Swimsuit Styles You Should Pack for Every Trip

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Swimsuit shopping is stressful enough as it is. (The term "bikini body" should be banned from the lexicon.) An itinerary jammed with surfing, waterslides, lazy rivers, sandy beaches, and stylish resort pools makes the swimwear search even more difficult. How do you find a style that won't fall off in rough waves yet doesn't resemble the tank suit you wore to middle school swim meets? Which are the best swimsuits for sun protection? And when should you invest in a wet suit? Get answers with our guide to the best bikinis, board shorts, and cover-ups for every type of trip.


Water Sports

Her: Go the way of the well-constructed one-piece when gearing up for water sports such as surfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, pool volleyball, or, really, anything that will involve dynamic body movement and water. Opt for a hardy, activity-appropriate suit like this Marc by Marc Jacobs Maysie Floral Zipper Front Scuba Maillot. A sporty two-piece, like this Adidas by Stella McCartney bikini top and high-waisted bottom, is also likely to stay in place; standard string bikinis are generally not so reliable against strong waves and such.

Him: Your main concern here is that your suit doesn't fall off when riding waves in Hawaii or snorkeling in choppy waters. Ergo, your suit's fit is paramount. A drawstring helps. These classic Adidas swim shorts should do just fine.

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