PLAYSUIT (similar) | BIKINI (top,bottom) | JOIE SANDALS | HAT | SUNGLASSES

Up until the last year, I think sporadic would have been the best word to describe my approach to packing. I always packed last minute. Maybe because I loved planning trips, but hated packing for them. Call it mental anxiety or just plain procrastination; regardless I did it every time I went away. Horrible right? It would drive my boyfriend nuts. The best part was I used to pack way more things than I actually needed or forgot the necessities (which I now consider to be absolute must-haves). Thankfully, I’ve figured out a system that works (where I’ve reduced my mental burden in half LOL!) by packing a day earlier and learned how to pack smart. I’ve put together a list below of what to pack for the ultimate beach escape:

PANAMA HAT
The hat that goes with everything (last seen here). From getting off the plane to lounging on the beach, this is an accessory you don’t want to forget in your carry on.
COVERUP
I normally pack ones that can be thrown on over a bikini for during the day and can also double up as something to wear to dinner at night (love this and this).
BLACK BIKINI
Otherwise known as the one piece I live in while on the beach. SO universal and looks great on everyone (love this).
TIE-UP SANDALS
It’s no secret that I love shoes. A pair of tie-up sandals work so well on vacation because it can elevate any look. I pretty much wear mine with almost everything! Buy it in tan and black and you’re set.
THE BEACH BAG
The fewer the bags you pack the better. Sounds weird coming from a blogger right? Trust me, bags can take up quite a bit of space in your luggage. Pick one or two of your favourites and opt for straw or rattan options in neutral colours. Love this and this.
MIDI/MAXI DRESS
SO easy to wear and accessorize.
THE ONE PIECE WONDER
I love a good one piece. This one from Aerie is a favourite (under $50). Aside from fit, I look for ones that can double up as a top; perfect for those poolside cocktails when paired with denim shorts. Love!
SUNSCREEN
Non-negotiable; sunscreen helps to protect you against skin cancer. If you’re anything like me whereas you’re concerned about breakouts I recently discovered a newfound favourite from La Roche Posey (found here). No breakouts and it prevented me from getting sunburnt (seriously my go-to and I have the most sensitive skin).
MULTI-USE PRODUCTS
Less is more. I let my skin breathe on vacation, but if I must wear any makeup I make sure to pack these three go-tos:
+ eyebrow pencil (a favourite from Tarte)
+ matte lip stain (love this one from Chanel)
+ concealer (a staple in my makeup bag found here)
If you love wearing highlighter, this one is perfect with a tan. You can use it to double up as a highlight on your cheeks and eyes for that perfect ‘natural glow‘.
SUNGLASSES
As much as I try to pack just one pair, this is something I can’t seem to negotiate. You can pretty much get away with overpacking sunglasses (my rule of thumb). Hey, at least they don’t take up too much space in your luggage.
A GOOD READ 
Books are perfect for the beach. Pack an old favourite to reread or here are a few of my current favourites:
Look out for my next roundup with some of my #OOTD from Domincan. Thanks for reading. xoxo