The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List

By Patricia Rios

Planning a beach vacation? Whether you’re going with a partner or friends, packing the right items is key. I lived in Hawaii for a few years, so I’ve got some insights on what you’ll need. This guide will help you pack everything necessary for a fantastic beach getaway.

Beach Vacation Packing List


Beach weather can be unpredictable, so pack a variety of clothes.


  • Pack 2-5 casual dresses and 2-3 dressy dresses.
  • Flowy, non-restrictive dresses are perfect for comfort and style.
  • Example: Maxi dresses for dinners and short dresses for beach strolls.


  • Bring 3-5 shirts to pair with shorts or pants.
  • Button-up shirts are great as swim cover-ups.
  • Example: Lightweight button-ups for easy layering.


  • Include denim, linen, and cotton shorts.
  • Helps you stay cool in hot weather.
  • Example: Linen shorts for breathable comfort.


  • Pack flowy pants or leggings for breezy days.
  • Can double as swim cover-ups.
  • Example: Wide-leg pants for relaxed evenings.

Sweater or Jacket

  • A light jacket or sweater for cool evenings.
  • Crochet tops are stylish and breathable.
  • Example: Light cardigans for added warmth.

Swim Suit

  • Essential for any beach vacation.
  • Pack 2-4 swimsuits for variety.
  • Example: Different styles like bikinis and one-pieces.

Swim Suit Cover Up

  • Useful for shopping or eating out.
  • Pack 2-3 cover-ups.
  • Example: Cover-up dresses or sarongs for quick changes.


  • Light, breathable pajamas for comfort.
  • Pack sleep dresses or short sets.
  • Example: Cotton sleep sets for a good night’s rest.


Packing the right shoes is essential for various activities.

  • Sandals or flip-flops for the beach.
  • Comfy tennis shoes for excursions.
  • Heels or dressy shoes for nights out.
  • Example: Pack versatile shoes like stylish sneakers.


Accessories can enhance your outfits.


  • Simple jewelry like earrings and necklaces.
  • Example: Dainty bracelets for a subtle touch.


  • Beach bag for essentials and a neutral handbag.
  • Straw bags are perfect for bulky items.
  • Example: Tote bags for beach gear.


  • Pack 1-2 pairs for sun protection.
  • Example: Polarized sunglasses for UV protection.


Bringing your own toiletries can save money and ensure you have what you need.

Body Wash

  • Pack beach-scented body washes.
  • Example: Travel-sized tropical body wash.

Shaving Cream and Razors

  • Travel-sized shaving cream and quality razors.
  • Example: 5-blade razors for smooth skin.

Body Lotion

  • Moisturizing lotion for smooth skin.
  • Example: Combine with body oil for extra shine.


  • Aerosol deodorants are convenient.
  • Example: Pack a small, easy-to-use spray.

Oral Health

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.
  • Whitening strips for bright smiles.
  • Example: Compact travel kit for oral care.

Makeup & Skin Care

Keep your skin looking its best.

Makeup Bag

  • An organized bag for makeup and skincare.
  • Example: Spacious, open-up makeup bags.


  • Essential for sun protection.
  • Example: Broad-spectrum SPF for face and body.

Primer, Foundation, and Setting Powder

  • Light makeup for a fresh look.
  • Example: Tinted moisturizer for minimal coverage.

Blush and Lip Products

  • Blush for a healthy glow and lightweight lip products.
  • Example: Lip glosses and oils for a natural look.

Eye Brow Product and Mascara

  • Define your brows and lashes.
  • Example: Waterproof mascara for beach days.

Setting Spray

  • Keeps makeup in place all day.
  • Example: Long-lasting setting spray for humid weather.

Face Wash and Exfoliator

  • Cleanse and exfoliate your skin.
  • Example: Gentle exfoliator for glowing skin.

Eye Cream

  • Reduces dark circles and puffiness.
  • Example: Hydrating eye cream for refreshed eyes.

Hair Care

Keep your hair looking great.

Shampoo & Conditioner

  • Bring your own to meet your hair needs.
  • Example: Travel-sized bottles for convenience.

Hair Tools & Accessories

  • Combs, brushes, clips, and hair ties.
  • Example: Compact hair styling tools.

Hair Styling Tools

  • Curling iron, straightener, or beach wave maker.
  • Example: Multi-functional styling tool for different looks.

Final Tips

This packing list covers essentials for a great beach vacation. Adjust based on your preferences and trip length. Have an amazing time on your next beach adventure!


Patricia Rios

I have been writing makeup and beauty content for more than ten years. My passion is to uplift you, my reader, to feel better about yourself.

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