10 Beach Essentials to Buy Now

"Oh, this old towel?"

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It almost takes as much planning and effort to pack for a day at the beach as it does for a major trip, especially if you're going with the whole family. But with some careful organizing and functional (+ stylish!) accessories, you can have a stress-free day in the sun with your entire crew.

Avalon Round Towel

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REVOLVE

Round towels are really having a moment right now — and for good reason. Not only are they super chic, but they allow you to easily stake out your space on the beach. They're perfect if you need a play area for little ones, a spot to enjoy lunch or a larger space for lounging. You could even use a few to create an amazing picnic area for a large group of friends.

$110, revolve.com

Family Pop-Up Tent

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Pottery Barn Kids

If you plan to spend all day at the beach with your family, shade and sun protection are a must. Using this fun, pop-up tent will provide you with a cool, shady spot when you’re ready to take a break from the sun. And for anyone who can’t be out in the sun too much, it’s a great space to escape.

Beach Chair With Pillow

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Wayfair

This Brazilian eucalyptus lounge chair is sturdy, comfortable and stylish. It folds up for easy storage and includes a supportive head pillow, too. The chair fabric is all-weather, so it'll stand up to wet and sandy beach play.

$137, wayfair.com

Custom Beach Tote

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Parker Thatch

For true beach junkies, a custom-printed tote will totally steal the show. Parker Thatch allows you to print names, initials, cute phrases or a selection of icons.

Wet Bag

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The Container Store

What do you do with all of your wet bathing suits after a day at the beach? This is a challenge we’ve all had to deal with, but getting a few wet bags would make it way easier. These wet bags are specifically designed to hold damp or wet items and will help you avoid getting everything else in your bag wet, too. You can throw the bags into your tote, and when you get home everything can go straight into the wash. Done and done.

$18/each, containerstore.com

Cooler Bag

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ban.do

Ok, so you might not be able to pack bevvies for your entire crew, but you'll at least look beach-chic carrying cold essentials down to the water. Plus, when it's time to head out at night, you've got an adorable, seasonal handbag at the ready.

$32, bando.com

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

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Walmart

Drinking water is always important, but even more so, when you’re spending hours in the sun. This water bottle allows you to amp up the flavor profile by including chopped fruit or vegetables.

Portable, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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Amazon.com

Here’s a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s made to endure the rough beach environment. It’s rugged, waterproof and super sturdy, so you won’t have to be precious with it.

$60, amazon.com

Designer Sunglasses

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DITTO

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a serious addiction to designer sunglasses. The problem is, those puppies often cost hundreds of dollars and I don’t like to spend hundreds of dollars on sunglasses. So, I was so excited to come across this monthly sunglasses subscription from DITTO. Basically, you get to look through their collection of stylish, designer sunglasses and try them out. If you love them, you can buy them, or you can choose to send them back and swap them out for a new pair.

$24/month, ditto.com

Audible Subscription

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If you love to read but often find you don’t have the time to do it, you might want to consider an Audible subscription. Audible allows you to enjoy all of your favorite books from your tablet, iPhone and more. This means you can "read" in your car, at the gym or even sitting at the beach staring at the ocean with your headphones.

$14.95/month, audible.com

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