Surfside Survival Pack
Frankford Yellow & White Stripe Beach Umbrella
This fabric shade ($204) brings a classic sunny cheer to any beach; 215/333-3405 or umbrellasusa.com.
Panasonic Lumix FSSR
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.
Ondade Mar Celebration Swim Suite
Release your inner hippie chick with this strapless suit ($216); ondademar.com.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock
The SPF 70 formula with helioplex ($11) provides ultimate UVA/UVB protection; drugstore.com.
Sigg Water Bottle
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.
The Year of Magical Thinking
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.
Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses
These classic glasses ($130) never go out of style; 877/551-7257 or saksfifthavenue.com.
Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit
Don’t forget to protect your lips! This SPF 8 lip balm ($4) goes on smooth and smells great; drugstore.com.
8" Beach Pail and Shovel Set
Let your little ones build sandcastles to their hearts’ content ($3.29); centurynovelty.com.
Lilly Pulitzer Brooke Printed Caftan
Protect your skin and look chic in this blue-and-green tunic ($268); lillypulitzer.com.
Clinique After-Sun Rescue Balm
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.
La Vie French Market Basket
Fill this roomy bag ($130) with all of your essentials; jeannebeatrice.com.
Haba Magnifying Glass with Tin
It’s perfect for inspecting and collecting children’s treasured beach finds ($12.90); hazelnutkids.com.
Paul Yacomine Micro Treatment Oils with Sunscreens
Jojoba and coconut oils shield your hair from the sun ($40); 866/525-4933 or b-glowing.com.
Old Navy Strappy Thong Sandals
So affordable you can buy them in several colors ($19.50); 800/653-6289 or oldnavy.com.
Samuel’s Hats Sun Hat 10
Extra big to provide additional coverage for your face ($69.99); 866/481-4287 or samuelshats.com
Toss Designs Moc Croc Domino Set
Start playing this classic game for hours of family fun, rain or shine ($52); tossdesigns.com.
Published July/August 2009