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    35 Things That'll Totally Upgrade Your Next Trip To The Beach

    These products take care of every worry that could pop up at the beach so you can focus on soaking up the sun and splashing in the surf.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A canopy umbrella so you can escape a shaded oasis whenever the sun's rays get a little too overwhelming. And don't worry about being that one person chasing after their umbrella on a windy day: the umbrella comes with ground stakes and tie-down cords to keep it firmly in place.,

    Promising review: "At the beach, the wind was fairly strong, but the umbrella held up great for our weekend trip! I found that putting sand around the edges of the umbrella to help support the anchors was helpful. The flaps that allow wind kept me shaded, cool and breezy. It even rained for a few minutes, but my wife and I stayed nice and chill under the umbrella. We loved it!" —Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $63.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. Or this personal umbrella that clips onto the back of your beach chair so you can make sure you have access to shade, even if everyone else in your group prefers to lay in the sun all day.,

    Promising review: "My wife likes no sun, so this allows us to pull a beach chairs together and I can set it up and 'boom' no sun for her. The clamp holds up in wind and the adjustable angles that the umbrella has allow you to sort of aim the shade. Great product and it fits into a suitcase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.96 (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    3. A waterproof pouch to keep your cellphone dry, even if you take it in the water. Want to take pictures or answer a text? The clear sleeve still gives you full touch-screen capability!


    It also comes with a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck.

    Promising review: "This product is incredible. I purchased to use while in Key West for an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, and Galaxy S6 Edge and it fits perfectly for each phone (but a little more snug with the iPhone 6 plus). It is completely waterproof and takes great photos and video through the case but you have to press record prior to submerging the case underwater. My family went snorkeling and kept the case with the phone inside submerged almost the entire time and had no issues with leakage. My family and I got stopped numerous times being asked where we purchased this product. Perfect even if just on the beach and you do not want to get sand or sunscreen on your phone and want to still take photos/text/browse the internet while on the beach. I will be purchasing this for everyone in my family as it has become a travel must-have! I highly recommend this product." —Jennifer Roman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 14 colors).

    4. A sun visor as stylish as it is effective at getting the sun out of your face and the sweat at bay. If traditional baseball caps make your head too sweaty, you'll love how the open design of this visor allows the breeze to hit your hair and neck.

    model wearing a beige wide brim visor

    The wide brim provides much more UV protection than regular caps!

    Promising review: "I have long hair and always avoided hats because I hate having my hair sweating against my neck in a low bun or ponytail. With this sun visor-summer hat combo, I can keep my hair in a top knot and still keep my face and neck protected from the sun while catching a nice breeze. This is perfect (although a little large in circumference and I have a big head 7 3/4 hat size) and it’s adjustable and can fit any head size. It rolls up well and has an elastic to keep it rolled. I’ll be recommending this item to all my friends!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    5. A beach chair that sits low to the ground so you can still have that relaxing feel of sand on your toes and legs while sitting upright. It also comes with a cup holder (important!) and a sleeve on the back to hold your towel when you're not using it.,

    Promising review: "Love these chairs! Got two for a trip to the beach and they’re very comfortable. They fold up easily and are very compact and easy to carry/pack, just throw it on your shoulder with the strap on the bag and your hands are free to carry other things!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $46.77.

    6. A pack of beach towels if you have a big family and just need a lot of towels that will last throughout many summer seasons. Reviewers say these hold up well wash after wash.

    yellow beach towel hanging on the back of a chair

    Promising review: "We live just 300 yards from the beach and we go through beach towels quickly. We use them, out visiting family and friends use them, we use them around the pool as well. So many of the 'tourist' towels really don't stand up to the wear, but these do...they are actual towels and not beach front souvenirs! Absorbent and soft the colors stay vibrant; they're great towels." —Dr.L.

    Get a set of four towels from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in 10 color combinations).

    7. A pair of beach socks because sometimes the beach can be very rocky, rough, and hot and you need to keep your feet protected! When you're done using them, they roll up for easy storage.

    two reviewers with beach socks on their feet while sitting in the sand

    Promising review: "These were perfect for my trip to Kauai. The beach we were near had hidden rocks in the sand — big volcanic rocks that hurt to step on, except for me in my fancy shoes. I wore them almost constantly for a week and they held up great under all kinds of stress. I'd totally buy them again. I only wish I had ordered them for everyone in my group." —The Vincents

    Get them from Amazon for $8.68+ (available in women's sizes 4—13.5 and men's sizes 3—12 and 44 designs).

    8. A rechargeable handheld fan you'll want to whip out the second you feel the first drop of sweat descend down your face. This one's a lifesaver on those unforgivingly humid, nonwindy beach days.

    reviewer holding up a black personal fan outside

    I bought this to take on a summer trip to Disney World and let me tell you — it's the only way I survived!! Every day got well into the 90s, but I kept this pointed at my face whenever I wasn't soaking up air conditioning. I was seriously impressed with how powerful it was and how I instantly felt less sweaty. The charge lasts about a day if you use it sparingly (or a few hours of continuous use) so make sure to charge it nightly if you're on a trip. The fan has three speed settings, and it folds so you can prop it up.

    Promising review: "I am so happy I purchased this. It definitely makes my life slot cooler. Great for traveling or those occasional hot flashes. I love that it doesn't need countless batteries that die quickly. I can just recharge it. The battery lasts quite a while as well. It has three settings low, medium, and high, and let me tell you the highest setting really puts out some air. I was really amazed at the strength of the fan on the highest setting. It's definitely worth every penny. I like taking mine to work when I get overheated because I'm always hot or when I go to the beach. It always comes in handy living in this hot, humid climate." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $14.59+ (available in three colors).

    9. A bottle of Black Girl Sunscreen that doesn't leave behind that dreaded gooey, milky look that most sunscreens do. This formula goes on completely sheer, and it's infused with jojoba and avocado to keep your skin hydrated.

    blackgirlsunscreen / Via, blackgirlsunscreen / Via

    This sunscreen is paraben-free, fragrance-free, oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, silicone-free and aluminum-free.

    Promising review: "I used to dread wearing sunscreen because of that horrible ashy cast it gave my brown skin. Now? I actually look forward to putting this stuff on. I love how moisturizing it is and that it is completely sheer. What is advertised to do it actually does. I layer this on top of my moisturizer. You do need to work it in a little bit but it absorbs into the skin nicely. To all my brown/black ladies/fellas, what are you waiting for? Buy it!" —MD

    Get it from Target for $15.99.

    10. A stunning one-piece swimsuit guaranteed to leave you feeling so beautiful and confident as you frolic among the waves. Get ready for all the compliments when you wear this on your next beach trip!,

    We've been through the reviews and can confidently say this suit fits like a dream on everyone!

    Promising review: "THIS SWIMSUIT BLEW ME OUT OF THE WATER, HOLY HECK! It fits, in a word, perfectly. I may just buy this in every color." —Emma Maas

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in 18 colors and sizes S–3XL).

    11. Or this bikini top designed for anyone with a bigger chest who's sick and tired of searching for bathing suits with support. When you're wearing this, you can swim, jump through the waves, or chase after your dog without worrying one of your boobs will suddenly come flying out.

    model wearing a red bathing suit
    Wild Isles

    The bikini top is UPF 50, fade-resistant, chlorine-safe, and sunscreen & oil resistant. They recommend hand-washing the garment.

    Wild Isles is a woman-owned small business based in Minneapolis that creates swimsuits constructed with sustainably, ethically made materials.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I have never had a top that fit this well and allowed me to feel covered to move around, like playing volleyball or being crushed by waves without the girls falling out. SO happy I found this site." —Jeannine R.

    Get the bikini top from Wild Isles for $95 (available in women's sizes 1-4, which accommodates cup sizes C-H, and in four colors).

    Check out the Wild Isles' bikini bottoms here.

    12. A pair of lightweight, waterproof Birkenstocks that are way more supportive than those flimsy flip-flops you've been holding onto. If you've been heading to the beach often this summer, you'll want to make sure these durable shoes are part of your beach uniform.

    a pair of black waterproof birkenstocks

    They have a contoured footbed so they give your foot total, flexible support when you're walking.

    Promising review: "Perfect for the beach and pool. They provide comfort, no scratchy sand getting between your toes in flip flops, 100% waterproof! Easy to rinse off coming off the beach. Wore morning and night on my beach vacation. Perfect to bring littles to the pool in and play water games in outside." —Zappos Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–15.5, narrow and regular widths, and eight colors).

    13. A cooler backpack if you have to walk a long way from your car to the beach and need an easy way to carry all your water bottles, sodas, and adult beverages. This thing can hold up to 20 cans!

    Promising review: "This cooler backpack is absolutely perfect. I plan on bringing it to the beach every time we go. It's actually very comfortable on my shoulders. No leaks and it keeps our beverages and snacks nice and cool! Would 100% recommend." —Anjel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    14. A swimsuit cover-up that will become your go-to beach outfit this summer. The collared neck and rolled-up sleeves make it look polished enough that you could also wear it as a regular dress or over jeans!,

    Promising review: "This coverup is so great that I came back to buy an additional color. I bought the black first and recently bought the white. It is lightweight, cool, and the fabric is soft. Looks very chic but also functional as a coverup. I wanted it a bit loose so I bought a size up and it's perfect. Very comfortable. Dries comfortable. You won't roast while you're wearing it. You could easily throw this on over your suit to go out for a meal or do some shopping at the beach. Highly recommend. It's super cute with cute flip-flops and a big hat and sunglasses." –D. Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $28.39 (available in women's sizes S-3XL and 34 colors)

    15. A cooling towel to soak in cold water and place around your neck to keep you cool as a cucumber all day long. The more water you soak it in, the longer it stays cool!,

    Promising review: "This is the best for the summer heat. I even wrap one around my dog in summer in the car. I've bought multiples and gave one to mail carrier and maintenance game-changer for us." —Louie1000

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two colors).

    16. Or a pet bandana so your pup can get a taste of the cooling towel magic, too! It's especially helpful for longer-haired breeds that have a harder time cooling down in the summer.,

    To make it even cooler, dip it in water, and then place it in your beach cooler for a few minutes before putting it on your dog!

    Promising review: "My dog Rella hates to wear anything but on a recent hike when she got really hot, I wet this and put it around her neck. She took to it gracefully and proudly wore it for the rest of the hike. This is a great asset when out with your dog in the summer." —kitti reynolds

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in three sizes).

    17. A set of beach towel clips because nothing's more annoying when you're trying to relax than your towel falling down the back of your chair or flying away whenever the wind picks up.,

    Promising review: "Meet your new beach/lounge chair’s best friend. I love that you can use these clips to hold your towels on the railing to dry in the breeze or at the beach and pool to keep your towels in place on the lounge chairs. No more fly away towels!" —BeckiCaesar

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $10.69+ (available in two thicknesses).

    18. A tube of Burt's Bees After Sun soother if you find yourself looking like a lobster after a long beach day soaking up the sun. Apply this all over the sunburnt area as soon as possible for sweet relief from the pain, itching, and heat.

    to the left: a badly burnt back of a reviewer, to the right: the same back healed and tan

    This product is formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS.

    Promising review: "Whenever someone I know has a sunburn, I become that super annoying product-pusher friend. I tell everyone about the sun soother! Really, Burt’s Bees should pay me. It rubs into skin like lotion so you don’t feel greasy and can immediately put on clothes after application. A little goes a long way! It smells good without being overpowering (and I’m picky about scents!). Most importantly, it works! I’ve had everything from slight burn to looks-like-a-lobster-feels-like-fire and this sun soother has eliminated the pain/itch and drastically reduced the eventual peel. Highly recommend!" —jlgentr3

    Get it from Amazon or $7.24.

    19. Or a tube of aloe gel formulated to help soothe sensitive sunburnt skin on your face. The aloe vera contains antioxidants that soothe the pain while the papaya extract in the gel has anti-inflammatory benefits that help the skin appear less red and irritated.

    bottle of island aloe gel with aloe plants behind it

    Hanalei is a small business based in Hawaii that specializes in beauty products and skincare blended with native Hawaiian botanicals. They donate a portion of their proceeds to the AKAMAI Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing students in Hawaii with skills and tools to prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.

    Promising review: "This product is great for many reasons: you get your money's worth and it makes your skin feel silky all year round when you apply it. When I get sunburns and I apply other aloe gels, it always peels and rubs and ends up being flakey on my skin and just irritates me in general. This is the ONLY aloe vera gel that I can find that does not do this and trust me I have tried EVERYTHING! I definitely recommend this product to all skin types and ages!" —Lola

    Get it from Hanalei for $20.

    20. An inflatable lounger for a truly luxurious sunbathing experience...I bet you're already daydreaming of yourself in one of these, drink in hand and waves crashing in the distance.,

    To inflate, just move it through the air and trap the air by closing the sleeve opening before you're done moving. Make sure to keep the opening closed until you start your next inflating movement. Whenever I go to the beach, I always see people doing a little running motion to fill this up with air quicker, and it seems to work really well for them!

    Promising review: "I wanted to hang out in the beach and just lay down for a couple of hours. I tried foldable chairs but they were too heavy. I tried the Wekapo and it was the best solution. It packs to a small size, it's lightweight enough, and it elevates me enough from the sand." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $38.98+ (available in 16 colors).

    21. A set of beach toys because what's a day at the beach without a very serious sandcastle-building session? Whether this is for the kids or the kids at heart, this durable set will provide endless hours of fun trip after trip to the beach.,

    Promising review: "It's officially beach time and we now have the best sand toys! This set is perfect in so many ways, it's a nice assortment of shapes of alligator, turtle, crocodile, dinosaurs, castle, etc., in bright colors, along with the must-have shovel, rake, sand sifter, and watering can. The see-through carrying bag shows off the set, but the surprise is when you open it up and even more pieces that were nesting in larger ones fall out, 16 in total!" —J.Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    22. A tumbler with double-wall vacuum insulation that will keep drinks cold all day long. No matter how hot it gets outside, you can rest assured you'll have ice-cold water at the ready!,

    According to reviewers, it's even better than the more expensive brands of insulated tumblers! It comes with a flip lid, a straw lid, and two reusable straws.

    Promising review: "Not to be dramatic, but I would die for this cup. I bought the all black version and it's beautiful. Not only that, but the interchangeable tops and two plastic straws!!! I'm so excited to be saving the whales and looking amazing in the process. I should ask for commission on the sales of this because all of my coworkers want one now. Another great part that I don't think the description mentions, there's NO condensation AT ALL. I also accidentally left half an iced coffee WITH CUBES in here for nine hours and when I came home the cubes were still there and the coffee was still cold. ALSO, I have tiny hands which sometimes makes holding things difficult. But the 16-oz size is tall and slim and easy to carry/fit in small bags." –jacklynn ramos

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four sizes and 31 colors)

    23. A Slammo game set if you're looking for a way to add some excitement to a lazy beach day. If you have a big group, pair up and have a little competition!

    group of people standing around a slammo game at the beach

    This set includes the net, a carrying case, and three balls. Slammo is similar to volleyball: you and your partner have three hits to bounce or spike the ball into the net on the ground. Once the ball bounces up, it's the next team's turn. Whoever lets the ball hit the ground loses that round. Get ready for some fierce rivalry once this game gets going!

    Promising review: "This is a well-built game that uses high quality plastic to hold it in shape. There is a groove along the bottom that prevents the feet from twisting and falling over. The three balls included are also of high quality. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the entire set. Everything feels of the highest quality." —TheProfessor101

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    24. Or this cornhole game to add another event on the Beach Olympics docket. When you're done playing, you can fold up the boards and fit them into an easy-to-carry case.

    four people playing cornhole at the beach

    Promising review: "Got this for a little beach fun. It went over well. It's lightweight and easily transported. It takes up little space in the trunk. Sets up quickly and tears down just as quickly. Good buy for the price. Seems sturdy and looks like it will last with a little effort and care." —Dennis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four colors).

    25. A full-face snorkel mask that allows for more peripheral viewing so you'll never miss a single fish swimming by. The design helps you breathe more naturally than traditional snorkel masks, so you'll be able to *just keep swimming* for longer.

    model wearing a full face snorkel mask while swimming in the ocean

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic snorkel! I've tried other full face snorkels and they worked just fine. This gives a much bigger field of view and is a lot more comfortable than the others. I think other snorkels compromise on the viewing field and comfort in order to keep water from flooding the mask. You'll spend less money on different masks but it is most definitely worth the little extra money to get this mask and be able to be comfortable and experience life beneath the water with a huge field of view!! The GoPro mount is a very nice addition. Highly recommend!!!" —A Dougherty

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in six colors and sizes S–L).

    26. A pair of heart-shaped sunglasses for a whimsical way to protect your eyes at the beach. With so many colors available, you can match them to your swimsuit!, Ciera Velarde / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "They're well made and I haven't had any issues. That being said I have gotten more compliments on them than anything else I've owned pretty much ever. People I know like them a lot, but even random strangers remark on them. They just seem to brighten up everyone's day when they see me wearing them. Not only do they allow me to see outside or driving with my light-sensitive eyes, but they bring a little joy to everyone I come into contact with while wearing them. If you're bold enough to wear heart-shaped sunglasses absolutely buy them!" —J. Stanley

    Get them from Amazon for $10.94+ (available in 17 colors).

    27. Or this pair of sunglasses that also function as a bottle opener. Yes, you'll instantly become everyone's favorite person on the beach when you're wearing these sneakily helpful sunnies.


    Promising review: "Maaaannnnnn I bought these for Cancun and they’ve been used and abused here in the saltwater pool and beaches but they are worth the money in my opinion! Yes they feel a tad bit cheap but hey they’ve opened so many bottled beer and sodas and I like how they look. I’m happy with my purchase! Will be buying more to keep in my car and in my work truck." —Erik Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

    28. A utility wagon because spending a day at the beach means you have a lot of stuff to bring, especially if you have kids! The wheels move smoothly over sand, and it folds up easily to put in your car.,

    Promising review: "Every busy family needs this. We use it to carry our sports equipment, beach gear, and even our two young kids (1 and 3 years old). The wheels are very sturdy. We've used it over grass and gravel, and it rolls without issue. The handle also extends out and it locks securely in place when not used. The whole cart also folds and unfolds easily and isn't too heavy when loading in and out of the car. I've seen this in stores, but it was a much better price here. Definitely recommend." —Jheneya

    Get it from Amazon for $102.32+ (available in six colors).

    29. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for finally reading that bestseller you've been wanting to start for ages. The anti-glare display on the screen mimics the look of words on actual paper, providing the optimal beach-reading experience.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    My coworker and Kindle-lover Abby Kass says: "I've been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery last for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book."

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in two storage sizes and four colors)

    Check out our full review of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

    30. A scalp and hair mist from Sun Bum with SPF 30 because even the top of your head needs sun protection! This keeps your hair looking healthy and strong, and you won't get that awful sunburnt scalp from a long day swimming in the ocean.

    a hand spraying the small brown and yellow bottle of scalp and hair mist

    Promising review: "I was so pleased to find this! Due to a few health issues my hair started thinning and I worried about parts of my scalp getting sunburn. This is a great product to finish getting ready to go out in the sun." —Joanie15

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    31. A set of beach cup holders — just stick them right into the sand, and your drink of choice stays upright and sand-free. There's even a slot on the side to hold your phone or sunglasses!

    an orange, pink, teel, and light blue beach cup holder

    Promising review: "We just returned from the beach and used our cup holders. They're perfect! Very sturdy, too. I had monogrammed decals made for them. I highly recommend these." —Betty

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $21.97.

    32. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker to blast that Spotify playlist you made called "beach jamzzzz" loud enough for everyone to hear. It can connect up to two smartphones at once and it can last for 12 hours of playtime on just one charge.

    reviewer photo of a JBL black portable waterproof speaker at the beach

    Promising review: "This speaker is awesome! The battery charge lasts hours! The sound quality is amazing, hooks up easily to any phone with Bluetooth capability. I have used it by my pool, at the beach in a hotel room, driveway party, tailgate, and just about anywhere you need to listen to music. The strap is sturdy enough to hang from a tent or chair. It stands up, it lays down. It’s even waterproof. It fell in the sand at the beach and I washed it off, shook it out and it was good to go. Everyone needs one of these speakers!! I always travel with it. The charger cord can hook up to any USB port. So convenient." —JAS

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95 (available in seven colors).

    33. A beach brush because as much as you love the beach, you don't love all the sand that gets on your feet, shoes, and basically everywhere else. Use this to brush away any sand that's stuck to your body before getting in the car.

    person using a pro bum brush to brush off the sand from feet

    Promising review: "This is probably one of the best investments I have made regarding beach-going. I do not know how I was going about my beach days without having one of these brushes. Great product, strong bristles but soft enough for your skin/feet. I would recommend that anyone that goes to the beach, this should be a must-have just like an umbrella and chair." —VCTrojanDodger

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    34. A folding table for a truly superior beach picnic experience that will leave you asking, "What took me so long to buy one of these?" It'll keep all your food sand-free and within easy reach.

    reviewer photo of a beach table in the sand with a sunset in the background

    Promising review: "I've now purchased two of these tables (both in large), and they are simply wonderful! They are light, compact, and easy to transport. Most importantly, they are sturdy: we've had one of ours for over four years, and it is still going strong — well worth the higher price in comparison to other tables. We used them at the beach to keep phones, food, speakers, etc. up out of the sand and they are the envy of the beach! We also use them when we are camping or just sitting around a campfire. The table itself has an accordion-style top with two strong elastic straps at each end to hold it in place when it is folded. It easily unfolds by sliding the straps off the ends and letting gravity do the rest. The base spreads apart like a scissor-jack, with two top pieces that snap into a groove to keep the entire base rigid. Finally, the top snaps into two grooves on each side of the top and you are done — 60 seconds or less after you get used to doing it." —Eclectic Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (avaliable in three sizes and two colors).

    35. A portable safe so you can confidently leave your valuables on the beach without worrying they'll get stolen as you swim among the surf.


    Promising review: "This safe has become a MUST have on all our vacations. We no longer travel without it. We put two iPhones, cash, and car keys in this little safe, locked it to a beach cabana, threw a towel over it and took off for a hour of snorkeling. Never once worried about our belongings. We now use several of these as room safes AND as 'hide a key' lockboxes outside our vacation condo for teens who come and go throughout the day. They are invaluable!" —KeepIT Reel

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19+ (available in five colors).

    Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the best beach trip of your life:


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