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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.

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SWIMSUIT: La Blanca Island One-Piece Underwire Swimsuit

This one-piece from La Blanca is ultra-flattering with supportive cups and ruching. Plus, the solid black color goes with everything.

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SHORTS: Everlane The Denim Short in Bone

Relaxed denim shorts are a beach essential, and these white ones have a worn-in feel and comfortable fit.

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SUNNIES: Ray-Ban 51mm Aviator 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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ESPADRILLES: Sea Star Beachwear Slingback Espadrille Water Shoe

These shoes look like ordinary espadrilles, but they're secretly water shoes, too, thanks to their quick-drying neoprene fabric, protective rubber sole, and comfy elastic strap.

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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: Sensi Studio Cordovez Toquilla Straw Hat

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

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BEACH BAG: Sophie Anderson Trimmed Tote Bag

This woven tote will fit all your beach essentials—and we love its fun fringe detail.

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COVER-UP: Playa Lucila Eyelet Dress

Flit from beach to bar—and back—with a breezy cover-up. This white eyelet tunic gets our pick.

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TOWEL: SALBAKOS Turkish Peshtemal Fouta Towel

A handwoven Turkish peshtemal 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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SANDALS: Clergerie Idalie 2 Sandals

These cool raffia slip-ons will take you straight from the sand to the streets.

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DRESS: Farm Rio Crazy Tucanos Linen Dress

For dinner and drinks at a tropical beach resort, reach for this fitted linen midi dress.

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CLUTCH: Knotty Woven Straw Clutch

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

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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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HAIRCARE: 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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