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10 Must-Haves for Your Beach Packing List

10 Must-Haves for Your Beach Packing List

Is there anything better than a beach vacation? A tropical trip promises a much-deserved time for women to unwind, relax, and reconnect with friends and family. For a seamless and stress-free beach trip, having a well-packed suitcase is key.

We get it: travel can be stressful and in the lead up to your holiday, it can be hard to decide what to pack. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our fashion gurus put together the perfect beach packing list so spend less time thinking about the essentials and more time daydreaming about long walks along the shore!

1. Stay Safe With Sunscreen

We all know that sunscreen is non-negotiable, especially when lounging in the sun. As well as preventing the signs of aging, sunscreen can reduce your risk of melanoma by 50%. Make sure it’s on your beach packing list as you’re prepping for vacation.

We love that the Elta MD SPF 46 is a tinted formula that contains physical UV filters to help protect and calm sensitive skin types. A great choice for blemish prone skin, the subtle tint will help glow up your complexion without having to wear makeup.

2. Toss on the Perfect Beach Skirt

As you’re going from the beach to lunch to drinks, swimsuit cover ups are an absolute must. The best ones combine effortless style with practicality to keep you looking chic and feeling cool.

The Striped Geo Sarong from Sara Joy is a stylish, versatile piece that will be a staple in your beach bag. The colorful geometric print brings all the fun, flirty vacation vibes, and the 100% cotton fabric guarantees that you stay comfortable in the heat. 

Striped Geo Sarong-Beach Packing List

Wear it tied around your waist as a long or short skirt, around your shoulders as a stylish sun shield, or wrap it around your neck as a flowing beach halter dress.

3. Jazz It Up With Beach Jewelry

Sparkling accessories are always in style, but are even more of a must when on a special trip, which is why no beach packing list is complete without jewelry that is effortlessly wearable and versatile. The right piece should easily take you from days by the pool to nights at the bar.

The Katie Necklace from Phyllis and Rosie is a cool staple that strikes the perfect balance between a sparkling statement and everyday charm. The wide link chain creates modern texture, while the mini dog tag charm brings the detail of gemstone sparkle. Wear it on its own, or layer it with your new holiday jewelry finds for a fun, expressive look.

4. Keep it Polished with A Breezy Scarf

Holiday dressing is your opportunity to play with your unique style, because beachwear is all about playfulness, joy, and versatility. To make it easier on your suitcase, the ideal piece is chic, flattering, and can be worn in multiple different ways.

Mixed Print Summer Scarf- Beach Packing List

The Mixed Print Summer Scarf from Sara Joy is the ultimate beach trip staple. With accents of geometrical color and tropical florals, this print will add vibrancy to even your most simple of vacation looks. Wear it as a bandana to keep cool in the heat, tie it as a chic bandeau top with denim cutoff shorts, or tie it as a chic beach bag. 

5. Grab a Tote

As you’re strolling from breakfast to the beach, a tote easily transports sunscreen, sandals, a book, and sunglasses. The best beach bag is easy to pack, celebrates the vacay vibes, and looks just as good when you wear it to brunch.

For beachy style with a pop of print, consider this gorgeous straw tote from Pucci. The leather handles keep the fun style elevated, making it your ultimate essential from beach to brunch.

6. Accessorize with Flair

When heading on a beach trip, a sun hat makes all the difference. The right hat will not only protect your skin from UV rays but will also exude that relaxed, elegant summer style.

Braided Belt- Beach Packing List

To make your sun hat your own, the Sara Joy Braided Belt earns its place on the ultimate beach packing list. Wear it wrapped around your big floppy sun hat, as a belt around your beach kaftan, or as a chic headband. This colorful accessory is a great way to add a pop of color and stylish flair.

7. Be Spontaneous with a Gorgeous Maxi Caftan

When it comes to beach dressing, convenience is key: the best beach dress is easy to throw on over a bathing suit or wear on its own to an impromptu beachside lunch.

Painted Paisley Maxi Caftan- Beach Packing List

For easy, flowy style, the Painted Paisley Maxi Caftan from Sara Joy makes every beach trip a party. This versatile dress looks just as good with a wedge as it does barefoot, and the splash of neon print will underscore that chillin’ mood. 

8. Mix It Up with a Fresh Take on a Summer Dress

While whites and pastels are often the go-to for summer dresses, darker prints can be a chic and fresh take on beachwear. They are less sheer, making them perfect for a stroll around town, and they bring all the elegance of a Little Black Dress straight to the beach.

Add the Painted Paisley Black Swing Dress from Sara Joy to your beach packing list. The dark fabric is accentuated with pops of fun neon print, and the swinging style is flirty and feminine. Whether you throw it on over your swimwear or style it with statement sandals, this dress will make you feel like a movie star on holiday—but more comfortable.

9. Get Creative

There is no place like the sun and surf to reconnect to your artistic side as the sound of the waves and picturesque sunset views unleash your inner artist.

To capture that moment of inspiration, make sure to pack art supplies like colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, and a notebook. Remember, it’s not about seeking perfection, but rather allowing your creativity to flow and reconnecting with your sense of wonder.

Salt In Your Hair and a Smile On Your Lips? Yes, Please!

A trip to the beach is a beautiful opportunity to slow down, enjoy life, and reconnect with your loved ones and a thoughtful beach packing list helps you prep the essentials so you can switch off and just enjoy.

For one-of-a-kind resortwear, Sara Joy designs are suitcase staples. The unique prints and chic styles allow women to feel beautiful and happy on a restful beach trip. From lounging on the sand to mojitos under a palm tree, let Sara Joy bring feminine style and breezy elegance to every vacation.

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