If you’re hard at work in the sticky-hot city with no vacation plans in sight, doesn’t a day at the beach sound like heaven? A few hours to frolic, to think, and to do absolutely nothing: that could change your whole perspective on life.
With that in mind, here are some items to help make your day at the shore as memorable as possible. They are all available online, so no effort required; just put those fingers to the keyboard, grab a companion, and start planning your escape!
What would a day at the beach be without a sheltering umbrella to keep the rays from scorching you to a nice lobster red? This umbrella is so cheerful that it makes me happy just to look at it! Shop now
This is an inexpensive, all-purpose basket that serves a multiplicity of purposes. Sure, there are beautiful picnic baskets for sale, where everything clips into place with a little leather strap, but do you really want to do that much work to keep your picnic basket in order? This is basic, in the best possible way. Shop now
These waterproof playing cards are for the middle of the afternoon, when you’re too tired to swim, but not sleepy enough to nap. Betting and drinking games optional. Shop now
This won’t be for sale for long, as it’s one of a kind, but what a cozy, sturdy blanket on which to begin your day-long journey into happiness. Sure it’s a little worn, but that’s part of the charm. Shop now
I have one of these grills and can attest to how easy it is to move and to use. It won’t break the bank, but you can easily cook a meal for four on it, and it will remain useful on your patio or balcony throughout the year. Shop now
This Ogunquit bag from Seabags in Maine is made from recycled sails. Sturdy, beautiful and as much a part of the lore of the sea as Captain Ahab. Shop now
Beach towels should be useful throughout the year, so a bright white beach towel is not only easy to spot on the beach, but can also be part of your towel wardrobe at home. Shop now
If you like to read on the beach, a beach chair is essential. This one is lightweight and collapses easily for carrying. Shop now
If you haven’t discovered Mint and Rose espadrilles, now is the time to get yourself a pair of these gorgeous and comfortable shoes. They come in flats and platform styles, and though they’re great for the beach, I’ve been wearing them everywhere this summer. The colors are yummy. Shop now
It may be an east coast tradition, but who doesn’t love Ocean City, New Jersey’s Fralinger salt water taffy? It’s another way to make your day a little bit special, and the Victorian keepsake tin is adorable. Shop now
Wouldn’t it be nice to strap a backpack cooler on, instead of dragging a cooler along the sand? It’ll keep your hands free for other important items, like sun tan lotion and your phone. Shop now