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Pack your perfect weekend beach bag for fun in the NYC sun!

The sun is shining and the heat is on!

Get yourself to a great NYC pool or breach and enjoy the great outdoors that these five boroughs have to offer.

Having a beach bag on hand is an easy way to zip to the Rockaways or just your nearest public pool for a fun, easy day off -- weekend or not. Use our beach finder to pick your perfect spot in the sand or visit one of our favorite pools.

Pack your bag -- you're spending this summer in the sun! Here's everything to have ready to whisk off onto the beach.

The bag

You'll want something big enough to pack all
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You'll want something big enough to pack all your beach goodies! We're fans of seaside queen Lilly Pulitzer's Havana Straw Tote, which is water resistant and can easily be shaken out in the sand. Just grab and go when you're ready to head to the beach! $168, lillypulitzer.com

Sunnies

Having sunglasses at the beach is 100% necessary.
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Having sunglasses at the beach is 100% necessary. An extra pair never hurt, either, thanks to strong waves. Check out some of our favorites this season, like Iris Apfel-inspired Tom Ford sunnies, amny.com/style!

A floppy hat!

It's not a day in the sun without
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It's not a day in the sun without adequate sun protection. Make 2015 the Summer of the Floppy Hat -- the bigger the brim the batter. The streets of Chinatown and Little Italy are lined with vendors selling cheap straw hats or upgrade your headgear with a hat from Hat Attack. Try rocking a rafia crochet hat in the subway and you're sure to get your own space before to cool off before you hit the sand! $104, hatattack.com

Sunscreen

Experts recommend applying sunscreen half an hour before
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Experts recommend applying sunscreen half an hour before sun exposure and reapplying at least every two hours after that. We're partial to New York brand Kiehl's sun protecting lotions, paraben-free and available in a variety of SPFs. $25, kiehls.com

Sandals

Okay, it's pretty obvious you'll want open toed
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Okay, it's pretty obvious you'll want open toed shoes for your beach getaway. Have a pair that's ready to get sandy, like classic Rainbow flip flops (245 Elizabeth St.) or one of our favorite NYC-style black sandalsfor summer!

Towels

Forget taking your ragged old dorm towels to
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Forget taking your ragged old dorm towels to the beach -- yeah, we're onto you. Summer is a time to relax and luxuriate! Manhattan-based Kassatex sells affordable, luxurious 100% cotton towels imported from Portugal and Turkey. Choose from striped patterns that match your favorite swimsuit and get ready to lie out like your on the Meditteranean. Or the East River. Start at $40, kassatex.com

Board shorts or a bikini

Have your beachside outfit ready to pop into
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Have your beachside outfit ready to pop into at any second! For board shorts, pick up a pair at Surf Shop Saturdays NYC. For a trendy bikini or one piece designed to fit your body, check out new NYC-based company Rise City Swim.

And of course, drinks!

If you're headed somewhere to sunbathe where you
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If you're headed somewhere to sunbathe where you can legally imbibe, be sure to pack some chilled, bottled cocktails for the road! Check out some of our favorite pre-packaged boozy combinations at amny.com/eat. Cheers!

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