Essential Beach Packing List

Cory and I are getting ready for a trip to Cancun, Mexico, so I wanted to put together an essential beach packing list to help anyone else planning a future beach trip. Whether or not you’re planning a beach vacation, now is a wise time to shop these items because a lot of them are on major sale this time of year. The nice thing about packing for a beach getaway is that you don’t really need to pack that much. No jackets, boots, or sweaters are needed, so you should be able to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. Sunshine is the perfect compliment to vibrant colors and bold florals, so have fun with your fabric choices.

Beach packing list

Sun Hat // Sun hats are a must have for any beach-goer. Not only are they super cute, but they also protect your face & scalp from the sun. How adorable is this one? I also love this one.

Cover up // When packing for the beach, don’t forget to bring a cover up. This boyfriend shirt cover up is great if you want a little more coverage and this one shows a little more skin.

Sandals // For all of the times that you’re not barefoot in the sand, you’ll want a few sandal options. These, these, and these are my favorite beach sandals because they can all be dressed up or down.

Beach Bag // You will always need a good beach bag to throw your towels, books, and water bottles in. Two of my favorites are this one and this one. I also really love this little straw clutch for nights out.

Sunscreen // Don’t forget your sunscreen for a beach getaway! I love this sunscreen because it’s natural and eco friendly.

Swimsuit // This is a no brainer when it comes to beach essentials. I like to travel with a couple different swimsuits so I always have a dry one on hand. I am obsessed with this one piece, this high waisted suit, and this bikini.

Beach Towel // Everyone needs a good beach towel to lay on and dry off with after a swim. This one is bright and perfect for those hot days on the sand. Want something a little unique? Check out this round one. This one and this one are also super fun.

Sunglasses // In order to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, you need a good pair of sunglasses. I used to buy less expensive sunglasses, but these & these are all polarized, which I found out is way better for your eyes.

Dress // Dresses are my favorite beach clothes! I love this one, this one, and this one. This maxi dress can also double as a cover up!

Shorts // A few pairs of shorts are always a good idea. I love this jean pair and this linen pair.

Tank Tops // Tank tops are my favorite because they keep you cooler than something with sleeves. If you want something other than a tank top, this lightweight cotton shirt is a great option.

I hope this list can help serve as a starting point for your next warm weather vacay! Did I forget anything? Let me know your beach essentials in the comments below.



Love, Amy Cotton

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