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06/20/2014 11:03 am ET Updated Aug 20, 2014

Best Beach Gadgets and Gear (PHOTOS)

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You can turn any snorkeling outing into a Jacques Cousteau-worthy adventure if you document it with the waterproof Hydra mask, whose built-in HD camcorder shoots wide-angle footage with audio.

It's part of a new wave of beach gear that's more fun than ever, thanks to advancements in design and technology -- and a stronger sun. We've come a long way from the Beach Boys' days, when all you toted was a towel, a bathing suit, sunglasses, tanning oil, a paperback, and a cooler.

One constant is the need to protect your valuables from water and sand. So every item we've profiled is water-resistant or waterproof, from the Braven BRV-X Bluetooth speaker to the Waterfi Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

Our beach packing list also includes clever yet low-tech items like the Waboba ball -- an alternative to the traditional volleyball or Frisbee -- and stylish customizable Ray-Ban sunglasses (you choose the color, frames, and personalized engraving).

These items are, naturally, travel-friendly; even the sturdy Alite Bison Chair weighs in at only 4.6 pounds and collapses easily. So whether you're flying or driving, upgrade your vacation with this beach gear.

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