Best things to bring on beach vacation

When searching for the best things to bring on beach vacation you need to consider these three points. Firstly, you need to choose a nice and authentic beach destination. We know that you want something unique while traveling but don’t forget that going somewhere where locals also travel is always more interesting than other places.

We all know that summer is the fun season. If you are like me, then after a long and exhausting winter, it’s finally time to pack your bags and leave for the beach with friends and family. As another year’s beach vacation begins, you want to be sure that you don’t forget anything essential before heading out the door. Keep reading for a list of everything I take on my beach vacation:

Going on a beach vacation can be very exciting and fun. However, it can also pose some challenges because you have to try to pack everything that you and your family might need. So this can get very stressful and hard to decide what you put in the car.

When you’re going on a vacation, the last thing you want to do is forget your beach essentials. Whether you’re headed to the shore for a week or just a few days, these are the best things to bring on your beach vacation.

A towel: You don’t have to bring a big one, but make sure there’s enough room in your bag for it.

Sunscreen: Make sure it’s waterproof and has an SPF of at least 30!

A hat: You’ll be getting pretty hot out there in the sun—don’t forget your hat!

A sarong: When you get too hot and need to cover up, this will help keep you cool while still looking stylish.

Beach vacations are one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to spend your time. If you’re going on a beach vacation, you might be wondering what to bring with you. Here are some things that are great to bring on a beach vacation:

Sunscreen: Sunscreen is essential for any beach trip, but especially if you’re going to be spending time in direct sunlight. You can get burned even if it’s cloudy out, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen.

Flip-flops: Flip-flops are a must-have for any trip to the beach—you’ll want something comfortable and easy to slip on and off when walking around in wet sand (which is inevitable).

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are also an absolute must-have for any trip to the beach. Make sure they have UV protection! You don’t want your eyesight damaged by too much sun exposure or glare off the water.

Books or magazines: Bring something interesting to read while lounging on a towel (or under an umbrella). If you’re feeling ambitious, try writing down some ideas while there; inspiration can strike at any time!

What to Pack for a Beach Vacation? – Our Checklist

To make it easier for you, I have broken this beach trip packing list up into the categories: clothes, shoes, beach stuff, bags, toiletries, electronics and travel documents.

Beach Trip Packing List – Clothes

What to bring on a beach vacation in terms of clothes really is a personal choice.  But my advice to you is when packing for beach vacation, don’t bring too much, as you just won’t wear it.  You will find that for most of the time you will be in your swimsuit any way.

Keep reading for my tips on how to pack for a beach vacation with regards to clothing.

1. Bikini / Swimsuit 

Perhaps one of the most essential things to pack for beach vacation are you bikinis.  I recommend you bring 2 swimsuits, one you can wear whilst the other one is drying.

2. Swim Cover Up or Sarong 

Also, when packing for beach holiday, you will need of course a swimsuit cover.  This is perfect for wearing down to the beach, but you might prefer a sarong as you can also use this to cover your shoulders or legs if your visiting anywhere that has temples or monasteries.

3. Shorts

Bring 2-3 comfortable pairs of shorts for wearing down to the beach or walking around town.  I like shorts such as the one’s pictured here – click here to check out the price.

4. Tank Tops 

You only need around 3 tops which you can mix and match with your shorts.

5. Dresses 

Depending on whether you prefer wearing dresses over shorts, I’d recommend you bring 1-2 casual sun dresses.  You might take more dresses and less shorts or vice versa, depending upon your preference, so amend your beach trip checklist as necessary.  Dresses like the one pictured here a perfect and you can dress them up for a casual dinner at night too –click here to check out the price.

Also you might like to bring something a little more formal dress if you want to dine in a posh place.

6. Pants 

If the nights will get cold, consider bringing a pair of pants to keep warm.

7. Jacket 

You may also need to bring a light jacket in case it gets a bit cool or windy at night.  A rain jacket may also be worth while if you are going somewhere that often has down pours, particularly if you during wet season.  3 in 1 jackets are perfect as they keep you warm and protect you from the rain too – click here to find out more about the jacket pictured here.

8. Underwear

I recommend 2 bras and a pair of knickers for each day.

9. Pajamas 

1 pair of pjs is also you need.  If you stay longer than a few days – you can get them washed.

Beach Vacation Packing List – Shoes

What to pack for a beach holiday in terms of shoes.  On my packing checklist for beach vacation, I recommend just bringing 3 pairs of shoes: flip flops, sandals and water shoes.

10. Flip Flops 

Given you will be spending most of your time at the beach or by the pool, a pair of flip flops are one of the beach vacation must haves.

11. Sandals 

For walking around town, shopping or going out for dinner.  Sandals such as these one’s from Teva are great – you could even use these for light hikes too and they come in a range of great colors.  Click here for more information about these Teva sandals.

You may like to bring a dressy pair of sandals or wedges too.

12. Water Shoes 

At some beachy destinations there can be a lot of rocks and coral on the beaches so a pair of slip on mesh beach shoes can be useful items to pack for beach vacation to protect your feet.  These shoes pictured come in a range of great colors – click here for more information.

What to take to the Beach?  Beach Essentials

Things to bring on a beach vacation include sun protection as well as few items to have a bit of fun in the water.

13. Beach Hat 

What to take on a beach vacation?  A big sun hat of course to protect your skin from burning.  One with a big brim all the way around like the one pictured here is ideal – click here for information about this particular sun hat. 

14. Beach Towel 

When choosing a beach towel, I recommend one with microfibres that is lightweight and dries fast. Another reason I like it is that the sand won’t stick on it. I would choose a similar to this one.

15. Snorkel Set 

If you’re headed somewhere with fantastic life underwater, don’t forget a good quality snorkel kit.  Sometimes your accommodation might have a set you can borrow or hire, but I like to have my own for that perfect fit.  Check out these best seller snorkel set from Amazon here.

16. Floating Device 

Do you want to get some awesome Instagram shots?  Bring along one of these super unicorm floaties.  Or if you want something a little more practical get a simple lie on float for the relaxing on in the pool.  Check out this one from Amazon here.

17. Body Board 

Probably not practical if you have to fly to your destination, but if your off on a road trip, throw in a body board in the back of the car to catch some waves.

18. Beach Shelter 

If you intend to spend anymore than an hour or so on the beach, I highly recommend you invest in some proper beach shelter.  Again not really practical if you are flying to your destination, but if you’re driving don’t leave home without some shelter.  I like the easy pop up ones, like the one pictured here.

19. Sunglasses 

Things you need for the beach vacation?  Sunnies of course!  Don’t leave home without them!

20. Water Bottle 

These days we all know the devastating consequences plastic bottles have on the environment, so make sure you bring along a refillable water bottle.  I like to have one that won’t leak and has a clasp on it so I can attach it my day bag.

Another thing you might need on your beach vacation is a beach chair. Check here a selection of the best beach chairs

Beach Vacation Checklist: Bags

When wondering what to pack for a beach resort vacation, you’ll of course need a few different bags to pack all your items.

21. Beach Bag 

Bring a beach bag to put all your items in, or if you prefer just use your backpack as discussed below.  Check out the ShyLero XL Beach Bag here.

22. Hand Bag 

A small shoulder bag is ideal to keep your wallet and camera with you at all times. I like the range from Travelon, like the one pictured here, as it can fit in everything you need for a day of sightseeing.  Click here for more information about this Travelon shoulder bag.

23. Backpack 

A small backpack is essential if you want to go out for a day of sightseeing.  This can also double as a beach bag if you don’t want to bring separate bags.  Have a look at the Osprey Daylite backpack here.

24. Packing Cubes 

Packing Cubes, like these ones,  are a must to keep all your belongings organized.

25. Toiletry Bag 

Bring a toiletry bag, like this one,  to keep all your toiletries in as well as a small clear bag for going through airport security.

26. Wet Bag 

There is nothing worse than having no where to put your wet swimsuit after a day at the beach.  If you bring a small wet bag, you can keep your wet clothes away from your other items.

27. Dry Bag 

Dry bags are a must if your headed out for a day of kayaking or any sort of boat trip really.  If you’re trying to pack lightly, bring a large one that can double as your day pack.  The pone pictured is pretty cool as it also comes with a phone case and waist pouch – check it out here.

28. Luggage 

I’ve got a separate post on luggage I recommend.  Click here to check it out.

Beach Holiday Packing List: Toiletries

What to pack for a beach trip in terms of toiletries?  Well following is my comprehensive what to bring to the beach checklist for your toiletries.  Most times you’ll be able to buy all these items at your destination, so its up to you which ones you bring from home and which ones you purchase once you arrive.

29. Sunscreen 

If you plan on spending most days at the beach or by the pool, a good quality sunscreen to protect your face and body is one of the vital things needed for beach vacation.   Choose one that’s at least SPF 30 – like the one pictured here.

30. Make Up

This is a personal choice but bring whatever you might need for a night out.

31. Moisturizing Cream 

Make sure you bring some moisturizing cream for your face, eyes and body, the sun and sea tend to make the skin dry.

32. A Razor 

33. Shampoo and Conditioner 

A small travel size, enough for one week is plenty.

34. Body Wash 

35. Toothpaste and Toothbrush

36. Hair Brush and Hair Ties

37. Deodorant 

It can get very hot in the sun, so you won’t want to forget this one!

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