Almost one year ago to the day, David and I pushed back a beach vacation. Thankfully, we’re finally able to safely escape to the sun and sand. Whether you’re dreaming of a getaway or have something planned, I thought it’d be fun to share what to pack on a beach vacation.
This packing list covers everything I bring on a beach destination, from casual resort wear to poolside essentials (swimsuits, cover-ups), beach bags, vacation dinner outfits, and must-have toiletries (sunscreen, I’m looking at you!).
When it comes to bathing suits, I’m all about options that are comfortable and cute. I splurge on a few special suits that I already love and rounded out the collection with affordable swimwear.
Beach Cover-Ups & Beachwear
When we’re by the pool I like to wear a lightweight sundress, classic white dress, or caftan. For active days, like biking around the island and boat rides, I opt for jean shorts with a tee, overalls (love these), and casual rompers.
Aerie Short Jumpsuit (so cute!)
Beach Bag Essentials
I bought this XL beach tote (also love this one) to fit clothing, sun protection, and accessories, like beach towels, water bottles, a cute beach outfit, sunscreen, sunburn aloe, and more. Here’s what I plan to keep in it:
SPF 30 Reef-Safe Sunscreen (waterproof for snorkel trips)
I always pack a pair of flip flops I don’t mind getting dirty on the beach, flat sandals for casual outfits, and a few pairs of heels for dinner.
Beauty Favorites & Toiletries
I really try to edit down the beauty essentials that I pack on beach vacations, but I always pack my detangling spray and wet brush as my hair gets very tangled swimming.
My go-to look no matter where I am is a statement top and jeans or shorts, so I always bring a handful of beachy tops that I can combine with shorts for cute outfits throughout the week.
After a long day spent in the sun, I have limited energy to expend getting ready. To make the process simple and still feel my best at dinner, I’ll do a simple dress and sandal combo.
Ulla Johnson Midi Dress (similar, less expensive here)
Reformation Hyland Dress (similar, less expensive here)
I plan on using the Anine Bing bag mentioned above as my carry-on and beach bag; I’ll use the clutch in the evening and the bucket bag on daytime outings.
Amazon Sunglasses (Celine dupes)
Shop Swimwear & Poolside Looks
Shop Casual Beach Outfits
Shop Evening Resort Outfits
Shop Shoes & Accessories
That’s my full woman’s packing list of what to pack on a beach vacation! I’m so looking forward to unplugging, snorkeling, getting a tan, and doing all the beach things. Aside from brief weekend visits to Florida and a road trip to the NC beaches, we haven’t been somewhere tropical since our honeymoon to Hawaii, so this family beach vacation is long overdue!