply “Secrets,” is the epitome of a pristine Hawaiian beach. It’s exceptionally large in terms of both length and width and features golden sand, shimmering turquoise water, and lush green rainforests.
To get to Secret Beach, you’ll need to find the unmarked, steep trail between Kilauea Point and Kalihiwai Bay. You can actually see the beach from the Kilauea lighthouse, so if you get stuck searching, try visiting there first. Secrets is large enough that it’s always easy to find a secluded spot for yourself to layout and relax.
Note that the far eastern end of the beach has a reputation for being a go-to spot for nude sunbathers. There’s also a waterfall toward the east end of the beach and at the west end, there are a few lagoons that form natural calm swimming holes. The strong ocean current here makes it difficult to swim at Secret Beach most of the time, so stick to these lagoons for swimming and enjoy simply relaxing on one of the best beaches in the U.S.
2. Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, California
Technically five miles from Santa Barbara proper in Montecito, Miramar Beach is somewhat of a hidden gem. This beach is very quiet and calm, with gentle, clear waters and sugar-fine soft sand, making it ideal for everything from surfing and swimming to sunbathing and walking the shoreline.
Miramar Beach’s calm waters are attributed to the fact that it’s situated in a south-facing cove. It’s pretty well-sheltered, which also allows for leisurely exploring the crystal-clear water. At low tide, several tide pools are also revealed. Thanks to its location just outside Santa Barbara, Miramar Beach is rarely crowded, yet it’s less than an hour from Los Angeles. Talk about the best of both worlds!
3. Crescent Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Fun fact: Maine has more coastline than the entire state of California. It’s true! So it comes as no surprise that some of the best beaches in the U.S. are in Maine. Located about eight miles from Portland in southwestern Maine, Crescent Beach is a classic, postcard-perfect New England beach.
The beach itself, as you may have guessed, is a one-mile crescent-shaped swath of soft sand. It’s surrounded by saltwater coves, sand dunes, woods, and granite rock ledges. Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities at Crescent Beach, of course, but there are also plenty of opportunities for fishing and paddling, plus several hiking trails.
4. Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Orange Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gulf Shores, and for good reason. The superfine, sugar-white sand is so soft that it’s said to squeak under your feet and the calm waters are an almost unbelievable turquoise blue.
Adjacent to Perdido Key in the Florida panhandle (which is another spectacular beach), Orange Beach spans eight miles. It’s also fairly wide, so even on the most crowded days, it’s not difficult to find a patch of sand to make your own and stretch out comfortably. There’s a waterfront park, plenty of opportunities to fish either from the pier or aboard a boat with a guided outfitter, and even a shipwreck, The Lulu, to explore on a scuba diving expedition.
5. Moonstone Beach, Cambria, California
Part of Hearts San Simeon State Park and situated just off the world-famous Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway) in central California, Moonstone Beach is one of the best beaches in the U.S. The coastline here is punctuated by rocky cliffs and several coves with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the beach. Spend some time combing the beach for several varieties of beautiful sea glass and impossibly smooth stones, including jade, jasper, agate, and of course, chalcedony – also known as moonstone.
Up above the beach, a boardwalk spans exactly one mile between the Santa Rosa Creek and Leffingwell Landing day-use areas, both with plenty of parking. A lookout near the boardwalk is perfect for spotting gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and otters.
6. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
Since 2015, TripAdvisor has named Siesta Beach America’s #1 beach a whopping three times on its annual Traveler’s Choice Awards. The soft, fluffy white sand is cloud-like, with hardly a shell or other debris in sight. And thanks to its composition of nearly all quartz-crystal, the sand doesn’t get hot on even the sunniest days – an impressive feat on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida summers.
The largest of Siesta Key’s beaches, Siesta Beach has shaded playgrounds, volleyball courts, picnic areas, and plenty of free parking. Dolphins are frequently seen playing in the turquoise waters just off the shore, and the sea here is calm, shallow, and clear, making it one of the best U.S. beaches for families.
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7. Jack’s Bay Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Often overlooked, the U.S. Virgin Islands are a group of three main islands nestled into the Caribbean. Each of the islands – St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix – is stunning and, interestingly, very different from one another.
One of the best beaches in the U.S., Jack’s Bay Beach, happens to be on St. Croix and it’s well off the beaten path, which means you’ll likely have it all to yourself. Located near the far eastern end of the island, Jack’s Bay Beach is directly below Point Udall.
Fun fact: Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States and sees America’s very first sunrise every morning. You’ll need to hike downhill from Point Udall to get to Jack’s Bay Beach and while it’s not a long hike, it is steep. The reward is well worth it, though, as there’s rarely more than just a few people at the beach.
8. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, North Carolina
North Carolina has dozens of fantastic beaches to choose from, but one of the best is Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Technically a narrow, 72 mile long strip of several barrier islands between Nags Head and Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a little something for everyone.
Enjoy broad sandy beaches dotted with seashells and framed by towering sand dunes, lots of water and beach activities, and a couple of lighthouses. In fact, the tallest lighthouse in the United States is here, 196 foot tall Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Standing just 40 feet shorter, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is also nearby. Both date back to the 1870s and visitors can (and should!) climb both. Allow a full day for visiting the beach and lighthouse, and keep your eyes open for sea turtles sunbathing on the beach.
9. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California
No list of the best beaches in the U.S. is complete without a mention of Big Sur. Arguably one of the most iconic stretches of coastline anywhere in the world, the Big Sur area is defined by dramatic rugged sea cliffs, crashing waves, and pristine beaches. Because of the rugged cliffs, Big Sur beaches aren’t necessarily the most accessible and visiting many of them requires a bit of effort.
That’s actually not the case with Pfeiffer Beach – it doesn’t require a hike or even an admission fee, but it is somewhat hard to find, thanks to the unmarked road connecting it to Highway 1. Once you do manage to find it, you’ll be treated to large unique rock formations (including Keyhole Arch, a natural rock arch) just offshore, tide pools at the north end of the beach during low tide, unbelievable sunsets, and sand that’s unmistakably purple, thanks to manganese garnet in the cliffs above.
10. Assateague Beach, Assateague Island, Maryland & Virginia
In the heart of the east coast, Assateague Island is truly unlike any other. The barrier island sits in both Maryland and Virginia and features a rugged landscape dotted with wind-swept sand dunes, grasslands, and warm, shallow bays. Oh, and it’s also home to hundreds of wild, free-roaming horses. Legend holds that they’re descendants of a handful of domesticated horses that survived a shipwreck sometime in the 17th century.
The horses are, of course, one of the main reasons that Assateague Beach is one of the best beaches in the U.S. However, it’s far from the only reason. Each side of the island is unique, with 12 miles of quiet sandy beaches on the Maryland side and the interior bayside being more recreation-oriented.
Here, there are numerous opportunities for kayaking, clamming, and crabbing, plus the waters are warmer and calmer – perfect for swimming. If you want to go for a horseback ride, head to the Virginia district.
11. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia
Situated on one of Georgia’s four Golden Isles, Driftwood Beach is widely considered one of the best and romantic beaches in the country. Due to years and years of erosion on the northern end of the island, hundreds of weathered, warped, and bleached trees dot the beach.
It may sound a little odd if you’ve never seen it in person, but it’s strikingly beautiful and truly memorable. In fact, Driftwood Beach is one of Georgia’s most photographed landmarks!
Aside from being picturesque, Driftwood Beach has tons to do. Georgia’s coastline is notorious for its excellent fishing, there’s a great network of bicycle trails, and you can even camp on the beach here. Another must-do activity at Driftwood Beach is visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, an interactive experience for every member of the family!
12. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Hawaii
Wai’anapanapa State Park, along the famous Road to Hana, is the epitome of a Hawaiian beach. Its black sand was created by basalt lava flow several centuries ago, and it’s framed by lush green rainforest and indigo blue ocean.
The dramatic scenery is postcard-perfect and absolutely pristine. Being a stop along the Road to Hana, Wai’anapanapa State Park takes a bit of effort to reach. Those willing to put in the work are rewarded with a big payoff, as the beach is rarely crowded – something increasingly hard to find anywhere in Hawaii.
In addition to the beach itself, Wai’anapanapa State Park features large black boulders, sea caves, a natural sea arch, a blowhole, several small swimming holes, and a blowhole. Visitors can cliff dive, explore the sea caves, or hike to explore the boulders and inlets.
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