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So you’ve booked your beach getaway and you’re counting down the days until you hit the road. New swimsuit aside, you’re going to need to pack a few things to make your days in the sun as relaxing as possible. May we suggest starting with these five items?


To Capture Some Memories: Underwater Camera

Go all Nat Geo with the GoPro Hero4 camera ($500), which straps onto your goggles and takes crystal-clear pictures whether you’re snorkeling or just goofing around. A more affordable option: This Kodak digital version ($140) should do the trick.


To Keep Everyone Entertained: Board Games

We're not talking traditional Scrabble here. We?re talking about these sets from A Summer Shop. Games like checkers, chess and backgammon are printed on drawstring bags, which also hold all the pieces. You simply pour out the wooden tokens, smooth out the bag and start playing.


To Chill Out: Waterproof Speakers

Between sand, surf and sunscreen, electronics have no place at the beach...unless they?re built to withstand such elements. Try these NYNE floating, waterproof speakers ($123) that connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone. Cue the soothing sounds of Jack Johnson.


To Stay Sane: Wine Cooler

What’s a day at the beach without a little vino to top it off? This small, thermal wine and cheese cooler ($55) fits three bottles and comes equipped with a corkscrew, bottle stopper and wine glasses (plus a cutting board and cheese knife if you choose to go all out when the sun starts to set).


To Cart Your Stuff: Durable Carryall

This straw tote by Madewell ($60) is big enough to carry all of your essentials (beach reads included) and durable enough to withstand a day in the sun and sand.

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