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10 Beat-the-Heat Summer Essentials

Everything you need for an easy, breezy day at the beach, lake or pool

A beach bag filled with items sitting on the sand

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If your summer playlist includes the Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk,” the Beach Boys’ “California Girls,” the Ramones’ “Rockaway Beach” and John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John immortalizing “Summer Nights,” then you’ve come to the right place. Those of us who are 50-plus have been there and done it all — from grimy beach towels to leaky totes, sandy blankets and beach chairs that were no body’s friend. Here’s how to “roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” — to paraphrase the late Sam Cooke — and enjoy every minute with 10 smart buys.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.