Packing Must-Haves for Beach & City Trips

As much as I love fashion, my all time favorite hobby is traveling and that's where the majority of my fun money goes, even though it makes my closet sad. I'm notorious for over-packing and have gotten much better over the years after realizing how I only use about 20% of what I packed.

Beach Vacay Necessities

On a beachy vacay, you'll spend the majority of your days at the pool or on the beach, so I pack several bathing suits and cover ups for the day time and sundresses and sandals for dinner and night life. Don't forget sunscreen *practice safe sun*, your make up bag, and a beach bag. And most important of all your passport! You can pick up anything you may have left at home, but you're not getting anywhere without your passport.

*Bahamas Cruise for a friend's 30th b-day*

*Jamaica 2012*

*Snorkeling the South Pacific in Fiji on our Honeymoon 2010*

City Vacation Necessities
When site seeing in a big city you'll want to pack comfortable clothes such as your favorite pair of jeans, a flowy top, and walking shoes for the daytime. The best investment I made for our recent trip to Europe was a cross-body bag. I loved having everything I needed right there where I could be hands free, and keep it where I could see it to avoid being pick-pocketed. Also, don't forget to carry cash for cab rides and for tipping and to bring a cocktail dress or two for dinners out. Nothing makes me feel fancier than dressing up and going for cocktails before dinner on a trip. If you've booked any tours beforehand, don't forget your itineraries and vouchers.

*Barcelona, Spain 2014*

*Lisbon, Portugal 2014*

*NYC 2013*

You can keep up with my travels on my travel tab which was recently updated with my trip to Europe last spring.

**Sarah was sweet enough to let me re-use this post after guest posting for her while she was on a fabulous beach vacay over the summer**


  1. I will take all the beach vacay items, especially the hat. So cute! Though I am getting so excited for fall so the sweater in the last picture needs to get in my closet!!

  2. This is so great - I love packing for beach vacations because even if I over pack, it's over packing maxi dresses which dont take up much room anyway!! City vacations is where it gets really hard for me!

  3. Loving all of your picks... And you just made me want to go on vacation ;)

  4. You have been some great places! You are giving me a total case of wanderlust right now!

  5. Such great picks! Dying to hear all about your Chicago weekend!! Hope you're having a safe/easy trip home today :)

  6. I ALWAYS forget beach bags for beach trips!

  7. I always forget beach bags and my camera somehow! I may have forgotten my passport before too (oops!) All great essentials!!

  8. I'm jealous of all the beautiful places you have seen and traveled to!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  9. Such a great guide for any vacation! I always forget beach bags, and end up buying them on each trip. I need to remember to pack them on my next vaca!


    Lisa @ Showered With Design

  10. Love this! Your beach guide is perrffffecccttttt! Love it!!

    <3, Pamela

  11. The water looks so beautiful in that Fuji pic wow! Sigh I wish I could of got to the beach this year, but its such a far drive when you're in mid Texas :(

    tattered to taylored

    1. The scenery in Fiji was absolutely surreal! I remember thinking the stars in the night sky looked more like a cartoon than real life, it was just so clear and perfect. And don't worry about the beach.. I live in Florida and hit up the beach only 2 or 3 times this summer *fail*.

  12. I love these! You did a great job keeping the post personal by posting your travels instead of just posting the outfits with descriptions. *Thumbs up emoji*

  13. Cute recommendations! Maxi dresses for the beach are a must for me! They help you transition into something dressier immediately in case you want to eat somewhere nice