What to pack for a beach vacation

By Carly Fuller

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?

When 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 along with the mandatory swimsuit and coverup.


Tank tops are a must-have for any beach vacation. We suggest picking a few that can be worn multiple places with multiple things. We like this one-shoulder ruffle tank from Banana Republic and think it would work well with a pair of preppy Bermuda shorts or tucked into a cute skirt.

Going bolder, this Merona tank just screams 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, like this one from BeBop.

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. This beautiful blue shift dress from Michael Kors has cute eyelet details on it and would be the perfect piece to include on your beach vacation packing list.


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

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