BSE: HUGE Beach Packing List & Outfit Planner (w/ PRINTABLE CHECKLIST)

What is BSE?

The BEST SUMMER EVER series is a compilation of several summer-y posts, from songs of the beach playlists to bucket list recommendations. From March through August, I will be posting periodically on how to make the most of my favorite season! All of the BSE posts can be found here.

I have plans to make the most of every second this summer – with amusement parks, concerts, and (of course) the beach! Part of making this summer the best summer ever includes my boyfriend and I’s trip to Myrtle Beach with his family. I am more than excited for a real vacation unlike any other I’ve taken before, so to prepare, I’ve created a packing list! (I’m such a list-maker… but at least I don’t forget things often!)

With a full week away and no idea about our schedule, it can be hard to plan outfits in advance. Because of this, I’m making myself a list of duds that are easily mixed and matched to fit any beach occasion!


Definitely want to be comfy for that eight-hour drive! 

Car Ride & Pajamas

  • Leggings or work-out shorts
  • Simple, comfy t-shirt
  • Flip flops

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Click each photo for more info & purchasing information.

At least once while we’re down there, we’ll take a night out to eat or shop. For that, I want to be comfortable, but look nice! Sundress or romper, that is the question…

Night Out(fit)

  • Sundress
  • (or) Romper
  • Plain, comfy sandals
  • Matching bag
  • Accessorize with necklaces, bracelets and rings

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I have a romper addiction. (I know, it’s a problem – but it’s going to work out for me at the beach!) Rompers (and jumpsuits) can be worn as cover-ups, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re all around awesome. Here’s some ideas for rompers I’ll be wearing at the beach.

Romper Lovin’

  • 3 comfy and flow-y rompers
  • Matching sandals
  • Accessorize with leather bracelets (can be bought custom on boardwalks)

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For the other days, I’m bringing clothes that are super easy to mix and match. Some tees, some tanks, some shorts, and many flip flops!

Mix and Match

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 3 tanks
  • 3 shorts
  • 1 pair of jeans (in case it gets chilly one night!)
  • 2-3 flip flops of various colors
  • 1 pair of Sperry Top-Siders

Other clothes

  • 1-2 cardigans or ponchos
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • Socks
  • Ample underwear & bras

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I despise wearing damp, cold swimsuits, so I make it a point to bring an extra, in case there isn’t time to dry my other one before I hit the water again!


  • 2-3 swimsuits
  • 2 cover-ups

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Accessories really complete outfits, even in the heat of the beach. I’m packing beach-y towels, jewelry, sunglasses, hair accessories, shoes, and hats!

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(All items pictured above can be purchased at this link.)

 Not Clothes:

While the rest of the stuff doesn’t have a colorful picture, it’s still important to remember:


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses/contacts/contact solution etc
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair straightener/curler
  • Hair clip/shower cap
  • Soap
  • Face soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera gel (just in case…)
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Perfume
  • Medicines
  • Makeup:
    • Foundation
    • Concealer
    • Powder
    • Eye shadow
    • Lip gloss
    • Mascara
    • Blush
    • Brushes & sponges 


  • Electronics
    • Phone & charger
    • Headphones
    • Camera & charger
    • Laptop & charger
    • iPad & charger
  • Phone charger for the car
  • Blanket
  • Towels
  • Beach bag
  • Purses
  • Wallet
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Baby wipes (for sandy feet!)
  • Plastic shopping bags (for putting wet clothes back in suitcases)
  • Zip-lock bags (for seashells and other collectables)

From clothes to toiletries, that’s everything you’ll need for a trip to the beach!

This is the ULTIMATE beach packing list, designed for a full week of travel, so it can definitely be adapted to fit your specific needs!


Click to download PDF file

Did I leave anything out? Do you have a cool trick for packing suitcases? Comment below!

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Fashion images courtesy of Polyvore. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and are not endorsed by any organization.


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