5 Easy Pieces — Beach Must-Haves

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Pull back your hair and hit the waves. Photo: Krrb.com/JemimaJACKMAN?auto=format

Pull back your hair and hit the waves Memorial Weekend. Photo: Krrb.com/JemimaJACKMAN?auto=format

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

Handmade Bag

Everything you need for a day at the beach fits in here. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/FrangipaniFairTrade?auto=format

Everything you need for a day at the beach fits in here. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/FrangipaniFairTrade?auto=format

This natural straw bag is made by refugee women off the coast of Indonesia. Shop Frangipani Fair Trade to pick up this beach carry-all and help support a struggling Southeast Asian economy. To get your own straw tote ($20), visit Etsy.com/shop/FrangipaniFairTrade?auto=format.

Beach Towels

A beach towel this bright will stand out in the crowd of sunbathers. Photo: Patinastores.com

A beach towel this bright will stand out in the crowd of sunbathers. Photo: Patinastores.com

A plush, extra-large towel ($52) is necessary for a summer’s worth of beach trip. We like the traditional Native American blanket pattern and the bright colors are perfect for the season. To towel up, visit Patinastores.com.

Sunny Sarong

This lovely sarong will take you from day to night at the beach. Shopbird.com

This lovely sarong will take you from day to night at the beach. Shopbird.com

We can count on Bird for the best beach accessories. Wrap yourself up in a soft Indian printed sarong ($60). Whether you’re taking daytime strolls along the waves or enjoying chilly nights on the boardwalk, a sarong will pull double-duty. To get your hands on this beauty, visit Shopbird.com.

Beach Games

Check mate! Photo: Uncommongoods.com

Check mate! Photo: Uncommongoods.com

Trashy beach reads will only take you so far, so toss a nautical-themed chess/checkers set ($40) into your tote. The wooden pieces fit inside a burlap sack printed with the game board. If you’re ready to play a few a games, visit Uncommongoods.com.

Portable Blanket

Set up camp high above the tide line. Photo: Sewnnatural.supermarkethq.com

Set camp up high above the tide line. Photo: Sewnnatural.supermarkethq.com

Keep the sand out of your sandwich with a large, retro-inspired, portable blanket ($110). The quilted beach essential is waterproofed and comes with an easy to transport handle. Visit Sewnnatural.supermarkethq.com for your own.

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