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While you need to pack all the essentials for vacation, it's the extras that can really make downtime fun — like this retro-style beach radio. It comes in bright cherry red (plucked straight from a Slim Aarons photo) and its portable design makes it easy to grab and go — all you need to do is plug in your phone and you'll be the official poolside DJ. All that's left to do is make the perfect playlist.
Photo: Courtesy of Sunny Life
SunnyLife Beach Sounds Speaker & Radio, $50 at Shopbop.
Looking for a great place to use the perfect beach speakers? Click through for some of the best beaches for summer:
Dr. Beach's list of best beaches for 2015
The perfect, playful speakers made for the beach
In this May 19, 2015 photo, Ali Junell, of Portland, Ore., left, and Kristen Carmichael, of Los Angeles, sit on the beach at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The beach was listed as No. 1 on the 2015 list of best beaches, a list compiled annually by Florida International University Professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Gulf Coast, Florida, USA
Beach at St. George Island State Park
Hana, Maui, Hawaii, United States, North America
(Ann Cecil via Getty Images)
Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Key Biscayne Florida USA Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park lighthouse.
Paddle board surfer heads out to catch a wave at Coast Guard Beach. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)