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I’m not an expert by any means – most of my female friends are still unmarried, but one of my best bachelorette parties was a ‘destination’ party. We all loaded into cars, drove into the mountains, and spent the weekend enjoying some sun, drinking, and celebrating our friend.
Admittedly, this wasn’t a conventional destination bachelorette party. Most of the time, you’ll head to some beautiful, sunny destination with a beach and/or pool… think Las Vegas, Cancun, Jamaica, or somewhere super exotic like Bali. ?
If you’re reading this, you probably have a party with friends in some beautiful destination on the horizon. Here are my top tips on what to pack for your destination bachelorette party.
Quick Facts about Destination Bachelorette Parties
- A good rule of thumb for all bachelorette parties is that the bride has the final say about what you’re doing and where you’re going. If you’ve got a weekend of sightseeing versus a weekend of laying by the beach, be sure to ask the bride and adjust your packing list accordingly.
- A second rule is to never outshine the bride. This might sound petty, and the bride might not even care, but it’s polite to let the guest of honor have her moment to shine. This means two things:
- You can certainly dress in fun, bright colors, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of looking like you’re trying to steal the spotlight.
- Don’t wear white. White is the bride’s color. Just like you wouldn’t wear white to the wedding, the same rule applies here.
To be clear, I am seriously not the most fashionable nor most experienced at bachelorette parties. These are just packing rules I’ve learned from my experience with amazing friends I’ve gotten to celebrate with.
Quick Glance: What to Pack for a Destination Bachelorette Party
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Details: What to Pack for a Destination Bachelorette Party
Given that you need to strike a balance between cute and overshadowing the bride, here are my suggestions on what you should pack.
- A Maxi Dress. You’ll need something cute to wear for cocktails or in the evening, and a fun, bold maxi dress with minimal white is perfect.
- A Bright Bikini. If you’re putting in pool time or soaking up some rays from the beach, an eye-catching bikini is perfect. I love this high-neck patterned one, though the tan lines might be a bit funny!
- A Cover-Up. If, like me, you love bright colors, this Day-Glo cover up is a fun choice. If you want something a little more conservative and traditional, here’s a great option.
- Comfy Shorts. For walking to and from the pool or just lounging about over brunch in the hotel suite, these sweats shorts are cute and colorful.
- A Peplum Top. I’m pretty sure peplum looks great on almost every body shape, and this is a super cute option for daytime sightseeing with the bridal entourage.
- A Contrasting Skirt. This cute but subtle lacy skirt is also a good addition to your wardrobe. With this, opt for a subdued tone.
- Wedges. Skip the crazy strappy stilettos and go for something comfy – you’ll thank me when you’re still out at 3 am! I always recommend Toms wedges as my go-to comfortable heel option.
- Flats. As usual, I can’t speak highly enough about Tieks. If you want a flat that can handle daytime fun to nighttime dancing, there’s no better choice than Tieks. (Read my review here!)
- Flip Flops. While enjoying the pool or beach, you need a cute pair of flip flops. These are a good option.
- Sunglasses. Beaches, pools, sunshine. Yes, please! These super cute sunglasses will make a statement – but not too loud of one.
Remember, this works best if you’re headed to a warm, sunny location with a beach/pool. Be sure to add layers as needed for cooler climates!
Congratulations to the Bride! ????
This post was originally written in August 2015, and updated in March 2017. It contains links to the Amazon Affiliate program.