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The 10 clothing items you should always pack for a hot beach holiday

Now that you’ve booked your flight, sorted your accommodation and have a full itinerary for your week away, it’s time to consider what you’re going to pack. In general, beach holidays tend not to require a full suitcase, but it’s still best to be prepared for any eventuality, even if you plan to do nothing but soak up the sun.


Here’s an (almost comprehensive) list of the clothes you should pack for your next trip

Beach sandals

Spending the majority of your time lounging around the pool means you’ll need a pair of suitable footwear to avoid dangerous slips and trips. While flip-flops are what most people reach for, these aren’t always the safest option. Instead, try and go for sandals that have an ankle strap or a back to protect your arches.

A beach bag

Of course, you’re going to need a bag to carry around your sunscreen, reading material and snacks while you’re at the beach. We recommend something lightweight in a color that will go with everything you’ll be wearing at the beach.

A rain jacket

Most tropical destinations will have rainy seasons meaning that storms will be frequent. Pack a rain jacket that neatly fits in your bag so you’ll be prepared if you’re suddenly caught in a shower.

Comfortable footwear

If you’re planning on exploring your new surroundings, then a comfortable pair of footwear is absolutely essential. There’s nothing worse than the blisters that can be caused by ill-fitting shoes. Try and wear your shoes in before you go to avoid any pain.

A sweater or cardigan

Just because you’re in a hot country doesn’t mean that there won’t be a chill at night. Pack a sweater or a cardigan for the nights when you’re dining out.

A wide-brimmed hat

Hot weather = sun and if you aren’t prepared you could suffer serious sunburn. Lathering yourself with sunscreen isn’t always enough so pack a wide-brimmed hat that protects your neck and shoulders while you’re out and about.

beach bikini

At least two swimsuits

Ok, we’ve cheated a bit here with two (or more) items in one, but it’s a good idea to pack a spare swimsuit so that you won’t have to wait around for the one you’ve just worn to dry. Those who struggle to find a swimsuit that suits their body shape should take a look at Ashleigh Plus Size.

A pair of formal (or semi-formal) shoes

Most bars or restaurants you’ll visit on an evening will require you to have a pair of semi-formal, closed toe sandals or shoes.

A cotton cover-up

When the sun starts to set, and the temperature on the beach gets a little cooler, you’ll probably want to have a stylish cover-up to drape over your swimsuit. Find something that matches all of the swimsuits you’ve packed.

Plenty of t-shirts

The obvious clothing choice for hot weather is t-shirts and tank tops, and luckily, these are clothing items that are incredibly versatile. Pack enough to last you a week or two so you won’t have to do laundry while you’re there.


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