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7 Must-Have Beach Accessories This Summer

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ALAS! Summertime is in FULL effect! When you live in the Northeast like we do and have to live through the dreary months of winter, you prolong the experience of cherishing beautiful summer days by getting into activities that allow you to be outdoors, or in this case, on the beach, until the very last light of the sun disappears. And sometimes, even beyond that.

Whatever beach activity you get into, whether under the sun or after-dark, enjoy it to the best of your ability! Be silly! Be adventurous! Go a little farther! Jump a little higher! Try something new! With someone new! You only live one life after all! And before you know it, summer will be over, the days will be shorter, and the sun will make lesser appearances. Just make sure when you do, you do it in style with these 7 MUST-HAVE BEACH ACCESSORIES:

BOMBER EYEWEAR “IRIE BOMB” SUNGLASSES: Plan to play in the ocean while at the beach? Make sure you bring along a pair of Bomber Eyewear, functional sunglasses that float on water. Founded by four-time World Champion Jet Ski Racer Tommy “the Bomber” Bonacci in 1997, Bomber Eyewear uses “patented foam-lining technology that is comfortable, durable, stylish and able to float”. They also offer a line of safety glasses. Our favorite pair is the Irie Bomb ($49.95), a two-tone crystal smoke frame with green mirror polarized lens and green foam (pictured above). Purchase at www.BomberEyewear.com.

NOMANDIX “BAJA CA” ECO-FRIENDLY UNIVERSAL TOWEL: Nomandix gets us. We’re girls on-the-go and like to go on a lot of different types of adventures, many of which require us to perspire or get wet. The Nomandix line complements our lifestyle: versatile, durable, functional, and can go with us anywhere. Our favorite is the Baja CA Universal Towel ($64), made from 100% recycled materials (80% polyester, 20% nylon), super absorbent, quick drying, slip resistant, anti-microbial, and reversible–just how we like it. Size is 26.5″x72.5″. Purchase your own at www.Nomandix.com.

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PURA VIDA “BILLION BABY TURTLES PLATINUM” CHARITY BRACELETS: Make a statement while you make a splash with this socially-responsible, beach-friendly bracelets. Every sale of Pura Vida Bracelets helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. Our favorite is the Billion Baby Turtles Platinum ($12) which benefits SEE Turtles Project, part of The Ocean Foundation, “protecting endangered sea turtles through unique conservation and volunteer trips, education and the Billion Baby Turtles Initiatives. Yes–we LOVE turtles! Waterproof. Wax-coated. Iron-coated copper “P” charm. Adjustable from 2-5″ in diameter. Purchase at www.PuraVidaBracelets.com.

PETER GRIMM “DOVER” HAT: Plan to lounge on the beach all day? Make sure to protect that beautiful mug of yours from the sun with your very own Peter Grimm Lifeguard Hat, the “go-to” beach hat since it was founded in 1989 Southern California by Californian Peter Grimm himself. Our favorite is the Dover Hat ($54) in natural color because it matches all types of swimsuits and activewear we plan to have on, depending on the time of the day and type of trouble we want to get into. One size fits all. Purchase at www.PeterGrimm.com.

SURFRIDER FLORAL ECO-FLEECE LOGO BLANKET: Everything about this blanket is from recycled materials. Additionally, production of this blanket recycles nine plastic bottles, preventing them from ultimately ending up in oceans, beaches and landfills. Measures 50″ x 60″ and features the Surfrider name and hibiscus flowers. Versatile, but we like it for cooler days on the beach or when hanging out after-dark by the bonfire. 100% of profits from sales fund Surfrider Foundation‘s efforts to “protect the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network”. Buy for $50 at www.Swell.com/Surfrider-Foundation.

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SANUK “YOGA SLING 2” SANDALS: Sanuk is probably the most comfortable thing you’ll ever put on your feet. You can walk for miles in a pair of these.. or run if you dare! Our favorite is the Aqua / Multi-Palm Yoga Sling 2 Sandals ($38) “made of lightweight, two-way stretch knit fabric upper with sling comfort construction, and a footbed from real yoga mat with a sealed edge”. Purchase at www.Sanuk.com.

UNITED BY BLUE DAY TOTE: Carry all your beach accessories with this United By Blue Day Tote ($30). Not only perfect for the beach, but for everyday use too! Design is clean and simple made of “100% organic certified cotton and durable triple-stitched handles” which can hold over 60 pounds. Size is 18″W X 13″H X 6″D. By purchasing this tote, you help United By Blue remove “one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways around the world”. If you didn’t realize already, we like a lot of socially-responsible products. Buy this tote at www.UnitedByBlue.com.

What must-have accessory you can’t live without while you’re on the beach this summer? We are always looking to feature lesser-known brands, so if you know of one that you think we should show some love to, please leave a comment below. ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

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