The Best Beach and Patio Accessories for a Stylish Day in the Sun

Beach season is upon us — and whether you’re headed to Malibu, Montauk or

elsewhere, packing for a day on the shore might not always seem like a breeze.

The best beach gear can turn your basic umbrella-and-towel spot into a well-

prepared relaxation station on the sand.

But bring the wrong items and you’ll find yourself dragging an overpacked

beach wagon or buckling under the weight of flimsy folding chairs and shades.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best beach accessories that are as

stylish as they are functional — think umbrellas that actually stand a chance

against the wind, super-absorbent towels, reef-safe sunscreens, sand-friendly tote bags