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10 Beach Essentials to Pack This Summer

Items to make your day in the sun a little more fun

A hat, beach bag and flip-flops on the seashore

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En español | Once upon a time all we needed was a swimsuit, a bath towel and sunshine. Not anymore! The list of what to bring to the beach or pool has swelled as 50-plusers tote everything from pop-up tents to portable handheld fans and hefty reclining lounge chairs with pockets for reading specs and wine glasses. That doesn't even include the other essentials for keeping us protected and pampered under the sun. Here's what you really need to make your day.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.