Hot Summer Essentials

Get ready to hit the sand! This must-have beach gear will ensure you summer in style.

Shade USA Beach Umbrella

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Beach Umbrella

Protect yourself from UVA rays with this stylish SPF 55 beach umbrella. Available in eight different colors, the umbrella features a three-way tilt and mildew-resistant fabric. A special self-anchoring Power Twist sand-insertion feature makes it a cinch to set up. It also comes with a matching bag for easy transportation to and from the beach.

Buy it: Self-tilt Beach Umbrella, $40;

Amazon Umbrella Hook

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Umbrella Hook

Keep beach hats and cover-ups sand-free with the Pole-R Bear umbrella hook. The adjustable hook fits all umbrella poles.

Buy it: Umbrella Hook, $8.25, Pole-R Bear;

Collapsible Cooler

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Collapsible Cooler

Keep cool at your next beach bonfire with this large, insulated, collapsible cooler. It holds up to 48 cans with ice; a pop-top in the lid allows for easy access to beverages. Even better? It comes with a lifetime warranty.

Buy it: Collapsible Party Tub Cooler, $47, Picnic Ascot;

Lilly Pulitzer Flip-Flops

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Step in style with these Shelly Jelly sandals by Lilly Pulitzer. Unlike classic rubber flip-flops, the jelly material doesn’t get hot, so your feet stay cool and comfortable despite the heat—and they’re easier to rinse off when sandy.

Buy it: Shelly Jelly Sandal, $38;

Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair

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Cooler Chair

This lightweight chair features a storage pocket, insulated cooler pouch, and folding towel bar for beach organization. It can support up to 300 pounds and adjusts to five different positions, including laying flat.

Buy it: Backpack Cooler Chair, $48.26, Tommy Bahama;

REI MultiTowel Lite

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MultiTowel Lite

Soft, fast-drying, and ultra-light, this towel makes a great choice for travel and for those who like to dip in and out of the water frequently. It absorbs up to eight times its weight in liquid and features a clear carrying case with a mesh storage pocket. Best of all, it’s machine washable.

Buy it: MultiTowel Lite Towel, $19.79;

Beach Cart from Amazon

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Beach Cart

Turn a long walk to the beach into an easy stroll with a cart designed to carry all of your essentials. Using the same technology as a baby stroller, the cart rolls easily through sand and features 10-inch wheels for comfortable handling.

Buy it: Wonder Wheeler Wide Beach Cart, $58, Rio Beach;

Frontgate Facedown Beach Lounger

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Beach Lounger

Tired of uncomfortable lounge chairs that defeat the purpose of relaxing? Facedown Beach Lounger by Frontgate offers the perfect remedy. This chair features a swinging headrest and adjustable lumbar pillow for ultimate comfort. The lounger also allows you to sit upright, recline, or turn over. A strategically placed cutout for your face relieves stress on your neck and back while you lie on your stomach.

Buy it: Facedown Beach Lounger, $119, and Deluxe Beach Lounger, $199;

REPORT Sandal from Nordstrom

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Try these chic summer sandals for an easy transition from beach to bar. Made from cork, the feminine flats ensure your toes look hot but stay cool.

Buy it: Cobb Flower Sandal, $40, REPORT;

Multi-function Cooler/Convertible Picnic Table

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Multi-function Cooler/Convertible Picnic Table

Perfect for beachside picnics, this cooler features fold-down sides that open to a sturdy picnic table. The insulated main compartment includes a removable stack tray, and the large wide wheels make for easy rolling.

Buy it: Multifunction Convertible Rolling Cooler/Picnic Table, $40;

Spanx Swimwear

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Spanx delivers a swimsuit that’s both flattering and fashionable. The geniuses behind the popular undergarments offer a stylish line of swimwear with the same slimming technology. It’s no wonder it’s a Coastal Living staff favorite!

Buy it: Slimming Swimsuits, from $128;

Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Protect your skin and the environment this summer with Reef Safe Sunblocks and Sprayables. They’re biodegradable and nontoxic to sea life.

Buy it: Sunblock, $6, and Sprayable, $10;

Floppy Beach Hat

Beach Hat

You don’t have to sacrifice great style when you’re at the shore. This floppy hat lends plenty of coastal glamour and features a wide metal brim, tonal ribbon accents, and SPF 50+ sun protection. Available in Black, Navy, or White, it’s sure to add a touch of sophistication to your beach look.

Buy it: Ribbon Crusher, $42, San Diego Hat Company;

Rubberized Folding Sunglasses

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Rubberized Folding Sunglasses

These budget-friendly classic wayfarer sunglasses feature rubberized plastic frames for a chic but comfortable look. Available in Gray and Black, they offer 100 percent UV protection.

Buy it: Rubberized Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses, $18;

Bottle Opener with Cap Catcher

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Bottle Opener with Cap Catcher

Avoid leaving bottlecaps along the beach with this bottle opener that comes with its own cap catcher, which stores up to 30 caps. A soft-touch removable base makes for easy disposal.

Buy it: Bottle Cap Catcher, $10, Trudeau;

Beach Tote Charger

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Beach Tote Charger

This roomy, tech-savvy beach tote is the first solar-panel tote that will keep your iPod, phone, and camera completely charged while you relax. Just insert your car charger into the plug to revive your battery life. The bag features heavy-duty handles, a convenient gadget pocket, a water-resistant bottom, and a removable solar panel.

Buy it: Juice Bag Solar Charger Beach Tote, $300;

Waterproof iPhone Case

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Waterproof iPhone Case

Thanks to this waterproof case, you can protect your smartphone from water damage and still use it normally. It features adjustable straps for flexibility and security, as well as a UV-stabilized material that won’t break down or fade from sunlight.

Buy it: WaterGuard Plus Waterproof Case with Padding for iPhone 4 and Droid, $15, TrendyDigital;  $15;

Nautica Beach Towel

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Beach Towel

Plush and warm, these towels are on-the-sand staples. With several colorful designs to choose from, you can look stylish even when sleeping by the sea.

Buy it: Beach Towel, $24.50;

Portable Speaker

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Portable Speaker

Start a party just about anywhere with this tiny device. Plug into your cell phone or iPod and the vibration sequences transform any object into a speaker. It works great on coolers and surfboards, so you can blast your favorite tunes at the beach.

Buy it: Rock-it 2.0 Portable Vibration Speaker, $50;

Canon PowerShot Waterproof Camera

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Waterproof Camera

Recommended by our Coastal Living assistant photo editor, this waterproof camera still offers all the high-performance features you would expect from a Canon. Take it scuba diving, snorkeling, or surfing for stunning underwater images with 12.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and an optical image stabilizer.

Buy it: PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera, $299, Canon;

Sand-Free Mat

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Sand-Free Mat

CGear Sand-Free Mats minimize sand, dirt, and dust carried into your outdoor environment. Available in three sizes and a variety of colors, there’s sure to be a mat to suit you.

Buy it: CGear Sand Free Mat; from $50;

Cooler with Built-in Speakers

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Cooler with Built-in Speakers

Decked out with speakers and an amplifier, the Igloo Cool Fusion Icy Tunes speaker is compatible with any MP3 player, so you can rock anywhere. The removable music player pouch can be connected to the sound system from the outside or inside to let you grab some grub and jam at the same time.

Buy it: Cool Fusion Icy Tunes Cooler, $150;

Trapp Ball

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Trapp Ball

The playful Trapp Ball set provides a fun and simple way to play catch with a partner or on your own. Launch the ball by placing it in the net and quickly pulling the handles apart to fling it up to 100 feet in the air. The set features three different styles of balls, including one that absorbs water—perfect for some wet and wild fun at the beach or the pool.

Buy it: Trapp Ball, $18.89, Saturnian;

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