It’s finally getting to be that time of year when everyone is starting to plan their big tropical vacation – even the simple thought of white sand beaches, foreign cuisines and warm seas is enough to make you book a flight as soon as possible. However, since you probably don’t venture to such locations very often, packing for a trip like this could seem like a bit of a mystery. Thankfully, there is no need to worry. Listed below is the ultimate packing checklist that will help you pack like a pro and make every aspect of your tropical endeavour as relaxing as possible.

Beach essentials

Beach essentials

For starters, the most important thing you should pack for your summer vacation is at least two statement bikinis, as you’ll most likely spend the entire trip wearing them. A great idea would be to opt for fashionable high waisted swimsuits, as they are undoubtedly going to be the biggest trend for the upcoming season, especially bright, printed ones that have a beautiful, feminine shape which flatters every figure. A white cotton swimsuit cover up, that is as airy and lightweight as it is pretty, is the perfect option for heading to lunch after the beach or simply protecting your beautiful skin from the sun, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring your favorite sunscreen with a high SPF as well. Another great idea would be to give face mists a try, as they’ll keep you feeling refreshed and revived in the high tropical heat.

Light and breezy clothing

Light and breezy clothing

There’s no wonder you always see celebrities posting pictures in beautiful, flowing maxi dresses from their latest trip to the Bahamas – lightweight summer dresses are the ideal option for any tropical vacation. Apart from looking incredibly attractive, these light and airy sundresses will keep you cool in the scorching heat, but they will also double as incredible night out outfits. As the key to tropical summer fashion is keeping things light and loose, pack a few cotton or linen tops, such as crop tops, off-shoulder tops or loose blouses, that easily pair with denim, silk or linen shorts, as well as breezy summer skirts, and seamlessly transition from day to night. For shopping trips, lunches, or even nights out, opt for a romper or a breathable jumpsuit, as they are chic, comfortable, and take up much less space in your tropical suitcase.

Fashionable footwear

Fashionable footwear

Espadrilles are the perfect option for beach dressing and easily transitioning from the poolside to fun nights out. Opt for a beautifully designed pair that is flexible when it comes to formality, in order to be able to pair them with anything from cover ups to shorts and sundresses. Another great and versatile shoe option are chic sandals with some extra detailing, such as velvet, prints or ribbons, which would look amazing on the beach, but won’t look out of place in the evening, should you choose to opt out of wearing heels. If you love hiking and want to pack for outdoor adventures as well, don’t forget a pair of light hiking shoes or closed, comfortable sandals.

Chic accessories

Chic accessories

While extravagant Jacquemus hats seem to be the fashion blogger favourite, they may not be the most practical or the most affordable option. Instead, opt for a wide-brimmed straw hat that will look fashionable paired with any outfit, from beach attire to chic afternoon looks, and that will also help protect you against the harsh and damaging sun. There is no doubt you will need sunglasses to protect your eyes as well, so try to pack at least two pairs in different styles, in order to ensure you have a pair of sunglasses to go with every look. Pop-coloured mirror lenses are the biggest trend for this summer, so why not try out a pair of these fashionable shades? Apart from a trendy wicker tote bag, don’t forget to pack some dainty metal jewellery that will take any tropical outfit to the next level.

With everything from sensible footwear to hats that actually protect you from the strong sun, and all the travel essentials you’ll ever need, this list will ensure you are packed and ready for the most amazing summer vacation yet.

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Sophia Smith is Australian-based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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