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A day at the beach or pool is usually equal parts fun and relaxing, but if you want to kick it up a notch, you’re going to have pack more than just some SPF and a good book in your tote. These fun, quirky items will not only make your days of soaking up the sun more enjoyable, they’re also great conversation starters—which means the beach party starts with you.

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UE Atmosphere Roll 2 speaker (; $99)
When it comes to waterproof speakers, this one constantly tops the list for techies in the know. It produces top-notch sound and is super easy to travel with.

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Icy breeze portable air conditioner and cooler (; $249)
You might have seen this worth-the-splurge product on “Shark Tank.” It’s a cooler with an AC unit attached, so you can beat the heat with a cold beverage and a constant flow of cool air pointed in your direction. The air travels up to 25 miles per hour—perfect for having a Beyonce moment at the beach.

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Verity beach towel (; $70)
Want to draw some attention to your poolside setup? Bring this bright, multifaceted-shaped towel and be prepared to constantly answer the question, “where did you get that awesome towel?”

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Cooler bag with racket set (; $40)
If you’re looking for more of a budget-friendly cooler, this is a good option. It also comes with two wooden paddles and a rubber paddle ball, so it’s game on after snack time.

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iPowerHouse solar phone charger (; $30)
This is how you become the most popular person at the pool: Offer up free charges via this compact solar phone charger and you’ll surely spark up an interesting conversation with your poolside neighbors.


Zing Anything Citrus Zinger sport cap water bottle (; $18)
Add a little zest to your beach beverage with this bottle which features equipment that juices citrus fruits and infuses them into your drink. The bottle is intended for water, but we won’t judge if you get creative with your imbibing choices.


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