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What to Pack for Hawaii: 16 Island Essentials

Whether your tropical getaway lands you in Maui, Oahu, Kauai, or Lanai, we've prepared an apt packing list full of island essentials. From the fun stuff like breezy, beach-friendly dresses and flirty footwear, to the practical things like SPF 60 sunscreen and a waterproof cellphone case, these are the 16 items you'll find in our Hawaii-bound bags.

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Madewell Azalea Off the Shoulder Shift Dress

This lightweight chambray dress is chic but effortless thanks to its off-the-shoulder cut and ruffled sleeves.

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AEO Wide Band Sandal

Minimalist faux leather slides complement any outfit and save major space in your suitcase.

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Anthropologie Leanne Dress

We love understated and unfussy pieces—especially when it comes to vacation wear. This muted cotton pullover can be paired with any swimsuit for an easy beach or pool look while tie-up sleeves make it equally resort and restaurant appropriate.

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John Robshaw 'Alabat' Beach Towel

No matter the beach destination, you'll always find a statement towel in our tote. Textile designer John Robshaw's flat-weave Alabat option fits the bill with a high contrast diamond pattern and tassel trim.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Milk Sunscreen

Coming home from Hawaii an aggressive shade of lobster red isn't a cute look. Hence why sunscreens with UVA and UVB filters are a must. For two years running, Consumer Reports has named La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Milk Sunscreen the ultimate formula. It's non-greasy, fast-absorbing, water resistant up to 80 minutes, and offers SPF 60 protection.

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Warby Parker Nancy Sunglasses

These bold, oversized coral frames are a playful option for days spent on the sand.

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Eric Javits Bahia Sun Hat

This pom pom- and tassel-adorned fedora stylishly safeguards you from Hawaii's formidable sun—but don't forget to slather on the sunscreen as well.

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S'well Water Bottle

When your vacay R&R takes the form of 8+-hour beach days, staying adequately hydrated is essential. S'well bottles are our pick of portable choice thanks to a stainless steel, triple-walled design that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours. The best part? They're 100 percent condensation free, so you won't take the whole beach with you when you pack up to leave.

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AEO Lace-Up Pom Pom Sandal

When you're not on the beach, add a pop of color to any going-out outfit with these flirty, festival-inspired lace-ups.

RELATED: 13 Best Sandals for Summer Travel

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It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

We're the first to welcome bouncy beach waves, but salty knotted hair? That's a no. Keep your locks sleek and frizz-free with this lightweight, keratin-infused detangler.

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Madewell Embroidered Sunview Dress

Light and breezy, this linen blend shift dress maxes out on comfort and darling design with embroidery and tassels.

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Santana Pompom Straw Tote

This braided straw bag is equal parts practical and casual cool, plus it's roomy enough to stow away all your beach essentials.

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Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment

Nourish dry lips and protect against sun damage with this SPF 36 balm. Whether you're wearing it under lipstick or alone, the smooth formula delivers optimal hydration.

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The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Whether we're kicking it poolside or sprawled out along the shore, we always devote a couple sun-drenched hours to an easy page-turning read. In The Identicals, estranged adult twins Tabitha and Harper couldn't look more physically alike, but living separately on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, their lives couldn't be any more different. When they reunite following a family emergency, secrets, lies, and salacious gossip surface.

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JOTO Universal Waterproof Case

Safe is always better than sorry—especially when it comes to our precious iPhones. This case offers waterproof protection up to 100 feet while maintaining full touch screen functionality, so you can still capture the surf on Boomerang or SnapChat your non-OOO friends.

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