The 4th of July is the perfect excuse to hang out at the beach, but there's nothing worse than a long trek down the boardwalk to realize you forgot your sunhat or sunglasses, which is why we've done the packing for you.

From the perfect swimsuit to the ideal lounge chair (with a crisp glass of wine), we've rounded up our favorite items for a trip to the beach. Make sure to include these essentials when gearing up for your fourth of July celebration!

Click through the gallery above to see all our picks.