How to Create the Perfect Charleston Packing List

What do you dread most about traveling? If you answered “packing,” you’re not alone. Everyone knows the overwhelming feeling of trying to decide what to stuff into your suitcase while still leaving room to bring souvenirs back. We’ve created the ultimate Charleston packing list to help you plan your trip to the Holy City. From days at the beach to a date night on King Street, we’ve got you covered! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request a copy of our free Isle of Palms Vacation Guide. This planning tool contains local insight into what to do when you visit Charleston, South Carolina, during any time of year! 

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Top 5 Things to Add to Your Charleston Packing List 

1. Beach Attire 

No trip to Charleston would be complete without days at the beach! That’s why beach attire is the No. 1 item on our Charleston packing list. For a successful day at Isle of Palms beach, be sure to pack a bathing suit, sandals, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We also recommend packing a large beach bag to carry these items from your vacation rental to the beach! 

To make your beach days even easier, research Isle of Palms beach equipment rental companies before you arrive! 

2. Comfortable Shoes 

Historic Downtown Charleston is the most popular place to shop, dine, and explore historic sites. From the Charleston City Market to Joe Riley Waterfront Park, there are several beautiful spots to explore on foot! If you’re planning a trip to downtown Charleston, be sure to pack your most comfortable walking shoes. Or, let your feet rest with one of the Holy City’s iconic carriage tours! 

3. Lightweight Raincoat 

You must keep the weather in mind when packing for Charleston, especially in the summer. Hot and humid conditions cause afternoon showers in the summer months. If you’re planning a summer trip to Charleston, a lightweight raincoat is a must-have! You want something to keep you dry while also staying cool from the summer heat. Or, pack an umbrella in your bag to have on hand in case it rains while you’re out! 

4. Night on the Town Outfit 

Charleston is home to some of the South’s best cuisine. From fresh-catch seafood to prime steaks, you’ll find amazing culinary creations at the restaurants on Isle of Palms. Some of these restaurants have an upscale ambiance, so be sure to pack a couple of outfit options for a night on the town! 

5. Reusable Water Bottle 

Whether you’re soaking up the sun at the beach or getting your steps in downtown, you’re sure to work up a sweat. It’s easy to stay hydrated when you pack a reusable water bottle to tote around during your trip. Plus, it’s better for the environment! 

Book a Vacation Home with East Islands Rentals 

Now that you know the top things to add to your Charleston packing list, it’s time to find the perfect place to stay. East Islands Rentals offers an exclusive selection of vacation homes on Isle of Palms. Our rentals offer direct ocean viewsprivate pools, and more!  

Browse a complete catalog of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals to start planning your trip!