Dwell Picks: What We’re Bringing With Us to the Beach This Summer

Dwell Picks: What We’re Bringing With Us to the Beach This Summer

From our beach tote to yours.

Welcome to Beach Week, a celebration of the best place on earth.

As someone who grew up on the California coast, I firmly believe there's nothing quite like a day trip to the beach to get into summer mode. In honor of the time-honored tradition, I asked my fellow team Dwell-ers to share their most-loved products to bring seaside, from waterproof speakers to pop-up tents to sunscreen that won't break you out. If you're currently landlocked, don't fear: these picks are right at home for a trip to the lake or dip in your neighborhood pool.

Mike Chino, Senior Design Editor:

"Single-use plastic bags are awful for the environment, and there are some foods that Tupperware just can’t contain without wasted space. This summer, I’m toting my beach snacks and sandos in W&P’s Porter Bags, which are reusable, flexible, and dishwasher-safe. I’ll never handwash a Ziploc again."

W&P Porter Stand-Up Bag - Large
This thoughtfully designed, reusable bag is great for cooking, freezing, steaming, preserving, storing and sous-viding. Made from food-grade silicone, this kitchen essential is ideal for holding dry grains, leftover chips or frozen cookie dough balls.

Kate Dries, Executive Editor:

"As a person with almost translucent skin, I won't go anywhere outside for an extended period of time without a nearly-full bottle of sunscreen (or a few half-full ones). Everyone has their favorites, but the one I return to again and again is Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun—it smells like a tropical island, so even though I'm doing something required of me, it feels festive."

Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Our oil-free sunscreen helps protect against the signs of sun damage while you’re having a fun day at the beach. This fan-favorite line is fast absorbing and lightweight, while providing beach-strength broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.

"For face, however, I turn to Supergoop—they have so many types of sunscreen, but I use the Zincscreen 100% mineral, which is great for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. It has a light tint that probably does nothing but I like to pretend it does."

Supergoop Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40
A non-nano 100% mineral daily face lotion that's lightweight and blendable.   ...

Sam Daly, Shop Editor:

"I’ve been eyeing Lena Corwin’s adorable towels for some time now, and I love this cotton number she created in collaboration with Ozma of California this year. Perfect for lounging at the beach and post-shower coziness once the weather cools off."

Ozma x Lena Corwin Peace Towel
This summer we are excited to share the limited edition Ozma Peace Towel—merging the world of textile designer Lena Corwin with the Ozma palette.

Suzanne LaGasa, Creative Director:

"I’m forever grateful to the mom who stopped me in my tracks to tell me about Black Girl Sunscreen. Instead of leaving white residue, especially on darker skin tones, it creates a beautiful, glowing, satin sheen. No parabens, fragrance, oxybenzone, and octonoxate. It’s not oily, thick, or smelly, and I’m sure it’d be good on everyone—even boys."

Black Girl Sunscreen Kids SPF 50
BGS for Kids is an everyday SPF 50 moisturizing sunscreen lotion for face and body. Our sunscreen protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays and has eliminated all sticky white residue. Soothes, moisturizes, protects, hydrates and heals your child’s skin. Water resistant for 80 minutes. Hypoallergenic.

"This hooded beach towel is perfect for those last few hours at the beach when the sun is setting and the cool night air is creeping in but you don’t want to leave yet. Allowing kiddos to change out of their bathing suits privately and warmly might get you another 30 minutes of beach time—and I’ll take it! I’m also a sucker for a bright sunny yellow."

Sunnylife Beach Games Hooded Towel
Dry off in adorable style.

"The beach wagon to end all beach wagons. It was recommended to me as the ultimate, life-transforming wagon that makes it possible for single parents to hit the beach with multiple kids and all the toys, drinks and snacks a family could possibly want in a day at the beach. I found it well worth the investment. It folds up easily for storage, it has a great turn radius, it goes over sidewalk bumps well, it’s easy pull on soft sand, and it’s a delightful wagon ride for the kids when they’re melting down."

MacSports All-Terrain Beach Wagon
MacSports' all-terrain wagons boast large plastic wheels that grip better on rough surfaces and allow easier handling on terrain such as soft sand, wet dirt, rocks, grass, and snow.

Megan Reynolds, Guides Editor:

"This chair is unwieldy, which means I can't take it to the beach, but in an ideal world, I live somewhere close enough to the water that lugging this hideous but extremely comfortable lounge chair to the sand is worth the brief journey."

Best Choice Products Oversized Reclining Zero Gravity Chair Lounger
Products mean a little more at BCP. We work hard to build innovative, popular, and timeless items that will thrive in your home.

"I've cycled through what feels like an infinite amount of beach totes in search of The One, and finally, on a solo vacation to Miami earlier this year, I realized that the answer was staring me right in the face this whole time: a standard-sized Baggu reusable bag is the beach bag of my dreams. They're cheap, they're cute, they're useful for more than just schlepping water and three novels and a towel, and of all the things I do buy without thinking, they're actually useful. I love this madras print and have toyed with using it as my primary bag, but it lacks the internal organization I need for every day. However, that feature makes it the perfect black hole of a beach bag—seemingly able to fit everything you'd need and more."

Baggu Standard Baggu
Our best selling reusable bag isn't just for the grocery store, it goes everywhere and hauls almost anything.  ...

Keren Dillard, Edit Fellow:

"I love this all-natural insect repellent because it actually works and it doesn't make you reek of eucalyptus. I also love that it is DEET-free, a non-aerosol, and great for sensitive skin."

All Terrain Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent
Enjoying an outdoor lifestyle comes with many benefits, but insects and bug bites are not one of them! From hiking in the deep woods to lounging in the backyard, Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent is an effective and safe solution that uses a unique and effective mixture of six essential oils...

"Although advertised for wall hanging, this tapestry is great for the beach because the silky material prevents sand from accumulating like it would on a towel or a blanket. It is also thin, so it dries quickly and is lightweight for packing."

Arfbear Mountain Tapestry
A perfect gift for friends and family.

"This tiny speaker packs a lot of punch! I use this portable waterproof speaker at the beach, in the shower, and anywhere else where water might be! The sound quality is amazing and when paired with another speaker, the Bose app allows pair them as left and right for surround sound."

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
Don’t let this tiny device fool you; it packs some serious sound—and on a budget!...

"This inflatable chair is super fun and is a comfortable furniture option for any outdoor excursion! I have used it as both a chair and a backrest while lying down in the sand, and it's super easy to clean off, deflate, and pack for travel."

Room 101 Clear Inflatable Chair
Perfect portable seating at home or on-the-go.

Erin V. Mahoney, Senior Marketing Manager:

"After a dip in the ocean, nothing beats returning to a plush beach towel warmed by the sun."

Quince Cabana Stripe Beach Towels (Set of 2)
Seaside vibes to take with you anywhere. Our striped beach towels are doing double duty with a super-absorbent terry underside and a cozy velour front.

"Take the guesswork out of when to reapply with these UV detection stickers. They’re a staple in my summer tote."

SPOTMYUV Detection Stickers
Whether it's a day at the beach or an afternoon on the trail, always remember to reapply your sunscreen. SPOTMYUV prompts you so you don't forget. Each time you cover your SPOTMYUV sticker with sunscreen, your SPOT will turn clear, showing you that you're protected from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Alex Casto, Associate Visuals Editor:

"I absolutely love the flexibility and practicality of a neutral mesh tote. I always bring a variety of foodstuffs, beverages, and various small items to the beach, and this chic and affordable little friend has never failed me.

Public Goods Wide Mesh Tote
Our 100% organic cotton wide mesh tote bag is a convenient way to reduce waste, no matter where you go. Lightweight and flexible, it's easy to carry and expands to fit everything from a bushel of carrots to several bottles of wine.

"I have several pairs of small black sunglasses in my collection, which have become my go-tos on most days. I will always refuse to let 90's sunglasses trends die!"

Bonnie Clyde Sunglasses
Oval acetate-covered stainless steel-frame sunglasses in black. ...

"Putting on a new pair of Birkenstocks always feels like a nostalgic trip down memory lane to my early childhood in Ohio. Everybody and their mother always had a pair, and as a result, I always do to this day."

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal
Nubuck leather upper with EVA sole.

"I cannot express enough my love for Aesop's products. For years, I've carried their balms in my purse, and they're the perfect remedy for dry skin after a day spent in the hot sun."

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm
A rich blend of nourishing nut oils, skin-softening ingredients and Geranium Leaf and Citrus extracts to provide exceptional hydration.  ...

"My mom gifted me with this book after I took some time off to travel the U.S. during the pandemic. I still haven't been able to give it my full attention, but I know it will more than satisfy my wanderlust this summer, especially when read near the ocean."

Year of the Monkey
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.  Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith...

Haley Heramb, Branded Content Manager:

"The BEST face sunscreen."

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
This innovative, antioxidant-rich SPF primer preps skin for makeup while providing broad spectrum SPF 40 and protection from blue light, the light emitted from our phones and computers.

"I always bring some kind of reusable water cup to keeps things cold."

Lifecapido Skinny Travel Tumbler
Made of food-grade stainless steel that is durable, light weight and portable.   ...

"Love this waterproof speaker for beach tunes."

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3
Rock any adventure with a supremely powerful, portable wireless speaker.

Maris Newbury, Affiliate Account Manager:

"Comfortable, the perfect size, and such a work of art!"

Minna Marta Throw - Blue
As versatile as it is cozy, the Marta Throw is comfortable at home and on the road. Throw over the couch, bed, or table; spread out at the beach or picnic at the park.

"My farmers market bag doubles as my beach bag for my families weekly weekend trips to the sunny northern California beach in Bolinas."

Medina Mercantile French Market Basket
Tote your farmers market spoils (or a load of laundry, or a couple of beach towels and a good book!) around in this chic, simple market basket made from sturdy and flexible date palm leaf.

"If it’s going to be a long beach day (or park, for that matter) I always make sure to bring this tent. It takes a few seconds to set up and provides great sun protection. Super lightweight as well!"

Neso Grande Beach Tent
Large and in charge, the Neso Grande beach tent is perfect for a beach day with family and friends. Made out of a Lycra/Nylon blend. UPF 50+ and water resistant. Weighs only 6.5 lbs.

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