Go Local for Your Beach Bag

Beach Bum After-Sun Spray and Beach Hair Sea Salt Spray, both by Made in Montauk Courtesy of Made in Montauk

Beach-goers can go local with this all-in-one method of hitting the dunes and supporting South Fork entrepreneurs. Here are some pointers.

Skip the alcoholic beverages and replace them with some Miss Lady Root Beer, which uses certified organic ingredients and is brewed and bottled locally. Bottles are available from various spots, including Eli Zabar's Amagansett Farmers Market, the Springs and Montauk Farmers Markets, and Sag Town Coffee.

"Shirley" by Susan Merrell, "The Chocolate Money" by Ashley Norton, and "In Paradise" by Peter Matthiessen are a few BookHampton favorites by local authors, although there are others available. Perfect for passing time at the shore and appreciating South Fork intellect.

Southampton is famous for Tate's, whose cookies are sold just about everywhere. Place them in your beach bag with care to avoid breaking these crispy and light treats.

The Southampton Soap Company makes an after-sun and sunburn lotion, along with a raspberry-seed extract lip balm that naturally repels the sun's rays. The items are truly local and help you "get away from modern life‚" according to the company's mission statement.

It's not a true beach day unless someone gets a little too competitive about paddleball. "Enough of those cheap made-in-China kadima sets that wind up breaking soon after purchase. We are in the process of making hardwood paddleball sets that will be available for sale any week now," according to the website of 41 North Montauk. Stay tuned.

Made in Montauk's coverups are handmade and hand-dyed crinkle linen gauze, so you can throw them in a beach bag and not worry about wrinkles. Made in Montauk has an after-sun spray with aloe and witch-hazel called called Beach Bum After-Sun Spray to soothe and refresh sunburned skin.

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A cover-up from Made in MontaukCourtesy of Made in Montauk