Essential Packing Items for Your Next Trip

You’ve bought your tickets, booked your hotel, decided which activities to do, and now all you need to do is pack. This can be stressful for some of us, especially if you want to take the perfect Instagram worthy picture.

Most Americans enjoy going on vacation to the beach. It’s been reported that for international travel, 34.7% of Americans go on Caribbean cruises and 28% to Cancun. These are the highest percentages of all other locations. 

It’s also true for domestic travel, as 17% of Americans go to Florida, and 11% go to California. Again, these are the highest percentages over all other states. In both international and domestic travel, Americans love beach locations the most for their getaways. 

We’ve put together some of the best pieces to add to your packing list for the beach, but that can be used in other places as well. 


We have seen jumpsuits really come into the limelight in the last couple of years. There are so many different styles to rock. These include long pants, short pants, tank tops, long sleeves, and strapless. The color schemes and variety are almost endless. 

Jumpsuits are perfect for a beach dinner. After soaking up the sun all day, a jumpsuit is a way to go to look cute and comfortable. They’re great for when the sun goes down, and you feel a little chilly. 

It’s an effortless look. You don’t have to do anything but slip it on, and it will look like you spent hours getting ready. 

Bathing Suit Cover-Up

Similar to jumpsuits, bathing suit cover-ups have become a fashion statement. Cover-ups are perfect when walking down the beach or hitting happy hour before going in to shower. 

There are styles with crocheting, lace, kimonos, and wraps. Pick one that will complement your bathing suit. Cover-ups are lightweight so that you can wear them during the sunny hours. 


Anytime you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, even in overcast weather, you should wear sunscreen. If you want to keep your youthful glow with no wrinkles or dark spots, you should apply it while at the beach. 

The UV rays from the sun can cause skin cancer. This is a lifelong condition that might require you to have parts of your skin removed. The best way to prevent this from happening is by wearing sunscreen. 

You’ll have to reapply every 2 hours or after you get out of the water for the best coverage. Invest in excellent quality protection, and your skin will thank you in the future. You only want to bring home souvenirs and pictures from your beach getaway, not cancer or other skin problems! 

The Bottom Line

Planning and going on a trip can be an exciting time. Nothing is worse than forgetting something when packing. Although there are many essential things to pack, there are some things that stand out when going to the beach. 

Our recommendations are to pack a jumpsuit for chilly evenings, a cover-up for the day time, and sunscreen to protect you from the harsh summer sun. 

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