Why does it seem like the week leading up to vacation is total chaos?? There are always a million boxes to check off, whether it’s finding a sitter for the fur babies, helping the kiddos wrap up a school project, or getting your affairs at work in order so the whole place doesn’t crumble while we’re gone. And to top it off, we have the whole packing fiasco. What do we bring to this unknown land? What are we going to do when we get there? What’s the weather going to be like? We often wonder at times if the whole hustle and bustle of pre-vacation is even worth the getaway. Well, let me assure you, my friend, it definitely is. With this list of tricks and tips, we’re hoping your next packing experience to Newport will feel a little less hectic….

Trick #1: Planning for Paradise

Before your beach getaway, research what Newport has to offer and check the weather, especially during the winter months (Nov-Feb) when Orange County can get into the 50s at night, and occasionally, some rain. Create a checklist of essentials to ensure you're well-prepared.

Bonus Trick: Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a basic travel printable to help with those easy-to-forget packing details.

Trick #2: Mastering the Art of Packing

Choosing the right suitcase or carry-on bag is crucial for efficient packing. Opt for size, durability, and ease of transport. Organize strategically to maximize space and roll clothes to save room and reduce wrinkles.

Bonus Trick: Consider using a roller suitcase to skip the checked luggage process and take advantage of free stowed-away carry-ons and under-seat bags for a smoother airport experience. 

Tip #1: The Obvious

Stay protected from UV rays and keep energized and hydrated during your beach stay. Pack portable snacks like granola bars and nuts, bring a reusable water bottle, and prepare a beach-friendly picnic. Don’t fret too much about food prep though. There are plenty of local food joints within walking distance to appease any and all appetites! Below are a few basic essentials to make for a comfy beach day….




Bathing Suit


Beach Bag

Beach Towel

Clothes that are easy to slide on/off

Something warm (temps can fluctuate through-out the day)

Reusable water bottle

Beach snacks


Bonus Tip: If you book with Beachview, towels and beach chairs are included, and you can rent goodies like body boards and bikes for a fun-filled beach day. 

Tip #2: The Not So Obvious

While it's obvious that Newport is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, did you know it's also surrounded by remarkable trails welcoming walkers, bikers, and our furry pals? Additionally, Newport (and its neighboring cities) offers a vibrant entertainment and dining experience. Here are some packing tips to make the most of your days and thrill your nights:

Active gear: Don’t forget to pack some comfortable sneakers for your daytime adventures.

Casual/dressy attire: For your night out on the town, no need to get too dressy, as Newport has a relaxed vibe.

Cash: Although you can use cards for most purchases, carrying some cash is helpful for spontaneous adventures, like riding the Balboa Island Ferry—an experience children will love.

Bug repellent: Depending on where your adventures take you, there is a chance of encountering mosquitos on evening hikes, but only during the humid season (July-October).

Bonus Tip: For long walks or hikes, a hydration backpack is a hands-free and convenient option to carry water, keys, and your phone. 


Extra Bonus Tip: If you’re curious about Newport’s fashion culture, here are some links to explore Newport attire trends.

Common Thread Boutique

Faherty Newport Beach

Now you’re all set for a relaxing and enjoyable beach getaway to Newport! Have a fantastic trip!

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