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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.

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, or week long getaway to the beach and includes additional items to consider for extended family beach vacations. 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 extra layers
  • Water shoes, sandals
  • Sunblock and SPF lip balm
  • 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
  • Books, magazines
  • Beach games – paddleball, Spikeball, football, Frisbee, bocce, etc.