View our recommendations for all you need for a day at the beach.
This fabric shade ($204) brings a classic sunny cheer to any beach; 215/333-3405 or umbrellasusa.com.
One of the few wide-angle point-and-shoot cameras on the market, this model ($200) features a Leica DC lens with 4x optical zoom―essential for closeups of friends and panoramic shots of the water. The LCD screen detects and adapts to changes in lighting to make for easy viewing; panasonic.com.
Release your inner hippie chick with this strapless suit ($216); ondademar.com.
The SPF 70 formula with helioplex ($11) provides ultimate UVA/UVB protection; drugstore.com.
Fill this durable and lightweight bottle ($22) with water to keep you hydrated in style and good conscience: It’s recyclable, safe to use (the special liner reduces bacteria build-up), and available in more than 100 designs; mysigg.com.
A day at the shore requires a good beach read. Joan Didion’s memoir ($12) follows her through the year after her husband’s death. Drawn into a state of “magical thinking,” she weaves a collection of moving essays; amazon.com.
These classic glasses ($130) never go out of style; 877/551-7257 or saksfifthavenue.com.
Don’t forget to protect your lips! This SPF 8 lip balm ($4) goes on smooth and smells great; drugstore.com.
Let your little ones build sandcastles to their hearts’ content ($3.29); centurynovelty.com.
Protect your skin and look chic in this blue-and-green tunic ($268); lillypulitzer.com.
It’s a cool and refreshing antidote to a day in the sun ($18.50); amazon.com.
Move through the water with ease with these fun red flippers ($56.95); 808/395-3360 or dafin.com.
Fill this roomy bag ($130) with all of your essentials; jeannebeatrice.com.
It’s perfect for inspecting and collecting children’s treasured beach finds ($12.90); hazelnutkids.com.
Jojoba and coconut oils shield your hair from the sun ($40); 866/525-4933 or b-glowing.com.
So affordable you can buy them in several colors ($19.50); 800/653-6289 or oldnavy.com.
Extra big to provide additional coverage for your face ($69.99); 866/481-4287 or samuelshats.com
Start playing this classic game for hours of family fun, rain or shine ($52); tossdesigns.com.
Published July/August 2009