What to Wear | The Best Resort Clothing for Your Beach Getaway

Part of the excitement of planning for any vacation is what you’ll be wearing. Whether it’s a luxe trip to London or a hiking adventure in Patagonia, the clothing you pack should not only be functional but it should also be stylish as well.

Packing for a beach getaway might feel like an easy job. Simply toss in some swimsuits, a few dresses, some shorts, undergarments, and you’re done, right? Not necessarily. While it may seem that you’ll be wearing next to nothing while frolicking on the beach, there are a few essentials that you might not have considered when you dragged out your suitcase.

If you have an upcoming beach vacation, these tips can help ensure that your resort wear is comfortable, fun, and stylish and that you haven’t forgotten any necessities.


Hats are essential beach attire. After all, protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun is crucial, and no one wants to deal with a painful sunburn while on vacation. However, unless you have a hat box packing your stylish headwear can be tricky. Hats can often be inadvertently crushed in a suitcase no matter how carefully you pack them.

One simple way to avoid all of these hassles is to simply buy a hat when you arrive. It’s almost unheard of for vendors along the beach to not have hats in their inventory, and they’re usually priced quite well. Also, unless you fall in love with said hat, it’s pretty easy to leave it behind or gift it to a newly arrived guest at your hotel who may also need a hat.


Obviously your choice in swimwear is one of the most important. After all, you’ll likely be spending most of your time on the beach or at the pool. Only you know your preferred swimsuit style, but be sure to pack at least two of your favorites. In humid climates your suit might not dry quickly, so it’s wise to have a backup.

If you’re planning a beach vacation to Middle Eastern destinations such as the trendy hotspot of Dubai you might want to pay close attention to your swimsuit choices. While the United Arab Emirates is a more liberal Muslim country it’s always best to choose more modest swimwear. Tankini bathing suits are generally a great choice for soaking up the rays on Dubai’s pristine beaches.


Floaty, maxi dresses always evoke images of long walks on the sand, and while that’s generally how it plays out in real life, there are more options than the maxi dress. Fun minis or knee-length dresses are also perfect for beach vacations, especially if you find yourself wading out into the water and don’t want to hold your dress up to avoid getting soaked.

However, beach vacations also include romantic seaside dinners, nights out at the club, and other occasions where you’ll want to wash off the sand and swap your daytime sunscreen for nighttime makeup. Be sure to pack at least one dress that you love for evenings out when you don’t have to worry about unexpected waves.

Sunglasses and Accessories

Sunglasses are not just fashionable; the right type can really protect your eyes when you’re spending a lot of time beachside. From salt water–resistant lenses to water sports specific models, you can easily find a pair or two that are not only fashionable but also practical.

Accessories such as bags and jewelry also need a spot in your suitcase. A woven bag made of natural fibers is perfect for the beach as it can hold your towel, sunscreen, and reading material and the inevitable sand can be easily shaken off. Choose your favorite jewelry but be cautious when wearing these pieces around the water. The last thing you want to do is don a snorkel and mask to search the sea floor for a lost necklace or bracelet.

Packing for any trip is fun and exciting and can really get you in the mood for your adventure. However, be sure to consider your choices carefully, be certain that you’ve packed clothes and accessories that suit your destination, and remember that you can always buy something you’ve forgotten or didn’t know you needed when you get to your destination. Fun in the sun awaits!

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