The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List You Need For A Sunny Holi-yay!

Anandita MalhotraAnandita Malhotra  |  Jul 10, 2017
The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List You Need For A Sunny Holi-yay!


Gurl, put your sunnies on, slip into those pineapple-print flip flops, tie your hair into a messy top knot, and get into the palm trees state of mind ‘coz your beach vacay is here. It’s almost New Year’s Eve, and if you don’t want to spend it toasting your hands by the bonfire, we’re sure you’ve already booked your tickets to fly off to places where you can wiggle your toes in the sandy shores and swim into 2019. Your Insta game is going to be hot and happening with all those pool-side Boomerangs, model-esque swimsuit shoots, and beer-sippin’ sunbathing videos. But to nail that casual and fun look, you’ve got to dress to perfection. That sundress with a hat and shades for the yacht ride, the floor-length dress for a chic dinner and drinks in the evening, and let’s not forget the essential cover-up to throw on top of your bikini after a long swim in the ocean. Yup, it might seem a bit much right now, but once we break down all the looks for you, packing for your beach vacay won’t seem as daunting.

Stick to a small carry-on suitcase and fill it with staples like denim shorts and accessories that can be paired with multiple outfits so that you can be easy, and breezy, for the holiday. Don’t forget to carry a tote, which you can use to stuff the essentials you need for your day on the sand. So, we’ve selected the must-have wardrobe essentials for every beach bum!


Dresses and rompers for beach holiday

Party wear for beach vacay

Resort wear for beach holiday

Swimwear for beach holiday

Staples for beach vacay

Accessories for beach holiday

Dresses for beach holiday

Beaches are made for clothes that you can style easily, and what is easier and more comfy than a cute dress or a fun, printed romper. You can wear these on over your swimsuits if you’re planning on going for a brunch before heading to the beach and then you’re ready to run into the water in a jiffy. Also, they look super cute flying with the ocean breeze in photographs. You can complete your ensemble with some shades, a cute straw hat, and some flats.

Beach dresses we recommend

Take that plunge

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Price: Rs. 2,376

Discounted Price: Rs. 936

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This cute dress is the ideal sunny day outfit to laze on the shore, sip a chilled coconut water and read your fave book. You can style it with a tan straw bag, white sunnies and tan gladiator flats. And if green isn’t your colour, this piece is available in grey, pink and orange as well. So ready, set, slay!

Rewrite the white

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Price: Rs. 1,516

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This white dress is so cute and absolutely stunning to wear for a brunch by the water. It’s easy breeze and yet looks classic. You can even wear it for a day out with your girlies when you’re back in the city ‘coz you can’t go wrong with white. Pair it with a bright fuschia lip, quirky earrings or a thin, gold coin choker and voila, dressed to impressed.

Cut-out, no doubt

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Price: Rs. 1,960

Discounted Price: Rs. 1,540

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Just look at this cutesy cut-out ensemble in this nude-pink shade. This with that natural holiday glow will look stunning. Pair a dainty, crystal necklace along with some hoop earrings and you can totes sip on those bellinis during brunch.

Never bitter in glitter

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Price: Rs. 999

Discounted Price: Rs. 749

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This one is for all you girls planning to go for a music festival on the beach. You’ve got the trendy-glitter, the bustire and the basic denim shorts to essentially nail that rock-chic look. Pair it with black boots and some chunky jewellery and you’re all set.

Party outfits for the beach

You’re on a vacation of course you’re going to party. The sunsets will turn to sunrises as you and your friends take on the entire place. You’ll be going out to party on boats or go to clubs and dance the night away. For exactly that, we’ve got a few options you can totes pull off and look in vogue.

Polka-dotty hottie

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Price: 1,628

Discounted Price: 1,258

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This adorable, red dress is surely going to make a statement. We’ve all heard of the itsy-bitsy teeny-weenie yellow polka dot bikini but this mini spaghetti strapped polka dotty is going to make you look like a cutie. Pair it with a bright red lip and wear it to a daytime soiree.

Dangerous lady in black

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Price: Rs. 2,890

Discounted Price: Rs. 867

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A black maxi is always a good idea. This one has the perfect mix of flowy and can also be dressed up for a night out with some pumps. Pair it with a bold red or burgundy lip and accessorise with gold earrings and get your glam on. We love us a backless detail, don’t we?!

Be the beacon of sequin

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Price: 4,990

Discounted Price: Rs. 2,245

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Sequin is all-in! If you’re planning to go out to a club and have a completely rager night then a strappy sequin dress is perf! You can go for a smokey eye along with a nude lip and pair a cute pair of stilettos and how ‘bout that!

Clear blue skies and stripes

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Price: Rs. 1,990

Discounted Price: Rs. 1,194

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Again this one is for a chic brunch by the water at a posh restaurant. Start your day with this ruffle detailed dress and some champagne coz what else is there to do on a vacay. Also, lennon sunnies on, world off!

Resort wear for beach holiday

We know the fashionista that you are, you would want to look fetch (yes, we’re trying to make fetch happen) everywhere. Even as you’re chilling about the resort, you’ll need something comfy and relaxed yet which looks glam to throw on. This is especially necessary when you’re hanging by the poolside or have just gone down for a meal to the restaurant. These include cover-ups for swimwear, flip-flops, big hats and are usually made with breathable fabrics that ideally require no ironing.

Call it olive

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Price: 1999

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This backless maxi is the easiest thing to put on when you’re just hanging out around the resort. It looks super elegant and also suits many body types. The plunging neckline and halter make it so trendy that even with gigantic shades and a pair of basic flats will go with the ensemble.

Yup yup, we love us a tie-up

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Price: 4,940

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Again another really relaxed cover-up to put on top of your swimsuit while you sunbathe and read a book. This grey cut-out, tie up is really chic and it is going to go with everything. If you put on a bright fuschia monokini underneath, you’ll be vacay ready!

Never go wrong, throw it on

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Price: Rs. 2,499

Discounted Price: Rs. 1,624

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Again a very versatile colour that’ll match all your swimsuits, this kaftan is the easiest thing to just throw on. Keep this along with your beach towel on the side and once you’re back from that therapeutic swim, you can put this on and hey, lay back and relax. You can even put on a pair of denim shorts along with this to sit at a shack and gorge on sea-food.

Wrap around and lounge around

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Price: Rs. 995

Discounted Price: Rs. 298

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This blue tie and dye printed sarong is the solution to all your beach wear woes. You can tie it up in so many ways and completely change the style and look to your liking. Just stuff this into your beach tote and along with flip-flops, you’re completely ready. Yep, it’s that easy.

Swimwear for a beach vacay

Swimwear for a beach vacay, it doesn’t get more essential than that. But why go basic with swimwear when you can look basically bewitching. We’ve got a list of the cutest swimming outfits for all types of bodies. Bikinis, monokinis and tankinis that’ll look super cute on all of you.

Sing along… itsy bitsy, teeny weeny

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Price: 1,940

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How delightful is this bright bikini that’ll make you look like sunshine!? Dive into the pool or jump into the ocean waves with this on and it’ll be a vacay to remember. The bottom is also high waisted so all of you who are conscious about not having a fit body, this will make everything look more flattering.

Black is back

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Price: Rs. 1,589

Discounted Price: Rs. 953

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This swimsuit is ideal if you want a fun one but don’t want to reveal too much of your body too. It’s black and we all know how great that looks on all skin tones. It’s a halter one so you can even wear it under cute tops and dresses. If you’re planning on doing water sports, we suggest you go for something like this instead of taking a wardrobe malfunction risk on the beach.

OMG! That fuschia

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Price: Rs. 4,530

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How adorable is this bright fuschia tankini? For the bright spirited girl like you, why not have some fun with vivid colours?! The ruffle detail make it uber-stylish and you can swing into vacay mode. Sunnies, a massive hat, and some embellished flats, and all the eyes will be on your girlll!

Gingham is the way to go

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Price: Rs. 2,690

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Again a very in-vogue look, you can wear this for a nice swim in the resort pool. It’s black and white and ghingham so throw on some shades and carry your massive tote and you’ll be all set. It’s a one shoulder swimsuit so go crazy with the SPF coz no one wants a patchy sunburn.

Pineapples make us happy

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Price: Rs. 1063

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For the quirky girl in you, we’ve got the cutest bikini. Tropic, like it’s hot in this pineapple, printed two-piece and sizzle the day away. The greens, whites and yellows will make you feel completely one with the surrounding. Also, this bandeau style is so freaking hip and happening!

Also Read: Cute Christmas Brunch Outfit Ideas

Staples for beach vacay

These are probably the most important part of every holiday outfit, clothes you can pair with just about everything without thinking too much. You don’t want to carry a huge suitcase around so you’ve gotta pack smart and put in clothes that actually look good with multiple outfits. Mostly these are bottoms that you can put along with varied tops and create a whole new ensemble.

Denim heaven

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Price: Rs. 1,080

Discounted Price: Rs. 936

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Denim shorts are one thing you cannot go wrong with. They go with close to anything under the sun and give off that cool comfy vibe. Pair it with a kimono and bikini top, a cute floral top or even just a basic racer back and you’re good to go.

Beach bumming in shorts

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Price: Rs. 559

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Again a pair of high-waisted shorts is a staple that you must have in your vacation wardrobe. These look lovely with a swimsuit underneath and if you’re conscious you can even go into the ocean with these on. Also, how adorbs are these li’l pom-pom details? Sandy toes, sunkissed nose; high waisted fun and a top-knot bun!

Float away in flowy pants

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Price: Rs. 999

Discounted Price: Rs. 400

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These flowy pants high-waisted pants go with a plain racer back white or black top and boho-chic has a new name. Be inspired by Alia Bhatt’s wardrobe in Dear Zindagi and you’ll find a ton of these. They’re comfy and breathable and even go with just a black bikini top.

Coral Floral

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Price: Rs. 1,267

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A skirt like this wrap-around one is also a good keep with your vacay essentials because again it can be styled differently to look completely distinct. A basic racer back, a spaghetti top or even a crochet bustier will all look great.

Accessories for beach holiday

Your travel to the waters is not complete without these must-have accessories that’ll keep you not only protected from the sun but also will amp up your look. From big hats and sunglasses to totes and footwear, we’ve got you covered.

Hats off girl

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Price: Rs. 1,695

Discounted Price: Rs. 1,017

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We’ve given you so many looks that’ll go with this kind of a hat and you’ll also be shaded from the sun so it’s a win-win. These basic straw one has black detailing which make it pretty easy to pair with all coloured outfits. Stroll on the shore with this on? Yes. Yes. Yes.

When the future looks this bright, you gotta put the shades on

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Price: Rs. 223

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Cat-eye sunnies look great and they are so on-trend right now. Pair them with a bold lip and a bohemian outfit and you’ll be ready to slay that holiday.

Look like a bomb-shell

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Price: Rs. 188

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A gold necklace is very versatile and can be added to dresses with plunging necklines and tube rompers. And coz the vacay is on the beach, mixing it up from the regular chains to this one with a shell detail is a cutsey touch.

Got ‘em sliders

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Price: Rs. 2,995

Discounted Price: Rs. 1,198

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Why go for basic when you can go for bedazzled?! This pair of rose gold sliders are ideal for a walk on the sand and even to slip on for a day by the pool. They’re easy to clean and have a longer shelf life.

Dote on the tote

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A massive canvas tote bag is a freakin’ necessary when it comes to a beach holiday. You can stuff in a tiny towel, your sunglasses, a coverup, your wallet, and sunscreen so that they don’t get wet or sandy. Going for that dip in the cool water, don’t worry this quirky ‘Feelin’ Beachy Today’ tote will come to the rescue. 

Price: Rs. 599

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Dump it all in

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Another handy accessory to keep by your side is a canvas pouch. You can use it to stuff in your basic makeup and skincare a day by the pool or on the seashore or you can use it to put your essentials like your cards and cash along with your passport if needed. Also, this one says ‘Sea You Soon’, we love us some punny fun!

Price: Rs. 549

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So girl, pack your bags, shut out the world and suns out, buns out!

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