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BEACH VACATION CHECKLIST
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WOMEN’S BEACH PACKING LIST
[ clothing for the beach, pool, and/or boat ]
Packing for the beach or pool can be fun! Here are some of my favorite pieces.
beach towel | these circular styles are trending right now in blue or American flag from Forever 21
sport water shoes | These neutral black water shoes fromTarget are a perfect fit for everyone.
plastic bag for wet clothes |Amazon has a great selection that will prevent your possessions from getting wet.
Editor’s Pick Black Swimsuits
I love black swimsuits because they’re easy to pull into a greater outfit. For mixing and matching with your every day wardrobe, pick a classic or funky black swimsuit. Click the links to see similar styles as the bikinis pictured.
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Editor’s Pick Fun Swimsuits
Sometimes, you’re feeling bold… bright… playful! A statement piece makes any beach vacation more fun. Why not be a unicorn with the only thing you have on? Add one of these to your beach party checklist!
Medicated ointment for when you do get bit. I swear by Chiggerex for saving me during my trip to Africa.
Toiletries for Beach Hair:
Hair Product (Hairspray, gel etc)
Bobby pins, Hair Ties, Clips
Dry Shampoo (life-saver!)
Curling iron or flat iron… FYI we both forgot our curling iron and could not find one at any airport. If you’re all about it, make sure you don’t forget it!
Team beach natural hair, don’t care.
If you have wild, frizzy, curly hair:
I can relate! I typically apply hot irons and curls to my hair — especially because it has so many layers. However, after my first trip to Aruba, I learned to let the natural happen! A good beach hat is worth a pack, and so are a couple hair ties, but a tropical vacation is the PERFECT place to let your hair down (literally).
Eye Drops (whether or not you wear contacts, your eyes will dry out from flights)
Prescription Eye Glasses
Leave most of your makeup at home. Seriously. However, given not every beach vacation is spent in the water, it’s your trip and wear makeup if you want to!
Primer + Face Setting Spray: I only wear this when I’m going to be taking a lot of photos and want my makeup to last. Sephora sells it as a travel set, and it really does make a big difference in how long your makeup holds!
Put valuables that you absolutely need in your carryon (i.e. camera, passport, jewelry etc).
Leave most valuables at home.
Don’t forget to let your swimsuit dry. Bring plastic bags for wet clothes that you don’t want to mix packed in with your clean clothes.
Really consider a beach bag. It’s so each to keep a suitcase and forget that you won’t be taking the entire pack on the boat or to the shore.
Use packing cubes to pack by destination and daily use items. For example, an electronics cube, a toiletries cube, and clothing cubes in sets. That way you can leave clothing cubes packed up that you aren’t using at a destination. I am absolutely OBSESSED with these packing cubes. They not only serve well for international trips, but also great for meetings and weekenders. Everything in my bag stays the same (electronics etc). They’re super cheap and extremely helpful in getting more into your suitcase, but more importantly keeping everything in place. I did a lot of research on the right packing cubes and settled on these because I like a laundry pouch with a zipper (keeps any smells away from your clean clothing).
Consider your transit route. We often cut our packing and unpacking time by staying at the same hotel and doing day trips.
Check baggage allowance for flights. You’re going to have a greater allowance for an international flight than for a quick one or two hour flight within the country. Talk to your first hotel about leaving belongings there, as you won’t be able to take large suitcases on tiny charters into the national parks.
My Top Beach Destinations
Nothing goes better into your beach vacation check list than the right beach! Consider some of my favorite tropical and marina destinations.
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