Spring is technically right around the corner, but those lingering winds and that mild chill in the air makes it feel way more than just days away. When those in-between-season blues are getting you down, there's no better antidote than hopping on a plane to someplace warm with a swimsuit—and these other lightweight packable essentials—in tow for a weekend beach vacation.
Whether you're heading to a chill beachfront cabana in Tulum or a sleek hotel in Miami Beach, chances are that you'll be traveling by air and won't be able to bring along all the heavier items you might pack if you were in a car. In general, packing light is the way to go for off-season beach vacations (this is not the time to bring that extra-large inflatable ice cream cone), especially if it's just a long weekend in the sun.
You might want to leave your favorite (yet totally bulky) straw tote bag that you usually take to the beach, and swap it out for a more packable version. Layers like lightweight shawls and sarongs are great for both sun protection and evening beach walks. And compact organizing bags and pouches for both clothing and tech will make sure you can keep everything packed and within reach in your carry-on bag.
Below, see some of our favorite totally packable items for your weekend beach vacation.
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