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Having just booked our baby-moon to Hamilton Island (oh yeah, we’re having a baby folks) I thought I’d continue my Travel Essentials series with what to pack for a Beach Getaway.

To avoid overpacking, and have enough space for those holiday purchases, follow these simple rules

  • Neutrals work best; add pops of colour with accessories.
  • Pack double duty pieces; a tunic is a coverup by day and a going out top worn with white jeans and a gold statement necklace by night.
  • Leave high maintenance pieces which need to be ironed at home.
  • 3 pairs of shoes maximum (+ a pair of sneakers if you’re planning to exercise. Yeah right you say!)

What To Pack

  • Tote bag; does triple duty as carry on, beach bag and shopping tote.
  • Sun hat; panama, trilby or cap.
  • 3 swimsuits
  • Rash guard if planning water activities
  • 2 tunics or 2 sundresses, they’ll serve as coverups by day and going out pieces once the sun goes down
  • Evening maxi dress
  • 2 t-shirts & 3 tank tops
  • 2 going out tops; metallics look great on tan skin
  • Two pairs of shorts; denim & white
  • One skirt; make sure it works well with with your tees and tank tops.
  • White jeans
  • Light knit
  • Wrap/Pashmina
  • 1 pair flip flops
  • 1 pair of beaded/sparkly flat sandals
  • 1 pair wedges
  • Sunglasses
  • Sneakers, if exercising
  • A few statement jewellery pieces; statement necklace, gold earrings, stackable bangles
  • And don’t forget Lingerie, PJ’s, exercise gear, toiletries including sunscreen, insect repellant & pain relief


See what to take On Board The Plane