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What To Pack For A Key West Vacation

Your Key West vacation is coming up, which means it’s time to start organizing the most necessary belongings to take down for your island getaway. Luckily, with warm weather year round, and the undoubtable tropical vibes, packing for this trip should be simple, colorful, and enjoyable. 

Looking at how to prepare for afternoons lounging by or on the water, under the sun, or out on the town—we put together this guide on what to pack for a Key West vacation. 

All of Your Beach Gear

Key West is an island destination with some stellar beaches, and loads of watersport adventures and excursions. All this in mind, it’s important that your suitcase has some options for lounging in the sun, and getting wet. Going through the essentials—you’ll want to have at least a couple of different bathing suit options, sandals or flip-flops, sunglasses, beach towels, and breezy outerwear. 

If you find yourself down here and craving another option to wear to the beach, or mistakenly missing one of your flip-flops—fear not. The island is well stocked with outlets specializing in such attire and accessories. Some of our top recommendations for beach shopping on Key West include Bikini Village of Key West Florida, and Key West Swimwear. 

Sustainable Accessories 

Key West is a relatively well preserved piece of tropical nature, so the earth and sustainability are an important part of life down here. In addition to the various eco-tourism experiences surrounding Key West, there are a number of ways you can pack to help keep the earth safe, and your carbon footprint small. 

When packing for Key West, consider bringing your own water bottle to help diminish plastic waste from disposable ones. You can also research eco-friendly products like Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV sunscreen, and sustainable swimsuits from companies like Londre (who make their suits out of recycled plastic bottles) and The Hermoza. 

Your Finest Tropical Threads

Your sun-soaked getaway down to Key West won’t feel completely right until you don a colorful linen shirt. In addition to flower-adorned button-down shirts, also consider straw hats, sunglasses with croakies, and sun dresses. 

There are countless brands that offer the finest tropical threads out there. One classic that’s tried and true and sure to bring you into the Key West swing of things is Tommy Bahama. For some resortwear that is a little more upscale, you can also check out popular fashion brands like Rococo Sand, and Show Me Your Mumu. Island retail shops are well stocked with more tropical looks and wears. 

Something To Read

Coming to Key West is a relaxing experience, and if you’re so inclined, you can while away afternoons reading by the water. Pack away a few novels for your upcoming vacation. You can stay current and peruse trustworthy lists like the New York Times Best Sellers, and Oprah’s Book Club

If you’d like to take your reading into the spirit and history of Key West, consider packing a book by former resident and iconic author Ernest Hemingway. You could do the same with other former Key West locals with a literary pedigree such as Judy Blume, Wallace Stevens, and the ever-beloved Shel Silverstein. 

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Planning a Key West getaway? Learn more about our hotel here, so that you can experience Key West for yourself!

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