Posted on August 31, 2017

Must-Have Style Essentials for Every Beach Vacation

Fashion/ Style

I’ve waited long enough – it’s vacation time! I can basically already feel the sand between my toes and the ocean breeze in my hair. But, there is still one last step to go over before leaving – the dreaded packing. You’d think I’ve gotten it down by now, but I still wish I could bring my entire closet with me every single time. But this is not my first packing crisis, so here’s how I tackled it:

Beauty Essentials

First and foremost, I pack my travel beauty essentials: I like to keep a makeup bag with a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, Lancome Grandiose Waterproof mascara, a travel mani and pedi kit, dry shampoo and the staple Naked palette. Then when I am ready to go, I will pop in whichever products are my favorite at the moment (remember to constantly adapt to your skin’s needs!).

Even if you aren’t keen on wearing makeup on your vacation, make sure you bring your moisturizer, lip balm, and a good cleanser. When that is out of the way, I can focus on the hard part: the outfits.


Photography by Angelo Kangleon

I already know I will be spending the majority of my time on the beach, so I am putting all of my focus onto my swimsuits. Being a petite swimwear fit specialist with SwimSpot, I’ve learned exactly what the right bathing suits are for my extra small frame. As my primary, go-to piece, I chose this SwimSpot bikini because I just love the way it accentuates all of my best features: the ruffles give me a fuller bust, while the bottoms show off the best of my legs – not to mention how the bright orange complements my skin tone!



But the swimsuit is not where the outfit ends. Beach fashion has come so far and I love planning out different outfits combos. I like to match my swimsuits with complementary cover-ups, light kimonos, and even beach dresses. The best part is: all of these items are so lightweight so I have no problem packing them into my suitcase.

A little trick I love to use is to pick a bikini with an interesting design on top – like a caged look or a mesh detail – and wear it underneath a deep neckline dress.



Of course, we can’t forget about the cherry on top – the accessories. A big beach hat and a durable beach bag are must-haves, and comfortable shoes come right behind them. I like to have a pair of casual flip-flops to protect my feet from the hot sand before I hit the water and a pair of platform sandals for nights out and sightseeing. I went light with jewelry because wearing a lot of statement pieces during the summer can give you some odd tan lines. Of course, I can’t forget my Smart Buy Glasses to protect my eyes and a whole lot of sunscreen to protect my skin.

I finished off my packing list with my favorite beach towel, an inflatable beach ball and I’m ready to have some fun in the sun!


*This article was written by Amy Mia Goldsmith.


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  • Reply Gina James September 27, 2017 at 2:54 am

    This is something fantastic to wear as a swimsuit.

  • Reply Gina James September 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

    All the stuff you’ve mentioned is absolutely necessary . Do not forget to keep your sun safe kit before going to the beach vacation.

  • Reply Jen September 4, 2017 at 5:13 am

    I was wondering where the flip flops and beach hat came in to your list, and voila! There they are at the bottom. Unfortunately my recent day at the beach ( a mere day), involved more plastic diggers and kites than my own stuff. The joys of a 5 year old.

  • Reply Sarah Ann September 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Comfy shoes and a big hat are the first things I write down when I’m planning what to take on holiday. They are essential.

  • Reply nicol September 2, 2017 at 6:55 am

    sun cream, glasses and a hat are my top things for a beach holiday. I burn too easily nowadays 🙁 can’t risk it ha

  • Reply Baby Isabella September 2, 2017 at 6:40 am

    We’re hoping to get a way later in the year so this is a handy guide, might have a problem finding summer outfits in September now!

  • Reply Jess | The Indigo Hours September 2, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Packing is my least favourite thing about going on holiday, I always leave it to the last minute haha! Flip-flops are definitely a must-have to avoid burnt feet!

  • Reply Jemma September 2, 2017 at 2:59 am

    All fab beach essentials, I always make sure to have my waterproof mascara and dry shampoo 🙂

  • Reply Annie B September 2, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I find that SportFX make up is the best for holidays, it;s sort of designed for when you sweat or go in water basically.

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea September 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Totally agree with all of those. Swimwear is a must so make sure to pick a cute one to sport with waterproof mascara or make-up.

  • Reply Louise September 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    These are all great essentials for the beach! I never go without my sun cream and sunnies 🙂

    Louise x

  • Reply Rebecca Smith September 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Definitely agree with this list! Always need your bikini and some sunnies

  • Reply Stephanie Merry September 1, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Beach fashion has definitely come along way. Whenever I go on holiday I pack at least twice as many bikini as I need! x

  • Reply Lilinha September 1, 2017 at 3:20 am

    We just got back from our summer holiday and those were the items I packed with me!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury September 1, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Some lovely items, I always find moisturizer is so important but I always tend to take separate sun tan lotion for my face so it’s extra hydrating x

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus August 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I agree that beach fashion has come so far. I like to be extra and have a choker, kimono belt and heeled sandals because I am cool like that haha x

  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN August 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I bought a big beach hat for eh first time this year and that was fantastic. Need a new beach bag though as mine is getting old.

  • Reply Melanie August 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I agree with all this as im organised lol. I love Lancome Grandiose Waterproof mascara!! :)x

  • Reply miranda August 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    that kini is amazing! my friends sister used to work for lancome and I’ve heard so many good things about lancome.

    hope to see some snaps of you enjoying on the beach.

  • Reply Life as Mum August 31, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I haven’t been for a beach holiday for a very long time! Inflatable beach ball would defo be on our list too!

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