What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

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What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

It’s time for some fun in the sun! I’ve been to tropical destinations all over the world, and have found that packing for all those trips was quite similar. You’ll want a mix of bright pieces, breathable fabrics, neutral basics, and of course, lots of bikinis!

Depending on the type of tropical trip you’re planning, you’re likely to spend most of your time out in the sun or in the water. You don’t need much, so pack items you can mix and match with swimwear.

Use my packing ideas below, but revise as needed based on weather and season for when you plan your own tropical vacation!


 

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What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

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  • Essentials

1. Sun Hat // It gets hot if you’re in a tropical destination and you WILL need a hat. I love big brimmed hats for days by the pool and beach — protect your beautiful face from the rays!

2. Sunscreen // I swear by natural sunscreens for my sunny vacations! You’ll want one that provides great protection and is made from natural ingredients.

3. Dry Bags // Dry bags are a lifesaver on any vacation involving bikinis. Use them as a sand proof bag for storing your phone on the beach, or pack your wet bikini inside to avoid soaking your other clothes. They’re water resistant so they keep water out or in depending on what you need!

4. Sunglasses // No explanation needed! But, pack a few pairs!

5. Tote Bag // Travel bags that double as handbags, beach bags and backpacks are my go to. You can easily go from a day around town to a day of exploring without worrying about your bag.

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  • Outfits

6/7. Cute Crop Top + Shorts // Sets are super cute and comfortable outfits for hanging around a resort or while out exploring.

8. Jumpsuit // I love jumpsuits. They’re easy, comfortable and always cute!

9. Basic Crop Top // I always bring a basic crop top for mixing and matching with different items to create versatile outfits.

10. Fun Pants // A pair of fabric pants or culottes are perfect for paring with a matching top or bikini top, whether you’re sailing or lounging by the pool. Get yourself a pair of stylish, loose-fitting pants for a tropical destination.

11. Romper // I’m a huge fan of shorts rompers. They’re chic, comfortable and take up less space in your suitcase.

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12. Sun Dresses // Pack a few sun dress for a easy and classy style during the day or night.

13. Midi Dress // Don’t forget something a little dressier in case you decide to go out for a nice dinner or a night out.

14. Maxi Skirt // Layer with a crop top or bikini top for an easy, put together outfit.

15. Kaftan // I love kaftans for beach and pool days. They’re stylish enough to wear as an outfit but are perfectly practical as bikini coverups.

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  • Swim

16. High Waisted Bikinis // I am obsessed with high waisted bikinis. They’re perfect for active days when you want a bit more coverage or more “loungey” days when you want to feel and look your best by the pool.

17. Colorful Bikini // Because why not?

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  • Sandals

18. Water Shoes // If you’re planning on having some adventures on your trip, you’ll probably end up wishing you brought a pair of water shoes (I’ve been there!).

19. Sandals // I found that I stick to a fairly casual pair of tan sandals and a tan wedge or block heel (if I’m going somewhere a bit nicer) nearly every trip. You could also pack along a wedge or another color sandal (probably black) if you want to ensure you have a pair for every outfit.


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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.

2018-03-27T00:53:49+00:00

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