What to pack for a beach vacation

Want to know what’s in my suitcase? I’m giving you a peak inside what I packed for my trip to Aruba by sharing my detailed packing list for vacation! Surely many of you will be headed to the beach too for summer vacation. This post will prove helpful! Also, SHOPBOP just announced a surprise SALE! Details are in today’s post.

SALE ALERT: Shopbop just launched their Event of the Season SALE. This is a great time to stock up on spring and summer items. Use code: EVENT19 at check out to get savings on full-price and sale items. Save 20% on orders under $500 and get 25% off of all orders $500 or more. The sale ends Friday, April 12. HURRY!

By now you know that I’m not in Dallas. My toes are in the white fine sand of Aruba! What am I doing here? Pete and I were long overdue for a sunny vacation and I’m exploring the island of Aruba for the blog. I’ll have a full blog post as soon as I return with all the travel details. Today’s post is dedicated to exactly what’s in my suitcase. This is a great packing list for any upcoming beach vacation you have planned. After all, summer is around the corner!

Underneath each picture, I have linked the items for you. If something is no longer available, I have found similar merchandise. You can follow along on Instagram to see how these outfits look. But I will show them to you in the Aruba blog post too! It was a long day of travel due to our plane having mechanical issues in Dallas. We missed our connection in Miami but made the best of it by going to lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab. It was well worth the long layover! Click here to shop my super comfy travel ensemble. I’m wearing a size small tee and a medium cardigan. I get so cold on airplanes so I always have on some sort of cardigan. Perfect for layering.

I’m currently enjoying my morning coffee while listening to ocean waves. Make it a great day!

xoxo – Tanya

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Soma swimsuit and Cabana Life coverup perfect for vacation!

I ordered this new black one piece swimsuit and it is so slimming. I should have ordered several from this brand. I can’t find my exact red heart bag but this one sure is cute and on sale! Then my white coverup is easy and lightweight to throw on for the pool or beach. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!


Cabana Life swimsuit and coverup are perfect for vacation!

Cabana Life is a great brand started by two women. They just know what women like in swimwear and cover-ups. This white terry tunic is a great little dress to wear to lunch on the beach or by the pool. It is selling out quickly! Also comes in coral or navy. The tunic looks great over a fun printed swimsuit.


Gingham jacket and fresh whites for the beach

Gingham is a big hit for Spring and Summer, so I love this adorable jacket! It’s perfect with white shorts or denim shortsIf you read my post from yesterdayyou’ll know that this is one of my favorite denim brands under $100!


This floral & stripe top and Shicato straw heart bag are great for a Caribbean vacation

These shorts from one of my favorite denim brands are the perfect length! Bermuda shorts are actually making a comeback and on-trend for the season this year. I love how these are tastefully distressed. Paired with this striped tee, it’s perfect for a day of exploring or a quick casual lunch. Doesn’t it look too cute with a red bag?!


Kut from the Kloth travel essentials

I definitely had to incorporate my new pearl jewelry at the beach! This pearl clustered statement necklace is so gorgeous, especially when paired with the pearl charm bracelet. I also enjoyed wearing the bracelet at rStheCon because it got me excited for Spring and Summer! They both go with everything and complete any outfit. I wasn’t able to find the top in this exact print, but this exact style top is made in several different fun patterns for Spring! It’s so lightweight and breathable.


Cabana Life dress and Soma denim jacket for a comfy travel look

Another great find from Cabana Life, this fuchsia striped dress comes with the cutest self-tie belt. It seriously feels like pajama material! Really great dress I can wear as a coverup, for lunch, running around town, or even on the plane. I packed it with my soft denim jacket, which is a must-have for trips! The stretch in this jacket makes it so comfortable.


Cabana Life printed dress for Caribbean vacation

When I spotted this pretty shift dress, I thought the colors in it were just fabulous. I’m loving the bright orange and pink combo, but it also comes in lots of other prints and colors. This is another piece I can wear on the beach or going out to eat too. By the way, all of Cabana Life’s clothing is actually made of sun-protective fabric! Paired with my new white flats and wicker bagit’s easily dressed up. Straw and wicker bags are HUGE this year if you haven’t noticed!


Soma black ruffle maxi and Talbots woven bag are beach vacation must-haves

I know it’s a little hard to tell in the picture, but this black maxi dress has the prettiest ruffle detailing and a flattering self-tie belt. Certainly the comfiest maxi that I’ll be wearing on the beach for sure! It can also be dressed up with these lovely gold statement earrings and my favorite pearl charm bracelet. It would even look great with my pearl cluster necklace!


What to pack for a beach vacation

everything that’s in my bag

Shop everything I packed and more beach finds below…many of which are included in the Shopbop sale!


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