The Ultimate Hamptons Packing List.
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The Ultimate Hamptons Packing List

Long recognized as the summer playground of affluent New Yorkers, the Hamptons is a tony seaside and beach community that offers visitors a slice of the good life all year long. If your dream vacation includes mornings sweating it out at SoulCyle, afternoons tasting wines at local vineyards, and evenings feasting on seasonal produce, shellfish, and cocktails amid a multitude of famous faces…well, then the Hamptons is where you’re going to want to book your next trip. It's also the perfect opportunity to flex your style and packing prowess. From caftans that work on upscale restaurant terraces and sun-dappled beaches (though Cooper’s Beach is the most popular, we prefer Cupsogue since you can also check out the oceanfront mansions on Dune Road) to separates that you can mix and match for a hike, museum tour, or performance space visit, we’ve got the 411 on how and what to pack for your perfect Hamptons holiday. Stick with us, and you can’t go wrong.

Your Hamptons suitcase packing checklist

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THE PERFECT LUGGAGE

Let’s face it, when you go to the Hamptons, you’re planning to see and be seen. That includes your luggage. As such, we’ve picked three pieces that are as fashionable as they are functional. For a long weekend away, grab Coach’s Academy travel duffle. It’s made from durable Cordura fabric and features a chic graffiti-inspired print. Bonus points for it fitting under the seat, as well as the overhead bins. If your trip lasts a week, try Bric’s sleek B|Y Ulisse carry-on. It’s shock- and scratch-resistant, features multiple interior dividers and pockets, and includes its own USB port for easy charging at all times. For trips that last two weeks or more, we recommend a larger option such as Samsonite’s 28-inch Hartlan suitcase. We love its modern, streamlined design, water-resistant accents, and organization-focused interior. Plus it’s designed for frequent traveling, so you can be sure it’ll hold up trip after trip. Smart Hamptons travelers also pack a cute wet bag for transporting wet swimsuits.

THE THREE PAIRS OF SHOES YOU’LL NEED FOR EXPLORING THE HAMPTONS

Yes, the Hamptons is known for having long, sandy beaches that beg for an umbrella and lounge chair. However, this doesn’t mean that the only shoes you’ll need are flip-flops. When it comes to choosing vacation shoes, versatility is key. After all, you won’t have the luxury of popping into your closet for every occasion. For both men and women, we suggest bringing a pair of beach-to-cocktail hour shoes, a pair for going out on the town, and a comfy (but still stylish) pair for sightseeing. This way, you’re not only making effective use of your suitcase space, but you’re also completely covered for all your shoe needs. Oh, and if you’re planning on spending time in the ocean, don’t forget water shoes.

Women’s Shoes

Men’s Shoes

STYLE FOR THE HAMPTONS

Woman wearing a Sun Hat standing in a field.

When it comes to fashion in the Hamptons, locals (and visiting celebrities and socialites) aim to look good without trying too hard. This is one place where anything doesn’t go. What does this mean, exactly? Avoid any pieces that you could describe as overly “trendy.” If you want to fit in here then the goal is to look chic, but also timeless. Summer suiting, maxi dresses, and layered necklaces are all tried and tested styles that the Hamptons crowd loves to reinvent year after year. Think a little boho, a little preppy (a solid polo shirt will never be wrong), but without settling too far in either corner. To be clear though, this doesn’t mean boring. After all this is the favored vacation spot of the rich and shiny set: Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the famous—and stylish—faces that have homes in the Hamptons. While you might think that the clothes around you are simple pieces picked up here and there, the reality is that you’re probably looking at a famous designer’s resort collection. Don’t worry though, we’ve got the complete breakdown on how to achieve perfect Hamptons’ style.

FIVE FOOLPROOF OUTFITS FOR THE HAMPTONS

1. WHAT TO WEAR TO THE BEACH IN THE HAMPTONS

When dressing for the beach, you need to make sure your outfit will look as chic on the sand as it does during cocktail hour. Spend the day at Ditch Plains (a favorite beach for Montauk locals) and then head to The Surf Lodge’s open-air terrace for locally caught seafood and refreshing cocktails—all with a perfect view of the coastline, of course.

 

2. WHAT TO WEAR TO VISIT BREWERIES AND WINERIES IN THE HAMPTONS

From Montauk Brewing Company to Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Channing Daughters Winery, a trip to the Hamptons isn’t complete without time spent at some of the areas famed vineyards and breweries. Spend your day sampling different vintages while feasting on delicious cheeses and charcuterie. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a few bottles to take home as souvenirs!

3. WHAT TO WEAR TO VISIT MONTAUK POINT STATE PARK AND MONTAUK POINT LIGHTHOUSE

In addition to rest and relaxation, the Hamptons offers numerous opportunities to get out and explore. For some, that means a hot yoga class at Sag Harbor staple Yoga Shanti. For those who are focused on the “out” aspect of getting out and about, there’s the Montauk Point State Park. Visitors can take in 862-acres while hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, and more. Grab a picnic box from Fork & Anchor to enjoy after your activities. Not feeling athletic? Head to the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse where you can tour the scenic lighthouse and museum before dining at the nearby Lighthouse Grill.

4. WHAT TO WEAR TO VISIT EAST HAMPTON TOWN 

A day in East Hampton could include anything from exploring former artist home-turned-National Historic Landmark, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center to snacking on locally grown produce and baked goods at Round Swamp Farm, to walking the Instagram-friendly sculpture gardens at LongHouse Reserve. And that’s just during the day—evening brings fine dining, live music, and chic cocktail lounges to toast (and dance) the night away.

5. WHAT TO WEAR TO EVENTS /PARTIES IN THE HAMPTONS

Remember what we said about going to the Hamptons to see and be seen? Well, here’s your chance! When heading to a special party or event, don’t be afraid to play around with colors and accessories—just remember not to get too carried away. After all, as Coco Chanel once said, “before leaving the house…look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

THE *ONE THING* WTP EDITORS ALWAYS PACK FOR THE HAMPTONS

Eugenia Kim Bunny Blue Skies Ahead Sun Hat.Packing for the Hamptons means mixing fashion with function. This is a place to see, be seen, and capture every waking moment on Instagram. You need to look cute, but you also want to be comfortable and protect your face from the sun. Enter: Eugenia Kim’s iconic sun hats. We’re not saying she designed this chic “Blue Skies Ahead” sun hat with the Hamptons jet set explicitly in mind, but we wouldn’t be surprised if she did. Where do we wear this eye-catching hat? Everywhere from brunch at Topping Rose House to poolside at the Montauk Beach House to a bike ride to Coopers Beach. Don’t be surprised if a friend asks to borrow your hat for their very own #hamptonsselfie.

$360 at Neiman Marcus

THE HAMPTONS’S WEATHER AND SEASONS

Hamptons Beach View.

The weather in the Hamptons runs the gamut. In the winter months, you can expect temperatures to drop WAY down, but once spring (and peak travel season hits), things tend to warm up considerably. After all, there’s a reason so many people flock here during the summer months. June through September are typically the warmest months of the year, with July winning for most humid. Make sure to pack clothing that is light and won’t cling during this time of the year. The cold season on the other hand lasts just over three months—usually from December through March—and requires an emphasis on layers. Cozy sweaters, heavy parkas, and warm boots will be your safe haven to ward off the cold. Rain does fall throughout the year (including some days during peak travel season), but isn’t overly heavy. Which is all to say, that, no matter the season, when packing for a trip to the Hamptons a good rule of thumb is to always include a raincoat or travel umbrella in your suitcase. That way you’re prepared for any eventuality.

Note: This data comes from our friends at Weather.com. We recommend using this together with a traditional forecast as you get closer to your departure date.

JANUARY

  • Plan for day temps between 24 and 39
  • Expect 4 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in January: January is the coldest month of the year. Prepare for low temperatures with chunky knits and warm, shearling-lined parkas.

Women’s Recommendations: Tasseled blanket scarf, shearling-lined boots, fur-trimmed hooded parka

Men’s Recommendations: Tech-friendly gloves, chunky-knit hat, thick wool sweater

FEBRUARY

  • Plan for day temps between 26 and 41
  • Expect 3.8 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in February: The cold front continues this month. Pack on the layers to ensure you stay warm through day and night!

Women’s Recommendations: Layerable long-sleeve shirt, rib-knit sweater, cushioned socks

Men’s Recommendations: Long underwear, corduroy trousers, cashmere scarf

MARCH

  • Plan for day temps between 31 and 47
  • Expect 5 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in March: Temperatures rise a little, but are still on the cold side. Plus, the chance for rain increases this month. Be prepared with warm outerwear and a travel umbrella.

Women’s Recommendations: Travel umbrella, knit hat, water-resistant boots

Men’s Recommendations: Hooded parka, rain boots, dry cushion-crew socks

APRIL

  • Plan for day temps between 40 and 56
  • Expect 4.5 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in April: April continues to bring a chance of showers and temperatures that are slowly on the rise. Have a raincoat handy just in case.

Women’s Recommendations: Packable raincoat, Chelsea boots, cotton wrap cardigan

Men’s Recommendations: Travel umbrella, Montauk baseball cap, springtime hoodie

MAY

  • Plan for day temps between 48 and 66
  • Expect 3.7 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in May: Spring has officially begun! This month marks the start of the Hamptons’ summer season, so channel long weekend energy with casual denim and fun prints.

Women’s Recommendations: white skinny jeans, printed cold-shoulder top, denim jacket

Men’s Recommendations: scuba-stripe shirt, bomber jacket, distressed denim

JUNE

  • Plan for day temps between 58 and 75
  • Expect 4.4 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in June: Summer is well on its way. Break out the shorts, sunnies, and tank tops.

Women’s Recommendations: tailored shorts, white boyfriend shirt, metallic slide sandals

Men’s Recommendations: chino shorts, cushioned swim slides, wayfarer sunglasses

JULY

  • Plan for day temps between 64 and 81
  • Expect 3.5 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in July: It’s the hottest month of the year! Keep cool with chic swimwear and light, cling-free clothing.

Women’s Recommendations: one-piece swimsuit, cover-up, wide-brim hat

Men’s Recommendations: Swim trunks, lightweight linen shirt, waterproof sandals

AUGUST

  • Plan for day temps between 63 and 80
  • Expect 4 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in August: The heat wave continues—lighten up with easy summertime staples such as dresses and shorts.

Women’s Recommendations: lightweight slip dress, woven beach tote, oversized sunglasses

Men’s Recommendations: drawstring-waist shorts, beach flip flops, logo baseball cap

SEPTEMBER

  • Plan for day temps between 63 and 80
  • Expect 4 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in September: The summer season is coming to an end. Soak up the last of beach-friendly weather with all your swimwear essentials.

Women’s Recommendations: twist-front bikini top, high-waist bikini bottom, cover-up/cocktail dress

Men’s Recommendations: drawstring-waist swim trunks, waterproof sandals, surf-print short-sleeve shirt

OCTOBER

  • Plan for day temps between 56 and 74
  • Expect 4.6 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in October: Fall brings cooler days and nights. Opt for pieces that you can layer to account for both warm and cold days.

Women’s Recommendations: kimono jacket, black skinny jeans, rib-knit tank top

Men’s Recommendations: dark wash jeans, classic crewneck t-shirt, cashmere sweater

NOVEMBER

  • Plan for day temps between 38 and 54
  • Expect 4.3 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in November: Temperatures drop significantly this month. Break out your cozy sweaters and scarves to stay warm!

Women’s Recommendations: Chunky-knit sweater, tech-friendly gloves, cashmere-blend tights

Men’s Recommendations: Waterproof parka, thick scarf, fleece hoodie

DECEMBER

  • Plan for day temps between 29 and 44
  • Expect 4.3 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in the Hamptons in December: Thick, windproof coats ensure maximum warmth while sightseeing in December. Make sure to pack a pair of cozy gloves and some comfy boots so you can stay toasty.

Women’s Recommendations:  shearling-lined boots, hooded parka, textured blanket scarf

Men’s Recommendations: moc-toe boots, hooded puffer coat, cashmere beanie

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HAMPTONS

Montauk Point Lighthouse view.
Where are the Hamptons in New York?

The Hamptons is a grouping of towns and villages along the eastern end of Long Island in New York state. Located about 80 miles—or two-and-a-half hours—from Manhattan, the area is made up of two towns, East Hampton and Southhampton, which are themselves made up of a number of villages and hamlets. Southampton includes the Village of Southhampton, Sag Harbor, Quogue, Sagaponack, Westhampton Beach, Eastport, Speonk, Westhampton, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Shinnecock Hills, Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Remsenburg. East Hampton includes the Village of East Hampton, Wainscott, Springs, Nepeague, Montauk, Amagansett, and Sag Harbor, which it shares with Southhampton.

Where is the best place to stay in the Hamptons?

There are a number of different ways to stay in the Hamptons. Some people choose to rent out an entire house or cottage for a set number of weeks. Others choose to steal away for a weekend here and there via a more affordable airbnb. If you’re going the hotel route, however, then two popular options are the Topping Rose House, a full-service luxury hotel in Bridgehampton, and The Maidstone, an East Hampton boutique hotel located in a Civil War-era home. Whichever route you go, book early. The Hamptons fill up fast—especially in the summer.

What are the best shops and boutiques in the Hamptons?

Good news, when it comes to shopping in the Hamptons, you’re spoiled for choice. Looking for delicate, feminine pieces for women and little girls? Check out luxury lifestyle brand LoveShackFancy. All about designer goods? Make your way to Kirna Zabête for the latest from such labels as Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Altuzarra, and more. In search of a variety of ready-to-wear styles inspired by the best of beach living? Head to Surf Bazaar. If clothes aren’t your thing, then no worries. Check out the clean beauty wares at Botanica Bazaar or local delicacies from such spots as North Fork Chocolate Company, Sang Lee Farms, and the original Tate’s Bake Shop.

Which celebrities live in the Hamptons?

Celebrities love to get away to the Hamptons all year round—so much so that many have second or third homes in the area. Some recognizable faces that you might spot while on vacation include Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Couric, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Lopez, Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Julianne Moore, Paul Simon, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Steven Spielberg, and Jimmy Buffett, to name a few.

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