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 sunscreen 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 vacation

yellow maxi dress beach vacation outfit

DRESS: Day Keeper Dress (similar); HAT: Brixton Joanna Straw Hat

the colony hotel palm beachDRESS: Tunic Dress; 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)

BlueStone Sun Shield

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.


brush on powder sunscreenPOWDER SUNSCREEN: Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen

palm beach style

WHITE JEANS: DL1961 Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg Jeans

palm beach preppy style

SANDALS: Birdies Sandal (similar) ; DRESS: Charo Ruiz Ibiza Vaiana Dress; BAG: Cult Gaia Ark Bag

beach outfit ideas jean shorts and bikini top

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 (similar)

SWIMSUIT: Palm Print One-Piece (similar)

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

JUMPSUIT: Coolchange Jumpsuit (similar)
NECKLACE: Julie Vos Necklaces


beach vacation packing list

Questions? Comments? Drop them below!



  • Jeanne Nott
    February 21, 2019 at 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

    • Lindsay Silberman
      February 21, 2019 at 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!

  • Jenni Weinacht
    March 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm

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

  • Kelly
    March 21, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Where’d you find the straw sun visor in your ultimate packing list (not the “ridiculous” one)?


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