Packing for a Beach Vacation: The Key Things to Bring


Are you gearing up for a beach vacation?

With summer just around the corner, it’s that time of year to start planning your beach getaway. When planning your summer vacation, think about whether you’ll be spending time on the ocean or by a freshwater body. If you’re going to be living in an area with oceanside beaches, it’s important to pack a small party tent. Not only is this essential for when the weather starts to turn sour, but it’s also great for hosting impromptu barbecues or pool parties. If you’ll be spending your vacation by a lakeshore, don’t forget sunscreen, beach towels and swim clothes!

In this post, we’re going to give you a quick guide to packing for a beach vacation. Keep reading, and you’ll know exactly what to bring to maximize your time in the sun.

Travel Tips


Anytime you’re traveling anywhere, whether it’s a road trip to the beach or a flight to New York City, you need to have the right travel gear. That starts with travel documents, like flight tickets, passports, and any emergency documents.

You also need to bring things to make traveling more comfortable. If you’re on a flight, bring an eye mask and a neck pillow so that you can rest. Never forget headphones and make sure to download lots of podcasts or TV shows to occupy the travel time.

What Clothing to Bring

When going to the beach, you’re going to need beach-specific clothing. No beach packing checklist is complete without swimwear, t-shirts, women, and men sun hats, shorts, skirts, and flip flops.

If you’re planning to enjoy any nightlife while you’re on the beach, bring a pair of jeans and a nice shirt to go out in. You’ll also need pajamas to sleep in and activewear if you decide to do any recreational activities like running, hiking, or biking.

Beach Accessories

The best beach accessories are the things that will make you the most comfortable while you’re lounging on the sand and dipping in and out of the water. Bring a beach bag that can hold your beach towel, swim goggles, wet/dry bag, a book, sunglasses, and a portable speaker.

If you enjoy any beach games with the family, then make sure you’ve got these stashed away in your rental car. A beach umbrella and some lounge chairs are important for when you want to take a break (or don’t want to sit on the sand anymore).

For Your Comfort

Beach vacations are all about relaxing and being comfortable. You’re not going to enjoy any comfort if you get sunburnt on the first day, so make sure to bring lots of sunscreen for everyone. We’ve all had to deal with sand in the hair after a long day on the beach, so bring some hair product as well.

If there are any items that can enhance your comfort – eye drops, feminine care products, lotion, face wash, or basic medications/vitamins – bring those too. The more comfortable you are, the better your beach vacation will be.

Packing for a Beach Vacation Can Be Easy

Now that you know what to bring to the beach, you can start planning your beach vacation ASAP. Packing for a beach vacation isn’t the fun part, but once you’re there, you’ll be glad you did your due diligence beforehand.

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