10 Things You Need on Your Tropical Vacation Packing List

I received a discounted trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos. All opinions are my own.

On my recent trip to Turks and Caicos, I packed way more things than I needed. I didn’t go crazy, but there were several things I didn’t end up wearing. Since I was there to attend the Beaches Social Media on the Sand Conference, I actually left a lot of space in my room for swag. Good thing I did! I ended up receiving quite a few items, that actually made the packing list!

If you’re headed on a vacation to somewhere warm this winter, these are the 10 things you need on your tropical vacation packing list.

Tropical Vacation Packing List

1. Sun Hat(s)

I didn’t leave my room without one. Luckily, Lands End actually gave me an adorable straw hat that I wore the entire time I was there.

2. Sun Dresses

I lived in sun dresses! Lands End gave me this adorable faux wrap dress. It was so comfortable and so stylish! I switched back and forth between a few dresses and generally just threw them over my swim suits, most of the time.

3. Swim Suits

Just like sun dresses, I wore a swimsuit almost the entire trip. I rotated between a few different bikinis, a one piece.

4. Rash Guards/Swim Shirts

If you don’t own a rash guard, I definitely think you should have one on your tropical vacation packing list. They provide good sun coverage, so you don’t get burned. So many people get their shoulders, backs and chests burned. Swim shirts/rash guards totally solve that problem. I wore my swim shorts and my rash guard when I knew I was going to be more sun-exposed, like during my snorkeling trip.

5. Sandals

Of course, you’re going to want a few pairs of sandals, but you definitely want flip flops or slides. I would definitely suggest one pair that is rubber/plastic so you can just rinse them off because they will undoubtedly be sandy. I wore these Gucci slides most of the time.

6. Sunglasses

I think I brought 5 pairs of sunglasses for my trip because I love sunglasses and I rotated between several different pairs. I actually wore these yellow heart shades on the day of the conference, because yellow was our theme color. They are just a fun little pair to bring on a tropical vacation.

7. SPF

No matter what, do NOT forget sunscreen. You should bring SPF 30 or higher, and make sure you reapply every hour or more often! I love Coola, but there are a lot of other great sunscreens on the market.

8. Swim Suit Cover Ups

When I wasn’t wearing a sun dress over my suit, I was wearing one of my cover ups. I have a similar one to this one that I lived in most of the trip. I also rocked this cute one with pineapples.

9. Texturizing Spray

In humid weather, my hair gets wild. I find a texturizing spray and a hair serum usually help tame the frizz and give me a nice beachy look.

10. After Sun Skincare

In case you do get burned, you need an aftersun care. I actually received this one and its so refreshing and calming.

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