Packlist: The gear we’re taking to Fourth of July weekend

Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, folks. That means barbecues, copious amounts of sunscreen, cheap beer you can drink all day and wearing the American flag and colors in as many ways as possible.

Get ready for Independence Day 2017. Photo: Herson Rodriguez/Unsplash

So, where to start? Sure, you could go the classic bandana, T-shirt and shorts combo that mixes and matches red, white and blue in an expected and totally non-obtrusive way, or you could think outside the patriotic box. Get creative.

Here are our top picks for Independence Day 2017.

Slowtide Banner Towel ($30)

There’s nothing like showing pride for your country. If a standard T-shirt just isn’t a big enough canvas to get the message across, we say go for the gold: the Slowtide American Flag towel.

RVCA Bayside Ribbed One Piece ($79)

Perfect for at the beach or under shorts at the backyard BBQ. Photo: RVCA

To celebrate Independence Day, RVCA is making sure you’ve got all the raddest gear with their Red, White and RVCA collection, full of laid-back styles and relaxed silhouettes. The Bayside Ribbed One Piece will keep you cool through any heat wave, and you’ll also be prepared for an impromptu swims that come your way.

As an added bonus, the brand is offering free two-day shipping form now until June 30 so that you get all your gear in time for the holiday weekend.

Stance Proud Socks ($12)

Mix and match this holiday weekend. Photo: Stance

Looking for an easy way to show your pride and appreciation for your country? Stance’s Proud socks are the way to go: They’re a small item with a big impact.

These mix-and-match socks represent exactly what you need this Independence Day: individualism, rebellion and style.

If you’re looking for other options, Stance has a whole line of women’s patriotic socks, Americana.

Otterbox Elevation 64 Growler ($90)

The Elevation holds enough to share with the whole crew. Photo: Otterbox

Celebrate the conservation of our nation’s natural resources by ditching the single-use plastic water bottles of old and getting yourself a reusable option.

You want to be able to bring enough of your beverage to share, which is why you need to pick up Otterbox’s Elevation 64 growler. There’s nothing new about growlers, but there is something special about this option: Otterbox is well-known for their durable, long-lasting products, and the Elevation is no exception.

ambsn Home Boardies ($56)

Stars and stripes done right. Photo: ambsn

These guys pretty much speak for themselves. Whether you’re poolside, at the beach or just cruising around town, you’ll make quite the impact in ambsn’s Home Boardies.

Spirited without being over the top, these boardies also boast a custom drawstring and hardware — small details that matter the most. The 18-inch outseam keeps things stylish, while the print is truly one you can’t mistake.

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