Pack the Essentials for a Great Hamptons Vacation

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or preparing for your first getaway, packing for your Hamptons vacation needs some special attention.

As a beach community, the Hamptons are at their best during the summer months, and you should bring along all the must-haves for a day at the beach and by the water. But, when you are ready to enjoy the Hamptons social scene, or relax with a sunset barbecue at the Bayview Resort, you will want to be ready with the right gear and attire. While we never condone overpacking (that takes the fun out of any trip), we do have some suggestions to help you be ready for all the fun the Hamptons will bring you.

Don't worry if you forgot the toothbrush – your innkeeper at this Hamptons resort will have a ready supply of the basic hotel amenities (and you can find your favorite brands in the very nearby shops).

A Day at the Beach or On the Water

A day at a Hamptons beach (or on the water) is the time for casual comfort, but be ready for heavy breezes and changing weather. That's just life by the shore.
  • Beach umbrella
  • Sandals/Flip flops
  • Water shoes
  • Beach toys for the littles
  • Beach towels (bring a couple of extras - the damp evenings can turn an almost dry towel into a clammy damp one by morning)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cooler
  • Chargers for your electronic devices
  • Bathing suit and cover up
  • Jacket/sweatshirt/sweater (those balmy ocean breezes can be chilly when the sun sets)
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses

Night Club/Pub Crawl

If you are planning to mingle with the In Crowd, you will have to dress it up a bit. As casual as the beach scene is, the Hamptons night life requires a bit of panache. Some establishments frown upon jeans and t-shirts, so play it safe it by bringing something with a bit of style.
  • I.D. Card
  • Designated Driver
  • Collared shirts for the gents
  • Long trousers (not jeans if its a really posh stop)

Dinner Out

If it's a burger joint or a fast food stop, then just about anything goes, but if you are planning an evening of fine dining, and you will have your pick of fine Hamptons restaurants, then you may need to dress it up a bit.
  • Collared shirt for the gents, and maybe a jacket and tie
  • No denim

Other useful items to have on hand

  • Insect repellant
  • Long pants and long sleeved shirt for hiking in the woods
  • Closed-toe shoes for hikes and bike rides