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As you prepare for upcoming sandy retreats, consult our checklist of beach bag essentials--from sunglasses and slip-ons to a page-turning read. And while you’re at it, take a peek at five other items--including the perfect carryall--to amp up your day in the sun.

summer towels


Splurge on a traditional Turkish towel that’s made of lightweight organic cotton in a quick-drying weave.

Coyuchi ($68)

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Cover up

You’ll need a flattering swimsuit cover-up to throw on before you hit the boardwalk. (We’re partial to Madewell’s chambray shirt.)

Madewell ($80)

summer sunglasses


Ringing up at $50 or less, these shades will most certainly turn heads.

Various styles ($10 to $50)

summer sunscreen


Protecting your skin is paramount, and this SPF 20 sheer matte formula with non-nano zinc oxide and antioxidants is worth it.

True Nature Botanicals ($58)

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Throw on a pair of these canvas slip-ons for a long walk on the beach or to get you to and from the car.

Blu Kicks ($58)

summer book


If you loved the 2012 best seller Beautiful Ruins, like we did, consider The Rocks, by Peter Nichols, as your beach read of choice.

Amazon ($19)

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Water bottle

Filter your water and infuse it with fruit for a spa-like experience in the sand.

Clean Bottle Square ($10 to $45)

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