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What to Pack for a Beach Vacation: Our 16-Piece Checklist

You've booked your hotel and bought your plane tickets. Now comes the hard part: what to pack for your beach vacay. To make life simple, we've compiled a nifty checklist of 16 essential items for your seaside escape.


SWIMSUIT: Madewell Second Wave Tank One-Piece Swimsuit

This colorful one-piece from Madewell pops against tanned skin.

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SHORTS: BDG Boyfriend Low-Rise Denim Short

Vintage-wash denim shorts are a summer essential, and these have a worn-in feel and comfortable fit.

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SUNNIES: Ray-Ban 51mm Aviator Gradient Lens Sunglasses

You can never go wrong with an iconic pair of Ray-Bans. These aviator shades feature a round frame and gold-tone metal.

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TANK TOP: Madewell Whisper Cotton V Neck Pocket Tank

Stay cool as you hit the town in Madewell's Whisper Cotton V-neck.

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SUNHAT: Free People Summer Of Love Straw Hat

A wide brim boater blocks out harmful rays and adds a boho touch to any outfit.

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BEACH BAG: Mar Y Sol Camden Tote Bag

This woven-straw tote will fit all your beach essentials—and add a chic touch to your swimwear ensemble.

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COVER-UP: Bindya Lace Up Tunic with Mirror Embroidery

Flit from beach to bar—and back—with a breezy cover-up. This funky patterned dress gets our pick.

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TOWEL: 'Lucky’ Turkish Pestemal

A handwoven Turkish pestemal like this one can be used as a towel, beach blanket, sarong, and more.

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SUNSCREEN: Coola Sport SPF 30

Say no to chemical sunscreens that harm the environment—this water-resistant spray is formulated with 70% natural and organic ingredients.

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ESPADRILLES: Soludos x Jason Polan Wink Embroidered Smoking Slipper

Explore town in Soludos' tongue-in-cheek woven espadrilles.

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EVENING WEAR: Reformation Nikita Dress

Planning a night out? Reach for this flowy, feminine midi dress.

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CLUTCH: Beachgold Kali Woven Ikat Clutch

Keep your precious jewels at home and accessorize with a hand-woven clutch instead.

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SANDALS: See By Chloé Wedge Sandals

Stand tall in these summery wear-with-anything wedges.

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SKINCARE: Sunday Riley C.E.O Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

After spending time in the sun, replenish your skin with Sunday Riley's rich hydration cream. It's infused with Vitamin C to combat visible signs of aging, too.

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HAIR PRODUCT: Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

Your hair can get sun damaged as easily as your skin—protect it with Aveda's Hair Veil UV-defense mist. 

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ENTERTAINMENT: Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Leave the bulky paperbacks at home and opt for an e-reader. Unlike tablets, the Kindle Paperwhite has no screen glare so you can read in bright sunlight. Plus, the all-new version is waterproof, making in-pool reading a breeze.

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