July 18, 2012

What to Pack: Beach Vacation

 (Image via Estee Lauder)

We're leaving for the beach next week and I'm so ready for a change of scenery. As a matter of fact, this time next week my toes will be wiggling in the sand, salt water will be lapping over my feet, and my mama, bff, and I will be making commentary about all the folks sauntering up and down the beach (while dad's playing golf, of course).

I consider myself a professional when it comes to packing. I start planning out the items days (sometimes a week) in advance so I'm not freaking out when the time comes to get serious. Below are a few items, or similar items, that will be coming along with me on vacation next week!


(Nail Polish // Earrings // Sunscreen // Lipstick // Dress // Burt's Bees // Beach Bag // Sandals

(The beach bag, sandals, and suit are no longer available)


1. I love a bright nail color at the beach. This one by Essie is the perfect pink.

2. I found these earrings at T.J. Maxx over the weekend but you can order them (at full price, unfortunately) from Dillards.

3. Coppertone spray is my favorite sunscreen. I also pull out the zinc cream for my face.

4. I'm never without lipstick - you all know that by now. This bright pink will go perfectly with everything I'm packing.

5. Dresses. That's all I'm packing to wear at night. Long ones, short ones - oh, and one pretty jumpsuit!

6. I love Burt's Bees Lifeguard's Choice for lip protection on sunny days.

7. This Vera Bradley has been my beach bag for several years. They really need to bring this back!

8. I picked up these sandals from the Miss Trish for Target collection a couple years ago.

9. I never travel without a styling utensil - my option for the steamy weather in SC is a curling iron, a straight iron is completely useless in that kind of humidity.

10. I've been wearing these Betsey Johnson sunnies for about a year and LOVE them. Another great T.J. Maxx find!

11. You know my Spike the Punch is coming on vacation.

12. My monogrammed Marley Lilly clutch is the perfect size for necessities. I hate to be weighed down by a bag on vacation.

13. I've shared these on several occasions, but aren't these pineapple-adorned earrings just perfect?!

14. I'm a one-piece girl, and I love this classic option from Old Navy. It's no longer available but I've linked to the site for your browsing pleasure.

15. My favorite scent right now, Oscar de la Renta's Live in Love.
16. I'm never without a hat at the beach, and I've got a Kardashian-sized one ready to go!

17. This is the best after-sun lotion I've found. Even if you're not burned, this helps your tan go in evenly and also helps prevent peeling.


Which items always go on your packing list?



Unknown said...

Love your list :)

I am already packing for my beach trip in 3 weeks time....I obviously have to pack for my children too but I have always packed way in advance, that way I can put outfits together, pack things just right & I don't forget a thing!!

Have a fun trip! X

Anonymous said...

This makes me so excited for my own beach vacation! Too bad I have to wait until September. I agree about the Vera Bradley beach bag, loved that one!

Erin said...

Great list! I need to hire you to come pack me for my trips- I'm the worst at packing :)

Jordan Cole said...

Straighteners are useless with a big U on beach trips! Those pineapple earrings are still on my wish list!!

The Peak of Tres Chic said...

I love the beach- and I am headed on a beach vacay myself in a few weeks! Love that 1 piece!

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

Sug, since I am down here over a month I stick to all things in 13! These sets to be precise: (13 of each) skirts, shifts, Bermudas, t-shirts, pairs of shoes, blouses. And a ton of other essentials! I hope you have a fantabulous beach vacay! Next summer y'all should pop over to my neck of the sand!

Love and Hugs from the Beach,
Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled


Love your beach wear, sweetie! Have an amazing time at the beach next week. I'll be there too for the week :) xoxo

Lacey in the City said...

I love that hat! I'm so jealous of your beach getaway...I know I live in a beach city but to actually dedicate a day to getting into the sand and surf is a sickeningly rare occasion.

barefoot duchess said...

you gave me a great idea =)

Unknown said...

Nice opinion to be equipped for a beach vacation trip.I love traveling all over the world so much that is why I find travel agents that was having a phenomenal experience in life that won’t waste my precious time on my vacation

Donna said...

Nice list! Before I get in to my getaway ride, I make sure everything I need is in my bag. Right now, I am making my own list of things to pack for the summer, and this post is really helpful. Thank you!

Donna Parsley