It’s so hot at home and the pools aren’t open so here we are at the beach. We wanted to be near water where we could cool off and socially distance at the same time. I suspect a lot of us will find ourselves driving to the beach this summer. Plus being near the ocean is therapeutic for the mind and soul. We all need that right now. The last thing you need is to clutter your mind worrying about what to pack for your beach getaway with so many important things happening in the world. I put together this helpful packing guide so you don’t have to put any brain power into your trip. Just load up your suitcase and get on the road!
: : Shirts + Blouses
Beach trips with the family are meant to be casual. You’ll need a few great t-shirts that go with everything. I usually pack three — a plain white one, a classic striped tee, and a graphic tee — for maximum comfort and variety. Depending on how much you go out to eat, pack one blouse and one tank that you can wear out or dress down with shorts during the day.
: : Dresses or Rompers
A dress or romper is a must for your beach vacation. I usually go with one that I can wear with sneakers during the day or sandals at night so whatever I pack does double duty.
: : Sweaters + Jackets
It’s a mistake to overlook packing a sweater and a jacket for your beach trip no matter how hot you think it’s going to be plus the mere fact of you remembering to pack them insures you won’t need them. I usually go with a jean jacket to wear with my dresses and a cardigan that I can wear with shorts or beach pants.
: : Bottoms
Denim shorts are my go-to for the beach. I wear them almost every day over a swimsuit to head to the beach or just to go out for a ride on my beach cruiser.
I’d recommend packing a pair of loose pants for the beach that you can wear with your swimsuit or a tee shirt or even a blouse in the evening.
I also pack a skirt that I can swap for my pants and has the same functionality, like these.
: : Shoes
Shoes are the HARDEST to pack, am I right? Don’t overthink it for your beach trip. Keep it simple with three essential pairs (and a bonus): a casual sneaker, a sandal to wear out, and an easy sandal to wear to the beach. My bonus pair is my sneakers for my workout!
: : Swimsuit
Of course you will need to pack a swimsuit. I picked out some of my favorites in this post.
: : Coverup + Beach Accessories
A coverup for trips to the pool, a straw hat for sun protection, sunglasses and a beach tote round out the essential elements. I generally pack a few simple gold necklaces, bracelets and a statement earring for a night out. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
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