Ask A Stylist: Packing for a Beach Vacation

Beach Or Road Trip Group Shot
Q: I am going to Myrtle Beach for a family vacation. We will be at the beach four days, then take a few days to drive home while sightseeing. Can you recommend comfortable clothing for the beach and touring? I only want to take one bag.

A: The best way to minimize the number of looks you need on a beach vacation is to choose pieces that are versatile and work in multiple settings. Some basic pieces that are a must: a printed or boho maxi dress, shorts or a skirt, one pair of jeans, three to four knit tops, swimsuits, a few lightweight sundresses that can go from day to night, and a lightweight denim jacket for travel days. Pack a few statement accessories that can add some fun to your dinner looks! Have a lovely trip!



Dash Button-Front Chambray Shirt $78
Camille Striped Pocket-Front Tank $44
Dilan Distressed Ankle-Length Boyfriend Jean $148
Siva Cotton Utility Jacket $138
Abbi Mixed-Print Elastic-Waist Dress $78
Carolynn Cuffed Denim Short $44
Presidio Lightweight Beach Stripe Scarf $56
Westerly Large Nylon Travel Tote $78


  1. I need help with what to wear I’ll be in S..F.O next wk long plane ride and then to NappVally with my daughter

    • Hi Faith! The weather has been pretty mild here in San Francisco, so layers are key. Jeans, walkable shoes and light jackets will be staples on your trip. Sweaters and cardigans are perfect for all occasions and can be dressed up or down. For your trip to Napa, a maxi dress is always a great option for wine tasting or sightseeing. Dress up your look with a pair of wedges or comfy sandals while exploring the vineyards. Have so much fun and safe travels!

    • We would definitely recommend comfortable clothing such as stretchy jeans, a cotton tee or sweater and shoes that are easy to take on and off during security check-in. Be sure to bring a light cardigan or jacket that can be thrown in your purse for a chilly plane ride.

    • Hi Stephanie! Here are the shoes featured in this post:
      Gap Leather Ballet Flat in Pink Cameo
      Old Navy Flip Flops
      Come Out and Plait Sandal by Bass Americana

  2. So cute! I wish my fixes were more like this! I wish there was a way for Stitch Fix could keep track of all the things I “like” from their posts and send me those or similar items. I would have taken every item to my upcoming beach vacation.

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