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What to Pack for a Beach Vacation: Our 14-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 14 essential items for your seaside escape.

Mara Hoffman Abigail Bandeau Bikini Top
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BIKINI: Mara Hoffman Abigail Bandeau Top

This colorful strapless bikini top pops against tanned skin.

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Loeffler Randall Tassel Straw Pouch in Rainbow
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CLUTCH: Loeffler Randall Tassel Straw Pouch in Rainbow

Keep your precious jewels at home and accessorize with this colorful clutch instead.

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Bindya Lace Up Tunic with Mirror Embroidery
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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 v-neck, tasseled, and embroidered dress gets our pick.

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Free People Summer Of Love Straw Hat
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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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Sam Edelman Gala Two Strap Slide Sandal
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SANDALS: Sam Edelman Gala Two Strap Slide

These budget-friendly, two-strap sandals easily transition from day to night.

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Ray-Ban 51mm Aviator Gradient Lens Sunglasses
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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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'Lucky’ Turkish Pestemal Towel
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TOWEL: 'Lucky’ Turkish Pestemal

This handwoven Turkish pestemal can be used as a towel, beach blanket, sarong, and more.

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Reformation Persimmon Dress
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EVENING WEAR: Reformation Persimmon Dress

Planning a night out? Reach for this fuss-free, button-down midi.

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BDG Boyfriend Low-Rise Denim Short
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SHORTS: BDG Boyfriend Low-Rise Denim Short

These vintage-wash denim shorts have a worn-in feel and comfortable fit.

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Karla Colletto Ava Lace-Up Suit
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ONE-PIECE: Karla Colletto Ava Lace-Up Suit

We love a plunging black suit with just the right amount of dramatic flair.

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ESPADRILLES: Soludos x Jason Polan Wink Embroidered Smoking Slipper

Explore town in these tongue-in-cheek woven espadrilles.

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SUNSCREEN: Coola Sport SPF 30

A water-resistant sunscreen formulated with 70% natural and organic ingredients is an essential.

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Mercedes Salazar Woven Tote
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BEACH BAG: Mercedes Salazar Woven Tote

This woven-straw tote was made for beach outings—those tropical charms!—but its structured shape and vinyl interior help it transition to the streets.

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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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