Vacation Mode: What To Pack

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What to pack for vacation?? We leave for Jamaica next week and I seriously can’t wait. I always struggle with a bit of anxiety when leaving my kiddos behind, but once I land in paradise, I’m ready to have a great time. This will be beach trip number 2 for the year, and after over-packing the first time around, I have a pretty good idea of what to bring and what not to bring on this trip.

I of course will be shooting content and doing a bit of styling while I’m on vacation, so I’m still probably bringing more than the average person, but it works for me! When getting ready for a trip I always start a packing list of what I want to bring. It usually always consists of things I already have that I just need to remember to put in my bag, and things that I need to go out and purchase. Since I just got back from the beach, I don’t need to buy much (thank goodness!)

Here’s a breakdown of what I’m packing! If you’re going on a trip this summer, I hope this helps!


I always pack a great makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer. A few years ago I went on a trip and forgot to bring great skincare and by the time we got home, my face had been through the ringer. I will never make that mistake again! Vacation mode does not apply to your face … ever! I’ll bringing my June Jacobs Cucumber Cleanser and my L’Oreal Hydra Moisturizer! I swear by this stuff! It does wonders for my skin.


When I’m in the sun a lot, I do not wear heavy makeup during the day. A tinted moisturizer is my go to. I have a few that I love but right now I have Nars so I will likely bring this with me. I linked a few others that I’ve tried and love. For the evening, I amp up my beauty looks a bit and typically do a full face.


I got a sew-in a couple weeks ago and will have this for the beach. While I would normally get braids before a trip like this, I have an important meeting right before my trip and I didn’t want to wear braids for it. My hair is naturally curly so I just spray it with water and define my curls using Ouai Wave Spray. This product was gifted to me earlier this month and I am so glad because I use it all the time right now.


Styling for the beach is easily my favorite. All you really need are a few great sundresses, swimsuits, cover-ups, sunglasses and some looks for dressing up a bit at night. Here is a sneak peek at a few things that will definitely be in my suitcase.

Where are you headed this summer? Let me know if there’s anything that is a “must pack” for you and your family!

Thanks for reading! XO – Steph

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