Although the Hamptons is synonymous with sprawling estates, the ultra-wealthy, and celebrity-packed white parties, you don’t have to dress like you’re walking the red carpet when you go there. (That is, unless you’re super fancy and get invited to said white party.) A few weeks ago, Matt and I spent a weekend in Amagansett in East Hampton. Summer in the Hamptons is delightful, so if you ever make it out there and need some help, here’s a complete packing list of what to bring.
Hamptons Summer Packing List
What to Pack for a Short Hamptons Beach Day
Chances are if you’re going to the Hamptons for a weekend in the summer, you’ll be going to the beach for a few hours.
Don’t forget to pack these beach essentials:
- Swim cover up
- Beach Sandals
- Beach Tote
- A book to read
Most hotels provide towels for guests but if you’re staying at a house or want to bring your own beach towel, make sure that finds its way into your bag.
To save space in my overnight bag, I brought these waterproof Birkenstock slides and used them as both beach sandals and daytime sandals.
Other Hamptons Summer Packing List Essentials
A Hamptons summer packing list includes the usual warm weather suspects: dresses, tank tops, and shorts.
However, due to its beachfront location the weather can be unpredictable in the Hamptons, even in the summer. Be sure you have a light jacket or sweater and a pair of jeans on your Hamptons packing list just in case the clouds roll in.
If you’re heading out to a nice dinner, pack a maxi and some sandals. For a list of places to dine, check out this post I wrote on what to do in East Hampton.
The Hamptons has many well-known workout studios from the city that made their way out east. If you’re not looking for an official workout while you’re on vacation, you still should pack a pair of sneakers and walking clothes. Most parts of the Hamptons are generally sleepy in the mornings, so take advantage of this laid-back environment. Enjoy a relaxing walk into town for breakfast or through the neighborhoods before you start your day.
Don’t forget a chic overnight bag for your weekend trip! A place as fabulous as the Hamptons requires some seriously chic travel gear, no?
My bag and clear vanity case are both by Paravel (gifted). I use the larger bag as a computer tote whenever I’m in the city, but it’s the perfect size for a weekend trip. Although it looks small, this bag fit 2 dresses, a pair of jeans and a top, my swimsuit, pajamas, a coverup, my hair straightener, glasses, book, and a pair of shoes. And I love that the vanity case is clear so I can see inside, but is also chic enough to hold.