The Packing List – Aruba

Happy Christmas week, y’all! I can’t believe we are just a few days away from the holiday. I’m really looking forward to relaxing and spending time with family over the next few days! On Friday Nick and I are heading to Aruba with my family and I couldn’t be more excited! Since we are all older, we have chosen to go on a trip as a family instead of exchanging big gifts for the past few years! We always have the best time & make new memories, which is better than any gift!

Since the holiday season can be a bit chaotic, I have been trying to make my packing list so that I’m not running around attempting to pack at the last minute! I have almost everything packed for our trip, so today I thought I would share my packing list with y’all!

I’ll be signing off for a few days to spend time with family & friends, so wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! I am so grateful for this space, this community & the friends and connections I have made with you all over the past 8 years! Wishing you all lots of happiness as we end the year and begin a new one! xo

The Packing List: Aruba

  1. PRINTED MIDI DRESS | This dress is part of the Sail to Sable resort collection and I think it’s adorable!
  2. CLARE V. CROSSBODY BAG | This is one of my favorite bags to take on vacation! It’s small, easy to pack and holds the essentials!
  3. BOOKS | I’m having the hardest time narrowing down what books I want to take! We will be gone for seven days so I’m hoping to be able to read quite a bit. I’m bringing ARCs (advanced reader copies) of American Dirt, You Are Not Alone & Big Lies in a Small Town with me, along with a few others!
  4. SONY A5100 CAMERA | This is a great travel camera to bring! It’s lightweight and it has wifi capabilities, meaning you can send the photos straight to your phone!
  5. MZ WALLACE METRO TOTE | This is hands down my favorite tote to use as a carry on when traveling! It’s so light (weighs almost nothing!) and can hold EVERYTHING! I always joke that it’s my Mary Poppins bag because it holds so much and never feels heavy or full!
  6. LESPORTSAC COMPACT BAG | I always toss this bag inside my carryon to keep everything a bit more organized. it has two outside pockets for the things I need to quickly grab.
  7. MADEWELL BEACH TOTE | This tote folds up flat, so it’s easy to pack. I like that it has shoulder straps and top handles. It can hold a lot for a day at the beach!
  8. BLACK MIDI COVERUP | I got these a few years ago and I love it! It allows you to look put together if you happen to walk to grab lunch from the beach or pool.
  9. SUPERGOOP SUNSCREEN | I have been wearing Supergoop since about 2015 and I can’t say enough great things about the brand. I never burn & I love the way this sunscreen smells!
  10. TURQUOISE TASSEL EARRINGS | You can’t go wrong with a fun pair of statement earrings!
  11. GREEN SWIMSUIT COVERUP | I love how colorful this coverup is! it comes in a few different color ways here.
  12. STRIPED ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT | I can’t get over how cute this swimsuit is!! I love the colors in it!
  13. LIGHT BLUE EMBROIDERED MIDI DRESS | This is such an easy dress to throw on while on vacation!
  14. KAREN WALKER SUNGLASSES | I always bring a few pair of sunglasses with me on vacation & these are always included.
  15. PRINTED SWING DRESS | This dress is so cute in person & I love that it can be worn casually or dressed up a bit.
  16. SAM EDELMAN GOLD SANDALS | These sandals go with everything and they are so comfortable to walk around in.
  17. AGOLDE SHORTS | I didn’t understand the hype of these shorts until I put them on. I wore them all last summer and really love them! I have the Dee Ultra High Rise version and love the longer length.
  18. ANEMONE PINK EARRINGS | I thought these were such fun earrings!
  19. RHINESTONE STRAP SANDALS | As soon as I saw these I added them to my cart! They’ll be cute with shorts and dresses alike.
  20. STONEY CLOVER LANE SPF CASE | This SPF case is great to store all fo your sunscreen and keep your beach bag organized.
  21. LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT | This skirt is such a great find. It’s affordable and will be perfect for vacation. I like that I could also pair it with a sweat and booties for winter too!
  22. WRAP ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT | I ordered this swimsuit for our trip and I can’t get over how nice it is for the price. It’s also extremely flattering and comes in 2 other colors.
  23. LEOPARD PRINT HEADBAND | I have heard it’s a bit windy in Aruba, so I’m bringing a few headbands to keep my hair out of my face.
  24. WHITE SWIM COVERUP | This $20 coverup is one that I bring with me anytime I’m heading somewhere warm! It looks so much nicer than it’s price tag!

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  1. Rachel wrote:

    I love that you guys take a trip together versus giving gifts – Such a fun way to spend the holidays! Love everything on your packing list, it’s making me want to plan a warm vacation.

    Merry Christmas!!


    Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  2. Lizzie wrote:

    We’ve talked about doing this too! I’d love to take a trip instead of give gifts – hopefully next year <3 Have so much fun in Aruba!


    Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  3. Rach wrote:

    Aruba sounds amazing! Have so much fun! I have my eye on that olive green one-piece!

    Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  4. Hillary Conheady wrote:

    Ah have such a great time!! You packed some pretty cute items!

    Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  5. Aruba has a such a nice weather. Loved these picks! Enjoy the holidays! Merry Christmas

    Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  6. Lee wrote:

    Aw that’s so nice that you’re doing a family trip! Youll LOVE Aruba, I go every year it’s the best! I’ve actually got a bunch of blog posts if you’re interested on the best restaurants, the best things to do etc!

    Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  7. tanvi wrote:

    How wonderful. I was in Aruba over July 4th and now can’t wait to go back next year again. Have fun!

    Posted 12.24.19 Reply
  8. Kristina wrote:

    Omg have so much fun and hope you plan to see the flamingos!!

    Posted 12.27.19 Reply
  9. Perfect pics!! Now I need to book a trip to get away asap lol xoxo sarah

    Posted 1.9.20 Reply

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