The Definitive Beach Vacation Packing List


If you are planning a warm-weather trip soon, there is a lot to consider while packing your suitcase. Often, we leave behind clothing that would have worked better than what we brought! A little consideration can help prevent wardrobe mishaps. Use this beach vacation packing list and some helpful suggestions to prepare yourself for a warm-weather getaway.

Research Your Destination

I would recommend checking the average temperatures, especially if it is somewhere you have never been before. Tropical getaways are warm most of the time, but paradise islands do have tropical showers. Hotels usually have detailed and informative websites with plenty of pictures. Researching your destination before you arrive can give you an idea of the dress code around the resort or in the dining rooms.

If you are traveling by plane, make sure to know the weight limit for checked baggage. The airline will indicate this on their website, and they are all very strict about baggage weight limits.

Layer, Layer, Layer!

Choose your outfits with a top layer for warmth. You’ll want clothing that can easily be removed when you no longer need it. Once the sun goes down, you may find yourself wanting to throw on that extra layer.

Start Early

Lastly, give yourself plenty of time to choose items from your beach vacation packing list. Do not wait until a day or two beforehand because that is when you’re thinking of way too many other things you need to do before you leave! If you’re coming from the cold, you’re not going to be wearing the clothes you pack. So lay out your outfits ahead of time when you’re not rushed. Then place your clothes in your suitcase the night before so they won’t wrinkle.

What to Pack for a Warm Weather Vacation

First things first – Get a great suitcase

Brandless Eco-Friendly Travel Bundle 2.0

Eco-Friendly Travel Bundle, $165

Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner

Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner, $75

A great pair of jeans

You can wear lighter-colored denim jeans with frilly blouses, and add a jacket or blazer if the night air is cool.

Chicos Jeans under $100

Chico’s DefineMe Denim Indigo Jeans, $99

Ankle Skinny Jeans

Ankle Skinny Jeans, $128

Charlie Wide Cuff Capri Jeans

Charlie Wide Cuff Capri Jeans, $89

The Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Straight Jean in Verwood Wash

The Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Straight Jean in Verwood Wash, $138

A denim dress or skirt

If you’re looking for something new and on-trend, I highly recommend a denim dress or a long denim skirt. You can either dress these up or down with the right accessories.

Chicos Tencel Midi Dress

Tencil Midi Dress, $139


Pia Distressed Denim Shirtdress

Pia Distressed Denim Shirtdress, $188

Ciara Long Sleeve Denim Shirtdress

Ciara Long Sleeve Denim Shirtdress, $138

High-Slit Denim Midi Skirt

High-Slit Denim Midi Skirt, $69

White button-down shirts

These are another spring/summer classic, and they look great with a pair of linen pants or over a bathing suit as a cover-up.

Blythe White Short Sleeve Button-Up Top

Blythe White Short Sleeve Button-Up Top, $46

Chilmark Classic Button Down

Chilmark Classic Button Down, $78

Josephina Button Up Top

Josephina Button Up Top, $59.95

A lightweight jacket or a large scarf

For cooler days and evenings, these are great layering pieces.

Double Breasted Textured Cotton Blazer

Double Breasted Textured Cotton Blazer, $77.99

Featherweight cashmere bandana

Featherweight cashmere bandana, $98

BeanFlex Jean Jacket

BeanFlex Jean Jacket, $89

Gym Shoes

A pair of comfortable, trendy gym shoes are great for sightseeing or hitting the resort’s gym. You can always wear them on the plane to save packing room.

Keds Sneakers

Keds Sneakers, $49.99

Brooks Shoes

Brooks Shoes, $129.95

Evening Wear

Most resort destinations have a more casual atmosphere for dining. However, you still may want to make your evenings special and feel fancy. You can wear a cocktail dress with flat sandals, or a long pleated skirt with a cotton t-shirt.

Pleated Chiffon Skirt

Pleated Chiffon Skirt, $41.58

The Somerset Maxi Dress

The Somerset Maxi Dress, $168

Still In Paradise Green Floral Print Maxi Dress

Still In Paradise Green Floral Print Maxi Dress, $74


If you’re going to a tropical locale, then, of course, you will need swimsuits!

Andie Swim The Lagos

Andie Swim The Lagos Swimsuit, $110

Kefalonia Halterneck Swimsuit

Kefalonia Halterneck Swimsuit, $98

Miraclesuit Sanibel Tankini

Miraclesuit Sanibel Tankini, $84.50

Merano Deep V-neck Swimsuit

Merano Deep V-neck Swimsuit, $120

Beach Wear

Hats for the beach, cover-ups, and don’t forget a beach bag and sunscreen. Your bag could even double as your carry-on when flying!

ALOHA Collection Coco Palms Zipper Tote

ALOHA Collection Coco Palms Zipper Tote, $66

Oversized Floppy Straw Hat

Oversized Floppy Straw Hat, $138

Isdin Tinted Sunscreen

Isdin Tinted Sunscreen, $70

Watercolor Floral Open Front Cover-Up Shirt

Watercolor Floral Open Front Cover-Up Shirt, $138

Casual Touring Clothes

Don’t forget Bermuda shorts or breezy sundresses for afternoon shopping or touring.

Green Maxi Dress

Green Maxi Dress, $25.49

Wrinkle-Free Bayside Shorts

Wrinkle-Free Bayside Shorts, $39.95

Striped T Shirt Dress

Striped T-Shirt Dress, $34.99+

No matter how well we prepare, unexpected changes in the weather are inevitable, and that, ladies, is why we all own at least one souvenir sweatshirt. Be as best prepared as possible with this beach vacation packing list, and have safe travels!

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