What to Pack for a 10-day Beach Vacation.

Today, we are heading off to the beach and we will be back next Sunday. We will be staying for 9 days and 8 nights. Below I made a collage of what I would pack for a 10-day Beach Summer Vacation. I am actually all packed now that I am typing this and I packed very similar pieces.

What to Pack for a 10-day Beach Vacation.
What to pack on a 10-day Beach Vacation.

Details of each piece:

OK, let's look at all of these items. 


I would pack 3 pairs of Shorts: a pair of bright ones, a pair of denim ones and a pair of patterned ones. Rounding up the bottoms would be a short, flirty floral skirt - maybe in a skater style, a strapless floral dress, a striped t-shirt dress and a colorful maxi dress. Between the skirt and the floral and maxi dresses you have options for the night-time and dinners by the beach, while the shorts and striped dress are perfect for the daytime though you can dress some of them up, as well.

For Tops I would include 3 tank-tops. I would make one of them in a bright color, one striped and one a little more dressy/fancy perhaps an embellished camisole. I would also include one graphic tee. If you want you could add a plain short-sleeve tee, either in gray or in white. I think between these 4-5 tops, you have plenty of options to mix and match.

I would pack a Kimono which would serve as both a cover-up and as a layering piece. But I also plan to bring a breezy, large Summer scarf too which I plan on using as a second cover-up.

A Denim Jacket is a must because it is the ultimate topper for the Summer, for when it gets a little chilly. An utility jacket can work too or a long-sleeve, waterfall cardigan but I think the denim jacket is the most versatile.

3 Swimsuits is the perfect number to pack (though I just got a new one and I am packing 4 total). I would make one of them a one-piece and the other two could be two-piece swimsuits. The high-waisted style bikini is very in currently. It is that feminine, pretty style from the 60s and this Summer there are so many cute options, especially in floral like I showed above. As a matter of fact I purchased a very similar pair which I packed.

Shoes and Accessories:

A pair of Flip-Flops, a pair of Flat Sandals and a second pair of Sandals that are a little Dressy, perhaps a little wedge or with a little chunky heel.

2 hats: a Summer Fedora and a Fun+Feminine Floppy Hat.

(not included on the list above, but what I am packing anyway):

2 pairs of Sunglasses.

And as far as Jewelry I am packing a few colorful bangles and plastic-beaded bracelets, some of which are neon, a pair or two of very light dangly, bright-colored earrings and perhaps a long beaded necklace in a fun color.

Of course, do not forget sunscreen, some light makeup, a coral or light pink lipgloss, shampoo and your undergarments and towels.

I know this sounds like a huge list but it is plenty without having to worry about doing laundry (well except for your swimsuits which you probably have to wash after each wear) and without repeating one single outfit. All of these items and most of my husband's clothes plus our undergarments all fit into a regular carry-on. Now, I want to hear what you would pack on a 10-day Beach Vacation and why? Let me know in the comments. And come back here Monday because I got a guest blogger giving us her take on what she would pack for a Summer Vacation.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

P.S. I am linking up with Carrie, Carylee + Gina, Cherie, Claire, Doranda, Jess, KristinLaura, 


  1. Great picks! I love those bikinis! Have a great trip and can't wait to hear more stories about them when you come back! :)


  2. Looks like a very comprehensive packing list! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach! :)

  3. I love that sun hat! such a cool list of fun summer items!

  4. What a great packing list, Ada! Have a wonderful time! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip in future posts! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  5. This is a great packing list Ada! We are headed to the beach this summer too and I will certainly find this handy! Have a great trip! Susan

  6. What a great packing list! Definitely helpful for those beach weekends!

    Michelle Paige

  7. This is a great packing list! I'm pinning this for when I pack for our trip later this summer! Enjoy your time at the beach!

    Doused In Pink

  8. Great packing list Ada! Hope you have the best time at your vacation! XOXO, Elif

  9. Great picks! I love all the florals! They are perfect for the beach!


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