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 | The perfect checklist for your next vacation, swimsuit styles in black, white + color. Also, my favorite tropical destinations and beach parties. From the travel blog


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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 |


[ clothing list for your day + site-seeing ]

  • casual sundress | add this striped, off-the-shoulder one; 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 Romwe.
  • Hair-ties | These beautiful blue non-elastic hair-ties will help you keep your hair up when it gets too 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.
  • Books | 
  • Floating device | From beautiful Unicorns , yummy Donuts  and California Avocados these pool floats will have you floating in style.
  • Water-bottle | I enjoy re-usable water bottles because they help save the environment and are 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.