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Beat the Heat With the Ultimate Beach Trip Packing List

Friends relaxing at the beach

Summer means longer days and hotter temps, and one way to enjoy a respite from the heat is with a do-nothing beach trip. Packing for a seaside excursion, though, can be a hassle. That’s why we’ve compiled a checklist on what to wear, read, and carry, so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the shore.

Jack Henry Antimicrobial Face Mask

Jack Henry Antimicrobial Face Mask

Unless you’ve stumbled upon a remote coastline (if so, kudos), you should still bring a mask to the beach. Order a two-pack from clean grooming brand Jack Henry, which makes some lightweight face coverings using scuba fabric that won’t cause breakouts.

Abercrombie and Fitch Classic Tank

Abercrombie and Fitch Classic Tank

You’ll probably spend most of the day shirtless. For the rest of the time, keep it simple with this super soft tank from the revamped Abercrombie and Fitch.

Fair Harbor The Anchor Trunks

Fair Harbor The Anchor Trunks

This New York upstart has made waves with its eco-friendly swimming trunks made from recycled polyester. Not only are these eight-inch shorts good for the environment, they also feel incredibly comfy, thanks to their soft boxer brief lining.

Indosole Essntls Slide

Another sustainable fit, these sleek slides are designed using recycled tires, which also mean they’re extra durable. Even better, they also come in larger sizes.

Nomad Powerpack

While we recommend disconnecting during beach trips, keep this industrial-grade power pack handy so your phone stays charged all day long.

Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life

Pirates You Don't Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life

For a thoughtful beach read, we suggest poring over this beautiful collection of essays from John Griswold, a staff writer at the Common Reader. In it, he explores class, poverty, and fatherhood through his seemingly multiple lives as an adjunct professor, army deep-sea diver, and writer.

REI x West Elm Outward Shade Shelter

REI x West Elm Outward Shade Shelter

REI recently partnered with West Elm on a line of outdoor gear that’s as sturdy as it is stylish. We especially love their shade shelter, which features enough room for two, and comes in a compact package that’s easy to carry and assemble.

Helinox Playa Chair

Helinox Playa Chair

Because beach chairs are notoriously stumpy, they don’t always accommodate taller guys. Not so with with this 37-inch-tall seat from Helinox, which is spacious enough for men who are over six feet tall, and is surprisingly light considering its size.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Per the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should be reapplying sunscreen every two hours. One of our favorite SPF lotions comes from Shiseido, which is waterproof, non-comedogenic, and is gentle enough to be used on your face, as well as your body.

Madewell Wyeth Bailey Fedora

Madewell Wyeth Bailey Fedora

Keep your head protected too with Madewell’s straw hat, which features an adjustable lining to fit almost any noggin. Plus, it looks fantastic.

Sea Bags Maine Blue Ogunquit Beach Tote

Sea Bags Maine Blue Ogunquit Beach Tote

Sustainably made from recycled sails, this nautical tote features durable rope handles, water-resistant pockets to stash wet trunks, and an interior roomy enough to keep your booze, gear, and clothes in place.

Bold Dots Bryant Jungle Havana x Steel

Bold Dots Bryant Jungle Havana x Steel

While you can never go wrong with sporting a classic wayfarer, why not switch up your sunglasses game with these rectangular shades from Bold Dots? They work with any face shape, and they feature glossy acetate frames and a nose bridge designed after Indian finials (roof ornaments).

Tesalate The Alchemist Towel for Two

Tesalate The Alchemist Towel for Two

Tesalate has built a sizable following thanks to the brand’s beautifully rendered microfiber towels that easily wring out sand, and this multi-patterned offering is no exception.

Jaybird Vista Headphones

Jaybird Vista Headphones

When we’re seaside, we prefer enjoying our music and podcasts in solitude, particularly with these Bluetooth headphones. They’re waterproof and feature premium sound quality and a seemingly endless battery life.

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