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It’s always best to plan ahead. We’ve all been there, grimacing as we fork over big bills to boardwalk vendors for a towel, sunscreen or anything else we forgot to pack for a day at the beach, and it’s no fun.

So this summer, instead of waiting until the last minute for a panicked trip to Target or buying a towel at the back of a Coney Island deli, take advantage of all Brooklyn has to offer and pack yourself a stylish and totally local beach bag before you leave the house.

Here, some of our favorite locals offer up their best summer treats — all perfect for a day at the beach.

  1. “Blue Star” tote by Reiter8. $65. Available at
  2. Coppertone SPF 15 spray sun block. $8.99. Available at SVRH Pharmacy (161 Smith St., at Wyckoff Street in Carroll Gardens). For information, call (718) 596-1688.
  3. “The Heart is a Small Balloon” by Life in a Blender. $15. Available at
  4. Black and white cover-up by H. Fredriksson. $205. Available at
  5. “Risky Business” sunglasses by Fred Flare. $9. Available at
  6. “Baked Bar” by Baked. $2.50. Available at Baked (359 Van Brunt St., at Dikeman Street in Red Hook). For information, call (718) 222-0345.
  7. “Diana” sandal by Devoette. $250. Available at Stuart and Wright (85 Lafayette Ave., at South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene). For information, call (718) 797-0011.
  8. “Jamestown” by Matthew Sharpe (Soft Skull Press). $25. Available at BookCourt (163 Court St., between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill). For information, visit
  9. Beach blanket by Mociun. $135. Available at Bird (430 Seventh Ave., between 14th and 15th streets in Park Slope). For information, call (718) 768-4940.

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