The Want: A reclining, portable chair that looks stylish in the sand. Nothing too low or too high and definitely no scratchy polyester strips or sticky vinyl. It should be adjustable for napping, reading, and even making notes on an iPad.
The Get: Quel Objet's Borce Deck Chair ($140 at quelobjet.com), with a light yet sturdy frame, reclines to four positions and folds to fit in a car trunk. The durable fabric can be removed easily for cleaning, thanks to detachable triangular-shaped rods at either end.
A sun-protection crib sheet
Lotion: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30. Dries to a powdery finish that won't stick to sand. $9
Face Lotion: Ocean Potion Suncare Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion, SPF 45. Lifeguard-level protection in a clear formula. $4
Wipe: Supergoop! SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for Sensitive Skin. Won't spill in your beach bag. $34 for 40 wipes
Spray: Mission Skincare All-Sport SPF 30+ Continuous Spray. Pro athletes favor this fast-drying, sweat-proof shield. $10