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The Tropical Getaway Vacation Packing List from Boston Proper

December 21, 2022

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Swimsuits and Cover Ups | Resort-Ready Outfits | Beach Bag Must-Haves | More Getaway Packing Tips

When it’s time for a getaway, make it tropical and travel lightly. Following a few style tips, you can look chic on vacation with just one carry-on. As we get ready for a season of impromptu tropical getaways, we’re using this ultimate vacation packing list to bring exactly what we need.


Swimsuits and Cover Ups

They’re the stars of resort getaways and don’t take up too much space in a suitcase. Because of this, why not take a few different swimsuits and be posh by the pool in a new look every day? Try the Swim Sense Collection by Carmen Marc Valvo, exclusively for Boston Proper, to maximize swim options with fewer pieces. 


We love the collection’s mix-and-match swim separates featuring a high-waisted bikini bottom paired with a wrap bikini top for a sexy yet comfortable style. Then change the look with a high-waisted skirted bottom if you’re looking for more coverage or a sportier and comfortable square-neck tankini top.


A one-piece swimsuit or a swim dress is a must-have (especially a few days into the trip after winning and dining). A showstopping one-piece styled to the max is as glam as any other swim style while appreciating the coverage. 


Try a matching cover-up to transform your swimsuit outfit into a gorgeous getaway style or a statement-making sweeping cover-up for a sexy edge. Cover ups offer versatility and double as tops or layers to complete a day or nighttime look.


Resort-Ready Outfits

After a day lounging at the beach or pool, opt for effortless pieces that work together to create a variety of outfits. When packing, use a coordinating color palette to optimize pairings and make sure the styles are easy, comfortable, and go casual to a little dressy to cover different resort activities.

Shorts and Skorts

We recommend packing two styles as they’re key to day and night looks. You can’t go wrong with denim and then a dressier style when you need it. Include a tee, a silky tank, a lightweight sweater, and that double-duty cover-up, and see how many looks you have at your disposal.


Pull-on palazzos are the darlings of a resort wardrobe. They are versatile and ready for anything you are. Be sure they too coordinate with the tops on the list. 


Another look synonymous with resort wear is the maxi dress. Take one that can be styled casually and glammed up as an evening look. Plus, a short knit dress does the same.


A flat, a heel, and a sexy wedge...plus the comfy shoe you’ll wear while traveling should have you covered.


The little details tie outfits together for extra polish. Opt for colorful pieces, metallics, straw, and raffia to work with beach and after-sunset looks.

left to right: light blue bikini, turquoise chain necklace, blue ombre sequin palazzo pants, and gold braided slides. orange ombre floral printed embellished sleeveless maxi dress, orange straw fan earrings, and gold knotted block heels. orange ruffle sleeve top, orange linen pants, raffia belt, and gold wedges. gold chain embellished straw hat, purple deep v gold lace up one piece swimsuit, pink chain print sarong, and gold lace up sandals.


Beach Bag Must-Haves

When headed on a tropical vacation, you’ll likely spend most of your time in the sun, so be sure you have a big beach bag with room for all the sun-protection essentials and other must-haves.


Sunscreen is one of the most important things to pack. You want to bring at least one face sunscreen with an SPF 50 or higher and apply it every two hours to protect your skin. 


A good beach read is a must-have when you’re on vacation. If you don’t have one at home, most resorts have fan-favorite books that you can read for free. 

Portable charger

Being on vacation means you’ll drain your phone’s battery fast. Bring a portable charger with you so you never miss an opportunity to snap the perfect picture.

Makeup bag

While on vacation, you never know when you’ll go to dinner straight from the beach. Bring small toiletries and a makeup bag to freshen up before heading to other plans. 


It goes without saying, but bring two pairs of sunglasses (in case you break or lose a pair). 


A collapsible, wide-brim hat is your best bet for space efficiency and sun protection. Plus, it will elevate your outfit, giving it an instantly glam look. 


More Getaway Packing Tips

As you get ready to get packing, here are some tips to make the most out of your space:

1. Roll instead of fold articles of clothing. This method takes up way less space.

2. Tuck items inside shoes like sunglasses, jewelry, and phone chargers to protect them.

3. Place undergarments in resealable plastic bags to keep them separate and protected.

4. Use the hotel hair dryer, steamer, shampoos, and lotions, so you don’t have to pack them. 

5. Wear what you can on travel days instead of packing them, like jewelry, comfortable shoes, and a light jacket.

That sums up a good packing checklist for getaways. Now, shop for styles here.