Are you traveling somewhere warm and sunny and don’t know what to pack? I have made a small guide with my best advice on what you should bring on your beach vacation.
When packing for a beach vacation, go for clothes made from fabrics that are comfortable to wear, such as viscose, chiffon and light cotton, which let your skin breathe. Don’t bring garments that are too delicate, they should be able to survive a quick hand wash in the hotel room sink, if you happen to spill sunscreen, mosquito repellent or colored drinks. For the pool and the beach, bring clothes that dry quickly. Even though I’m not usually a member of the polyester fan club, it is hard to find anything better than a thin polyester kimono, when it comes to cover-ups for the beach and the pool, as it dries quickly and doesn’t need ironing. Avoid overly tight-fitted designs and rather go a size too large, than too small.
Even if you usually swear to neutrals, take the chance and add a little color to your beach vacay wardrobe. Most colors look great with a tan, and a bright colored pattern is sure to put you in the right vacation mood.
Bring a bathrobe
It is great to have a bathrobe for lounging around in the hotel room, but nowadays, hotel bathrobes are a rare sight unless you are staying at 5-star luxury resorts, so if bathrobes are your thing, remember to bring your own. Most bathrobes also work as pool wear, but steer clear of the red fluffy, ones unless you are after the Hugh Hefner look.
And don’t forget the beach towel
Unless you are staying at a beach resort, most hotels do not allow that you are bringing the hotel towels to the beach or the pool, so if you don’t want to end up buying an overpriced, polyester, souvenir towel, consider bringing your own. Check out the beach towels from Weavers Project, they are perfect for the beach and the pool.
Dress like a beach pro
If you expect to spend most of your time by the pool or the beach, a nice beach kimono or tunic is also an essential part of your holiday wardrobe. A large thin scarf can often double as a beach sarong, and keep you warm on cold evenings and onboard your flight.
Most beach vacations do not involve a lot of walking, except for the daily stroll from the hotel room to the pool, so a pair of sandals and flip flops would probably be all you need to bring along. A beach bag is also handy, so you can bring a towel, a hairbrush and sunscreen to the pool or the beach.
One Week Beach Vacation Packing List
- 2 bikinis/swimsuits
- 1 beach towel
- 2 Beach kimonos/cover ups
- 2 shorts + tops/2 summer dresses
- 1 nicer dress for dining at a nicer place
- Loose pants/long skirt/dress to wear on excursions
- Sun hat and sun lotion
- Flip flops and sandals
- 1 large thin scarf, which can also be used as a beach sarong
- 1 beach bag