Honestly, jealous is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about people who seemingly nonchalantly pack for a week-long vacation in under an hour as if it were just a blip in their daily routine. It's like a silly childhood magic trick that we are now just finding out about how it's really done.

You get where this is headed... Shop It To Me, a top free fashion app focusing on designer sales, is going to show you how effortless packing for a beach vacation is really done, and we can sincerely promise that it's a pain-free process.

You'll only need a few things . . . .

What To Pack For A Beach Vacation

Here are the essentials aka all you really need to pack for a fabulous beach vacation:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Bathing Suits
  • Cover Ups
  • Dresses
  • Denim Shorts
  • Blouses
  • Tees
  • Shoes

We made all of the above packing items plural, but please choose your quantity based on how long you're going and your personal preferences.

Shop It To Me breaks down the exact type of essentials you'll need, to make it easier than just assuming that any old dress will do . . . .


Sunglasses are a crucial part of any beach vacation. Trust us, even when the sun isn't blatantly shining upon your beautiful face, you don't want to be stuck squinting because you left your sunglasses at home.

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Hats are fabulous accessories for many reasons:

Bathing Suits

Probably the most obvious item to include in your suitcase when packing for a tropical vacation is a bathing suit!

Shop It To Me recommends bringing a few, as they are easy to pack and there's a certain je ne sais quoi about putting on a fresh suit that puts a pep in our step.

p.s. it's okay to splurge on a bathing suit! You definitely want to feel your best on the beach, and you'll be spending a lot of time in it.

Cover Ups

Another item that you'll probably be wearing more than expected is the beach cover-up, so please do invest in one that you absolutely love. Styles of the so called beach cover-up include wraps, sarongs, kaftans, dresses, etc!

p.s. Vogue is even bringing the sarong to the city


Your dresses should be light and easy to pack, as you don't want them to take up too much room in your suitcase. If you're not a huge fan of dresses, here are some rompers and playsuits to keep you stylish and cool.

We love a colorful kaftan for any late night escapades, we adore a little white dress for whenever, and we definitely love an easy-breezy midi or maxi dress.

Avoid packing anything too tight or something that you fear could be uncomfortable, we know from experience, if you pack these items you won't wear them and they will just take up valuable space in your suitcase.

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are so versatile and they come in many different colorways. Choose your style, length, etc and enjoy being in your denim!


Your blouses should be light, airy, and packable. Nothing too tight or too stiff. These lovely blouses will pair excellently with your denim shorts when you need a cute outfit.


We love a good t-shirt, so we always splurge on them! Below are our favorite tried-and-true tees and tanks, perfect for when you quick need to throw something on for a casual moment— aka jean shorts and a tee.


Last but not least on our How To Effortlessly Pack For A Beach Vacation guide are shoes! We personally love a good gladiator sandal, as it brings character and depth to your outfit. You can either go sans heel or put some height on that shoe to suit your taste.

Bring shoes in neutral colors that will be able to match almost every outfit in your suitcase! This eliminates the need for 5 different pairs of shoes. Bring along your favorite pair of sneakers, too.

What To Bring On A Beach Vacation

Honestly, everything on our How To Effortlessly Pack For A Beach Vacation list is an essential, and we love that we are nailing it down and simplifying things to easily fit into our trip and our suitcase.

Yes, we're tooting our own horn, but we are really doing it to help others and to make your packing experience a painless one! Sharing is caring (:

Ohh, and don't worry about bringing a beach bag, most hotels have them, and if you don't see any— just ask.

Have a great trip!