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, matching swimwear, 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

 Handwoven Straw Vintage Purse Bag Bohemian Large Straw Beach Bag Chic Casual Handbag Shoulder Bag Tote Rattan Vacation Bag

Significant Other Ivy Maxi Dress in Clay




Rhode Azure Top in Ric Rac

Tiare Hawaii Blake Dress in Batik Breeze Sky  

SPELL Azalea Strappy Maxi Dress in Candy BEC&BRIDGE Clover Midi Skirt in Flame RESA Lucy Top in Byron

Sundress Chicago Long Dress in Roma Lipstick  L*SPACE Melody Dress in Black 

LPA Alyssa Dress in Tan   only $89!


BEC&BRIDGE Ula Maxi Dress in ChiliVeronica Beard Galoma Mule in White Janessa Leone Felix Packable Hat in Natural  Sundress Pippa Short Dress in Flowers superdown Joana Maxi Skirt Set in Teal

only $82!



8 Other Reasons Straw Tote in Tan 

White Rima Linen Two Piece ROCOCO SAND Aine Mini Dress in Camel Just BEE Queen Sol Top in Ecru 

I’m obsessed with this outfit above – full outfit linked here: http://liketk.it/3smcV

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 


Cult Gaia Yanna Bikini Top in White

Cult Gaia Yanna Bikini Top in White



Shop these suits:


This beach shirt is what I ALWAYS wear on every vacation. Over my bikini, on planes, open, buttoned up, tied around my waist or tied in the front (my favorite way to wear it!). The material is SO SOFT and the perfect layer of warmth thats not too warm, but just warm enough, making it ideal for travel days and beach days. 


L*SPACE Pacifica Shirt Dress in White

PQ Alex One Piece in Midnight



superdown Miranda Crochet Mini Dress in White

Lack of Color The Inca Bucket Hat in Brown


Use the code JETSET for 20% off on these sun hats!


A hat clip for your sun hats

As you guys know, I love to travel with all of my sun hats! This hat clip is an absolute GAME CHANGER – So genius. I don’t go on any trip without it.

Velvet Canyon Beat Generation in Blonde Tort Poupette St Barth Soledad Mini Dress in Yellow Hortensia 

HEMANT AND NANDITA X REVOLVE Sage Romper in Pink petit moments Terrain Hoop Earring in Gold



only $66!

DEVON WINDSOR Sage Skirt in Dusty Rose  

Eugenia Kim Valentina Hat in Ivory

this hat is a total splurge but when I tell you it’s MY FAVORITE HAT I’ve ever owned, I’m not lying.


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



Indah Innocence Solid Smocked Maxi Dress in Opal

Indah Julie Solid Ruched Bodice Cutaway Maxi Dress in Black

how cute is this ‘vacation mode’ baby bucket hat?!


This is one of my all-time favorite vacation dresses right now. So sexy and chic and SO COMFY. The material is out of this world.



Cult Gaia Nadeesha Dress in Blossom


How Hamptons or St. Barths chic is this?

PQ Sammy Pant in White

Essentiel Antwerp Binki Oversized Pockets Shirt in Spa Blue Pair your linen pants with a chic oversized buttondown like this one

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 

    Seafolly Amnesia Kaftan in White

L*SPACE Panama Dress in Havana Blooms

Michael Stars Farrah Caftan in White

ROCOCO SAND Bandeau in Violet

ROCOCO SAND Long Dress in Peach & Butter Yellow

Cassilo Lime Crocodile-Embossed High Heel Sandals

ROCOCO SAND Ilios Dress in Orange




      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


ROCOCO SAND Aria Maxi Dress in Peach

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

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

Song of Style Pluto Mini Dress in Rose Mauve 

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 House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE Matie Braided Sandal in White Tony Bianco Glamour Slide in Honey Sheep Nappa

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


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. 

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. 


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

KAYU St. Tropez 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. 


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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