An Efficient Packing List for a Two Week Beach Vacation

July 26, 2022 (updated April 11, 2023) — Written by

Trying to pack for that upcoming beach vacation and feeling overwhelmed, even more so if you’re trying to shove it all into a carry-on (raises hand)? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this two week sunny destination packing list! I include recommendations for sunscreen products, toiletries to bring, books, outfits, shoes and so much more.

a woman stands on the beach looking out at the ocean
Walking along the ocean in Massachusetts.

By: Lisa Fennessy


I was so excited to be able to head home to Boston for two weeks this summer to spend time with friends and fam. I grew up in Boston, although I’ve lived in Atlanta for the past 5 years, and it’s slowly starting to feel like home too.

But packing for a summer trip to New England is always a challenge. You never know what you are going to get. Cold days. Cold nights. Hot days. A rare hot night. Rain. (Snow? lol.)

Because I could do it for a one-week trip to Italy and because it made my husband happy, I fit ALL the below into my compact / sustainable Paravel carry on + beach bag—and I thought you’d like to see what I brought along for the ride.

Enjoy these sustainable travel ideas!

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a woman standing up in a black hoodie and joggers
Wearing the Amreve hoodie and joggers.

Leisure clothes

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Workout clothes

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Lisa wearing a low cut black one-piece swimsuit with her left hand on her hip.
Wearing Londre The Minimalist swimsuit.
Lisa wearing Mara Hoffman's bikini set in Leopard.
Wearing the Mara Hoffman Abigail bikini top and the Lydia bikini bottom.


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Mukti’s Botanique Deodorant.


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My monogramed Paravel packing cubes.

Carry on

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What I wish I brought

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Packing List FAQ

What should I pack for a beach vacation?

I include recommendations for sunscreen products, toiletries to bring, books, outfits, shoes, and so much more in this post.

What toiletries should I bring on a beach vacation?

Samples and travel sized items are great to pack for vacation. See what I packed for my two-week beach vacation here.

Where should I shop for sustainable travel products on a beach vacation?

Lovetrust, Pact, Quince, Beauty Heroes and Paravel are all great options for sustainable travel products. Learn more here.

So, what’s your go-to packing tip?

xo, lisa in cursive

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


  1. Reply


    Did you really get all this into a carry on and bag? I just can’t believe it!!! Inspiration for me.

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    Lisa! We need a video tutorial on how you did this. It’s not that I don’t believe you. You’ve never steered me wrong but you may have super human packing abilities 🙂

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Michelle! To be honest, I was shocked when we typed this all up, it truly does look impossible lol. A lot of it is taking samples or travel sizes of personal care. Also, rolling items instead of folding them makes so much more room. Also, packing things inside of sneakers helps too. And lastly, don’t let the size of my tote fool you, it’s huge and it was full ; )

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