Beach Vacation Packing List: 19 Things to Bring on Your Next Trip

what to pack for beach vacation

I’m pretty much a pro when it comes to packing for beach vacations since I do them so often. Whether you’re headed to the Bahamas, Santorini, Miami, the Maldives, Hawaii—or somewhere else warm and sunny—my beach vacation packing check list will have you covered.

They key is to refer to this list as you prepare for your trip, checking things off as you go. (You can copy and paste the below into the “notes” section of your phone so that you can reference it easily.) Below, you’ll find a bullet-pointed packing list, as well as photos and links to just about everything I brought with me on recent trips to beachy locales.

Beach Vacation Outfits: My Packing List

  • Cover-ups
  • Jean shorts
  • Sun dresses and tunics
  • Swimsuits
  • White linen button down
  • Tank tops / blouses
  • Flat sandals
  • Wedge sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (face, body, and powder suncreen for mid-day touch-ups)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun visor (if you’re a psycho like me)
  • Beach bag
  • Cross-body bag or clutch for night time
  • Toiletry bag with makeup, skincare, and hair products
  • Jewelry
  • Device chargers
  • External battery
  • Travel wallet

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the full list of things I always pack in my carry-on.

beach vacation outfits and packing list


sun hat for beach vacationHAT: Brixton Joanna Straw Hat

yellow maxi dress beach vacation outfit

DRESS: Eloise Floral Midi Dress (similar)

the colony hotel palm beachDRESS: CoolChange Morgan Marguerite Tunic
HAT: Straw Beach Visor
SANDALS: Jack Rogers Whipstitched Flip Flop

what to pack for beach vacationROMPER: (similar) Poupette St. Barth Short Jumpsuit
SANDALS: Jack Rogers Whipstitched Flip Flop

sun shield visor for UV protection

RIDICULOUS SUN VISOR: BlueStone Sun Shields (this was gifted to me by Dr. Lancer, the celeb dermatologist that treats Beyonce and Victoria Beckham, so you know it’s legit)

MORE: The Best Swimsuits for Large Chests


calpack packing cubes

PACKING CUBES: CalPack Set of 5 Packing Cubes

Need beachy vacation ideas? Check out my guides for Palm Springs, St. Barths, Positano.

SUNNIES: Quay Australia Sunglasses
HAT: J.Crew Panama Hat
WHITE JEANS: DL1961 Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg Jeans
T-SHIRT: Gucci Cotton Printed Tee

brush on powder sunscreenPOWDER SUNSCREEN: Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen, $36.99

palm beach style

WHITE JEANS: DL1961 Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg Jeans
BLOUSE: Sail to Sable Sleeveless Halter Sleeveless Halter

palm beach preppy style

SANDALS: Birdies The Sparrow Sandal
DRESS: Charo Ruiz Ibiza Vaiana Dress
BAG: Cult Gaia Ark Bagbeach outfit ideas jean shorts and bikini topSHORTS: TopShop Mom Shorts (similar)
BIKINI: WaveBabe Havana Top (20% off with LINDS20)

DRESS: PatBo Tropical Print Ruffle Midi Dress
BAG: Serpui Satchel via
HEELS: Ego Clear Sandal MASK: Kopari Coconut Detox Mask

NECKLACE: Julie Vos Pineapple Pendant
NECKLACE: Julie Vos Coin Charm Necklace

beach vacation outfit

SHIRT: Madewell White Tie-Front Shirt
PANTS: PilyQ Malibu Lace Pants (similar)

Beach vacation outfit

COVER UP: PilyQ Noah Tunic

patbo wrap topTOP: PatBo Wrap Top (similar)
HAT:  Straw Beach Visor

SWIMSUIT: Palm Print One-Piece (similar)

DRESS: Rococo Sand Mini-Dress
SUNNIES: Quay Australia Sunglasses

JUMPSUIT: Coolchange Jumpsuit (similar), $288
NECKLACE: Julie Vos Pineapple Pendant, $165


beach vacation packing list

Questions? Comments? Drop them below!



  1. Jeanne Nott
    February 21, 2019 / 12:07 am

    I think I recognized the hallway of the Beverly Hills hotel in one if the photos. Isn’t that a wonderful hotel? We stayed there one Christmas a few years ago.

    I so love your articles. Have you ever been to The Stanley hotel in Estes Park?

    Love, Aunt Jeanne

    • February 21, 2019 / 12:17 am

      It looks exactly like the Beverly Hills Hotel but it’s actually in Palm Beach, Florida! I’ve never been to the Stanley!

  2. Jenni Weinacht
    March 19, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Amazing style all around and you sold me on the Madewell tie-front top. Just bought it through your link — thanks!

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