What’s in My Suitcase: Hawaii Edition + Vacation Essentials

January 27, 2023

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And we are off to Hawaii! Chris and I are headed to Maui with our good friends, and I’m so looking forward to lounging around on the beach, hitting the spa, and hopefully spotting some whales. As I’ve been preparing for this trip, I’ve had to get out of the cold mindset and envision warmth, although we’re going during one of the wet months. I’ll take it! We’ll be staying at a nice resort, enjoying their accommodations, eating yummy food, and one of the nights, we’re going to a magic show! Can’t wait. I thought it would be fun to show you what’s in my suitcase, along with some vacation essentials for any future “warmer” trips you might have coming up.


When it comes to swimsuits, there’s nothing worse than having to re-wear a wet swimsuit! They’re just impossible to put on. I’m bringing some options so I can have about one daily suit.


A cover-up is the best way to “dress up” a swimsuit. I’ve been obsessed with this summersalt cover-up for over a year, and here are some others I’m loving as well.


For vacation, I love tossing on a dress and heading to dinner. It feels so easy, effortless, and comfortable!

Shorts + Sets

I’m very into sets right now, and it’s new, but I love how they look, so I’m embracing it. It’s also good to have some shorts options to wear out and about or over a swimsuit.


Sandals are a must on vacation. Enough said.

Sun Hats

I always end up stealing Chris’s hat when we go on trips, so I finally got one for myself. I’m also love the visor look, plus it’s nice that you can lay down with it on.


You’ve got to have at least one really great pair of sunglasses, and one you wouldn’t mind if it got lost during an excursion.

Beach Essentials

From sunscreen, books, lip balm, binoculars, here are some essentials you might want to bring on your next trip.

Here’s what I’m bringing with me!

1. Effortless Shirtdress Cover-Up $95
2. Straw Beach Hat $26
3. Signature Poplin Oversized Shirt $85
4. Pull-On Shorts $49
5. Hunza G Domino Swim One Piece $225
6. AGOLDE Parker Long Vintage Shorts $138
7. HOKA Ora Recovery Slides $55
8. Necessaire Sunscreen $25
9. Fest Aviator Sunglasses $55
10. Anderson Mini $70
11. SPF Lip Balm $4

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What do you think?

  1. Liz says:

    Do you have a link for the suitcases you use?

  2. Kelley Lindes says:

    why 2 suitcases?
    what is really in there!!! hahah

  3. toni says:

    Hi, what are the suitcases.

  4. Kathy says:

    If that’s all you are taking you must not be staying very long. No underwear or bras???

  5. Rebecca says:

    Aloha! I follow you from Hawaii. You’ll love that magic show, it’s fantastic! Also, it’s been unseasonably dry here in the islands so you might have good luck with the weather. Enjoy your trip!

  6. Olivia says:

    I hope your sunscreen is reef friendly. Hawai’i, especially Maui is really working on hard in saving their reefs and have banned selling all sunscreen that damages the reef. Not sure how they Enforce it when people aren’t considerate and bring it but they’re not selling it. We just got home from HI-hope you have a great time.

  7. Lisa says:

    The spf lip balm selling for an outrageous $25 at Amazon is only $4 at Target.

  8. Ashley Ramirez says:

    Do you have a link to your suitcases? They’re so pretty!

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