What to pack for a beach vacation

Let’s be real. For most of the country, this winter has been a wild one. Snow, ice, flooding, winds, cooler-than-average temps. We’re ready to escape to the sunshine and warm breezes. Who’s with us?

Resort WearWhen your mind has been on sweaters, sweatpants and staying warm, it’s so refreshing to think about breezy dresses and fun tanks.
If a beach vacation is on your agenda in the upcoming weeks, we have a list of must-haves to consider when writing up your packing list.

Swimwear and a Cover-up
Yes, we’re digging right in. The last thing that most of us want to think about after a long, cold winter is slipping into a swimsuit with our pasty white winter bodies. Don’t worry. Your local Goodwill has a variety of swimming suits that flatter all body types. Since you may be spending most of your beach vacation time in your swimming suit, it’s important that it fits well and you are comfortable in it.

A really big trend in swimsuits is the high-waisted bikini bottom. It’s perfect for holding things in and still being able to indulge in sandcastle building. Plus, black is always slimming, and the V-neck and ruching are very flattering.

Every beach vacation bag also should include a great cover-up. Imagine heading to a beachside cabana for a lunchbreak or while walking back from the beach at the end of a sun-filled day.

Tank tops are a must-have for any beach vacation. We suggest picking a few that can be worn multiple places with multiple things.

Or if you want to go for a bolder look, bring a tank top that feels like a tropical paradise. Wear it with denim cutoffs for a carefree look or with a pair of white jeans for a nighttime outfit.

Maxi dresses
Easy, breezy and beautiful, the maxi dress is a beach vacation staple. When you have a suitcase with limited space, you want to find pieces that can be worn in more than one way and the maxi dress is the perfect example. Wear it over your swimsuit during the day, when you go out exploring or dress it up at night for dinner. Opt for one with a bold and bright print.

Shift dresses
Shift dresses aren’t necessarily figure-hugging and, therefore, some women shy away from them because of this. We’re telling you to give them a try when you’re considering beach vacation outfits. The last thing you want when the weather is hot and humid is a tight, non-breathable dress.

Rompers are still the “it” piece, and it’s easy to see why. An all-in-one outfit, they can be dressed up with heels, jewelry and a clutch or worn casually for a beach cover-up or sightseeing outfit. They are a versatile piece that should make it on everyone’s vacation outfits packing list.

A comfy pair of denim shorts must be on your beach vacation packing list. They pair well with casual tanks and tanks. You also can slip them on over a swimsuit or worn on an excursion.

Check out the resort wear selection at your local Goodwill today.

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