Getaway Guide: What To Pack For Your Next Beach Vacation

Photo left: @alexandra_sage Dress: Kivari Bag: Loewe Photo right: Business & Pleasure

5.19.23 Weekend getaways are always a good idea! So are week-long vacations and girl's trips and family holidays and....you get the idea. If you're heading to the beach for any of these getaways and need some tips on what to wear, look no further. We've created the ultimate beach packing list for everything you've already got planned and for anything else that may come up. Whether it's a day at the beach, a fun girl's night out, a romantic date night or a drop-in yoga class, we've got you covered.

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Beach Day

If you are taking a quick day trip, a family vacation or have a longer holiday planned with friends, you are going to need some beach essentials - and these are our favorites!

Here is our beach day checklist:

  1. The first thing on our list is a cute bathing suit. If you are planning a more active day in the ocean or will be chasing after young children, we love this black one-piece from Cupshe. This suit has the perfect balance of sexiness and just the right amount of coverage. (Plus it's only $33!).
    CUPSHE, Black one-piece swimsuit
  2. Next on our list is a pair of cut-off denim shorts. They look great paired back to any suit and are perfect to throw on when you want to run back to the house to grab some cold drinks or swing by the beach bar. This pair from Agolde is a great length with just the right amount of distressing. AGOLDE, Parker Distressed Denim Shorts
  3. You can never go wrong with classic aviators and this pair in black adds an extra cool factor. The easiest way to keep your bag light is to pack items that pair back to everything and these sunglasses do just that. RAY-BAN, Aviator Classic
  4. A beach tote is essential. This one from Isabel Marant has so much space to carry all of your essential items (plus your kid's beach toys) and has an interior zip pocket to protect your cell phone and credit cards.
    ISABEL MARANT, Warden Striped Tote Bag
  5. After your beach day and outdoor shower (if you're lucky!), a chic, breezy dress always feels amazing to throw on. We love this light-weight one-shoulder silo from Faithfull the brand. (Sold Out)
  6. Our favorite beach towels are from Business & Pleasure. The Holiday Blanket is a towel that doubles as a beach blanket. It's a large square with a center cut out for your beach umbrella and chic fringe around the perimeter. It's the perfect size for you to stretch out with a friend or can accommodate a family of four. (You can also find their matching umbrellas, cooler bag, and beach chairs here, here, and here.) BUSINESS & PLEASURE, The Holiday Beach Blanket
  7. One of the the most important things to pack is sun protection. Our favorite sunscreen is by La Roche-Posay. It glides on smoothly, absorbs easily and protects all day long.
    LA ROCHE POSAY, Anthelos Melt-In Milk Sunscreen SPF 60
  8. We love the ease of classic Birkenstocks. And this neutral color pairs back to everything on our packing list. BIRKENSTOCK, Arizona Soft Sandals
  9. If you plan to relax with a good book or a cocktail, we recommend a chic suit from Zimmermann. They have the most gorgeous prints in both two pieces and one-pieces. No matter which one is your personal preference, the Circa Spliced One Piece is the perfect hybrid of the two!
    (Sold Out)
  10. A great way to explore any beach town is on a beach cruiser. Make sure you have one for your next beach trip and that it has a basket to carry your morning coffee, afternoon smoothie, or beach gear!
    HUFFY BIKES, Sanford Women’s Cruiser
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Girl's Night Out

If your beach getaway is a girl's trip, here is what to pack for your fun GNO:

  1. A LWD is a perfect summer staple for a night out. We love this short & sweet eyelet version from BCBG. BCBG, Eyelet Dress
  2. Add a pop of color with these bracelets from Roxanne Assoulin. (Sold Out)
  3. This Milk Makeup cream stick pulls double duty adding the perfect tint to your lips & cheeks and is small enough to fit in any purse.
    MILK MAKEUP, Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick
  4. A straw tote is a beach weekend must-have. This Isabel Marant tote is the perfect size with a little pop of color. ISABEL MARANT, Cadix Woven Straw Tote
  5. Farm Rio created this adorable crochet set. It packs a punch when worn together and you can also wear each item separately later on your trip as well. On it's own, this cardigan is perfect to bring with you at night when the temperature cools down. (Sold Out)
  6. When not wearing as a set, Farm Rio's crochet shorts can be worn with a tank or over your favorite swimsuit. (Sold Out)
  7. One of the best things about the beach is the ocean air! Take advantage of it and use this wave spray from Ouai to get the perfect beachy waves. (plus it's paraben and sulfate free and smells great!) OUI, Wave Spray
  8. These sandals pair back perfectly to both the LWD and the crochet set. And in the nude color they will help elongate your legs (who doesn't love that?) BEEK, Seriema Sandals
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Date Night

Whether you are planning a romantic weekend away or a family beach vacation, you might have some time for a date night. It's always a great idea to plan ahead just in case!

  1. After your day at the beach, use this Goopglow body polish to leave your skin soft and flawless. GOOP BEAUTY, Goopglow Instant Glow Body Polish
  2. Little gold hoops are the perfect accessory to go back to our date night fits. SHASHI, Gold Hoop Earrings
  3. Stand out in this jumpsuit from Amur. It's the perfect shade of summer red with a one-shoulder neckline and perfectly placed cutout. AMUR, Laurie One-Shoulder Jumpsuit
  4. Westman Atelier is known to be one of the best clean beauty brands and one of our favorite products is their highlighter stick - especially after getting a bit of sun. WESTMAN ATELIER, Lit Up Glow Highlighter Stick
  5. This Clare V pouch is the perfect size for all of your essentials. (Sold Out)
  6. We love this small raffia clutch as a great alternative to a purse if you only need to carry a few personal items. CARRIE FORBES, Leila Raffia Clutch
  7. Poupette St Barth is known for their feminine summer dresses and prints. This off-the-shoulder dress can easily fit in a carry-on bag and is perfect for any beach holiday date night. POUPETTE ST BARTH, Soleded Smocked Off-The-Shoulder Minidress
  8. We love these Loeffler Randall metallic, knotted sandals that have just a slight lift and go with virtually anything in your suitcase. LOEFFLER RANDALL, Romy Metallic Leather Sandals
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Yoga Class

If you have time to drop into a yoga class, add the following items to your checklist:

  1. Alo's no slip towel is a necessity to keep you dry during a hot yoga class. ALO, Grounded No-Slip Towel
  2. Alo's warrior mat in highlighter yellow is the perfect wake-up call for an early morning session on the beach! ALO, Warrior Mat
  3. Varley's rib match back set is equal parts functional and sexy. The bra is full coverage so you can feel comfortable in whatever position you find yourself in. VARLEY, Let's Move Rib Ryan Bra
  4. Varley's ribbed shorts are high-rise and when paired back to the bra, shows just a sliver of skin. VARLEY, Let's Move Rib Short
  5. This portable water bottle can expand when full and fold up when finished to easily throw in your bag. TEMU, Collapsible Water Bottle
  6. Sustainable brand Cotopaxi nailed it with this colorful belt bag. The company uses repurposed materials that are available in many different colors. Each bag is one-of-a-kind so be prepared for a total surprise! COTOPAXI, Del Dia Hip Pack
  7. It's always a good idea to throw a pair of flip flops in your bag. Tkees matte leather flip flops in nude are super chic and easy to kick on and off. Throw them in your bag to wear for yoga, the beach, as water shoes or to explore the town. TKEES, Foundations Matte Leather Flip Flop
  8. We love wearing a baseball cap as a sun hat. The Wanderlust New York Baseball Cap is perfect to shield your face on the way to yoga or just running out to get your morning coffee. ANTHROPOLOGIE, The Wanderlust New York Baseball Cap
  9. The last thing you'll need is something to transport your yoga mat to class. The Easy-Cinch Yoga Sling is so light weight and easy to pack. (And it's especially useful if you're riding to class on the beach cruiser!) GAIAM, Easy-Cinch Yoga Sling

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