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__ Inflatable beach balls, tubes, and water wings
__ Disposable swim diapers
__ Waterproof sunscreen/insect repellent combo
__ Waterproof face/lip sunblock
__ Hat or cap
__ Refillable water bottle: Look for wide-mouthed ones to accommodate ice.
Not wild about packing tons of sand toys? Hit up your hotel restaurant for castle-creating tools. Disposable cups, bowls, and silverware are great for sculpting sand.For the plane:
__ Favorite books and backpack-sized toys: Leave the talking ones at home!
__ Search-a-word or crossword puzzle books
__ Mad Libs
__ Vinyl stickers (such as Colorforms) for airplane windows
__ Non-sticky snacks: Consider tossing together a pretzel, dried fruit, and Cheerio snack mix before your trip, and storing it in single-serving bags.
Remember to pack headphones for any handheld games or portable CD or DVD players your children might bring.
__ Mesh laundry bag: Keeps beach necessities in and lets sand sift out.
__ First-aid kit: Include tweezers, hydrocortisone cream, and rubbing alcohol, in case of jellyfish stings.
__ Waterproof/underwater disposable camera
__ Packable straw hat: Look for ones you can literally roll up pack in your bag.
__ Soft-sided cooler: It's easy to pack and perfect for keeping bottles, boxed drinks, and snacks cold.
__ Biodegradable travel soap: Use to rinse salt water from expensive swim suits -- also works as body wash and shampoo.
__ Pareo or sarong: Use as a bathing suit cover-up, towel, or shawl in air-conditioned restaurants.
World traveler Anne McAlpin is the author of the popular book and video series, Pack It Up. Visit her Web site www.packitup.com for more travel tips.