Our trip to San Diego this past weekend whetted my appetite for more beach-centered vacations. Fortunately, we’re off again in less than two weeks to Maui! Always the planner, I already have a working draft of my Hawaii packing list. I think I could get by for five days with just these 8 must haves.
one. I appreciate how easy a romper is since, like a dress, it’s a complete outfit. I love the contrasting colors and tassle detail of this one.
three. What do you do when your husband is significantly darker than you and thus, never mastered the art of applying sunblock? Buy a rashguard / sunshirt so every evening doesn’t devolve into an argument over whose fault your sunburn is. I bought this one from Lands End and love it.
four. Madewell is killing it. I think every item was specifically designed for California and this dress is no exception. I have several light, easy Madewell dresses set aside for Maui.
five. I prefer spray sunblock because it’s easier to apply and because it often means getting closer to the recommended amount for adequate coverage. Supergoop! feels lovely on your skin and doesn’t have that usual sunblock scent.
six. I never travel anywhere without a pair of Birkenstocks these days. I have both the Gizeh and Arizona styles and I prefer the Gizehs just a bit more. These are perfect from sun-up to sun-down.
seven. Even on tropical vacations, light outerwear is required, if only to remain comfortable on your flight. I’ve had my J.Crew denim jacket for five years now and I love how it gets a little more worn in every year.
eight. I love a floppy straw hat to stay cool and keep my face out of the sun. This one has an extra-wide brim and is under $25.