I just recently went on a beach vacay with my fam, and dare I say it…I packed REALLY WELL.
The star of my entire suitcase was my travel-sized skincare. It saved me an incredible amount of space AND I didn’t have to sacrifice any portion of my (extensive) skincare routine. I arguably need it more when spending so much time in the sun. With all that extra space in the suitcase, I was able to fill it up with more clothes…aaaand, you know, save space for purchases during the trip.
My Top Beach Vacay Must-Haves: Add These To Your Packing List
Along with travel-size skincare products, I recommend having a fab swimsuit (obviously) — one that’s as comfortable as it is cute — as well as a wet bag to throw your suit into after swimming. Pro tip: the wet bag is key if only just to keep your sunscreen and phone dry.
Keep reading for a peek at my top beach getaway packing must-haves, and be sure to watch the YouTube video for the full spiel.
The rest of my beach must-haves are a few light layers that work just as well for morning coffee as they do for beach coverups in the late afternoon sun. I’m loving Gap’s linen shirts and their matching “vacay” shirt and shorts.
Don’t forget a solid pair of cut-off shorts. After trying on a zillion pairs this spring, this pair is hands-down my favorite (and most comfortable).
Top off your suitcase with a pair of on-trend sandals that can go from morning to night, and you’re good to go! These are my favorite; under $30 and a totally amazing alternative to the Prada quilted sandals that are far more expensive (but here’s a link to those, too, if you want the real real).
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Biossance Travel Skincare Set: Highly recommend any of Biossance’s travel-sized skincare products, it feels absolutely amazing to have all your normal skincare and body routines on vacation with you!
Biossance Mesh Beauty Bag: I love this bag for packing up my skincare, and the mesh allows you to see through for easy search & grabs so you’re not digging around aimlessly for the product you want.
ALOHA Wet Bag: I don’t visit the beach without one of these wet bags. Pro tip: they’re nice to keep in your diaper bag, too.
Gap Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit: Hands-down the best swimsuit I’ve ever tried. It’s flattering, and has removable cups and adjustable straps!
Abercrombie & Fitch Low Rise Baggy Shorts: Don’t let “low-rise” scare you. These actually sit as a modest mid-rise on me, and the looser long leg is so dang comfortable.
Gap Linen Boyfriend Shirt: I sized up one in this top for a relaxed, breezy fit. It’s extremely cute over the swimsuit.
Gap Oversized Vacay Shirt: This light layer is super-fun and funky for vacay vibes, plus it’s easy to wear even in hot, hot temps.
Gap High Rise Crepe Shorts: The matching shorts to the vacay shirt…because matching sets are the best.
Ruthie Quilted Footbed Sandals: An amazing alternative to Prada’s quilted sandal, I own both colors!
Let’s be friends on Instagram! Sharing life from my sleepy little beach town, daily style, makeup favorites, Gilmore Girl binge-athons, and endless cups of coffee – all with a good dose of adorable toddler content, too.
Oh hey, Pinners! This one’s for you…