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What to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation

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There's nothing like beach vacations. Kids laughing and running on the sand, while you relax and get that golden brown tan.

It doesn't matter if the beach takes a few hours’ ride from your home or is situated in a different city, it’s imperative to take along some essential items if you really want to enjoy a relaxing time.

Let me tell you, a trip to the beach requires a detailed beach packing list. You forget an essential and now you have to keep running around the stores instead of enjoying sticking those toes in the sand.

No need to worry! We have created an essential beach packing list for your beach vacation that covers almost everything you need for a fun beach vacation.

Essential Beach Packing List

First aid kit

Let's all admit it, going to the beach doesn't mean just sitting in your comforting clothes and making sandcastles. It means a lot of running, playing, surfing, and other physical activities.

This may sometimes lead to small accidents. To not let a little hurt be an obstacle in your fun time, a first aid kit can be a great rescue. Make sure you have these items in your first aid kit to help cure minor injuries:

  • Band-aids
  • Prescriptive medications so you don't mess with your health due to a beach trip
  • Allergy pills (if any)

If you plan to travel internationally, you should take the required medications and vaccines before heading out.

Sunscreen and SPF

Most of the people seem to avoid packing these things as they don't think it's necessary.

But with the number of skin cancer patients rising with every passing year, it becomes almost idiotic to forget one's sunscreen and a good SPF before heading to enjoy the scorching heat of sun. 


The items included in this list are the basics that every beach lover should keep in their bags. While packing, just go through the list so you don't miss anything.

  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection
  • Towels
  • Tank tops
  • Sun hats
  • Plenty of Underwear
  • Soap
  • Shorts

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Proper luggage

Going to the beach without preparing where you will keep the essentials? That's not the kind of mistake you want to make. Pick a piece of luggage that can carry all of your essentials.

It is advised to prefer a bag with waterproof compartments as it makes storing dry clothes unaffected from the wet ones.

You can choose from Duffel bags (for easy and versatile packing), carry on (when you are a light packer and carrying only a few items), and wheeled bags (when you are joined by family and children).

Fun Essentials

If you have planned to have some fun on the beach and enjoy the vacation to the fullest, you should totally pack these fun things as well:

  • Umbrella
  • Toys to play with the sand
  • Snorkel

Keep your personal documents and essentials safe

You may require photo identifications and birth certificates on some beaches. Other than that, a passport is obviously a must while traveling internationally.

So, make sure to pack these important documents safely. If you are a student, you can also keep your Student ID for availing any additional discounts. Also, keep your credit card safe as well.

Pack these additional personal items so you are all set

Now that you have an essentials list, here are a few items to bring along to help make your beach vacation even more fun!

  • A book
  • A Notepad (In case you like to note down your thoughts)
  • Camera (A must if you want to create lasting memories)
  • Water Bottles
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Headphones
  • Phone
  • Charger

Always remember —

While you plan to take your essentials to the beach, make sure you don't litter anywhere. In 2019, almost 20.8 million tons of trash were collected from beaches of 116 countries. Be conscious of your surroundings and let's do our part to keep the beaches clean of any clutter around.

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