The Best Beach Vacation
Packing List



This beach vacation packing list is perfect for that tropical island, a Mediterranean getaway, Caribbean vacation or just your local beach.

We have put together a beach vacation packing list to make sure you keep hydrated as well as have lots of fun activities for the whole family!

Don’t forget your sunscreen! There is so much to do at the beach!

Beautiful beach
The activities you can play at the beach are only limited by the imagination and they are not just for the kids. I love relaxing on the beach with a good book, while my brothers enjoy a game with a tennis ball (so does our dog!).

The key to enjoying your day at the beach is to stay protected from the sun. Make sure you wear your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to avoid painful sunburn and get the most out of your beach vacation.

Beach Essentials

  • Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is essential to protect you from the sun on any beach holiday. It also known as sun block, sun lotion or block out. It will protect you from the sun's harmful Ultraviolet rays. If you are spending a lot of time at the beach, re-apply regularly and make sure if you are swimming that you use water-resistant sunscreen

  • Swimmers / Bikini / Boardies
    A good pair of swimmers will not just look good, but also stay on when you are swimming, especially when going under waves.
  • Bare feet Not all beaches are sand...

  • Thongs / Sandals / Flip Flops
    A pair of easy to remove sandals or thongs are perfect for the beach. You will be able to get to and from the beach easily and across any hot sand or hard rocks.

  • Hat
    A hat that protects you from the sun, like a wide brimmed hat, is great for when walking on the beach or when reading a book. Just make sure it covers your face, nose, neck and shoulders.
  • Bare feet Stay cool with a hat and some shades.

  • Sunglasses
    A pair of polarised sunglasses, ones that have UV protection, will help protect your eyes from that nasty glare. This means that you'll be enjoying more of the scenery.

  • Towel
    A large beach towel will have you sun baking on the sand in no time.

  • Drinking Water
    Staying hydrated at the beach is essential to feeling good and avoiding sun stroke. Think about taking a stainless steel water bottle.

  • Beach Bag
    A beach bag is a must to carry all your gear to and from the beach.

  • Beach Umbrella / Sunshade / Beach Shelter
    For extra protection from the sun when staying at the beach for hours, you need a beach umbrella or shelter. Most are easy to put up, and you can move them as the sun moves.

  • Sarong for the ladies
    A sarong is handy for all beach vacations. You can use them as a handy cover-up, a beach dress or a towel.

  • Change of clothes
  • Snack food or lunch if you like!
  • Rash shirt for sun protection in the water
  • Beach Activities Items

    Bare feet Nothing beats a game of frizbee
    on the beach!
  • Books
  • Balls
  • Frisbee
  • Cricket bat and ball
  • Bucket and spade
  • Surfboard or Body board
  • Mask, snorkel and flippers

    Don't forget to drink plenty of water while you are at the beach. It is easy to forget when you are enjoying a cool swim. However, the sun and the salt water can cause dehydration leaving you tired and maybe even with a headache.



    This beach vacation packing list will help you get organised for your next beach trip. You will also handy our female summer checklist or male summer checklist useful.

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