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Wear: Packing for a Beach Vacation

Beach Vacation Wardrobe


Do you want to know something about me?

love packing for trips.  I love making lists, I love planning outfits, and I love thinking about what the “theme” for a trip will be, at least clothes-wise.  Honestly, this is what intrigued me about trying out a capsule wardrobe in the first place.  It was like one big vacation.

I’m absolutely struck with wanderlust right now and it’s all I can do not to plan all the trips.  I look at flights and hotels to various places at least once a day and while I haven’t actually pulled the trigger on a 4 night, 5 day vacation to some sandy shore, pretend-packing for one is almost just as good.  Except for all the sunshine and sand and relaxation.

If we ever do go on that beach vacation, I want to pack easy, breezy, light pieces that are easily mixed and matched and lend themselves to long walks and trashy beach reads.  Can a dress lend itself to trashy beach reads?  I don’t know.

I’ve put together 18 pieces that would all easily fit into a carry-on sized suitcase.  Within these 18 pieces, I can get 8 outfits that are perfect for what I’ve decided is my ideal beach vacation.

Beach Vacation Wardrobe-Clothing

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Flowy dresses, lightweight tanks, easy fabrics and summery prints comprise the main pieces of my beach vacation wardrobe.  This leaves room for comfortable travel clothes that book-end lazy days spent shopping “in town” (in my dream vacation, there’s the resort, and then there’s “in town”) and nights sipping cocktails on the beach.

Beach Vacation Wardrobe-swim



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Obviously swimwear is a cornerstone of a beach packing list.  I want to wake up, drink coffee, and put on a swimsuit.  This is how I (want to) vacation.

Beach Vacation Wardrobe-accessories

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Rounding out the packing list are accessories.  A great cross body bag (I have the same one in leopard, it’s my favorite!) and a tote that doubles as a carry-on bag will take you far, and I always travel with a scarf for those drafty beach nights and of course, the airplane.

As far as jewelry goes, I’d stick to minimal.  It’s hot, it’s sticky, and let’s face it, you don’t need to be weighed down by something statement.  A dainty gold necklace, maybe something tribal, and a couple of bangles are all I’d need.

Those 8 outfits go a little something like this:

Travel: I’d pack for two travel days with comfy jeans, loose shirts, easy slip-on shoes, a scarf and a big bag for all of my essentials…

Outfit 1



Outfit 7


Day:  Daytime outfits are meant for lounging on the beach, going on some sort of extreme excursion (read: getting out of my lounge chair and possibly onto something with a motor), and shopping.

Outfit 6

Outfit 4

Outfit 2


Night:  Finally, nights are supposed to be casual and breezy.  I want comfortable and stylish and most of all, something that hopefully won’t hurt my inevitable sunburn (sorry, Mom!)

Outfit 8

Outfit 5

Outfit 3



18 Pieces, 8 outfits, 5 days, 4 nights and one carry-on size roller bag–it’s absolutely doable.

And now I’m looking at flights again.  I’m thinking Hilton Head.  Suggestions?  Go!

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