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Headed to the popular summer vacation spot of Virginia Beach? We’ve got tips for summer and fall trips. Here’s what to wear in Virginia Beach on vacation!
What to Wear in Virginia Beach on Vacation
Written By: Casey Carr-Jones
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Located in southeastern Virginia, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is known for its boardwalks, scenic oceanfront, and family-friendly activities. From amusement parks and aquariums to golf, fishing, and festivals, there’s something here for everyone. So what do you wear?
So, what to pack for a Virgina Beach break?
Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
- Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
- Summer Maxi Dresses
- Versatile Beach Dresses
- 23 Best One-Piece Swimsuits
- Stylish Summer Shorts for Women
Virginia is known for a temperate climate and ideal vacation temperatures in summer and fall. Summers at Virginia Beach can range from 80-90°F and fall temperatures range from 60-80°F.
During busy season, clothing style in Virginia Beach is quintessential beach town. There are many shopping boutiques downtown for you to explore!
Virginia Beach Packing List for Summer and Fall
With water temperatures in the 60s and 70s, be sure to bring a swimsuit that can handle the surf! Try a high-neck style bathing suit to make sure you’re fully covered after a big wave!
You could even slip a rash guard over your swimsuit to really keep protected when catching the waves. They also protect you from the rays of the sun.
Here are the best swimwear trends of the season!
A cute floral coverup will protect you from the sun and serve as a cute, makeshift dress if you head off the beach for an ice cream cone or a cocktail.
Choose one made in a lightweight material, and try to keep away from fabrics like polyester, as these will make you sweat more.
These are the best swimsuit coverups of the season!
Beach flip flops
Instead of boring black flip flops, try a neon or printed pair, like animal print. Go casual; you’re on vacation!
Beach flip flops are good as they won’t get destroyed by walking in them with wet or sandy feet (suede styles like Birkenstocks are no good for the beach).
Check out the best beach sandals for travel–you can use some of them for trips away from the sea, too!
Beach tote bag
Choose one roomy enough for all of your belongings. I also recommend keeping your phone, and other gadgets, in a ziplock bag inside your beach bag to stop it getting wet or sandy.
Check out these beach bags and totes you can use for a pool or sea side trip!
Graphic Tee + Jean Shorts
A light-hearted tee or cute top gives off great vacay vibes and pairs perfectly with a pair of frayed jean shorts.
Denim shorts never go out of style and are a wardrobe staple year in year out, especially at beach towns. Invest in a comfortable pair that fit well and you have a capsule piece that will last for many trips to come!
These stylish summer shorts for women will take you from day to night, city to sea, and so much more!
Running on the boardwalk is very popular, as well as jogging at Mount Trashmore Park and First Landing State Park. Pack a pair of cropped running tights, your favorite tank top, and sneakers to take advantage of the picturesque trail routes.
If you’re traveling light, a pair of leggings and a slouchy tee can also double as pajamas on a short break.
Find out how to rock the athleisure wear trend on your next trip!
You can’t bring your big beach tote on a roller coaster, so be sure to have a smaller clutch that can secure to your wrist for safety. Make sure it’s big enough to hold your money, credit cards, phone, and keys.
Here’s a roundup of the best money belts and anti-theft accessories to theft-proof your gear!
Bring along a versatile sundress you can wear with metallic sandals during the day and with a pair of wedges at night for the sunset and cocktails. Try a super-saturated color or a bold floral pattern to be on-trend. And don’t forget to bring a light cardigan in case the ocean breeze makes you chilly.
Try a super-saturated color or a bold floral pattern to be on-trend. And don’t forget to bring a light cardigan in case the ocean breeze makes you chilly.
Take a look at the latest trends with these cute summer dresses!
If you’re looking to do a sunset cruise, bring a formal dress. Try a coral color or bright blue, both of which look flattering with tan skin.
Remember to bring accessories, such as statement earrings, or a blingy necklace, to finish the look.
Learn the cruise dress code for casual and formal dinner attire, as well as resort wear on board!
- September and October are ideal times to visit, as the weather is still warm but the rental rates are more affordable. As an added bonus, the beaches are much less crowded.
- Do some research on local events during your stay–Virginia Beach hosts craft beer festivals, the Rock and Roll half marathon, wine festivals, a strawberry festival, and more, which may affect your packing list.
What are your tips on what to wear to Virginia Beach? Please share in the comments!
We also recommend these packing tips for beach vacation:
- Best Swimsuit Coverups
- Best Beach Towels for Travel
- Best Beach Bags and Totes for Vacation
- Versatile Beach Sandals
- Shoes For Your Summer Getaway
- Fashionable Summer Accessories
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet USA (Country Guide)
- Lonely Planet New York & the Mid-Atlantic’s Best Trips (Travel Guide)
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Author Bio: Casey Carr-Jones is a part-time writer and full-time #girlboss, traveling the world while writing and managing a resume review business. Learn more about her adventures on A Packed Suitcasey or on Instagram.