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Deciding where to sun is only step one. The more arduous task is packing your beach bag accordingly. To find out exactly what sunscreen will best protect a porcelain complexion, what waist-trimming snacks to pack and which reads are worth toting in hardcover, we checked in with some of our favorite Hamptons locals, from Rebecca Minkoff to Jennifer Bandier to the guy who started Juice Press.


Stacey Bendet, Founder of Alice and Olivia

“I tend to carry half my life in every bag everywhere! Lots of sunblock, Homeoplasmine lotion, Nars glitter sticks, Stila Stay All Day red lipstick… Oh, and Ring Pop lollipops.”


Marcus Antebi, Founder of Juice Press

“Sunblock, 1 million SPF or higher. Juice Press Aloe Water, my cell phone and two 55-pound kettlebells.”


Rebecca Minkoff, Founder of Rebecca Minkoff

“I always have the essentials--sunscreen (Eve Lom is my favorite), easy on-the-go snacks (like almonds or an apple), a pair of sunglasses, a great book and, of course, a towel. My favorite right now is from One King’s Lane.”


Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, Founders of Sakara Life

Whitney:Sakara Beauty Water, a big hat to protect my face, a face mist to stay cool and, if possible, a piña colada.” 

Danielle: “Fruit! If I’ve planned ahead, I’ll pop some grapes, watermelon and coconut chunks in the freezer. Tons of Sakara Beauty Water for optimal hydration, a good book and a tinted moisturizer.” 


Nathan Romano, Cofounder of Onia

I travel light, so I don’t typically carry a beach bag. I throw everything into a simple Dopp kit--my phone, a credit card and my classic black wayfarer sunglasses. Just basic essentials.”


Jennifer Bandier, Founder of Bandier

“My essentials are Coola sunblock, Caudalie face spray, big sunglasses, Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, By Terry lip balm, a collapsible dog bowl, S’well bottle and Juice Press dried mangoes.”


Denise Lee, Founder of Alala

“My beach bag is from Truss; it’s woven by artisans and a percentage of sales aid in the development of Oaxacan communities. I also use Ringly for when my phone can’t be out in the sun but I still want to be connected. Lastly, I always have a cool cover-up for post-beach drinks, like the Alala mesh tee.”


John Meadow, Founder of LDV Hospitality

?My beach-bag must-haves include Kiehl?s moisturizer with SPF, Pro Kadima paddle set, my sunglasses from Super, a bottle of Wölffer rosé and, of course, sand-castle tools for my girls.?


Bonnie Munshin, Director at Nick & Toni's

“My favorite time to head to the beach is 4-ish in the afternoon, because people are leaving as I’m arriving. I take my favorite book, which presently is Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper (interesting author, hilarious and smart, as is the book). My new prescription Warby Parker sunglasses, a bottle with one serving of ice-cold rosé and a lobster roll from Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. I stay till 6 or so.” 


Gia Ghezzi, Fashion director of Intermix

?I love my Antonello Sardinia large tote. It can fit all of my beach necessities: sunglasses, oils, SPF, magazines and a towel! I tend to overpack, so this beach bag is perfect.?


Elyse Walker ,Fashion director of FWRD and founder of ThePerfext

“Right now I’m in love with Sophie Anderson handwoven beach bags. The story behind the brand is really great, and the colors are so vibrant and fun. Of course I pack sunblock! My favorite is MD Solar Sciences (for the face and also for the body). A good pair of sunglasses is key. Right now I’m loving Thierry Lasry. The brand offers a great range of styles that complement most face shapes.”


Shira Suveyke, VP of global buying at

“I use an Alaïa eyelet-embellished tote I bought last summer, which I always stock with a good book--I’m currently reading The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. For beachside beauty, I love Chantecaille’s Lip Screen with SPF 15, By Terry’s waterproof mascara and Hampton Sun SPF 30 lotion. Oribe’s Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray gives me great volume after a day at the beach.”


David Chines, Owner of Copious Row

“The most important part of packing a perfect beach bag is the bag itself! I love my Chief Trunk tote--it’s both durable and large enough to fit all of my essentials. Next, I make sure I have plenty of sunscreen; I prefer Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection. And then, of course, you need the perfect towels, like the Matouk Turkish towels I carry at the store. They’re beautiful and super-absorbent at the same time.”


Elisabeth Holder, Co-president of Laduree US

"There is always an Eres swimsuit in my Goyard beach bag--classic styles in bright colors are my favorites. Esthederm sunscreen, Volumizing Mist with Rose Water by Christophe RobinRondini shoes and a great pair of sunglasses are also essentials. Of course, I always bring a box of macarons. Our new coconut flavor is fresh and light, perfect for the beach.?

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