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Beach Vacation Packing Tips
I just returned from a vacation to the Iberostar Paraiso Grand. It was number 29. I have a few other trips to beaches under my belt as well. I could probably pack in my sleep.
I have learned through trial and lots of error what you need to pack and what you can leave at home. I promise that you will find some helpful tips here. If you don’t find any helpful tips, well, maybe you should consider a camping vacation instead. (I crack myself up).
The Most Important Item You Need
Before you even think about what to pack for your beach vacation, make sure you have a good suitcase!
I have used and discarded many suitcases. But I think I have found my holy grail suitcase.
The name of the brand is TravelPro. The line is the Max Lite 5. It is awesome!!! (imagine “awesome” said in that sing-song voice).
The first piece I acquired was a carry on. The love affair was on! I was ready for a full-size bag after that first trip. My budget was not.
The first time I attempted to purchase a full-size suitcase was a year ago. They had a special on the Today Show’s Steals and Deals and I ordered it. It took too long to arrive and I had to cancel it. That made me sad.
After I missed out on the Today Show deal it became hard to justify buying a new case at full price when the one I had worked good enough.
It always had a wonky zipper though.
Then it happened. The universe intervened.
On my last trip to the Iberostar Paraiso Grand the zipper separated. It happened when they picked it up to take it for check out. That provided me with an excellent excuse, errr, reason, to get a new suitcase.
And I knew just which one I wanted.
The TravelPro Maxlite 5.
This thing is a beast! It holds everything I can put in it. Then I can slide my travel bag over the handle and PUSH IT WITH ONE FINGER! I kid you not. It glides through the airport, including the garage.
I chose the 29″ Azure Blue.
A Great Travel Bag
I love mine. It doesn’t have a label, but it is very similar to this Baggallini.
There should be a pocket for a Kindle or magazine too.
Many airports have places where you can fill them. I’m not talking water fountains either. Do you think this germaphobe is going to use those unsanitary things? I don’t think so!
Using these saves me from buying overpriced airport water, and does my part to save the environment too.
Clothing Vacation Packing List
If you’re going to the beach you need swimsuits. I personally take one for each day. I’m just that kind of girl. I want to look different every day. I take mostly bikinis. Yes, this hot mama still wears bikinis. I think I’ll know when I should stop. But I’m not there yet. I also take a couple of one pieces.
I need variety. You may not need that much variety. You need more than one though. It can take a day or two for them to dry. There is nothing worse than putting on a damp, cold clammy swimsuit.
I have gotten a lot of my suits from Victoria Secrets. I also have gotten some from Venus. I really have liked the suits I’ve gotten from Everything But Water. I also like Target swimwear.
I take about half as many cover-ups as suits. I need to conserve space somewhere ya know!
I get these from all over the place. For little whiffs of fabric they can be surprisingly expensive. I even have a couple that I have sewn myself. There was one from Victoria Secrets that I liked but was pricey and I took a good look at it and decided I could make it myself. So I did!
I like to dress up. And I do mean DRESS UP! Dresses, shoes, jewelry. Fancy dresses. You may not need dresses as fancy as mine, but you do need clothes to wear to dinner.
I take a dress for each night. I work at home now, so I rarely really get to dress up anymore. I take cocktail style dresses.
I take a different pair of shoes for each night. I have a stupid number of pairs of shoes. When we were putting our house on the market my realtor suggested I hide some of my shoes and then distribute the rest throughout the bedrooms. True story.
When we moved last year I had a closet system installed. I had a special area for my shoes. The angels sing every time I go in there.
I have more than what’s pictured here because my boots are on the sides of the closet. But adding those pictures would just be obnoxious.
You also need flip flops. I usually take about as many flippies as cover-ups. And I use the term flips flops loosely. That basically means any sandal without a strap around the back.
I take shorts and t-shirts for wearing to breakfast. Four for a week. I don’t like to wear my swimsuit and cover-up to breakfast, but that’s just me. Even if you do, it’s a good idea to take at least a couple pairs of shorts in case you do a non-beach/pool day.
My last trip I wasn’t feeling well one day. I wanted to lay by the beach but not get into a swimsuit. i was glad I had some day clothes for this.
Whatever you sleep in.
You may want a robe too if your hotel does not provide them.
Y’all know what I’m talking about.
That’s all the clothes you need. So now, you are ready to go, right?
Toiletries Vacation Packing List
- Any other hair products you use
- Bring more stuff, not less. Your hair behaves differently in different climates.
- Special face wash if needed
- All of your lotions and potions.
- Body soap if you are sensitive. Sometimes hotels have soaps that have a lot of fragrance in them.
- Body wash disc – I discovered these Olay Body Wash Discs. I love these things. They eliminate the need for a bath puff. It lasts multiple trips.
- Awesome toiletries bag with lots of nice, sectioned compartments for everything
Medical Kit for Vacation
- Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen (I take both because I like options)
- Diphenhydramine for allergic reactions
- Antibiotic ointment
- Oscillococcinum for that “I’m starting to feel like I’m getting a cold or flu” feeling.
- Electrolyte Powder – they always recommend drinking Gatorade but these are not sugar laden and are easy to pack. I actually drink them all day long because of the amount of sweating that occurs at the beach.
- Probiotics – to take daily to help keep your bacteria in balance.