Whether your beach of choice is Long Beach, Mecox, Ditch Plains or one of Long Island’s other sandy stretches, make the most out of the summer sun by swiftly packing with a curated list of beach essentials.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer so sunscreen is non-negotiable. On the high-end Supergoop stands out as the only prestige skincare brand completely dedicated to UV protection, meaning that all of their products are loaded with UVA/UVB protection. Sunscreen-phobes will love that their lineup is light and fast-absorbing—crucial since it’s not only our face that needs protection but also eyelids, the area between our toes, ears, scalp, neck and lips.
If you’re on a budget Coppertone ($6.99-$9.99) reformulated their Sport line and it now feels more breathable on the skin. Their list of ingredients isn’t as pure as with Supergoop, but they have a wide variety of options like lotions and sprays for broad spectrum protection. Ditto for Banana Boat, which just launched SunComfort Lotion Sunscreens ($1.99-$8.49). Beach bums rejoice, the line is designed to allow sand to easily brush off and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
For sun care that incorporates the latest in anti-agers, check out Perricone MD’s Photo Plasma ($75), an oil-free moisturizer that delivers both UVA/UVB protection along with anti-aging properties and AMOREPACIFIC Resort Collection’s Sun Protection Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($40), which lets you target all those aforementioned oft-overlooked tiny areas with ease.
Hydration is also crucial if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time in the sun, and that isn’t exactly enticing with a scorching hot beverage. Keep your libations cool with Packit’s Freezable 18-Can Cooler ($29.99). A convenient alternative to bulky hard-sided coolers, it’s the first soft-sided can and bottle cooler that actually chills like a fridge up to 10 hours without needing extra ice packs. While it’s designed to fit 18 12oz cans, it can also hold snacks and food. For a lighter load there’s Loliware (4 for $15.99), a line of edible (and flavored!) disposable cups. Fill ‘em up with Organic Matcha Coconut Water Iced Tea Pouches ($7.99) from The Republic of Tea, which are made from a base of organic matcha, the green of the moment. The pouches are flavorful, a little sweet and clock in at just 15 calories.
As for your beach real estate…no need for schlepping a chair; HoodiePillow’s 5-in-1 Beach Towel ($34.95) comes with a built-in UV protectant hood and inflatable pillow that folds up into a shoulder bag making for a convenient and comfortable lounging experience (and a seriously awesome conversation starter). Pack a Bluetooth speaker for the cherry on top of your lounging experience. Jawbone makes a variety of ones that deliver clean, far-reaching sound in brightly colored, lightweight and portable casings.
Beauty-wise, if you’re going to stock one collection let it be Tom Ford’s Soleil Color. It includes bronzers, highlighters, skincare and sheer-to-full lip colors so we can all get that effortless beach look with just a little bit of effort. On the hair front Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($20) works as an invisible UV filter to help shield against color fade while boosting shine–no worries about brassy or worse, green-tinted, locks.
If you’ve committed the major no-no of allowing your skin to burn, make sure to have an aloe product on hand like Key West Aloe Max 100 ($6) to calm skin and mitigate the possibility of blistering and peeling (bonus: it helps with mosquito bites). Ditto for a body mist, which will keep you refreshed as the weather heats up. You Are Amazing just launched an affordable line in scents including Mango Papaya, Lavender Fields, Coconut Water and Vanilla Beach, each for only $3.99.
Lastly, when it comes to apparel multitasking is now a viable solution thanks to brands like Michi and Koral, both of whom are making super stylish one and two piece swimwear looks that double as active wear.