Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List

After a long stretch of vacation withdrawal, you’re finally booked and ready to travel to your beach destination! All that’s left to do is pack and take flight. Chances are your suitcase has been collecting dust for the past couple of months and you’re in need of a refresher course in Packing 101. Pack like a pro with our ultimate list of essentials!

On the Plane/Carry-on items

Make some room in your carry-on bag or personal item for these top picks! Keep these belongings handy to ensure a comfortable and happy plane ride (or just in case you get separated from your checked luggage)!

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass (printed or mobile)
  • Travel itinerary/reservations/insurance
  • Travel authorization forms and/or negative COVID-19 test (as required)
  • Wallet with credit cards, ID, medical insurance card and some cash (around $100)
  • Phone and phone charger (portable is preferable)
  • Ear buds/headphones and a solid playlist
  • Ear plugs
  • Mint or gum
  • Snacks
  • Chapstick
  • A good book, Sudoku or a crossword puzzle
  • Tablet and/or laptop
  • Camera
  • Tissues
  • Water bottle
  • Travel pillow and blanket
  • Pen
  • Sunglasses and/or glasses/contacts
  • Sweatshirt or scarf (for that unpredictable cabin temperature)
  • Bathing suit and cover-up (so you can beach it as soon as you arrive)
  • Flip-flops (free those feet)
  • A pair of underwear (better safe than sorry)
  • Mask (pick a fun pattern that inspires your vacation mode)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disposable gloves
  • Important medications and vitamins
  • House/car keys
  • Travel-size toiletries (under 3.4 oz) - see detailed list below


Time to show off that beachwear you’ve been shopping for online! Bring a mix of day and night clothing (or transitional pieces that can work for any time of day). Just remember, it’s totally acceptable to wear items more than once… this will help avoid over packing! Also, be mindful that some of our gourmet eateries require a dress code for dinner, so make sure you’re prepared! Dress codes for every restaurant can be found on the resort’s dedicated Dining & Drinks web page.

  • More bathing suits/swim trunks and beach cover-ups
  • Sandals (bring a pair with a back for walking and restaurants)
  • Sneakers (for gym and active excursions)
  • Dressier shoes (for dinner)
  • Long pants (some formal restaurants may require these for men)
  • Sundresses/skirts/maxi dresses (easy and breezy for day and nighttime)
  • Shorts
  • Tops (tanks, tees, long sleeves)
  • Light sweater (for chilly nights or chilly restaurants)
  • Activewear/loungewear/pajamas/leggings
  • Underwear, bras, undershirts socks,
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Beach bag (collapsible; can also use this as your personal item on the plane if it’s not too large)
  • Small purse or wristlet to carry around your phone and room key
  • Jewelry (try to leave your most valuable pieces at home)


While AMResorts® branded properties have you covered with our luxurious amenities including
shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and more, here’s some other everyday essentials to bring

  • Tooth-brush and Tooth-paste
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush or comb
  • Curling iron and/or straightener (leave your blow dryers home, we’ve got you covered here)
  • Anti-frizz products (ladies when you know, you know)
  • Hairspray
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair ties
  • Face wash
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Makeup (try waterproof mascara)
  • Makeup wipes/remover
  • Tweezers
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Vitamins
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products


  • Travel mug/cooler bottle (to keep your poolside drinks cold)
  • Travel first aid kit (band aids, aspirin, throat drops, etc.)
  • Plastic bags for wet clothes or dirty items
  • Anti-wrinkle spray (we’ve got the clothing iron)

The key to a stress-free trip is preparation! Review this checklist to make sure no items are left behind …
but if you do happen to forget something, just ask our amazing resort staff.

Download PDF of your printable checklist here ›

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