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Spring and Summer are upon us, therefore, beach season is as well. I personally love going to the beach at any time of the year, but not always can we sunbathe under the warm sun or take a dip in warm waters. That’s why a Caribbean vacation or Hawaii vacation isn’t a bad idea to plan in the fall or winter.
It’s exciting when you finally book a beach vacation or a day to take that beach trip you’ve been yearning since the first snowfall. I’ve been daydreaming daily of tropical destinations where I can wear my bikini, sink my toes in soft sand while drinking a frozen piña colada. Some snorkeling would be great, too!
Am I alone daydreaming? No. Awesome. Welcome to the beach lovers club.
Now that you’re part of the Beach Lovers Club, a beach packing checklist is essential. I mean, this is the stuff that you should have at home to grab for a spontaneous day at the beach. Or ready to go to pack and take with you on your beach vacation.
I don’t think I need to remind you about the kind of summer outfits you should be wearing. Right? So here we go with the real essentials that I can see anyone forgetting, even me.
Beach Packing List:
- Reef Safe Sunscreen
- Rash Guard
- Cover Up
- Sunburn Relief
- Flip Flops / Sandals
- Beach Bag
- Collapsible Travel Cooler
- Beach Towel
- Beach Towel Clips
- Snorkel Gear
- Water Shoes
- Mosquito Spray
- Water Bottle
- Security LockBox
- Beach Chair
- Beach Umbrella
- Waterproof Camera
- A Great Read
When we cruise or travel a beach destination, not only do we pack our beach trip packing list, we also, but we also pack almost everything from our cruise packing essentials.
We’ve accumulated this stuff over time. Not only has some of this helped make the most of our vacations but in the long run, we had saved money.
Beach Trip Packing List
Reef Safe Sunscreen
I can’t emphasize how important it is for you to protect your skin! Bring sunscreen, save yourself not only from the pain that comes from sunburn but also from sun poisoning. Always wear sunscreen and nothing less than 30 SPF (according to my dr, check with yours).
Please, please, try to use biodegradable sunblock. It is safer for our environment, marine life, and our reefs. I do make these purchases in advance and pack it with my things because I can’t always find reef-safe sunscreen. And it’s cheaper.
If you’re heading to a hot destination, you know you have to pack summer clothes. I am definitely packing tank tops and summer dresses and leaving those sweaters behind. The most important piece of clothing to remember to pack is swimwear.
If you’re out every day in the sun and you would like to protect yourself beyond sunscreen, I suggest investing in a rash guard. It’s a great investment for the family, especially for the little ones.
And if you do not invest in a rash guard, at least have a cover up. Something to put on in between the swims and after you’re done getting the tan you always wanted.
Ladies, there are so many cute cover-ups. I know I take a few with me on a beach vacation.
Sun Burn Relief
In case you forgot to put on sunscreen or forgot to wear a rash guard, thankfully sunburn relief exists. I discovered this after sun moisturizer in Kauai, where the sun is blazing, and I love it.
I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why we need sunglasses. Nobody likes to be blinded by the sun. Or do you? Hmmmm.
There are multiple reasons why you need a good pair of sunglasses. It’s not only to look cool. Did you know our eyes are sensitive to the sun? Damage from the sun rays can lead to problems in the future. At least save your eyes from sun glare and make sure to bring something that will give you shade. That’s why a hat can work, too.
I get a ton of compliments on my favorite Ray-Ban’s that I’ve had for years. I invested in a great pair and they literally match with everything I wear. I take care of them because I paid more than $10 for them. I recently purchased them in a blue and added polarized lenses, which is a better quality lens.
Of course, you can find great knock-offs at the mall and they will do a great job, too.
A sun hat is a great addition to your beach vacation wardrobe. Not only is it great fashion, but the right headcover can also provide shade for your face and eyes.
Ladies, let’s be real for a sec, it also helps hide messy beach hair. I love my hats! Anything that can anything can cover up and help me tame the mop of hair on my head. I always pack one or two for my trips. Sometimes, I may purchase one during my travels as a “souvenir”.
Flip Flops | Sandals
Pack a pair of flip flops or sandals, so you’re not regretting it later walking on sand in suffocating sneakers.
I know some people think they don’t need them, but you do. I know someone who thinks they can get away without the flipflops and then they complain when they are at the beach because it’s humid, hot and now the sand is in their sneakers. There are all kinds of flip flops and sandals. Pick something you’re comfortable in, but beach appropriate.
I love Reef brand flip flops since I was a teenager and I still love them over other popular brands.
Your hotel or cruise ship more than likely will provide these for you. You can always call and check ahead of time if you want to be 100% sure.
If they don’t, definitely bring a couple with you. I have not needed to pack beach towels for a beach vacation yet. Even when I stay at an Airbnb, the beach towels are provided.
Beach Towel Clips
There, I said it, you might need some beach towel clips.
I never thought I would EVER suggest beach towel clips. During our recent cruise and beach trip, I kept running into the same annoyance over and over again… my towel kept slipping off the back of my chair. Everyone around me had no issues because they were using beach towel clips.
If you plan to lounge on a beach chair at any point of your time at the beach, you may want to consider buying some beach towel clips.
Beach Bag | Travel Backpack
You’re going to need something to put your towels, sunblock and possibly a change of clothes. I carry a beach bag, hubby carries his trusty backpack – that he will not give up. I want to make sure that when I’m at the beach, I have everything I need for the day, and the last thing I want to do is carry things in my hands.
Collapsible Travel Cooler
A great addition to your beach trip packing list is a collapsible travel cooler. It doesn’t hurt to pack some extra drinks and snacks before you head to the beach. All the snorkeling and swimming makes one hungry.
The collapsible part comes in handy so you can pack it in your luggage without it taking too much space. Anything that saves space is a plus.
If you’re staying at an Airbnb with beach activities near by, your host will more than likely provide a cooler for you to use. You can always reach out to them and check.
Water shoes are optional. It all depends on where you are going and what you’re planning to do. Not all beaches have that soft white sand they sell us on TV and in magazines. Some are rough on our feet, also rocky. I remember the Bonaire beaches were out of this world, but rocky and the water shoes helped.
I personally love these water shoes I purchased on Amazon. They sort-of double as lightweight sneakers and can pretty much wear them even when I’m not in the water.
Do mosquitos think you’re their own personal meat-on-a-stick? I get eaten alive by mosquitos and then I can’t stop scratching. Then there is always that the chance of contacting some unknown virus. No, thank you.
Natrapel was recommended to me by my best friend. Her daughter is severely allergic to mosquito bites and she basically guaranteed me it would work wonders. Well, she was right!
Our very own snorkel gear made it on our beach trip packing list a few years ago after falling in love with the marine life in Cozumel, Mexico.
I don’t know why we waited so long to learn to snorkel, but I can imagine, not ever wanting to do it again if the only way was for me to rent gear others have used in their mouths. Yes, they clean them, supposedly, but that’s just a little too personal for me. If you’re a germaphobe, invest. in your own snorkeling gear.
Snorkeling is a free activity you can do from the beach shore. You don’t always have to venture on a boat to snorkel.
My Cressi snorkel gear is a great fit. Now, I am not an expert at what is the best gear. You should absolutely do your own research and purchase what you’re comfortable with for you.
While I am not a fan of the full face snorkel fan (makes me feel claustrophobic), hubby loves his. Warning: some tours find it unsafe and will not allow you to use them.
Staying hydrated is super important. It’s great to have when leaving a cruise or your hotel. I love my Hydro Flask as it keeps my ice frozen and my water cold all day long. They come in different sizes and colors. It’s also eco-friendly!
Security Lock Box
Hubby and I have each other, but when we’re at the beach and we swim together, we used to have to worry about leaving our things behind on the beach. Specifically, our wallets & phones. Before our last trip, I found this wonderful portable lockbox that we took with us.
At first, hubby was not sold, but then he realized it was better than nothing. We’d take our small valuable items, lock them in this portable box and then secure it to our beach chair or table, wherever we were set up. Is it 100%? No. Someone could walk off with the chair or the table, but a thief is looking for a quick and easy steal.
Getting in the car and having a beach day near home? Don’t forget to bring a beach chair or two.
Does the inflatable couch look comfy? I’d bring that to the beach.
With that beach chair, you’ll need an umbrella. At least something that provides you and your party shade.
Entirely optional, but I have two cameras that I love to use during these beach vacations. Why? The cameras are compact and durable. Shockproof and waterproof – to an extent (read the fine print). They take high-quality photos and videos, so I can record amazing memories and produce great content.
The GoPro8 is now available.
A Great Read
Finally, a great read… a book!
When I’m on vacation, I take the quiet moments I have on the beach to catch up on all the books I’ve been hoarding. Pick up a book or two at your local bookstore or download it to your Kindle while you have Wi-Fi available.
Do you have to bring absolutely everything on this list? Absolutely not. Bring whatever will make your trip to the beach comfortable.
Everyone travels differently and your needs are probably different than mine. I sure hope this beach trip packing list helps. And, if you’re packing for a cruise vacation, we have a list for that too.
What is one thing you can’t forget to take with you to the beach?
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