Hitting the beach? Don't leave your pocket-friendly multi-tools behind.

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Hitting the beach? Don't leave your pocket-friendly multi-tools behind.

It's tempting to pare down your pocket contents when you're hitting the beach, headed up to the lake, or cruising out of town on summer vacay. No one wants to be bogged down by a toolbox's worth of metal for the just-in-case scenarios. But PocketMonkey and friends are different from the bigger, bulkier utility tools: the size of a credit card, these Made-in-America multi-tools fit perfectly inside your wallet — or double as a money clip if you have a rubber band, foregoing the wallet altogether — so you're prepared for the unforeseeable without feeling like a Doomsday Preparedness Expert.

Here are a few ways they’ve each come in handy for us recently as we hit the surf and sand (and don’t hate us for all this beach time: it’s all in the name of science!). Choose your favorite tool (or tools!), stash a towel in the trunk, and hit the road.

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Headgehog for TapestiresHeadgehog is the pal you need when you didn't finish the chips and someone lost the rubber band in the sand.

Headgehog can also hold a towel or a tapestry around you so you can quick-change without needing an extra pair of hands and without mooning the entire beach. Bathing suit on, bathing suit off. Just tuck the edges of your towel in Headgehog’s bag clip slot, and voilà!

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PocketMonkey is the all-purpose beach companion — but you already know all about that. He’ll fix your sunglasses, open your beer, bookmark your book, phone stand your phone so you can watch Netflix, and he’ll also give you a sweet Monkey-shaped tan line. So hot right now.

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Shucking Oysters with WildCardWildCard is the must-have accessory for beach — or anywhere — picnics. Slice the cheese and the bread, dole out some fruit, and shave down a synthetic cork so you can fit it back in the bottle. (But can we talk for a minute about how annoying synthetic corks are?)

WildCard also shucks oysters, so if someone’s bringing mollusks, you’ve got the blade. Now, where’s the mignonette?

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EDC Cards Playing CardsOpenBeer Season has your back for, well, opening beer. Or soda. Or cider. Or a bottle of cold brew. Or kombucha, if that’s what you’re into.

OpenBeer Season openers can also weigh down a pile of playing cards, so they don’t go flying in the middle of your game of rummy.

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No matter where you're headed or what you'll be doing this summer, stick PocketMonkey or one of PocketMonkey's pals in your pocket. You'll be glad you did.