Beach Vacation Packing List

As someone who lives by the beach I will let you know the best items to pack for next vacation!

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Clothing

Anything flowy and easy to remove would be ideal for the beach. Contrary to popular belief, a beach coverup is not necessary unless wanted. Frequent beach visitors notice any flowy dress or shorts will do the trick.

  • Pack at least 2 bikinis for every week of your vacation, make sure to rinse and wring before hanging to dry between uses
  • I would recommend 3 to 5 dresses of different styles, because after a sunburn or after being under the blazing sun all day, a loose dress you can just slip on and go is nice
  • Jeans are not necessary, so I would recommend going out of your comfort zone, to wear wide legged pants, jumpsuits, and rompers
  • Crop tops or loose blouses are recommended if you’d like to bring any shirts, ideally anything easy to put on and take off
  • For shoes, any kind of sandals are the best option overall. I would not recommend packing sneakers unless you plan to exercise or run. A single pair of neutral heels will work with any outfit in your vacation
  • For jewelry, I would recommend to only bring fake lightweight jewelry in the case someone tries to rob you, it won’t hurt your wallet
  • For Pajamas 2 to 3 pairs is enough , tank top and short sets would be ideal to sleep comfortably
  • Pack as much underwear as you can, double the amount of underwear you normally wear to account for trips to the beach or pool and for possibly not finding a bathroom in time (I am not talking from personal experience)
  • Socks are the least important in the whole list so only pack 1 or 2 pairs at most
  • Pack 1 ball cap and 1 floppy hat for sun tanning or simply keeping the sun away from your eyes
  • Make sure to pack 1 or 2 pairs of your favorite sunglasses, I can’t promise you’ll remember to wear them but you can try

Hair and Makeup

  • Curling or straightening iron
  • Blow dryer (If hotel does not provide one)
  • Travel makeup bag
  • Skincare products such as Cleansers, serums, and moisturizer
  • Lotion (Hotels tend to provide small bottles)
  • Hair brush
  • Hairspray, if needed

Essentials

  • A mini handheld fan for extra hot summer days
  • RFID protective travel wallet
  • Only credit cards, in the case someone tries to rob you and takes a credit card you can lock or cancel the card or get your money back, which would be more difficult with a debit card
  • Bring cash in both currencies, if traveling internationally. Make sure to keep both separate along with coins
  • SUNSCREEN! The most important item in the list for people of all ages, I would recommend to wear it daily and reapply at least every 2 hours regardless of age or if on vacation

Medicine

  • Any daily medication
  • Allergy pills
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • Birth control, if applicable
  • Bandages and ointment, for any emergencies
Preparing an Itinerary

Electronics

  • Outlet adapters
  • Charger, and backup
  • Headphones
  • Camera, with backup storage and extra batteries

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Perfume
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Hair ties

Documents

  • Passports
  • ID
  • Hotel confirmation
  • Car rental confirmation
  • List of activities or Itinerary
Couple walking along beach

You have made it to the end! Thank you for reading and make sure to check my article on my personal favorite sunscreens!

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