The Best Beach Accessories for Summer

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Beach season is upon us, and we’ve pulled together all the best beach accessories and advice that’s run on the Strategist, from the windproof beach umbrella and even comfier beach tent to the very best sunscreens and coolest cheap sunglasses. Think of us as your cheat sheet before you hit the water this summer.

The Best Beach Umbrella

The best beach umbrella is a World War II–era beach umbrella, but if you’re looking for other (cheaper) options, here are some great ones we found.

The Best Beach Tent

Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff wasn’t a huge fan of the beach until she discovered the best beach tent.

The Best Bathing Suits for Women

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We asked 14 real women — including those with long torsos, big busts, blogger butts, and non-flat stomachs — to pick the bathing suits they feel sexiest and most comfortable in at the beach.

The Best Sunscreens

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Veteran beauty writer and editor Hannah Morrill found the seven best sunscreens — whether you prefer a spray, have acne, or hate chemicals.

The Best Sunscreens, According to the Cuts Beauty Editors

The Cut’s senior beauty editor Ashley Weatherford and beauty director Kathleen Hou have chosen some of their favorite sunscreens over the years, which we’ve also put into a single handy guide.

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The Best Beach Chairs

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Need a beach chair? We found the 15 best (whether you want something fully reclining, canopied, or complete with a cooler), according to the very enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

The Best Beach Hat

A very packable, stylish, and UV-blocking hat from Denver-based brand Wallaroo. We went and found other styles in our Ask the Strategist feature, too.

The Best Beach Towel

A classic and simple national-park-inspired beach towel that’s much cheaper than the wool version.

The Best Affordable Sunglasses

If you prefer cat-eye sunglasses, these are our favorites for under $100, but there are lots of other options and styles that we found as well.

The Best Misting Fan

The best misting fan is USB-chargeable and kept one writer cool for hours in line at Disney World.

The Best Cooler

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The world’s best cooler from Yeti is somewhat pricey, but is nearly indestructible and UV-, mildew-, and waterproof. (Be sure to click through if you want less pricey options, too.)

The Best Portable Speakers

What’s a beach day without music? We found the nine most highly rated speakers on Amazon for your listening pleasure.

The Best Sun Hat

During our celebration of all things fugly, writer Alice Gregory found the perfect warm-weather hat in Sun Valley, Idaho: one with a “wide enough brim that it will shade your neck and at least sometimes your décolletage; luckily, thanks to the material, even the most generously proportioned ones are still lightweight and foldable.”

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The Best Beach Accessories for Summer