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Having a checklist for trips to the beach saves time when packing and more importantly minimizes the chances that you’ll forget something important.

We’ve packed for so many beach trips that we can’t count them all and we have a tried-and-true packing list we want to share with you. This is a list of essential items for any day trip, weekend getaway, or week long vacation to the beach and includes additional items to consider for extended family beach vacations.

Note that this is a checklist so circle the things you’ll need based on the type of beach, the expected weather, who’s going, and what you plan to do while at the beach.

See also our printable beach packing list.

Here is our beach packing list

  • Beach bag or backpack to carry everything
  • Swimwear – suits, shorts, swim shirts, cover-up
  • Jacket and warm layers
  • Water shoes, sandals
  • Sunblock and lip balm with SPF
  • Sun hats, caps
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bag for wet clothes
  • Beach towels, blanket
  • Umbrella, sun shade
  • Beach chairs
  • Snorkel gear, swim masks, fins
  • Boards – surf, SUP, skim, boogie
  • Wet suit, rash guard
  • Food, water bottles, snacks, drinks, utensils, napkins
  • Cooler or insulated bag, ice
  • Kid items – floaties, toys, shovel/pail, wipes
  • Dog items – bowl, balls, leash, treats, poo bags
  • First aid – band-aids, antibiotic ointment, aloe, ear drops
  • Essentials – phone, wallet, cash for concessions
  • Music, headphones, portable speaker
  • Books, magazines
  • Beach games – paddleball, Spikeball, football, Frisbee, bocce, etc.