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Summer  It's a time when the days are warm, long and lazy. When families head out on vacation   often to sun-drenched destinations on the beach. If you're planning a beachside holiday where you'll spend marvelous days relaxing in the sun, with warm sand between your toes and a cool, salty sea breeze that carries the tranquil sound of the surf and the gulls as it soothes your sun-soaked skin, we have everything you need on our list of 10 things to bring to the beach.

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1. Tech-Savvy Sunscreen
UVSunSense

One of the most important items to pack when you're heading to the beach is suntan lotion or sunblock. If you re planning to spend hours hanging out in the sun and taking dips in the ocean, UVSunSense can help you track your exposure to ultraviolet rays. The purple wristband becomes brown when you need to apply more suntan lotion and yellow when you ve spent too long in the sun.

 

2. High-Tech Specs
Eyetop Centra

When you head to the beach, sunglasses are a necessity. These days, some beachgoers prefer to go high tech. The Eyetop Centra wearable video screen glasses allow you to watch and listen to videos while you're hanging out at the beach   all through the glasses! Simply plug in your favorite handheld or mobile device and catch up on a movie or television show while you bask in the sun, because sometimes you just want to watch TV while you relax by the ocean   and now you can.

 

3. eBook Reader
Kindle 3

The latest Amazon Kindle is the perfect eBook reader, whether you re in the sun or shade, indoors or outside. There's no need to lug around a bunch of books when you can carry a single, 9-ounce eReader with the capacity to hold up to 3,500 eBooks. You still get the Kindle's 6-inch, no-glare screen with electronic ink that makes reading in the sun even more enjoyable because you won't have to strain to see the words through your own reflection.

With the Kindle 3, you can choose either the Wi-Fi or 3G + Wi-Fi model. Since you can download an eBook in about 60 seconds, you can think of a title and begin reading it before you've even had a chance to get comfortable under your parasol.

 

4. Kindle Cover
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover

Amazon has a nice, attractive carrying case for its Kindle that helps keep it safe, makes it easier to carry and comes in a variety of colors. Plus, the cover has a built-in LED light so you can read in the dark, even though the Kindle doesn t have a backlit display to extend its battery life and to make it easier to read with better text contrast.

 

5. All-in-One Entertainment iPod
iPod Touch

Apple s premiere touchscreen iPod is powered by iOS, and it has access to hundreds of thousands of apps and games through Apple's online App Store. The iPod touch has a mix of multimedia uses: it's a music player, video player, email and internet device, gaming device, eBook reader and more, making it the go-to handheld device for many beachgoers.

 

6. iPod and iPhone Dock
Altec iMT320

When you hit the beach with your iPod touch, sometimes headphones just don t cut it. Altec s iMT320 iPod and iPhone Dock is a portable way for others to listen to music at the beach. The sound quality is top-notch, so your favorite jams won t sound weak while you re chilling out or playing some volleyball. If you need something more rugged, we suggest checking out the waterproof Grace Eco Extreme iPod case with built-in speaker, though you ll sacrifice sound quality with just one, small speaker.

 

7. Solar-Powered iPod Charger
Solio Mono

You ll need to keep your iPod charged, and the Solio Mono is a solar-powered charger! If you love to lounge on the beach all day, just put your Solio Mono out in the sun. When your iPod, iPhone or other mobile device starts to lose its charge, simply plug it in and let the Mono-a recharge it. You won't need to return to your hotel room and miss out on valuable tanning time.

8. Grill Gear
iGrill

Some beaches and their adjoining parks have places to grill so you can have a real cookout and picnic experience. The iGrill digital meat thermometer will help you know when your food is at the right temperature while you re grilling by showing the temperature on its display. With wireless Bluetooth connectivity to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and the iGrill app, you can relax and enjoy your perfectly cooked meal on the beach.

 

9. Weather Forecast App
Weather Channel App

The Weather Channel has weather forecast apps for most smartphones and mobile devices so you ll know what the weather will be like when you get to the beach. In some places, particularly in the tropics, it can be sunny at your hotel and rainy at the beach. Trust the Weather Channel family of apps to give you a clear forecast for your planned excursion to the beach.

 

10. Digital Camera
Olympus Pen E-PL2

Olympus s latest offering is aimed at people who want to take photos with a better, interchangeable lens like a DSLR that is easy to use, just like a point-and-shoot camera. It s really the best of both worlds, and you can purchase additional lenses to take great pictures while you re at the beach, and then transfer them to your laptop and upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site or social network profile page.

 

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