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Women’s Packing List For a 5-Day Miami Vacation

From clothing and necessities to essentials and other stuff


When you pack for a trip to Miami envision what you’ll be doing on vacation. Are your plans to relax on the beach all day and then put on your new strapless dress to party at LIV? Maybe you plan to take a boat cruise around the celebrity homes and then dine alfresco on Lincoln Road. Or maybe you want to visit the Everglades and then take salsa lessons at Yuca. Picture what you’ll be doing and what you’d like to wear doing it!

Packing light is all about choosing pieces that mix and match and do double duty. Whatever you decide to do, this list has you covered!


  • flip flops or sandals
  • tunic/cover up
  • shorts
  • tank top
  • bikinis
  • beach bag
  • straw hat
  • sunglasses
  • headband/hair ties


  • jeans for the plane and chilly temps
  • short sleeveless dress
  • casual sundress
  • belt
  • shorts
  • 4 tank tops, short sleeve T’s
  • light cardigan
  • fleece/sweatshirt for the plane and chilly temps
  • rain jacket
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • bra
  • flip flops
  • comfortable shoe/sneaker for walking

Clothing- Evening

  • high heels
  • dressy wedge sandal
  • dressy flat sandal
  • sexy dresses
  • strapless bra
  • evening bag
  • scarf/pashmina
  • pajamas


  • facial cleanser
  • toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
  • soap/body wash
  • shampoo/conditioner (color protect or anti-frizz)
  • razor/shaving cream
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm, with SPF 15
  • body moisturizer
  • after-sun alove vera gel
  • brush/comb
  • hairdryer
  • perfume
  • deodorant
  • makeup
  • condoms/birth control pills
  • aspirin
  • feminine hygiene products
  • nail file/tweezers
  • glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Other Stuff

  • camera
  • phone charger
  • travel umbrella

Miami Necessities

Stylish sunglasses, flip flops, swimsuits, high heels/sexy dresses for the clubs, and a cozy sweatshirt for chilly temps and bus rides.

Packing Essentials

  • Don’t panic if you forget any of your toiletries, there are many drugstores.
  • When checking your bag at the airport, ask to see the sticker they put on your bag. Make sure it has your name and correct destination.
  • Check the extended weather forecast-it’s not always 83 degrees and sunny.
  • Miami has amazing shopping so if you want a new dress or bikini, get it in Miami!

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About the Author:

Christy offers a fresh perspective on life and style in Miami. You can reach her at Miami Beach 411.

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