The Ultimate Packing List For A Beach Vacation


A person standing on top of a sandy beach

Everybody loves going on a beach vacation but no one likes to do all that packing. Although packing for vacation may feel like a chore, it has to be done rightly. Not to mention, your whole vacation can spoil if you miss packing certain essentials. Well, if you are planning to hit the shores of a beach soon, we are here to help. Follow this ultimate packing list for a beach vacation and make the most of your trip!

Packing List For A Beach Vacation

No matter whether you are traveling to a sandy beach, urban beach, or any other, take these essentials along with you.

Clothes & Accessories

A person standing on a beach near a body of water

Pack the right swimsuits, cover-ups, and footwear for a beach holiday. Along with that, pack the following items:

  • Swimsuits and cover-ups
  • Bras, underwear, and undershirts
  • Tees and casual shirts
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses
  • Stoles or light sweaters
  • Jeans and pants
  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Leisure shoes, sandals, and socks
  • Water shoes
  • Beach tote
  • Wallet
  • Belts if you are packing pants or jeans 
  • Sports shoes
  • Beach towel
  • Sunglasses 
  • Hat
  • Hair accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Earplugs

Beach Gear

A person standing in front of a beach

If you plan to do snorkeling or diving, pack your own gear. This is because renting can be expensive at certain beaches. If you lack space, you can opt for renting. Besides that, pack the following beach gear:

  • Beach chairs
  • Mat or blanket
  • Beach umbrella
  • Toys if you are traveling with kids

Travel Documents & IDs

Always carry the hard copy of your tickets and other IDs with you. You should carry passports, credit cards, and photo identification. If you are traveling with minors, carry their birth certification. Always carry your boarding passes and insurance cards safely. Bring in maps or travel guides if you want. 

Toiletries & Personal Care Items

Although you will get those soaps and shampoos in the hotel, it’s good to take your personal care items and toiletries along with you. You need to pack the following personal stuff:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap (pack baby soap if traveling with a baby)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Pocket deodorant
  • Hairstyling tools
  • Face Wash
  • Foot Cream
  • Moisturizers, sunscreen, and scrub
  • Shaving essentials
  • Makeup kit with makeup items
  • Nail filer and clipper
  • Comb or hairbrush
  • Contact lens kit (if you wear lenses)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mini first-aid kit
  • Birth Control
  • Feminine stuff
  • Medications and supplements
  • Face wipes (prefer disposable ones)
  • Eye masks and face packs

It’s good if you pack an eye mask that comes with a messaging feature. You can also take a foot massager or ball roller along with you. Don’t forget to pack an insect repellent cream or spray.

Technology 

You need technology to stay connected with others and capture the wonderful moments of the journey. Take these gadgets along with you on a beach vacation.

  • Smartphone with a waterproof case
  • Camera with a waterproof covering
  • Laptop or tablet 
  • Adapter and chargers
  • Headphones
  • Pen drives

Food & Drinks

A view of a beach

It’s a wise idea to pack food and drinks you can carry easily on-the-go. Pack healthy snacks and drinks including nuts, seeds, granola bars, dried fruits, and energy drinks. You can also take processed food if you want. This can include chips, cakes, cookies, sausages, cheese, bread, and so on. Do take your water bottle and water filter along with you. Also, pack your tea and coffee sachets. If you are traveling with your baby, carry milk formula, and other baby food. You can also carry a cooler bag to keep your smoothies and other stuff.

Miscellaneous  

Don’t forget to take packing cubes to stay organized. Also, carry suitable locks for your luggage. Do take your favorite books as well as journals and pen. We also recommend incorporating reusable baggies in your packing list for a beach vacation.

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