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10 poolside accessories you need to pack for your holiday

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Think you can just rock up to the pool with a towel and a book and that’s you done? WRONG. Sitting poolside is a logistical nightmare with a lot of things you need to take into consideration, such as how you can look better than everyone else and how you don’t get burnt to a crisp.

Here's what you need to make sure your poolside experience goes to plan:

  • 10 poolside accessories you need to pack for your holiday

    Acting shady

    Everyone should own a pair of Ray Bans at some point in their life. We recommend this model as they fold away, so you won’t get that pain of reaching for them in your bag and finding that they're twisted out of shape.

    £215

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    Hairy situation

    After swimming for a long period of time your hair can feel and look awful. The unique formula of Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three is especially effective when used after swimming to remove unwanted chlorine and prevent chlorine green hair. It also increases inner strength and prevents immediate redeposit.

    £11.50

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    Short story

    Wearing shorts of people having a good time on holiday while you’re having a good time on holiday is some sort of style Inception. These premium swims from Orlebar Brown are a part of the OB Editions, which celebrates artists, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers, which includes hardware manufactured in heat preventing Zamak.

    £225

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    In the bag

    Water could get on your book, your phone could overheat and explode and some light fingered thief could pinch your wallet, so keep your belongings safe in a stylish beach bag.

    £29.50

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    The last straw

    Nothing says you're going on holiday more than wearing a straw hat in the taxi on the way to the airport while it's absolutely chucking it down outside. Let everyone know you're going to a better place with this wide brimmed puritan style from Topman.

    £10

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    Slide-r away

    It’s too much effort to put on proper footwear on holiday, but it’s also too hot/gross walking around the pool barefoot. The solution: sliders, the lazy footwear yet incredibly cool footwear choice.

    £22

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    Hung out to dry

    Remember that itch you had after using the hotel sandpaper towels to dry yourself off after a quick dip? You're going to want to bring your own this time, and with any luck it'll be this Paul Smith option.

    £75

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    Here comes the sun

    Suncream so good Wolverine (fine, Hugh Jackman) swears by it. FIT Sun Protect Serum is the only water resistant and 100 per cent non-whitening, sun screen serum, formulated specifically for men. Delivering broad spectrum five star protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays, it quickly forms a breathable, ultra safe protective shield on the skin.

    £35

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    Cream of the crop

    This is bursting with neroli, mandarin and rosewood oil which will keep the skin hydrated in the sun. It has a strong refreshing citrus smell that is ideal for summer. It’s also paraben free and has no SLS, MI or MCI and has not been tested on animals. Sorry dogs, no smooth skin for you.

    £20

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    Simply the vest

    White may reflect heat, but sangria will not be coming out of that. So opt for a darker colour to avoid stains; we suggest this printed vest by skate brand Globe.

    £25

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When he’s not pretending to be on the front of an album cover, Online Style Writer Jamie Carson can probably be found criticising your fashion credentials. Follow Jamie on Twitter @_jamie89

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