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What to bring to the beach in New York

Beachwear, beach towels, check! After you pack what’s practical, consider nabbing these cool products to improve your weekend of beaching and boozing.

By Jennifer Picht
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Going to one of New York's best beaches should be relaxing and fun, so there’s no reason to bury your head in the proverbial sand when it’s time to pack your beach bag (especially when it comes to toting all that stuff on the subway). You know to bring your swimsuit, SPF and—above all else—wine coolers and beer. But we've discovered a few more products you absolutely must bring to the surf this summer. Check out our list of must-have items to make sure you're the coolest New Yorker out there.

RECOMMENDED: Read more about beaches in New York

What to bring to the beach

Pretend you’re glamping or have your own cabana in the Hamptons with this handy sombrilla.

Hollie and Harrie sombrilla, $198, at hollieandharrie.com

Get in a New York state of mind and never be without your jams with this cute, lightweight—and most important, waterproof—radio that plugs right into your iPhone.

SunnyLife Beach Sounds radio, $50, at jcrew.com

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Addicted to your gaming device, especially during those long subway commutes? Never be without one with this hip Beach Boy towel.

ThinkGeek Beach Boy towel, $20, at thinkgeek.com

Create your own culinary trend with these tasty, edible and eco-friendly cups. They're sure to be a hit at any picnic.

Loliware Tart Cherry biodegr(edible) cups, $12 for a four-pack, at loliware.com

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Don’t be drab with a boring, neutral hipster backpack. Add a pop of color with this sassy tote, perfect for storing your sunscreen and other beach essentials.

Danielle Guizio NY Retired and Kind of Inspired backpack, $58, at danielleguiziony.com

Have you ever been eating a delicious dough donut and thought, If only I had a giant one of these? Now you can have your very own doughnut flotation device to live out the sweet life at the beach.

Urban Outfitters pink donut pool float, $29, at urbanoutfitters.com

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Vino lovers, bring along that box of Franzia to the beach (and keep it chilled) with this portable wine tote. It’s perfect for taking on the subway!

Menu Wine Tote, Baggy Wine Coat, $63, at macys.com

’90s fashion is back in a big way (see the 90sfest and like, all of Brooklyn). Get ready for surf and sand in this cute bucket hat.

Reef M.W. Bebetan bucket hat, $22, at reef.com

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Going to one of those pesky "no booze allowed" beaches or just don’t have any room for your hooch? Wear it with this flask bracelet—in silver, white or this haute summer turquoise.

Areaware flask bracelet, $35, at urbanoutfitters.com

You don’t want your feet touching anything icky or questionable, because, hey, sometimes New York beaches aren’t the cleanest. Don these loafers and keep your feet happy and safe.

Swims waterproof loafers, $125, at swims.com

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