What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation : The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing Guide

Whether your next vacation is to Hawaii, Mexico, Bali or Bora Bora, or on a  beach getaway in the USA, these cute vacation outfits will have you feeling ready for your first day at the beach before you even step on the plane. From cute vacation swimwear, to resortwear, cover ups, beach bags, and everything in-between, here are my favorite vacation outfits for any vacay I go on

What should you pack for a tropical vacation?

Tropical beach vacation essentials

  • Sunscreen 
  • A sun hat
  • Swimwear + Cover ups (I have lots of recommendations below!)
  • A pair of tennis shoes for hiking or the gym
  • Sandals
  • A cute beach bag
  • Jewelry
  • Casual daytime outfits / resorting outfits
  • Dressier nighttime dinner outfits

The best women’s outfits for a tropical vacation

Sundress Cary Dress in Marbella Mix Rainbow  

White Rima Linen Two Piece

Wow I’m obsessed with this set above.

Velvet Canyon Beat Generation in Blonde Tort

HEMANT AND NANDITA X REVOLVE Sage Romper in Pink

Indah River Triangle Plunge Wrap Skirt Maxi Dress in Golden Zebra

Sundress Lea Dress in Pool Sundress Adela Dress in Dubai Banana

Sundress Zahara Dress in Saint Barth Coconut

Flook The Label Kiss The Sky Tunic in White

Jen's Pirate Booty Rio Lost Horse Track Pants in Rio Golden Hour

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ROCOCO SAND Nesh Mini Dress in YellowROCOCO SAND X REVOLVE Nesh Dress in Blue

 

Sundress Indiana Dress in Roma Cafe Au Lait

Sundress Indiana Dress in Roma Lipstick  

Indah Innocence Solid Smocked Maxi Dress in Opal

Indah Julie Solid Ruched Bodice Cutaway Maxi Dress in Black

 

Tiare Hawaii Ryden Dress in Peach & Violet Smoke

Maaji Lisse Dress in Flower Garden

Free People Full On Maxi Slip Dress in Flower Combo Free People Shailee Slip Dress in Ivory

 

Agua Bendita x REVOLVE Menina Dress in Orange La Plage

Yumi Kim Cruise Top in Wonder Garden Blue

Poupette St Barth Camila Blouse in Pink Malva

How Hamptons or St. Barths chic is this?

PQ Sammy Pant in White

Peony Swimwear Vacation Culotte in Magnolia

The absolute best jean shorts I’ve EVER owned

Our favorite matching his-and-hers kimono and swim trunks

Daytime dresses & resortey outfits 

Perfect for: going into town in Cabo San Lucas, shopping the streets of Bali, a chic lunch overlooking the sea in Positano, a wine tour in the South of France

Indah River Maxi Dress in Clear

Tiare Hawaii Gracie Maxi Dress in Pink & Ruby Gradasi

    Seafolly Amnesia Kaftan in White

L*SPACE Panama Dress in Havana Blooms

MISA Los Angeles Becca Dress in Casablanca Blu Shell

Michael Stars Farrah Caftan in White

ROCOCO SAND Lurex Short in Aqua

Cassilo Lime Crocodile-Embossed High Heel Sandals

 

ROCOCO SAND X REVOLVE Lurex Dress Lurex in Lilac

ROCOCO SAND Ilios Dress in Orange

V. Chapman Periwinkle Dress in Savannah Rose Lavender

ROCOCO SAND Leas Cutout Dress in White & Blue

   

 

    

 

 

Jen's Pirate Booty Lapis Maxi Dress in Pink Sky       MAJORELLE Daniella Dress in Baby Blue

 

 

 

Tiare Hawaii Pez Cantina Dress in White

 

HEMANT AND NANDITA Teien Caftan in Pastel Teien

ROCOCO SAND Leal Cutout Dress in Multicolor

MISA Los Angeles Eloisa Dress in Tile Print

 

ROCOCO SAND Aria Maxi Dress in Peach

ROCOCO SAND Hikari Dress in Pink

 

Also love this dress for a bride-to-be on her destination wedding weekend, or a beach rehearsal dinner dress!

LoveShackFancy Gwen Dress in Peony Pink

SAYLOR Celina Set in Turquoise

Poupette St Barth Della Mini Dress in Sky Blue Breeze

 

Amanda Uprichard Maisie Midi Dress

MISA Leeva Dress

Lost + Wander Still On Vacay Mini Dress

 

PQ Swim Charlotte Dress

BB Dakota Roman Holiday Dress

Nighttime outfits

Perfect for: Resort dinners in Hawaii, sunset seshes in Fiji, girls night out in Tulum, sunset dinners on the beach in Jamaica, underwater restaurants in the Maldives, chic nights in Miami and private bungalows in Bora Bora

Camila Coelho Amelia Romper in Black Palm

 

 

 

 

The best shoes to pack for a beach vacation

I would do a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of flip flops (love these casual birkenstock brand ones!), some cute sandals for dressing up or cute day outfits, and maybe a pair of heels for a fancy resort night dinner.

BIRKENSTOCK Honolulu Sandal in White Kaanas Key Largo Braided Sandal in White Carrie Forbes Bou Sandal in Black Dolce Vita Riya Sandal in Light Natural RAYE Arden Heel in Multi

These are my go to sneakers for working out, anywhere – they are the comfiest things EVER. 

Women's TechLoom Pro White / Black / Gum

These are my favorite flip flops for travel, beach days, anything and everything. These things are so high qual, comfy and cute. I bring them on every trip, and Kenny has a pair of the men’s that he LIVES in. 

Swimwear, beachwear, and cover ups

Perfect for: a resort day in Maui, a beach day in Bali, a pool party in Vegas, island-hopping in the Maldives, a beach club in Saint Tropez, yachting in Monaco 

This tie-dye bikini is everything

L*SPACE Jess Bikini Top in Sky Blue

 

L*SPACE Pacifica Shirt Dress in White

OW Intimates Ariana Swimsuit in Ash Green

 

PQ Alex One Piece in Midnight

 

  

superdown Miranda Crochet Mini Dress in White

Chic sunglasses

These are my favorite sunglasses – they’re so chic and they look good on EVERYONE who tries them on – seriously have turned so many girlfriends onto this brand. They’re soooo high quality. Cannot recommend enough. 

Sunscreen

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40This is my GO TO sunscreen – I’m obsessed. It doesn’t feel like ANYTHING on your face and keeps you protected under your makeup or alone. It’s amazing.

The best beach bags for a vacation

florabella Baie Bag in Natural

KAYU St. Tropez Tote in Natural

florabella Gold Coast Tote in Natural

KAYU Colbie Bag in Ivory

The best sun hats for a beach vacation

Hat Attack Goldie Hat in Natural

Love everything Hat Attack does – their quality is SO superior – and my favorite part of buying hats from Revolve is the easy returns if it doesn’t fit right – they include the return label right in your package so all you have to do is stick it in the mail if you don’t like it. 

Hat Attack Whipstitch Roll Up Travel Visor in White

Hat Attack Roll Up Travel Visor in Black Whipstitch

 

Lack of Color Ultra Wide Ventura Hat in Natural

I’ve had this hat below for YEARS and it is one of the best quality hats I’ve ever owned.

Brixton Joanna Hat in Honey

Palma Woven Boater Hat

Hat Attack Avalon Sunhat in Natural & Black

Beach Accessories!

business & pleasure co. Holiday Beach Umbrella in Santorini Blue

business & pleasure co. Holiday Beach Umbrella in Crew Navy Stripe

sooo brilliant for a towel to have an umbrella hole!!!

business & pleasure co. Beach Blanket in Vintage Yellow Stripe

business & pleasure co. The Beach Towel in Vintage Blue Stripe

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