Katie Couric's Beach Essentials

The celebrated journalist and cancer activist gives us a look inside her beach bag.

Katie Couric

Photographer: Jonathan Smith

What's in Her Bag?

Katie Couric spends hours in front of a camera, but she savors time spent in front of the sea. "It's the place I feel most at one with nature," she says.

Like most of us, Katie's beach time is generally reserved for recharging, and rightfully so—the mom of two is busy gearing up for a new role as host of her eponymous daytime talk show, premiering in September. But come 5:00, expect her to be down by the ocean near her weekend home in East Hampton—with a good book and her go-to beach snack, a tomato sandwich—as often as possible. "It's my favorite time of day to be there because the light is so beautiful," she says.

Bathing Suit

Photographer: Ted Tucker

Bathing Suit

"I love any bathing suit by Lisa Curran because she makes great suits for real women."

Seashell Bandeau One-Piece in Lemon by Lisa Curran, $240; lisacurran.com.

Beach Towel

Photographer: Ted Tucker

Beach Towel

"I prefer mine to be big and colorful!"

Dots and Stripes Beach Towel by Tommy Hilfiger, $42; macys.com.

iPhone

Photographer: Ted Tucker

iPhone

"My iPhone, always. Sometimes my iPad, sometimes my iPod."

iPhone 4S in White, from $199 and iPhone 4 Bumper in Green $20; apple.com.

Sunglasses

Photographer: Ted Tucker

Sunglasses

"Robert Marc, but if I’m afraid of losing them: CVS brand!"

Sunglasses, $17; cvs.com for store locations.

Hat

Photographer: Ted Tucker

Hat

"A straw cowboy hat I bought in Big Sky, Montana; my pink New York Yankees baseball cap; or a pretty straw hat from Anne Moore."

New York Yankees MLB Franchise Hat in Pink by  Forty Seven Brand, $25; lids.com.

Beach Tote

Photo courtesy of manufacturer

Beach Tote

"A straw bag with leather handles that is big and roomy."

Women's Refined Straw Tote, $150; landsend.com.

Sun Protection

Photographer: Ted Tucker

Sun Protection

"Neutrogena Face stick; SPF for my lips; Coppertone spray, SPF 30 or higher."

Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Stick, $11; neutrogena.com.

Cover-Up

Photo courtesy of manufacturer

Cover-Up

"These tunics look cute when worn with white jeans to a casual party."

Classic Kurta in Green BIg Cata Print, $75; robertafreymann.com.

Sandals

Photo courtesy of manufacturer

Sandals

"Flip flops for the beach, and Jack Rogers sandals."

Rio Navajo Sandal in Fuschia, $105; jackrogerusa.com.

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