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The Perfectly Packed Beach Bag: 7 Things You Should Never Forget

To set friends up for a day in the sun, put a smartly stocked kit right by the door and let them help themselves.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

1. Play Station

This canvas bucket is sturdy enough to stand on its own and roomy enough for flip-flops, sunblock, and more.

Pehr Pint bin, in Persimmon Speck, $26


2. Summer Sandals

Have an assortment to slip on if your home is a shoe-free zone, or to wear from surf to turf all weekend.

Havaianas Slim flip-flops, $26


3. Eco Drinks

There's no need to buy bottled water by the case when friends can fill these up each day. Even better, they're BPA-free and keep beverages cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12).

S'well water bottles, in Moonstone and Birds of Paradise, from $25 for 9 oz.


4. Emergency SPF

Somebody is bound to forget sun protection, so save the day with an all-natural block.

Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30, $22


5. Bug Zappers

Guarantee that no one gets eaten alive during cocktail-slash-grilling hour. 

Cold Spring Apothecary All-Natural Bug Spray, $14, and Kinven mosquito-repellent bracelet, $10 for 2


6. Multitasking Tote

This one holds everything for a day out. Bonus if you want to let them keep it to carry laundry home.

Baggu Big Bag, in Sailor Stripe, $12


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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

7. Bring the Kids!

Screen time isn't the only way to keep mini people busy and quiet on a rainy afternoon or an early Sunday morning. Fill a box with lo-fi toys, books, and art supplies to entertain them for hours (or at least 20 minutes while their parents take a disco nap).


From top: Second Big Maze Book, $7. How to Draw a Chicken, $11. Eco-Kids Eco Dough, $20 for 5 containers. Ento Botanical Field Press, $20. Creatology Sidewalk Chalk, $5 for a set of 52. Haba Terra Kids Beaker Magnifier, $4.


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