What to pack for a beach vacation

The beauty of packing for a beach vacation is the simplicity of it. Swimsuit, sunglasses, sandals in the suitcase, and you’re pretty much good to go. However, I once travelled to the island of Antigua with a friend who forgot most of the aforementioned items, and instead packed snow boots and sweaters! With that in mind, here’s a handy packing list for your next tropical getaway.



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  • Swimsuits- Bring at least two so they have time to dry between wears
  • T-shirts/tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • A cover-up- Perfect for slipping over your swimsuit before heading in for lunch.
  • Nice outfits- Ladies should bring a couple of maxi dresses and gents should pack some collared shirts for dressing up at dinner.
  • Walking shoes- To wear on excursions.
  • Pashmina/light sweater- That air conditioning can really kick in at night!

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Personal care

  • Sunscreen- The shade ‘lobster red’ doesn’t look good on anybody.
  • Aloe vera lotion- Because sunburns.
  • Bug spray- Because mosquitoes.
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Medicine- Pack anti-diarrhea and motion sickness pills…just in case.

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  • Towel- Most resorts provide one for guests to use during the week, but this will be essential if you’re heading to a beach on your own.
  • Floatation device- Because floating around in a pool is the best way to get a golden glow, and stay cool!
  • Beach bag
  • Waterproof camera Check out these tips for how to keep your camera’s SD card safe, or here to check out the cases that will make your smartphone waterproof.
  • Water bottle- To help you sober up from all those margaritas.
  • A few good books and magazines
  • iPod/iPhone- For drowning out the terrible music at the hotel pool.

Are there any beach essentials you think should be added to the list? Share them in the comments below!


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