What to Pack For a Summer Beach Trip

Headed to the beach this summer? Here’s a good basic packing list for a summer beach trip that will help you put together a few cute outfits.


Are you going to the beach this summer? I wanted to put together a simple packing list that can inspire your outfits and packing for any upcoming trips you might have!


What to Pack For a Summer Beach Trip

Travel Outfit: Obviously a travel outfit is a must! Sometimes if I’m packing light, I’ll bring one that I wear on the way there and back, and just wash it while I’m on the trip. THIS JUMPSUIT is super affordable and very comfy. But some people are uninterested in wearing a jumpsuit on a plane, so here are a few alternatives that might be a better choice for you.

Beach pantsThese pants are a really versatile item for traveling. You can wear them as beach or pool pants, dress them up with a blouse for dinner, wear them with a breezy top for sightseeing, or even wear them on the airplane for travel. They’re fantastic! I wear a size X-small long.

Denim shorts. A pair of denim shorts is another versatile bottoms option. I wear them to the pool or the beach over my suit, but you can also wear them anywhere casual!

Beach Tank. I sometimes like having a little tank to wear over my swimsuit when I’m headed to the beach and wearing shorts. It helps me feel more put together and keeps my shoulders and chest a little more covered. This bright green one is darling!

Coverup. Of course you need some coverups for the beach! I’m sharing a few affordable ones from Target on Instagram this morning, but I just picked up this cute pink one from Amazon for an upcoming trip and I’m so excited to wear it!

Matching set coverup. This is a really fun coverup set that you could also wear for any number of things! Split them up and wear as separates, or wear together for a cute coverup or casual dinner outfit. It runs oversized — I’m in an XS in both and the shorts are a little oversized but the top is very long, so size down if you want it a little closer fit.

SwimsuitI got this swimsuit in the stripe a few weeks ago and sadly it sold out super fast, but this is such a comfortable suit that you’ll love wearing and can keep on all day without it cutting into your legs or your arms. The crinkle fabric is perfect and so cute.

Swimsuit. Target is killing it with swimsuits and resort wear this year — I’m loving this one shoulder swimsuit!

Swimsuit. If you’re looking for one that is super flattering and affordable, this one is great!

SandalsI have the designer version of these sandals and I absolutely love them. They’re a great versatile sandal that you can wear with a dressier dress AND wear with casual outfits.

Pool SandalsI got these sandals a few years ago and they are one of my most worn during the summer. They’re a perfect amusement park/waterpark shoe because they are super comfortable and supportive, waterproof, AND they have a comfy backstrap. If you’re looking for something a little more sleek,THESE are my other favorites and because they’re patent leather, they work well for the water!

Nice shoesIf you’re headed on a beach vacation, you’re probably mostly wearing swimsuits and coverups, but if you’re headed out to dinner at a nice place one night, it’s good to pack at least one pair of nicer shoes. These nude block heel sandals are super versatile and you’ll get tons of use out of them this summer.

Hat. I got my straw hat with a chin strap on the beach in Mexico a few years ago, and it’s my go-to. This one is super similar!

Beach Bag. Of course you need a beach bag for the pool and beach! This one is big and inexpensive!

Small Bag For when you don’t need a huge bag, but want something to carry your wallet or phone or keys…this is darling and super affordable.

Nice DressDon’t forget to pack one nice dress for dinner on the beach or at a nice restaurant! This eyelet one is one of my all time favorites!

Casual dressYou’ll also want a comfy dress for walking along the beach at night, or a casual dinner when you want to wear something that won’t rub on your sunburns. This dress is perfect.

Cakes Body. These cakes body pads are perfect nipple covers that stick to your skin without adhesive, and they’re a great alternative to those stupid removable pads that most swimsuits have that shift around and fold up. These keep everything smooth and are reusable! Code MERRICK10 works for 10% off.

No-sho. This is my all time favorite product…it’s a little silicone pad that you slip into your swimsuit and it keeps your “camel-toe” from showing through your swimsuit. I wear this every time I wear a swimsuit and I love it so much. It’s reusable!

Bracelets. Toss in a few bracelets or jewelry to wear on the beach and with your dinner time dresses. We love a big stack!

Bracelets. This is another cute set that I love.

Nice Earrings. How fun are these earrings? Perfect for a dressier night at the beach and they’re only $13.



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