My Packing Essentials for a Beach Vacation

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This week I am jetting off to Tulum, Mexico for a little tropical getaway. I am so excited to explore a new beach town and eat so many tacos. Tulum is known for its bohemian vibes, excellent jungle-esque restaurants, and beautiful beaches. I just couldn’t wait to get packing and lay out my outfits for all the fun in the sun.

I am always on the lookout for a helpful packing guide and hopefully this becomes your go-to list for vacation preparation. There’s nothing better than list-making (for me anyway) so I figured I would do the heavy-lifting and give you a list of all of your beach essentials. Don’t leave home without ’em 😉 I’ve included a downloadable pdf of my comprehensive packing list below to print for your next packing crisis!

Beach Vacation Essentials Packing List

  • Comfy & chic sneaks for the cold plane to keep those toesies warm
  • A Carry on Cocktail Kit for being the most prepared person on the plane to kick off vacation (Thanks, Cam!)
  • New tunes downloaded on your Spotify app in case you don’t have access to wifi.
  • A fun summer beach read that makes you forget your job (my recent reads: A Fine Imitation & Rules of Civility)
  • Bug spray and sunscreen to protect yoself before you wreck yoself. Do people still say that?
  • Sunnies…aka sunglasses
  • A big-brimmed straw hat for face protection and photo opps
  • Face wipes for sweat and makeup removal to transition from the beach to lunch or an afternoon activity
  • A bold print bathing suit for a strong Instagram game. And a bunch of others so you can have a dry suit for a late night hot tub dip and not have to get back into your sandy beach suit. The Cutest Suit.
  • A Turkish towel for wearing as a wrap on the beach or drying off. This one is gorgeous!
  • Shell collector bag. Cause ya can’t leave the pretty ones behind!
  • Easy dresses for biking around town. Way better than shorts that are too restrictive in the heat.
  • Flat leather sandals for getting around, but staying fashion forward (no plastic shower shoes for me!)
  • Light and breezy dresses or big gauzy linen pants for cool dinner attire. This dress is coming with me.
  • Neutral wedges, instead of heels, for walking on sand and avoiding blisters (they are even worse in the heat and sand!) I’m bringing these and these to Tulum.
  • A scarf or wrap for cool breezy nights
  • An easy clutch to grab-and-go for dinner. SplurgeBargain.
  • Tassel earrings for island vibes all day. Love. Double Love.
  • Light and comfy pajamas in case you don’t have air conditioning. I’m a sucker for a matching set.
  • A camera to capture all the memories. Or up your iPhone storage if you are always running out of space.
  • A peaceful mindset for much needed R&R. Maybe throw in some workout gear for beach yoga.
  • Your passport!

What books did you read on the beach this summer? I need some new picks for my trip. What are your beach vacation essentials? Summer is not over yet so I hope you can use this list for a last minute getaway! ….Now let’s get outta here!

Download my list here: JoJo’s Beach Vacation Essentials Packing List



p.s. Bonus Pro Tip: If you’re leaving the country or traveling far, don’t forget to call your bank and let them know your travel dates so they don’t freeze your card and spoil the fun!

Pictured Outfit: (Dress Set | Similar Sandals | Similar Necklace | Hat)

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