How many swimsuits do I need?

posted 1 year ago in Travel
Post # 31
752 posts
Busy bee

tinneranne2 :  I am in the exact same boat as you! Our honeymoon is 2 weeks long (luckily still a while away) and I didn’t even consider buying another suit! I’ll have to buy another one (or several it appears) in order to be safe 😱

Post # 32
3451 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

For an all-inclusive resort (especially if you don’t plan to venture off) bathing suits are your main fashion opportunity. I went on a 7-day vacation recently and took 7 bathing suits. Actually, only 3 were proper bikinis. The rest were bottoms and tops that could be mixed and matched so my total possible options was somewhere around 10. I had them all in one single packing cube and the space/weight it took up in my luggage was negligible. I made a lookbook on Pinterest to help me organize it. Happy to share if you want to see btw. Those plus a couple of super cute cover-ups (printed kimono inspired robes are very “in” right now), some denim cutoffs and flowy dresses had me slaying on a daily basis. I know you said you’re not super into swimsuits, but you still have 11 days until you leave, which is enough time to treat yourself to one or two fierce bathing suits since it’s a special trip.

Post # 33
5755 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I can’t believe how many people would only pack two swimsuits for a two week holiday! 

Wearing two swimsuits that frequently without a proper washing machine doesn’t sound appealing to me, particularly on a honeymoon. 

I would probably pack around 6-10 depending on the activities.

Post # 34
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

3/4.  A suit can sometimes take forever to dry, and like pps said, you might get into the water more than once a day.

I don’t like wearing damp swimsuits, either. Even though they’re used for swimming, I usually wear them under my coverup dresses as underwear until I get in the water. Sitting at a meal in damp undies seems extremely unpleasant.

If possible, I’d recommend skipping a pair of shoes in order to carry extra swim/ sun gear. I realize that because of the sand and water everywhere, I rarely wear heels at resorts. Flip flops, flat leather sandals, one pair of sneakers and one pair of go with everything leather wedges was plenty. 

Post # 35
869 posts
Busy bee

I would take four.  And since I’m a little OCD about tan lines, I’d make sure they all fit in slightly different ways.  

Also, at stores like Everything But Water, they carry small bottles of concentrated bathing suit detergent.  You can wash your suits in the sink, no problem. 

Post # 36
1745 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We only had a 1 week honeymoon in Florida,  but I still brought 5 swimsuits,  mostly because we took southwest airlines,  which meant I could bring 2 bags and had the space for them. I probably only wore 2 though,  but I’m a chronic overpacker 

Post # 37
2099 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

First of all, have a great time! Second, I am really impressed by the number of swimsuits people here own! 8, 10, and even 18! I have maybe 2 and feel the need to revisit this issue now.

Post # 38
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Personally, I cannot find that many that I like or feel good in. I would do 2 at a minimum and 4 max.

Post # 39
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Personally I would take 4-5. I’ve been to an all-inclusive resort before, and I would go to the ocean/pool multiple times a day, and in between I’d usually want to change. I brought 3 swimsuits on my week-long vacation and I wished I had brought more.

Post # 40
3630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

SisterJude :  I think my answer would depend on how you plan to spend your time during the 16 days. My husband and I are active and do a lot of excursions/tours/activities on vacation and don’t spend as much time lounging on the beach or by the pool. Some of those activities involved being in the water ex. kayaking, snorkeling, etc., so if you have an idea of how you’ll be spending your time, that might help you decided on how many swimsuits you need. I would probably take 4 for the length of your trip, and that would be me packing lightly! lol 

Post # 41
30 posts

I took 2 tankinis to switch off and one bikini, for days I was feeling good. Also brought a sport bikini top (more sports bra style) and a long sleeved water shirt for snorkeling paddle boarding etc. I’m pale af. As much as I love the sun, I have to dose it! I also brought a lot of cover-ups and dresses. They pack down pretty small and everything gets sweaty and damp with the humidity. So I was happy to have a lot. Have fun!

Post # 42
1062 posts
Bumble bee

I have a bikini addiction!  No lie.  I own like 35 of them.  But I live in a hot climate and have a pool, and travel often to the carribean to snorkel, snuba, etc.  So I would never leave on a beach trip with less than 7 for a 2 week trip and more than likely, I would bring 10.  I too like to mix it up to avoid weird tan lines, and if you are in a humid, tropical environment, it can take awhile to dry out your suits.  putting on a wet suit = no bueno.  

Post # 43
2482 posts
Buzzing bee

For me, it more about functionality than picking a random number.

I’m bringing 3 bikinis (1 for lounging, 1 standard, 1 sexy) and 1 one-piece on our 3-week honeymoon. We’ll be on the coast in Croatia for a week of that and on the coast in Greece for a week of that, so about the same amount of beach time as you.

I have a really really pretty, comfy one that’s a tad loose on top, but that’s great for poolside.

Then there’s a standard one with safe “fit” to the the top and bottom to be more athletic in – snorkling or volleyball, etc. 

Then I have a very teeny tiny, strappy one that’s just for our private pool in Santorini.

And the 1-piece just for variety and the additional “security” of it – think water skiing or cliffside climbing, if we wind up on any crazy excursions. 

Post # 44
9568 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I like to always have 2 bathingsuits, 3 is even better. They’re so tiny they take almost no space, and i HAAAATE getting in a wet bathing suit.  Having two is nice so you can put on something dry for lunch/a nap/etc… and then get in a fresh suit in the afternoon.  3 is nice if the first isn’t dry by the next morning, but honestly I never had that issue.. the A/C is generally strong enough to dry anything out, lol.

Make sure at least one option is one you would feel comfortable doing laps/diving in, if you plan on doing anything active (zip-lining, snorkeling, scuba, or just.. laps).  Nothing mroe annoying than trying to swim and having to use one arm to hold your top up lol.

ETA: make sure you rinse/wash each suit well each time you take it off, to avoid chlorine destroying them.

Post # 45
3514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

SisterJude :  unless you want fashion choices, just 2. One to wear while the other dries. I took four for 3 weeks in Hawaii because i bought 4 brand new suits that were super cute and i figured why not. I also don’t wash my suits…like, not until they’re getting packed away for the season. 

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