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11 Summer essentials for your weekend beach getaway

Cristina Gibson studied journalism at Loyola Marymount University. While completing her senior year, she landed an internship at E! as an online writer and reporter. Cristina went on to write her own daily column called Hollywood Party G...

Summer is almost here and that means weekend trips to the beach. Make getting away a breeze with these 11 suggested summer essentials.

1. A maxi dress

These easy, breezy dresses look good on every figure and can be dressed down or up. Pair with flip-flops for a beach cover-up or wedges and jewelry for a night out. We like this one from American Eagle for its sheer layers and figure-flattering cinched waist.

2. A chic beach chair that has built-in beverages

Clos on the Go, Clos du Bois' collaboration with Trina Turk, is the perfect beach accessory. It comes in a brightly colored bag that folds out into a chair and features a bottle of their Chardonnay, wine glasses, bottle opener and playing cards. Talk about one-stop shopping.

3. A sunscreen that stays

Everyone needs sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and a self-tanner so you can get glowing without wrinkles or sun damage. Try Kate Somerville 360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes, which you wipe over yourself for an easy DIY tan that looks like the real deal. They contain tea tree oil to banish breakouts and vitamin E to condition skin.

4. A great swimsuit

Find your most flattering fit with these mix-and-match bikini tops and bottoms from Target, and opt to show as much (or as little) skin as you want in versions that range from string to bandeau to skirt. With prices so reasonable, you can stock up on a few.

5. Trendy bling

It's the perfect time to try a body chain like hot mama Kate Hudson recently did, which looks hot with a bikini or with a regular outfit. If the look is too risque for your taste, try a hand chain instead, like this one from Eleanor Kalle.

6. A robe

Nothing says leisure like lounging in a robe during vacation downtime. Slip into a silk one, like a kimono version from Victoria's Secret, which feels luxurious yet lightweight.

7. A signature summer nail polish

We dig anything bright this season, like Essie's Strut Your Stuff, an aqua blue that reminds us of a swimming pool, or Haute in the Heat, a shocking fuchsia color.

8. White denim shorts

Hot temps call for lightweight shorts, like this pair from DL 1961. Their Karlie High Rise Short in milk has a boyfriend cut and slouchy fit, so they're comfortable yet cute.

9. A pretty beach towel

Stand out on the sand and coordinate your towel to your bathing suit with these colorblocked options from Pottery Barn made from 100 percent cotton. Get them monogrammed to make sure no one borrows yours.

10. A cool pair of shades

With each vintage, unisex pair purchased from Wildsoul, you can choose a charity to donate to. Looking good while giving back is always in style.

11. A hot set of wheels

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Nothing will make your weekend road trip better than renting a sleek sexy car. We're currently lusting after the Jaguar F-Type Coupe or Convertible if it's just you and your hubby, or Land Rover's Range Rover if the kids are coming, too.

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