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    21 Things You’ll Definitely Want To Bring On Your Next Trip To The Beach

    Everything to have you surfin' U.S.A.

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    1. An amazing boho beach mat that will totally get you in the mood for some good vibrations and relaxation.

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    Promising Review: "The mat is very nice, just the right size for a person to sit on beach. The cloth is heavier and has a good texture that won't just blow away. The colors are bright, bold, and beautiful for a sun shiny day." –joe smith

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    2. Cool sunglasses because going to the beach without them is kind of implausible. Why would you let your poor eyes suffer from UV rays if you don't have to?

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    Promising Review: "Great sunglasses! They are a great shape for your face, very durable, made well, super stylish, and cute!! I got one pair and immediately fell in love!" –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99. Also available in seven other shades.

    3. A pretty swimsuit cover-up to keep you warm once the sun goes down... because you're obviously going to stay on the beach ALL DAY.

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    Promising Review: "Loved this! This cover-up was lightweight and the style of the sleeves was flattering. I was hesitant to get this because these colors aren't something I would normally wear, but the bright colors photograph really well against a blue sky and ocean. This is perfect for tall girls, as well!" –Chris Fotopulos

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99. Also available in purple or apricot, one size.

    4. The most adorable watermelon cooler. It does seem fitting that the most refreshing fruit in the universe would be holding your... refreshments.

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    Promising Review: "This is exactly what I expected it to be. It'll be awesome when I bring it to the beach!" –Madeline CY

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $32 or Amazon for $41.22.

    5. A pizza slice float to ride the waves on. If you have seven friends with one, it'll transform into a pizza pie!

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $48.

    6. This waterproof, bluetooth speaker to play all of your favorite jams while you're soaking up some delightful sun rays.

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    It has a built-in rechargeable battery, and one charge has about six hours of battery life. Compatible with all phones via bluetooth.

    Promising Review: "This is very loud for its size with good sound clarity. It has fallen from over nine feet and got a small dent when a buddy of mine tried to stick the suction cup to a porous wall. But it still works flawlessly. I work at a hospital, and use this to play songs for my patients and the sound fills the common areas. I also used this in the shower and have no doubts about its water resistance." –Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99. Also available in orange.

    7. And this solar power charger, since playing hours of music will obviously drain out your phone. Juice it up with the power of the sun itself.

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    Comes equipped as a duel USB charger with a compass and LED flashlight, and can also be recharged with solar energy or an outlet. Compatible with all phone types.

    Promising Review: "This is pretty neat. I have a couple of battery packs but the one thing is that they are virtually useless once all of the juice from them are depleted. The great thing about this one, is that it charges with sunlight. When we are camping the one thing that we have is plenty of sunlight. So this is a great option for me!" –Jennifer Bordelon

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    8. Floatable donut cup holders for keeping beverages upright while you aren't drinking from them.

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    If nothing else, they'll scare away the thieving seagulls.

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    9. A floppy brimmed sun hat so you can chill and enjoy the sun in peace. Shade is super important if you want to avoid heatstroke.

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    Promising Review: "I got many compliments in this hat. I had it in Hawaii and it worked great to cover my face and shoulders. It went with most swimsuits and outfits I had, even if they were prints!" –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99. Also available in six other colors and patterns.

    10. A classic velcro catch game that you can play even if you have horrible hand-eye coordination! Gotta pass the summer day by, somehow!

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    Promising Review: "I used this with two adults and sometimes with kids at the beach. The paddles strap on easy and tight, they are sturdy and the balls stick really well. The carry case is great, as well as the two different balls sizes. I've actually used these multiple times and can vouch that they work great!" –Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. This portable sun shade, because sometimes the ocean breeze just won't allow you to wear a hat. Luckily, this can give you the same relief!

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    This attachable sun shade is compatible with any reclining lounge or beach chair by slipping the adjustable strap to the back.

    Promising Review: "I own two of these. I keep one on my chaise lounge at home, and the other I take with me to Mexico and Hawaii. I try to protect my face from the sun and this gives me full coverage. It makes reading my iPad easier in the sun. When all the umbrellas are taken, this is the perfect solution. It is well-made, easy-to-assemble, light, and portable." –bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99. Also available in green.

    12. This mini cabana can give you the room to catch some Z's (the beach is so, so fun, but a midday nap might be more your speed). Maybe your dog can join, too!

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    But make sure your doggo is super hydrated and out of the direct sun, because they overheat easily!

    Promising Review: "This tent is amazing! I purchased it for my one-week stay with my friend who lives on the coast of South Carolina. When you take it out of the bag, it pops up immediately. The stakes held it perfectly in the sand, and would do the same on grass. It was bigger than we thought!" –Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+. Also available in light blue.

    13. A vintage-style bikini to keep you cool and hip while you're catching some sun.

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    And maybe some waves?

    Promising Review: "The swimsuit holds up the girls, and looks fantastic. I'm normally super self conscious about my body, but this swimsuit made me feel super confident!" –Kate Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+. Available in seven other patterns, sizes M-5XL.

    14. These ripped aqua socks to avoid burning your precious feet and stepping on slimy seaweed. Hot sand is almost as bad as stepping on hot coals.

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    Promising Review: "I got these to wear in the Bahamas, but I'm also going to use them for local river hikes this summer. They fit like a glove. After they were on for a minute I didn't even notice them anymore. The socks protected my feet against loose coral and broken glass, and slid through the water like a hot knife through butter. Becuase they worked so well in the ocean, I'm going to get another pair for my daughter so she has some when we hike the Narrows in Zion. I think they will let us navigate through the water and protect our feet from rocks, all the while avoiding blisters." –Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+. Available in various colors and patterns, women's sizes 5.5-11.

    15. This beach tennis game set that'll make channelling your inner Serena Williams and working up a sweat along with a friend so easy.

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    Promising Review: "This is the perfect summer game – just enough activity to feel like you deserve that hot dog, but not too much to break a sweat. The handle is comfy, which allowed us to play for hours, and the mesh bag is super convenient as we are pretty prone to lose things in the post beach chaos of things and sand. Fun and convenient beach game." –Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. This microfiber, quick-drying towel that can soak up all the moisture from a dip in the ocean. Towels that can't stand a little water shouldn't be able to call themselves a towel.

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    Promising Review: "A really nice set of towels! They are thin and lightweight, but still absorbent enough to dry me off. This makes them great for packing in a bag for a trip or stuffing in a backpack on the way to the gym. The small towel is a nice bonus, I will be keeping this one on ice at my outdoor hockey games. It will make for a great mini cooling towel in the summer." –Zach Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. This beach toy set, because building sandcastles can be so much fucking fun. Just make sure to build a moat. All of the best castles have moats.

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    Promising Review: "We bought two sets of these great little toys for the beach and they are fabulous! Super sturdy plastic, not like the cheap stuff at the local stores, a great mesh carrying bag that made it easy to collect and knock off sand to carry back, and plenty of variety of toys for both of my kids." –Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    18. A mini beach chair that's perfect to keep your toes in the sand without the rest of your body being in the sand as well.

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    Promising Review: "Great little beach chair! it definitely sits low to the ground but that doesn't bug me at all. It's lightweight, folds well, and is easy to carry. The blue is vibrant as well, such a beautiful color." –Elizabeth Shaw-Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $19.38+. Available in 7 colors.

    19. A high-waisted, backless swimsuit—perfect for all of those lush Instagram photos you're gonna take.

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    Promising Review: "I had a child and wanted something that still made me feel beautiful and sassy. After a long time searching I found this and was excited to get it. This swimsuit makes me feel confident and beautiful." –M. Dain

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99. Available in seven other patterns, sizes S-XXXL.

    20. This waterproof phone bag so taking pictures of you and your friends doing cool shit underwater will be super easy. A water-damaged phone isn't anyone's idea of a good time.

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    Promising Review: "I bought this for a trip to Hawaii to capture snorkeling photos. You can use the touch screen underwater, and it works superbly to turn an iPhone into an underwater camera. I used this no less than 25 times on our trip, and together with my iPhone it took some amazing videos!" –Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99

    21. A sand-free mat so you can cut down on the amount of sand you carry home at the end of the day! The worst thing about going to the beach is literally having sand EVERYWHERE and finding it for weeks afterward. This will help.

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    Promising Review: "I loved this mat. We took it to the beach and it was amazing. The sand easily sifted through and when walking on the mat, sand did not come back up. When the wind blew, the mat did not fly away." –Ally F.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95+

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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