Best Swimsuits for Travel

Overpacking for a trip. It happens to the best of us. You wanted to use the new carry-on bag you bought, the one that’s oh-so-Instagram-friendly and says to the world, “I’m a pro at this travel stuff.” Instead, you get a sinking feeling when you think about dragging that beast of a check-in bag up from the basement, knowing you’ll have to haul it around all vacation long—and it doesn’t exactly maneuver with ease or corner so well. 

Don’t despair! Cupshe’s swimwear styles do double-duty so you can pack less and break out the cute carry-on after all. It’s all about finding the right types of swimsuits when you’re packing for the beach—ones designed to go from beach to brunch and new bikini styles that offer more than one look. 

Here’s some ideas about what to pack for a beach vacation and how to pair swimsuits with other clothes you’re bringing, so you’re packing double the outfits without needing double the space.


Multi-Purpose One-Pieces

A one-piece swimsuit is basically the first cousin of a bodysuit, so it’s a smart idea to wear it as an extension of your regular wardrobe when you’re on vacation. Plus, with swimsuit styles this adorable, it would be a shame to limit all these fun looks to the water! 

The Elegant Dance Solid One-Piece Swimsuit obviously looks fabulous poolside, but it also makes a great bodysuit dupe. Pair it with a sweeping maxi skirt and gladiator sandals and head out for daytime excursions or some low-key exploring. For a casual evening outfit, play up the 70’s-inspired, disco-era glamour of the wrap design and pair it with high-waisted bell-bottom jeans. The sash tie at the waist gives it a little extra flourish, while a pair of wooden platform sandals will add the perfect finishing touch.

Another bathing suit style that is too pretty to be relegated solely to the seaside is the Peach Pink Lace-Up One-Piece Swimsuit. The ultra-flirty off-the-shoulder neckline adds appealing contrast to boyfriend-style denim cutoffs when you’re ready to go from the beach to the bistro. Or try it with a fitted midi skirt and a wide belt at the waist instead of a bodycon dress. There’s no reason a swimsuit this charming can’t hit the town for a big night out, especially when you accessorize it appropriately.

An unexpectedly versatile asset when you’re packing for the beach, the Blue Floral And Black Ruched One-Piece Swimsuit reads more classic at the water’s edge but turns altogether romantic when partnered with a floaty white skirt (try a tiered or lined version so that the black bottoms don’t show through). Another option if the temperature takes a dip during the night: team it with a pair of black leggings or skinny pants and a long cardigan left open to show off the pretty print on top.


Flip the Script with Reversible 2-in-1 Styles

Looking for a perfect example of what to take to the beach? Go for reversible swimsuits. Check out the Black And Yellow Stripe Reversible Bikini.  Styled with wide, bold stripes on one side and solid black on the other, this high-waisted bandeau bikini is reversible on both the top and the bottom. That means you can serve four looks with one bikini! Wear the top and bottom with the striped sides out for a hefty dose of 90’s-inspired retro vibes. Or go minimalist chic by wearing the all-black sides together for a completely different look. After that, mix it up with stripes on top one day and on the bottom the next.

If your beach vacation packing list runs more towards the sweet and flirty end of the spectrum, our Reversible Pink And Leaves Bikini offers a similar level of versatility. One side has a watercolor-style floral branch print, while the other side features ribbed fabric in an on-trend Millennial pink hue. Besides matching up the top and bottom in four separate ways, you can also customize the cinchable drawstrings on the sides of the bikini top. Leave them long and loose, braid them, knot them, or pull them tight and tie them in bows – whatever fits your personal style. 

The Blue And Yellow Floral Reversible Bikini is the perfect option for those of us who, left to our own devices, would buy the same types of swimsuits in a zillion different colors. (And really that’s all of us, right?) Thankfully for our wallets and our travel bags, this four-in-one bikini totally delivers the goods. Both sides of this reversible bikini feature the same white mini floral print on two different color backgrounds. The ties below the bust offer more styling options, too. Wrap them around your waist once or twice, then tie them in the front or the back depending on your mood that day.


Bikini Tops As Crop Tops

What’s a vacation without evenings out on the town? It’s always a good idea to pack a foolproof dress, but you can quickly multiply your night-out options if you work beach necessities likes bikini tops into after hours outfits. 

For example, there’s no need to relegate the Sweet Sands High-Waisted Bikini With Bowknot to sand-only settings. Baring your midriff is a fun way to make a fashion statement, so pair this cap-sleeve cutie with your favorite jeans and your fiercest heels. Or play up the neutral color tone by wearing it instead of a bra or camisole and letting it peek out from underneath a sheer top. You can also match it with a high-waisted bottom if you’d rather show less skin.

Don’t waste space by packing a bustier when you can rock new bikini styles like the Coconut Palm And Flamingo Print Bikini instead. You’ll get extra support for the girls, thanks to molded underwire cups, plus a cheery print that adds a tropical touch to anything from cutoff overalls to a bandage skirt. 

You’ll find you can fit a lot more in your suitcase when you do little pre-planning and a bit of re-wearing. Try it for your next vacation and thank us later!

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