TRAVEL | Essentials for Miami Beach

To my dearest:

Happy Thursday everyone! Wow! I have an exciting announcement to make! Today is the start of my newest edition *drum rolls* — my new travel series! YAY! #OpheliaWanderlust all day every day please! Just kidding! Every Thursday starting from now through the month of June, I’ll be featuring snippets of my latest travel to Miami Beach! Hooray! Isn’t it perfect for the summer months coming by?!

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I’m flying out to Miami Beach June 4th with my bestie/assistant! So I really have to start packing! I actually had a hard time figuring out what I should pack, because I tend to always want to bring my whole life. I have this fear that resides in me, where I feel like I’m always forgetting something or need something and won’t have it. So, I figured I can share with you all my packing list, so that if you guys plan to visit, you can easily use mine! Thoughtful aren’t I! *wink wink*

Essentials to Pack

hello sunshine sunhat

ONE. Sunhat
This is the one that you should definitely consider having when traveling to Miami Beach! It serves as a fashion statement and protects you from UV rays! Need I say more? (Mine is from Amazon.)

swim suit bikini floral

TWO. Swim suits
Oh yes please! You’ll be spending plenty of time lounging in the sun here, there, everywhere. So prepare one, two, no… three depending on how many days you’re staying in Miami!

dv sandals

THREE. Sandals & Flip Flops
You’re going to be needing these! Pick one to two pairs! They’re going to be your everything! I mean heels are nice, but they’re not a must have. These will be the shoes that you wear during the beach, sightseeing, or maybe even to dinner. (Mine are from Dolce Vita)

beach cover up

FOUR. Tunic/Cover Up
Oh boy. You’re going to need this. The weather in Miami is hot, but you never know where you’re going next and the last thing you want is to catch a cold. Remember. You think it’s crazy hot, but don’t forget there may be AC blasting somewhere or the temperature might drop during the evening.

stylish sunglasses

FIVE. Stylish Sunglasses
Girl. You can not forget sunglasses and make them stylish! Miami Beach is the place to shine in sunglasses! Mine are from sunglasses.la because they’re so affordable — at about $10 each. When I travel, I’m afraid of bringing along my designer glasses because I’m afraid I might misplace them. That. And honestly, sunglasses.la have sooo many stylish styles! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for an exclusive 25% off!)

belief skincare travel pack

SIX. Skincare
Even though you’re away from home, don’t forget your skin care routine. It’s important, especially after a day in the sun and with the sand blowing at your face the entire day. I usually use rose water spray and blended oils. But for the purpose of convenience, I am bringing my belief travel kit. Don’t forget ladies, there’s a 3.4 oz (100 mL) limit per item for domestic flights! I would hate for you to have your expensive skin care products confiscated!

Other things to consider for your packing list

  • Beach Bag
  • Camera
  • Charger for all electronics
  • Umbrella (don’t forget to check weather forecast before you go!)
  • High Heels
  • Dresses
  • Toiletries
  • Razor
  • Lip balm
  • Make up/Makeup Remover
  • Hair dryer
  • Curling or Straightening Iron
  • Perfume
  • Deodorant
  • Medication
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Contacts Solution
  • Sunscreen

I originally put sunscreen as an essential, but considering the amount you should be applying daily, I think it’s best to buy it at a drug store when you get to Miami. And remember, don’t fret if you forgot something or don’t want to bring everything, because you can basically get everything at Miami! I’m actually planning on bringing one outfit less, so I have an excuse to go shopping at Miami! How does that sound to you?

miami beach travel essentials

Thanks for tuning in to my first travel post! Cheers to many more to come! To celebrate, I partnered with sunglass.la to bring you all 25% off their already affordable stylish sunglasses! What a steal! Use code “OPHELIA25” for an exclusive 25% off from June 1st to June 10th! Have fun shopping and stocking up for the summer! Also let me know what else you guys would be interested in learning about for Miami! Have a good weekend everyone!

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Sincerely Ophelia

Sincerely Ophelia

Hi! It’s Ophelia! I’m just a fun-size petite Asian girl living life in NYC, with a big heart for the love of life. I'm an overshareer of all sorts and enjoy inspiring others. Through this blog, I hope to share my styling ideas, shopping finds, latest trends, and solutions to everything related to fashion and beauty.

For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
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34 Comments

  1. mihabalancom
    June 1, 2017 / 3:18 AM

    So jealous of you going to Miami. I went there almost 2 years ago and it was honestly so nice, I felt like I belong there. Hope you have a great time and looking forward to see pictures.

  2. June 1, 2017 / 5:51 AM

    I always bring multiple bathing suits. That way if one is in the wash or hang drying, I have another.

  3. June 1, 2017 / 7:12 AM

    I think it’s easier for men to pack light. I just throw a few things in a bag and I’m usually good to go. I do, however, tend to buy a lot of things at my destination, so I don’t bother packing stuff like soap and shampoo. Thanks for the post. Enjoy your trip.

  4. thehouseturnedhome
    June 1, 2017 / 8:27 AM

    Miami Beach looks beautiful! I love the shoes, I would wear them everywhere!

  5. Jenn JG
    June 1, 2017 / 10:38 AM

    My neck of the woods. Being in south florida I always say the more bathing suits the better. Love the hat too

  6. Amber
    June 1, 2017 / 3:10 PM

    I love your list. I wish I were closer to a beach. We do have one 3 hours away, but I don’t think we’ll make it this summer. Maybe next. I do love a good pair of shades and a hat!

  7. June 1, 2017 / 3:38 PM

    Very Useful tips for packing !! love these shades very trendy

  8. Deanna
    June 1, 2017 / 4:24 PM

    This is such a great list. I love making lists to prepare for trips. These are all summer essentials!

  9. June 1, 2017 / 6:24 PM

    I need to print this list out and keep it for whenever I go away! I always forget something important! (Like my camera!)

  10. June 1, 2017 / 6:29 PM

    These are all so cute! I love the sandals and the sun hat is adorable.

  11. June 1, 2017 / 6:38 PM

    Sunhats are definitely key and great for protection against the sun. I would love an embroidered one and I do need some more swimsuits as well!

  12. Claudia Krusch
    June 1, 2017 / 10:55 PM

    I love your hat. It will be perfect for your trip to Miami Beach> I went a few years ago and would love to go back.

  13. Ayushi Arora
    June 2, 2017 / 3:02 AM

    these look amazing, it seems that you have a fun time there, the essentials you have listed are truly important, in these vacations I am also thinking to visit the sea side. The post would help a ton

  14. June 2, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    Ohh that sunhat is so adorable! I love your list too. Indeed a must bring items.

  15. June 2, 2017 / 12:18 PM

    This is an awesome list! I make sure that I have everything that I need to take care of my skin. I never forget about the skin care products that I use for the summer especially when we’re going to the beach.

  16. June 2, 2017 / 12:58 PM

    Sounds like you are all ready for your trip. It should be really exciting and always best to go with friends. I would love to visit Miami Beach. And you are going on National Cheese Day. haha! Have loads of fun and definitely take care of that skin!!!

  17. June 2, 2017 / 1:34 PM

    Literally obsessed with your picks! I need a trip to the beach ASAP!

  18. June 2, 2017 / 1:39 PM

    You inspired my next vacation! And your pics are AMAZING!!!

  19. June 2, 2017 / 1:53 PM

    Great list of must-haves! I agree with an earlier comment – it’s so much easier for men to pack light! I doubt they even make lists – LOL!

  20. June 2, 2017 / 2:08 PM

    Beautiful! I would love to go to Miami, I live in Northern California… it’s a little far for now. Love your photos!

  21. Michelle
    June 4, 2017 / 10:49 AM

    Not much of a beach person but it’ll come in handy for my next summer road trip 🙂

    It’s winter in Australia right now haha.

    Just tried to purchase some sunnies then realised my credit card was downstairs. So excited to put them through in the morning though! (I’m in bed and too lazy to move) thanks so much for sharing!

    Can’t wait to share my sunglass.la purchase with you xD

  22. June 4, 2017 / 5:09 PM

    I love your list of travel essentials! I never know what to packa nd always seem to miss something!

  23. June 5, 2017 / 10:00 AM

    Ooooo so many great things listed!!! Swimwear and sunglasses are definitely a must for any Miami trip

  24. June 5, 2017 / 10:19 AM

    I love the photos of your post 🙂 They make me want to travel to Miami immediately! Can’t wait for my next beach holiday! X

  25. June 5, 2017 / 7:28 PM

    I love this. I always forget something during travel.

  26. June 7, 2017 / 1:40 PM

    I love this post, I saw that hat on the Wendy Williams show just yesterday. I love that they have saying on them.

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