Vacation Essentials

It’s so close I can taste it.  Our annual beach trip is almost here and I am SO ready!  Every year I find myself packing the same things and since you guys loved my holiday “Favorite Things” list I thought I’d share a few of my vacation essentials.

I am admittedly an over packer when it comes to vacations – I mean, I just don’t know what kind of mood I’m gonna be in (sorry Trev).  This year I am vowing to pair it down!  Really all you need are some great mix and match items that will take you from beach to cocktails.

One thing I am particularly excited about is that I actually settled on a one piece bathing suit this year!  This is no easy task.  I have two busy little boys so I can’t wear anything fussy or insecure.  This little suit is perfect and comes in a two piece as well.  I also splurged on the ca-utest bikini for Spring Break this year and it was so freezing I never even put it on…can’t wait to wear it next week!

Scroll through the slideshow to see my TEN FAVORITE BEACH ESSENTIALS and why I can’t live without them year after year!

THE PANAMA HAT ($58) – you need a good hat to protect your hair (#duh) and to keep you from having to style it too much.  A quick side braid and you are ready for anything!

THE CHIC COVER UP ($64, also comes in white) – I snagged this little number last year and wore it ALL summer long.  It’s a great cover up but you can easily wear it with cutoffs as a top as well!

THE ONE PIECE ($204) – as I mentioned above I am SO excited about this suit.  It’s actually really flattering and while it’s an investment price, I have come to grips with the fact I am just too old to pull off cheap swim suits.  I splurge EVERY year on a new suit and they last forever!

CLASSIC SUNNIES ($52, comes in two colors) – I come back to my classic Ray Ban Wayfarers every year but at this price I may need to snag a pair of these cuties as well!

HAIR PROTECTION ($28) – we can barely keep this stuff in stock at the salon.  It’s a detangler, makes the hair SO soft and protects it from UV and heat!

OVERSIZED BEACH TOWELS ($49, comes in a ton of colors/patterns) – this is another one I get every year and collect.  I love all the patterns and now we have enough for the whole family!

CUTOFFS ($168) – this is another one I’m willing to spend the money on if they fit properly!  These are buttery soft, and are just long enough that you don’t feel like you need to tug on them but still feel short enough to be cute.

COMFY TEES ($17, comes in 5 colors) – okay I know this is a repeat from my holiday favorite things list but hey, you can never have enough tees!  At that price may as well get a few.

PROTECT YOUR SKIN ($32) – you know I’m in the midst of my PICK 5 PLEDGE so I’m trying to be more aware of the kinds of products I’m putting on my body.  This one passes the test and no complaints from kiddos when I apply it!

WEAR WITH EVERYTHING SANDAL ($195) – I have the black patent pair and then Trev got me the “makeup” color for Mother’s Day and I’m in love!  They come in 19 colors and seriously go with everything.  If you haven’t treated yourself.  This is the year!

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and let me know what your Vacation Essentials are in the comments below…

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