I’m heading to Miami this week, and I thought I’d give y’all a little glimpse into what I’m packing. Actually, since I was busier than expected this past weekend, this post is coming to you live from the plane en route to South Beach (yes to in-cabin wifi). I know Miami isn’t as ‘tropical’ as the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands per say, but it has palm trees and therefore, it counts in my books. And I’m staying in Miami Beach, and beach = tropical right? Right.
hat + sunnies
These are pretty obvious, but I’m going to mention them anyways. Forgetting a hat or sunglasses at the beach would be very tragic. I mean you’re still at the beach if you forget ’em, but without these necessary items, I promise you that it won’t be as fun.
Tropical vacay = hot. Miami is a v good example of this, and I for one think it’s best if you have a minimalist approach when packing clothing. A few pairs of shorts, dresses and a couple of breezy tops are all you really need. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’re going to spend 75% of time in a bathing suit, no?
All I’m going to say about this one is: bring as much as possible. As mentioned above, you will be spending a lot of time in a bathing suit. I am a mix and match kind of girl myself, so I tend to bring various black pieces that go with just about anything.
You’re going on vacation and you want to look nice, right? But also tropical is usually synonymous with the word ‘comfort’ so here’s some advice. Trade in the heels for slides + sandals. Genius, I know right? You can thank me later. And if you’re on the shorter side (like moi), and seriously craving the height, wedges are always a nice compromise.
sunblock + essential oils
You. need. to. protect. your. skin. End of story. If you don’t wear sunblock outside, I really need you to start. Protect that beautiful skin. It is your biggest organ after all. I use this sunblock for my face, from Clinique and I find that it works really well with my sensitive skin. I also like to use body oil on vacation. Not because I want to channel my inner Terry Crews (White Chicks), but due to the fact that my skin becomes incredibly dry after spending time in chlorine. This After Shower Oil by Lipidol creates an invisible barrier on the skin, which helps lock in moisture. So instead of that itchy, scratchy, uncomfortable feeling I have after the pool, my skin feels silky smooth.
Whether it’s in the form of a book (I’m currently on The Woman in Cabin 10), Netflix viewing device (read: iPad), a kobo, or magazines, the choice is ultimately yours. I tend to bring them all, as I prefer having something to do while I make the transition to a beach bum for the week.