Introduction to Women’s Beach Packing List + Tropical Destination Guide

Chasing an endless summer? Here’s your ultimate guide to paradise. A complete beach packing list for the coast, marina or pool, amongst my favorite tropical destinations.

In this post:

  • Printable women’s beach packing list.
  • Suggested items for your beach vacation packing list including swimsuit styles in black, white and bright.
  • Complete clothing checklist for site-seeing and evening wear.
  • List of great adult toys for a beach party checklist.
  • International toiletries (what to expect from your hotel, and what to pack).
  • Toiletries for healthy, sun-kissed skin.
  • Toiletries for beach hair.
  • Travel electronics for international trips.
  • General packing tips for international beach travel.
  • My favorite paradise destinations including in the U.S., Mexico and international destinations << these are places I’ve personally experienced.
  • My favorite beach parties and festivals.
  • Curated boutique shop with fun items to doll up your trip.

Looking for the men’s travel packing list for beach and pool destinations?
Check it out: Men’s Packing List: Paradise

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 Women's Beach Packing List and Planning Guide for Tropical Destinations, Pool Parties and Boats


[  clothing for the beach, pool, and/or boat ]

Packing for the beach or pool can be fun! Here are some of my favorite pieces.

  • bikini/ swimsuit | I love Shopbop and  trendy swimsuits by Asos.
  • swim cover up | I like this white one by Sea Folly.Sea Folly.
  • shorts + tank or sundressFree People is my fave for day wear.
  • flip flops or sandals like these from Nordstrom.
  • beach bag (light-weight, washable, durable) like this one is only $9
  • 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 from Target are a perfect fit for everyone.
  • plastic bag for wet clothes | Amazon has a great selection that will prevent your possessions from getting wet.

Top Black Swimsuits | Women's Beach Packing List+ Destination Guide | From the Travel Blog

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.

1. Strappy Ring Back Swimsuit by ASOS | $$
2. Cutout Black Swimsuit | $$$
3. Black Bandeau Bikini | $$
4. Fringe Black Maxi Beach Skirt | $$
5. Black Zip Swimsuit | $$
6. Plunging Black Swimsuit | $$
7. Extreme Cutout Swimsuit | $$
8. Strappy Wrap Around Bikini | $$
9. Halter Crop Bikini | $$
10.  Lace Up Black Swimsuit| $$
11.  Mesh Detail Black Bikini | $$
12.Cut Out Bikini | $$$
13. Ties Black One Piece Swimsuit | $$
14. Black Crochet Swimsuit | $$$
15.  Strappy Swimsuit | $$

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Women's Beach Packing List including best bikinis and my favorite tropical destinations. From the travel blog

Editor’s Pick White Swimsuits

Who said not to wear white after Labor Day? I LOVE white swimsuits. They’re great for all-white parties and really make a healthy tan pop. Elegant and chic, you can’t go wrong with all white.

1. White Ruched Plunge Swimsuit | $$
2. White Stud Detail Bikini | $$$
3. Luminance Swimsuit
4. Plunge White Swimsuit | $$
5. Crochet Detailed Halter Bikini| $$
6. Strappy Ring Back One Piece | $$$
7. Eyelet Plunge Swimsuit | $$
8. Lattice Crinkle Crop Bikini | $$$
9.Mixed Mesh Plunge Swimsuit| $$
10. Etheral White Bralette Bikini | $$$
11. Cut Out Ruffle Sleeve One Peice | $$$
12. White Brallette Bikini Top| $$$
13. Wolf & Whistle Lace Up Bikini $$
14. White Crochet Bikini | $$
15. River Island Pearl Detail Bikini | $$

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Top Neon & Graphic Swimsuits | The Ultimate Beach Packing List+ Destination Guide | From the Travel Blog

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!

1. Rainbow Cloud Swimsuit | $$
2. Rainbow Back Swimsuit | $$
3. Mix & Match Yellow Halter | $$
4.  Palm Print Bikini | $$
5. Lunar Bandeau Pink/Yellow | $$
6.  Unicorn Swimsuit | $$
7.  Blossom Bikini | $$
8. Bright Cut Out Swimsuit | $$
9. Shark Mesh Bikini | $$$
10. Yellow Mix & Match | $$
11. Aquarium Mesh Bikini | $$$
12. Yellow Plunge Swimsuit | $$
13. American Flag Swimsuit | $$
14. Space & Palm Tree Tankini | $$ 
15. London Hologram Swimsuit | $$

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[ clothing list for your day + site-seeing ]

  • casual sundress | add this striped, off-the-shoulder one from ShopBo; for basics, try Urban Outfitters
  • maxi dress | try Asos’ Maxis
  • romper | my favorite for rompers is Revolve.
  • matching top + bottoms | are really in right now, check out Windsor for just the look you want.
  • light sweater | Pink by Victoria Secret has the perfect sweater for those cool nights on the beach.
  • jeans | Calvin Klein offers a great fit.
  • shorts | for basics, try PacSun
  • blouses + t-shirts | This summer, the off the shoulder look is in. Add this white Roxy blouse for the perfect look; for tanks, try Old Navy.
  • bras | No need to stress about looking for the perfect bra, Nordstrom has great selection of quality bras.
  • underwear | add any of the Calvin Klein panties to your collection for the perfect beach adventure.
  • walking shoes | add these Puma work out shoes to your list; for a summery look, try the sling back sandals.
  • belt | No, need to worry about keeping your shorts up, Target has a variety of belt selections.
  • wedges | whether your wedge choice is black, white or tan this style from will have your feet in love. 
  • strap-over bag (with zipper) | add this small Marc Jacobs bag to your collection; for other styles try Nordstrom Rack.

Looking for casual pairings? Try Nordstrom Macys, and Free People for basics.


[ clothing list for evening and social wear ]

  • Dress — I love this white lace dress from Bloomingdales’ — it’s sexy, but elegant.
  • High-heels, dressy wedges and/or dressy flat | if you pick something inexpensive like these nude heels from Misguided, you don’t have to worry about them being ruined.
  • Clutch or evening purse with a strap | if you are concerned about safety as a tourist, choose a purse with a strap across your chest.
  • Strapless bra and/or sticky-bra | try this one from Revolve
  • Pajamas | you can never go wrong with a cute and comfortable look for bed or a camp fire like this two piece


[ accessories + sports equipment ]

  • Sunglasses | These chic Aviators from Sunglass Hut give you the perfect edge before you hit the beach.
  • Hat | Stay fresh under the sun with this Pura Vida sun hat by Rowme.
  • Hair-ties | These beautiful blue non-elastic hair-ties will help you keep your hair up when it gets to hot.
  • Snorkel – Mask | Get the best views with this Full-Face snorkel mask.
  • Fins | These fins are a must have for the best snorkeling.
  • Rash guard and/ or wetsuit | When catching waves or just trying to stay warm in colder waters a wetsuit by O’neil is a must.
  • Book | I always have my Kindle – lots of books and takes up no space for packing.
  • Floating device | From beautiful Unicorns , yummy Donuts  and California Avocados these pool floats will have you floating in style.
  • Water-bottle | I enjoy this Simple Modern bottle because it helps save the environment and is dishwasher friendly.
  • Picnic Set | I love this blue Picnic backpack because it makes carrying it to the beach easy.
  • Beach Chairs | This black folding chair with a head pillow makes sunbathing easy.
  • S’mores | One of my favorite ways to make S’mores is with this Hershy grilling basket.
  • Easy-Up | You don’t need to worry about shade with this easy-up.

I have so many adult beach toys for you to browse at the boutique shop at the end of this post. Scroll down to check ’em out!

Women’s Beach Packing List: Toiletries

Most hotels will have great body wash, moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner. However, if you’re staying at an AirBNB or have allergies, add the following to your toiletries packing list:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Hair Dryer

Toiletries that most hotels are less likely to have:

You can order all of this online via Amazon or Target. Super easy way to avoid forgetting anything.
Carry on liquids needs to be 3.4 oz (100 mil) or less.

  • Tooth Paste
  • Tooth Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Razor Bumps Cream
  • Feminine care products
  • Tweezers, nail clippers
  • Safety Pins

Toiletries for Healthy, Sun-Kissed Skin:

Toiletries for Beach Hair:

  • Brush
  • 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!

What to pack for a beach holiday | tips for wild, frizzy crazy hair from the Ultimate Women's Beach Packing List

Team beach natural hair, don’t care.

If you have wild, frizzy, curly hair:

Womens Beach Packing List| Tips for 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).

Using the right products when your hair is wet really helps. This travel set for curly hair from Sephora is everything!

Other Key Toiletries:

  • Eye Drops (whether or not you wear contacts, your eyes will dry out from flights)
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Case
  • Contact Solution
  • Prescription Eye Glasses

Makeup Overview:

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!
  • Concealer
  • Contour
  • Power/ Foundation
  • Eyeshadow & Eye Brow Palette
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Moisturizer
  • Highlighter/ Bronzer + Blush  
  • Brushes (I like this set of brushes for travel purposes) and the cleansing brush wipes or “uncomplicated brush set”)
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner

Women’s Beach Packing List: Electronics

General International Beach Travel Packing Tips

  1. Put valuables that you absolutely need in your carryon (i.e. camera, passport, jewelry etc).
  2. Leave most valuables at home.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Consider your transit route. We often cut our packing and unpacking time by staying at the same hotel and doing day trips.
  7. 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.

Visit the Tropical Bacalar, MexicoINTERNATIONAL:



My Top Beach Destinations for Parties:

If you’re looking for a great place to get wet ‘n’ wild, consider these travel festivals.

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