Sunscreen, s’mores, and sand — it’s the middle of summer and you’re probably spending much more time outside now (especially after all of last year’s canceled plans). And while bug spray and beach towels might be on the top of your list of outside essentials, you can’t forget to bring food and drinks if you’re staying out in the sun for most of the day. Luckily, this L.L.Bean tote is on sale right now at Nordstrom for 25 percent off in both small and medium sizes. It’s the insulated version of L.L.Bean’s Boat and Tote, which counts former Strategist writer Hilary Reid as a fan. Ideal for impromptu park hangs or planned-out beach days, this tote is designed with a durable canvas and BPA- and PVC-free food-grade lining — so you can rest assured what’s inside will stay safe and cool. And as offices start opening back up, you can easily pack your lunch in it, too. Currently, the tote comes in two sizes — small (which is on sale for $30, originally $40) and medium (which is on sale for $45, originally $60) — and three colors — mineral red, blue, and dark green. Only the mineral red shade is in stock and on sale in both sizes. This tote is on sale just one day before Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale opens up to non-cardholders. Our advice: You’ll want to be quick before markdowns start to sell out fast.
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