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How to Pack for Your Dream Beach Vacation

How to Pack for Your Dream Beach Vacation
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Get packing! Your dream vacation is just around the corner.

You have done it! You have worked hard, you have saved and you are about to embark on your dream beach holiday. Shell done!

So what is a key ingredient to a successful trip? Packing of course!

If you are anything like us you most likely love pretty much everything in your closet. Unfortunately, it is somewhat difficult to travel with all your favorite beach ensembles, and unless you are lucky enough to have some type of endless Mary Poppins magical bag, chances are you have a strict one bag, one carry on suitcase policy. Those flying from the USA can check in two bags but we always suggest saving one of your free baggage allowances for any holiday purchases you might want to bring back home with you. Besides, when it comes to packing less really is more.

Regardless of your excitement to finally be hitting the shores of your dream beach, packing can be a bit of a challenge. This is why Sandy Swim have created some tips to help you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.

Keep reading to discover ways to make packing a breeze.


Write a list

Packing can be serious business and can sometimes be pretty overwhelming especially when you are going to a destination for the first time. So why not write a list?

For some reason, things just seem so much clearer when they are in writing. Don’t they?

Here at Sandy Swim we are no strangers to lists, and trust that our fellow girl boss babes (aka – you!) are pretty similar. So, when it comes to organising your packing – start with a list. You will NOT regret it.


Ever been on your way to your destination only to realise you forgot to pack underwear, or even worse – your makeup bag?

Take care of the necessities first.

Some compulsory supplies to consider include the following:

  • Any medication you may need.
  • Travel sized toiletries for your plane travel. You can purchase more toothpaste etc at your destination. Chances are your hotel will have them anyway.)
  • A good book.
  • Foreign Currency (if needed).
  • A hat.

Add anything that you literally could not travel without.


When it comes to packing, you can really get a lot out of neutral colors – black, white, cream, tan etc. Neutral colors are versatile and will go with your favorite pop of color – no matter what it might be.


A great rule to follow when packing that suitcase is to stick to the notion of two (2). This means that you can pack two of everything. No more.

For instance if you are heading to a beach vacation in Australia you may want to pack the following:

  • 2 sundresses.
  • 2 pairs of Jeans.
  • 2 pairs of shorts.
  • 2 evening looks.
  • 2 bathing suits.
  • 2 T-shirts.
  • 2 tank tops.
  • 2 evening tops.

You get the idea. The only thing you might want to pack more than two of is your underwear.

When it comes to pairing tops with bottoms, opt for pieces that match. Also, although the chances of needing a jacket in a tropical destination are pretty low, you may want to pack a light jacket just to be on the safe side.



So many shoes. Such little luggage space.

We all love shoes – that’s a fact! Perhaps the hardest thing about packing is figuring out what shoes to take. Sadly, these fabulous fashion essentials can be bulky and heavy so instead of dedicating an entire bag to your shoe collection try and stick to 3 pairs. It may not seem like a lot but you will thank us later.

For a beach vacation consider the following:

  • A pair of versatile wedges in a neutral color that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
  • A flat and chic pair of sandals that you can wear to the beach and to lunch.
  • 1 pair of trainers (if you plan to go for hikes, or to the gym)

Wear your flip-flops on the plane and you have your tropical vacation shoe collection ready to wear!


The great thing about a beach getaway is that you will most likely be wearing your beach bag day in and day out. We recommend taking a really strong and stylish beach bag that will not only be versatile but can be taken on board with you and used as additional storage while travelling. You will want to take anything valuable on the plane with you (jewellery, laptops, etc) so a bag that is durable enough to carry important items is always a welcome treat.

With a great beach bag the only other bag you will ever need while on your vacation is a clutch for cocktail hour and sunset dinners.


Versatile swimsuits like the Sandy Swim Winter bathing suit are essential when packing for your beach vacay.

As mentioned previously – stick to the rule of two when packing your swimsuits. We recommend a versatile Sandy Swim bikini and one-piece to not get tied down during your vacay.

A trip to a beach destination should always be effortless. The idea is to feel as free as a bird and the last thing you will want is unnecessary luggage weighing you down.

At the end of the day, you will most likely purchase some new items while on your trip so save room for the new and enjoy the waves.

Stay safe and have fun in the sun (with SPF of course!)


The Sandy Swim Team. xx


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