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5 Essential items to pack for a beach getaway

Kristin Chessman is a freelance writer, editor and mom from Southern California with a passion for travel, fashion, Disney, the beach, Italian food and all-things celebrity. Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinChessman.

Beach chic

Summertime means plenty of sun, sand and relaxation. Whether you’re jetting to the Hawaiian Islands or the Hamptons, you’ll want to pack cute, chic pieces to take you from day to night. Find out how five key items can create the perfect look for your next beach getaway.

s Robin Piccone Ikat Print Strapless Cover-Up Dress

Cover-up

First, it’s important to start with a cover-up that makes a statement. This Robin Piccone Ikat Print Strapless Cover-Up Dress is bold, trendy and versatile. The detachable straps help this refreshing number easily transition from poolside to happy hour. (Nordstrom, $130)

Robin Piccone crocheted halter-style bikini

Swimsuit

The second most-important item for your beach getaway is the swimsuit. Whether you prefer to ride the waves or suntan, this sophisticated Robin Piccone crocheted halter-style bikini is the perfect choice. We love the pearly buttons adorning the bikini top and low-rise bikini bottoms. Plus, the neutral tone complements the colorful cover-up perfectly. The top sells for $90 and the bottom sells for $74 -- both can be found at Nordstrom.

Madden Girl Elivia Wedge Sandals

Sandals

Beach chic is all about looking good from head-to-toe. This pair of Madden Girl Elivia Wedge Sandals in beige will ensure that you do just that. The knotted detail on the round toe is a flirty, feminine touch. Not only does this simple pair of sandals match practically everything in your summer wardrobe, but it’s also reasonably priced. (DSW.com, $40)

aviators

Sunglasses

Bring out your inner celebrity with a pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. The gold-rimmed glasses are the perfect way to complete your look this summer. Opt for the original Ray-Ban Aviator, or the Small Aviator -- a petite version designed for women with smaller, narrower faces. Select the right pair of aviators for your face shape on Ray-Ban.com. (Ray-Ban, starting at $99)

Tote

This summer, it’s all about straw totes. This metallic gold-toned paper straw rope tote by Magid is the perfect solution for carrying all your beach necessities. The internal zip pocket can store your wallet and keys, and the magnetic snap closure will keep your magazines and sunscreen secure. (Amazon.com, $50)

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