What would summer be without a trek to the beach? Surf and sand, body scoping, getting some color… it all sounds positively dreamy after a long winter spent indoors. And as anyone knows, one must be prepared for a day spent under the sun. Your mom had it right in teaching you to always have your sunscreen on, wear sunglasses and wait at least a half hour after eating before you hit the waves. But these days, it can be a bit more involved, especially if you're planning on attending the clambake at night. I've compiled a list of essentials that are easy to forget before you leave the house. A day with these in your beach arsenal is the carefree day you've planned (and need)!