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Pack This Stuff for Your Next Tropical Escape

From reading material to the perfect breezy outfit, these 10 items deserve space in your suitcase

Going on a tropical getaway this winter? This is the gear you want. (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
Going on a tropical getaway this winter? This is the gear you want.

Nomadix Towel ($55)

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(Photo: Courtesy Nomadix)

The Nomadix packs smaller than the average beach towel and has endless uses: sand-repellent blanket, no-slip yoga accessory, and, yes, ultra-absorbent shower towel.

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OluKai Nohie Olu Sandals ($115)

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Your feet will love these slip-ons, which are extra comfy, with a cushioned footbed and generous leather straps.

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Yellow 108 Stevie Palm Straw Fedora ($104)

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(Photo: Courtesy Yellow 108)

This unisex straw hat features a light build for maximum airflow that will keep you cool.

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Croakies Original Sunglasses Strap ($9)

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For more than four decades, this simple neoprene device has saved us from losing our shades when we’re on adventures.

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Smith Cheetah Sunglasses ($129)

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This update on a classic eighties style combines a feminine cat-eye look with polarized, tapered lens technology in a super light and durable frame.

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‘The Outlaw Ocean’, by Ian Urbina ($30)

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(Photo: Courtesy Knopf)

The ideal beach read for those who like their surf and sand with a side of intrigue: sinister real-life tales of pirates, smugglers, and poachers from a New York Times reporter.

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Jungmaven Aspen Dress ($188)

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What’s better than oversize pockets? Oversize pockets with secret compartments inside to keep your valuables safe. Constructed from 100 percent hemp, this dress is durable and more comfortable than cotton in hot weather.

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Outerknown Woolaroo Trunks ($125)

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More boardshorts should be made of wool. The Woolaroo offers natural odor resistance and a retro fit, and it’s 100 percent renewable and biodegradable.

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Mollusk Left Point Bikini Top and Bottom ($63 and $55)

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(Photo: Courtesy Mollusk)

Mollusk’s roots as a surf company come through in this stay-put swimsuit that will keep you playing in the waves, not fidgeting with your bikini straps.

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Patagonia Black Hole 25 Tote ($59)

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(Photo: Courtesy Patagonia)

This lightweight tote, made using 100 percent recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR finish, resists water and sand. The bag stuffs into its own pocket for easy suitcase stashing.

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From Outside Magazine, January/February 2020
Filed To: Clothing and ApparelBoat TravelAir TravelSunglasses
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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