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The Best Beach Kit of 2020

Essentials for coastal escapes

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
buyer’s guide

Clown Shoes Lil’ Crispy Ale ($10 for four)

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Don’t be fooled by the wintry label. With a tinge of sweetness, this light-bodied beer is re­freshing enough to sip all day long. 

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Tilley Iconic T1 Hat ($80)

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Tilley upgrades its classic bucket hat with water repellent, UPF 50+ protection, and a sweatband. We dig the classic, understated design.

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Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic­­ Towel ($68)

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This 100 percent organic-­cotton towel is so soft, you’ll want to nap on it all day. The hand-knotted fringe adds class. 

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Raen Remmy-A Sunglasses ($195)

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These retro shades look great on both men and women. Gold accents and optional polarized lenses ($35) complement the timeless style, while sturdy acetate frames guarantee you’ll be wearing them for years to come.

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Bose Portable Home Speaker ($350)

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We loved the 12 hours of battery life and easy-­carry handle on this lightweight, water-resistant speaker. But what sold us was the device’s quick Bluetooth pairing and powerful sound—perfect for an impromptu dance party on the sand. 

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Supergoop Zincscreen 100% Mineral SPF 40 Lotion ($42)

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While many reef-safe lotions take some extra muscle to rub in, we had no trouble with this sunscreen. On top of guarding against UV rays, Its zinc formula is friendly to sensitive skin and blocks blue light and pollution. 

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Columbia ­Outdoor Elements Shirt ($60)

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This beachy button-up will keep you cool and shielded with Columbia’s sweat-wicking, breathable tech and UPF 40 sun protection. 

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Helinox Beach Chair and Personal Shade ($150 and $70)

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This chair has everything for posting up with a book and a spritz: burly legs for propping in soft sand, integrated mesh to keep things cool, and a high back to accommodate all sizes. Add on the shade for additional sun protection. 

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Rovr Rollr 45 Cooler ($369)

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With puncture-­resistant tires, this all-terrain ice chest is adept at negotiating rocky and sugary beaches alike. Some might say the add-ons—an umbrella holder ($40), cutting board ($40), and cup holders ($25)—are a bit much. We say they’re oceanside picnicking done right.

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