Essentials to Pack for a Beach Vacation

For many families, the bright sun and warm sand create the perfect combination for a vacation destination. There’s a lot that goes into planning for a beach vacation. Outside of choosing a place to stay, and a way to get to the beach, it’s important to really think about what to put in the suitcase. Here are several simple things that are often overlooked by families headed out to enjoy some waves.


Of course sunscreen is available everywhere. But some beach destinations hike up the price of sunscreen for those that didn’t remember to bring any from home. Aerosols don’t always travel well so look for lotions instead. To avoid a mess in the suitcase, group all of the sunscreen together and place it in a plastic bag. That way, if something goes wrong, the mess is minimized.

Extra Swimsuits

A day at the beach can be amazing. But no one wants to put on a wet swimsuit for a midnight swim or even to head out the next morning. Plan to have a couple of swimsuits to rotate through. This goes for everyone in the family. As an added benefit, it provides more opportunities to blur those tan lines.


Sunglasses protect the eyes from the sun’s rays. But a hat protects the eyes, the face, and in some cases the shoulders and neck. Look for a hat that is comfortable to wear, that won’t be too hot after a couple of hours at the beach. Floppy hats are best as they are easy to pack and a basic color will guarantee that it matches with all of the other vacation attire.

Long Sleeved Shirts and Pants

Bringing long shirt and pants to the beach doesn’t make a lot of sense at first. But what happens when someone gets too much sun the very first day of vacation? Even with sunscreen, the heat may be too much for the burn, causing someone to be stuck inside for the entire day. Instead, a long sleeved shirt or loose fitting pants can provide a little flexibility and make it more comfortable to be out in the sun after a burn.

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