The Ultimate Packing List for Beach Getaways

What to pack on a vacation to the beach — To Vogue or Bust's ultimate packing list for beach getaways.

I like to pack for just about any trip, but I particularly love planning out beachy looks—as you guys know by now, I’m a total summer girl and summery, beachy style is my favourite. It’s also the simplest, lightest and the easiest to do by carry-on! I made the decision to do carry-on only after basically ruining my back hauling around heavy full-sized luggage on a really long solo trip—not only has carry-on been much easier on my body, it means my travel process is faster in general (no waiting at the carousel), I don’t run the risk of losing my luggage and honestly, I find I like my outfits more! I just put a tiny bit more thought towards how my looks will mix and match together, find a colour palette that works and that’s that! If you want to check out some past carry-on guides before we dive into this one, here’s my 3-week European packing list (split between Paris and Ireland), my 1-week Spain packing list, my 3-week Italy packing list, my 3-week Greece packing list, my Malta packing list and finally, my toiletry packing list! I also have other lists and tips over in this query category so you can hop over here to explore more!

What to pack on a vacation to the beach — To Vogue or Bust's ultimate packing list for beach getaways.

Now, let’s talk beach vacay style—first and foremost, packing for a beachy getaway is when I think about fabric most. Yes, I want to factor in cute prints and tones and cuts as well, but I need to have fabrics that breathe, that are comfy and that won’t cause excess sweating. I tend to go for more sheer and lightweight fabrics (think linen or silk blends) and I also go for light cotton, which is easy to wash and care for. I also love to bring in texture and beachy elements—whether it’s a basket bag, a packable straw hat or shell-adorned jewelry, this is the time to really bring in those summery elements that we don’t get to wear at home until it’s really toasty enough! While I personally like to go for light, airy neutrals most of the time, I also am a big fan of a super cute print or pop of colour. I’m going to be talking a bit more about this sunny yellow in another post but I am just obsessed with this colour this year.

What to pack on a vacation to the beach — To Vogue or Bust's ultimate packing list for beach getaways.

As far as accessories, this is a time when less is more. I remember on Matt and I’s first trip together we went to Mexico to an all-inclusive and I packed a crazy amount of heels, dresses, handbags, etc. Honestly, looking back on memories and snaps I have the most intense eye rolls because not only do my outfits make no sense for the location and occasions, but they weren’t comfortable! I pack my espadrilles as a dressier option and then it’s sandals all the way. You really don’t need anything else, or want anything else for that matter! Same goes with the bags—I use a big tote as my in-flight bag and what I bring to the beach/pool every day, but then I have a cute straw or basket crossbody that I can use for touring around or shopping (crossbody bags, in general, are an absolute must when you’re traveling, ensuring you don’t get easily pickpocketed). I have my whole packing list here for you to pin and save for your next trip! Finally, I have all my top picks rounded up in the widget below—feel free to shop away directly if anything catches your eye!

What to pack on a vacation to the beach — To Vogue or Bust's ultimate packing list for beach getaways.
Madewell SOMEWARE Ria Beach Bag • Madewell • $342.63
Stella + Ruby Cowrie Cord Bracelet • $63.26
Row A Godet Romper • Rowa • $59.30
Packable straw hat • J.Crew • $65.23
Bembien® Marfa bag • $256.98
Anthropologie Palm Beach Belted Pants • Anthropologie • $171.32
Faithfull Lais Strapless Jumpsuit • $158.07
Billabong x Sincerely Jules Twist Flirt Jumpsuit • Billabong • $111.95
Roxy Isla Vista Minidress • Roxy • $46.12
Billabong x Sincerely Jules Palm for Days Sweater • Billabong • $111.95
Roxy Rockefeller Vibes Off the Shoulder Top • Roxy • $59.30
Cult Gaia X-Large Ark Bamboo Handbag • Cult Gaia • $173.43
Chelsea28 Farrah Smocked Cover-Up Maxi Dress • Chelsea28 • $117.29
Bardot Gingham Off the Shoulder Midi Dress • Bardot • $104.11
Marc Fisher LTD Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge • Marc Fisher • $197.61
Madewell The Boardwalk Lace-Up Sandal • Madewell • $62.73
Madewell Raffia Tassel Hoop Earrings • Madewell • $42.17
Bailey Nelson Margot Sunnies • Bailey Nelson • $145
Havaianas ‘Slim Crystal Glamour’ Flip Flop • Havaianas • $47.44


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  1. 4.24.19
    Brianna said:

    Beach vacations are my favorite 🙂
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