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Outdoors · July 1, 2015

What to Bring to the Beach: A Guys Guide

A durable canvas tote: Pick one thats big enough for your gear, but light enough to sling over your shoulder. (Since you'll also need to carry a cooler, camp chair, or beach umbrella.)

An expandable blanket: Your towel should primarily be used to dry you off, not to shield you from the warm sand. So, instead of struggling to carry a bulky throw, slip a lightweight nylon version in your bag or pocket. This water-resistant style seats two, and folds up into a compact pouch when not in use. (You can also get a mini version of the same blanket, if you're flying solo.)

Classic sunglasses: Shield your eyes from harmful UV raysand look pretty fresh in the process. When the sun goes down, slide your shades into a retro case to keep the lenses from getting scratched.

Some fun and games: Turn off your phones notifications and challenge a friend to a game with this vintage-inspired paddle ball set. You could channel your inner Federeror at least work up the appetite for a burger.

Sweatproof sunscreen: Don't be a lobster. Keep your skin safe with this fast-absorbing SPF 45its lightweight oil-free formula wont run, drip, or irritate your skin.

Subtle body spray: After a day in the sand and surf, freshen up with this light, woodsy scent. Made with naturally deodorizing extracts, its refreshing, not overwhelming.

Protective lip balm: Even if youre a tough guy, your lips are still sensitive to the elements. Protect them from sun, wind, and salt water with this nourishing SPF 15 balm. Its infused with soothing Vitamin E oil to promote healing.

Accessories case: Since most totes lack pockets, opt for a waterproof zipper pouch to keep your valuables safe, dry, and easily accessible.

Insulated water bottle: When spending most of the day out in the sun, drinking water is more important than ever. This lightweight yet durable stainless steel bottle will keep your beverage cool.


Kate Canary