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Beach gear that's easy to take on public transit

Going to the beach can be a schlep, especially if you’re taking beach chairs and umbrellas with you on public transportation. To help make the commute a little easier, here are products that are engineered to be portable — from bags that do double duty to lightweight blankets.

JammyPack speaker fanny pack

The fanny pack is making a comeback. And
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The fanny pack is making a comeback. And this clever pouch not only holds your gear, but features two speakers so you can bring the tunes to the beach, too. The battery-operated speakers (needs four AA batteries) connect to devices with a USB cable. Bluetooth version also available. $49.99-$79.99; jammypack.com

Tommy Bahama backpack beach chair

Travel with a beach chair hands-free with this
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Travel with a beach chair hands-free with this model, which features a storage pouch for all your stuff, cooler pouch for snacks and drinks, a pillow and, of course, two straps for transport. $70; tommybahama.com

Steven Alan beach blanket

A towel can do the trick too, but
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A towel can do the trick too, but if you want the comfort and communal aspect of a beach blanket, you can't go wrong with this popular lightweight take, which can also come in handy for picnics and outdoor movies this summer. $48; stevenalan.com

Picnic Time Beach umbrella

For some shade while you hit the beach,
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For some shade while you hit the beach, this sleek umbrella does the trick. It reaches a diameter of just 5 feet 5 inches (versus other models that are 8 feet), making it lighter than most, and comes with a storage bag with a carry strap for toting around. $35.95; picnictime.com

Picnic Time Beachcomber beach mat

For some support while lounging on the beach,
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For some support while lounging on the beach, this folding beach mat has you covered. The lightweight mat comes with a shoulder strap for carting around, and a zippered pocket can hold your magazines or other personal items. $48.95; picnictime.com

Dakine cooler tote

Find room enough for drinks, food, towel, sunglasses
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Find room enough for drinks, food, towel, sunglasses and cover-up with this mighty tote, which features a waterproof insulated cooler compartment with a separate sleeve for a bottle, and zippered pockets to keep your keys and MetroCard within reach. $50; swimoutlet.com

Dakine Jetty backpack

This backpack was made for the beach, from
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This backpack was made for the beach, from its waterproof pocket where you can store your wet stuff to an insulated cooler pocket to keep drinks and food chilled to a spot where you can tuck in your towel, plus plenty of space for sunscreen, clothes and more. $65.71 (on sale); freezeproshop.com

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