What to Pack for a Beach Holiday

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With Eid Al Adha – and the inevitable emptying of the city – on the horizon, you might be lending a thought or two to packing for a beach break (unless you’re like this editor and perpetually unfussed until the last possible minute). While we may be a disaster at helping ourselves, we are absolute veterans at helping others pack for vacation, especially when the beach – or any other balmy locale – is the destination of choice.

You’re a grown woman, so we don’t need to tell you to throw a phone charger, a bottle of sunscreen, a good summer read, and your passport into your bag, but you may be stumped when it comes to planning what you’re actually going to wear. From sightseeing and lounging poolside to planning a fancier night on the town, we have total looks planned for you – the majority of which err on the side of affordable.

Lounge and Let Lounge

Make sure to schedule plenty of time by the pool or at the beach – you deserve it, after all. Even though the outing might be casual, you don’t have to sacrifice an inch of style in this put-together look. The jumbo-hat-and-sunglasses combination can be repurposed throughout your entire vacation in order to protect your face from the mean summer sun.

Style Meets Substance

If you’re heading out to explore the island, the town, or even heading out on a boat for a tour of the harbor, you’re going to need a functional look that is cool, comfortable, and stylish. A tourist-y tropical shirt that feels ironic, a backpack that can fit sunscreen and a water bottle, and practical sneakers are must-haves.

Out on the Town

Every time we plan a beach vacation, we make sure to book at least one really fancy dining experience. Whether you do it for the ‘gram or to satisfy your foodie tendencies, a nice outfit is in order. We chose this breezy, beautiful look with comfortable mules that are perfect for a post-meal stroll late at night.

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