Vacation Vibes | The Styles I Pack on Repeat

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! Sloan made it home from camp yesterday… sweaty, happy, and exhausted! We dumped everything straight in the washer, then re-packed for a weekend of wedding festivities in Montana! I’m so excited to celebrate my sister this weekend, and spend time with all our family (even Mr. College is flying in from Kansas!).

Then Mr. Sugarplum and I fly out Monday morning for our 25th anniversary trip!! It’s a tropical destination that’s been on my list since high school, and I can’t believe we’re finally going! So as you can imagine, it’s been a flurry of prepping and packing around here!

There’s no question I travel light for beach trips, and have a formula of styles and products that come with me almost every time. I do like to add a few new pieces for each trip, and Nordstrom is my one-stop vacation shop! They have a huge selection of everything from swimsuits and cover-ups to maxi dresses and sunscreen… plus all the travel essentials! And since I’m a self-admitted ‘panic shopper,’ the fast and free shipping always comes in handy, ha!

If you’re planning your own beach trips, here are some of the styles I’ve packed recently, along with a few new pieces I picked up for our trip next week!

Colorblock Midi Skirt (XS) (60% off!) | Racerback Tank | Similar Packable Hat | Similar Sunglasses

Cover-Up Dress | Straw Hat

Crewwneck Tee (XS) | Jean Shorts (size 26) | Flip Flops | Oversized Sunglasses

Oversized Button Down (XXS) | Pull-On Shorts (XS) | Similar Lifeguard Hat

Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit (size 4) | Maxi Dress | Similar Hat

Similar Packable Hat | Swim Cover-Up | Similar Sunglasses

Similar Sunglasses | Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen | Supergoop! Glow Stick | Supergoop! Glow Oil

Maxi Dress | Miller Sandals | Similar Crossbody Bag

Square Neck Top | Jean Shorts (size 26) | Flip Flops | Similar Hat | Similar Aviators | Similar KS Necklace

Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit (size 4) | Cover-Up Dress | Similar Hat | Similar SunglassesSupergoop! Unseen Sunscreen | Supergoop! Glow Stick

Ruffle Button Top | Jean Shorts (size 26) | Similar Hat | Similar Aviators | Similar KS Necklace | Similar Gold Hoops

Swim Cover-Up (Small) | Bikini Top (size 4) | Similar Lifeguard Hat | Heart Necklace | Similar Sunglasses

Bikini Top (size 4) | Oversized Button Down (XXS) | Pull-On Shorts (XS) | Similar Lifeguard Hat | Flip Flops | Similar Sunglasses | Similar Straw Bag

Square Neck Top | Jean Shorts (size 26) | Miller Sandals | Similar Crossbody Bag

Button-Down Shirt (XS) | Tie-Waist Pants (XS) | Similar Lifeguard Hat | Similar Sandals

Swimsuit (size 4) | Similar Palazzo Pants | Similar Packable Hat | Similar Sunglasses | Jewelry Set

Maxi Dress (XS) | Miller Sandals

Plunge Swimsuit (size 4 ) | Gauzy Pants | Flip Flops | Similar Packable HatSimilar Sunglasses

Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit (size 4)

Tiered Maxi Dress (XS) | Similar Sandals | Similar Lifeguard Hat | Similar Sunglasses

Palm Print Bikini Top (size 6) | Matching Bottoms (size 6) | Cover-Up | Flip Flips | Straw Tote Bag | Similar Sunglasses | Detangler Brush | Supergoop! Glow Stick | Supergoop! Glow Oil

Hoodie Cover-Up | Similar Hoop Earrings | Similar Packable Hat

Pocket Tee | Linen Shorts | Flip Flops | Similar NecklaceSimilar Sunglasses

Colorblock Midi Skirt (XS) | Racerback Tank | Similar Packable Hat | Similar Sunglasses


Here’s a handy packing checklist of beach essentials I use that might helpful for you!

Cross-Back Swim SuitPanama HatSquare SunglassesV-Neck Pocket Tee
Cover-Up DressMaxi DressStraw Tote BagDistressed Denim Shorts
Miller SandalsSlim Flip FlopsSupergoop! Sunscreen Travel KitShort Pajama Set



And don’t forget your comfy travel outfit… you know I reach for the Vuori Performance Joggers almost every time, and have been a long-time fan of Calpak. This suitcase and duffle combo is essential for that carry-on life!!

Vuori Performance Joggers | Similar Crewneck Tee | Jean Jacket | Similar Sneakers | Rolling Suitcase | Carry-On Duffle Bag | Hat Clip


The greatest thing about most beach vacations, is anything goes! As long as you have a swimsuit and SPF, the rest is bonus, right?! What essentials are always in your vacation suitcase? Better yet, what beach locations are on your travel agenda this year?!





*This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom and Collective Voice, but all product selections, opinions, and salty hair are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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  1. PATRICIA wrote:

    Places on your bucket list since high school? I’m guessing Tahiti! We cruised the Tahitian islands to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Fabulous time.

    Posted 6.16.23 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      WOW that cruise sounds absolutely dreamy!!!

      Posted 6.21.23 Reply