Beach Packing List – What to Bring on a Beach Trip

Planing a beach trip? From beach day essentials to clothing and toiletries, here’s everything to include on your Beach Packing List! Plus I’ve included a printable beach packing checklist Google doc that you can customize for yourself –  link at the end of the post!

Beach Packing List + Custom Checklist

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Beach Day Essentials Packing List

Beach Towel: A beach must! I recommend an oversize towel or beach blanket – especially one that magically gets rid of sand

Beach Chair: For a comfier beach experience, bring a beach chair! I personally love the Ostrich ones that have a hole for your face when you’re lying face down! PS – Don’t forget these handy towel clips that will keep your towel from blowing away!

Beach Umbrella/Shelter: Sometimes you need a break from the sun, I highly recommend bringing a beach umbrella or canopy if you’re planning to be at the beach all day. I included the highest-rated ones on this list.

Beach Bag: A necessity to help you carry all your stuff! Opt for a fun patterned tote or a mesh beach bag that will help keep the sand from accumulating in your bag. For items you absolutely don’t want to get wet, considering getting a dry sack to keep them protected.

Beach Cart: With thousands of reviews on Amazon, this beach cart is definitely a winner, especially for families with lots of stuff to carry!

Cooler: Keep your refreshments ice cold with a cooler! If you don’t need a huge cooler, this backpack cooler can hold up to 30 cans and has over 7,000 5-star reviews on Amazon! Or splurge and go with the king of coolers: Yeti

Drink Extras: Prevent drinks from tipping over in uneven sand with these nifty coasters/drink holders! Or even better, get a portable beach table. Protect your cans from sand or bugs getting in with these can lid covers.

Sunscreen: Protect your skin! Get a sunscreen that is waterproof and sweatproof for beach days. Don’t forget about your lips! Make sure to get a chapstick with SPF.

Waterproof Speaker: Beach days are better with some tunes! Make sure you get a portable speaker that’s waterproof!

Waterproof + Sandproof Phone Case: While most phones are water-resistant nowadays, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This is the one I use for my iPhone. Worried about your phone getting too hot? Check out this GENIUS insulating phone case that protects it from overheating. 

Portable Charger: Don’t let a dead battery ruin your beach day, bring a portable charger. This one can charge a phone multiple times, so it’s great for the whole fam.

Beach Games: Nothing like a little fun in the sun! Consider bringing along some beach games like these: 

Sand-off Mitt: Where has this been all my life!? This mitt is way more effective than your basic towel at getting sand off!

Book/Kindle – Nothing like a little beach reading! Need some reading inspo? Click here

Lock/Safe – keep your stuff safe with this handy mini safe/lock box that you can lock to your beach chair.

Body Wipes – I like to bring body wipes to the beach to help get that sticky feeling off your skin after swimming in the ocean. 

Mini Portable Fan – keep your cool with a mini portable fan! They are super affordable and SO worth it.


Beach Packing List: Clothes + Accessories

Swimsuit – First things first, you’re going to need a swimsuit! Linked all my favorites here

Cover-up – a good cover-up is a beach necessity! Check out this list for even more cute cover-ups!

Dresses – light, breezy dresses are my favorite thing to wear at the beach! Here are some of my favorites

Tops – I recommend packing a couple of t-shirts and one or two nice tops (depending on how many dresses you want).

Bottoms – you’ll definitely want some shorts for the beach! I bring jean cut-offs and athletic shorts. Depending on your plans, you might want to bring a pair of jeans just in case.

Pjs – it’s usually pretty hot at the beach, so bring some lightweight pajamas1

Bras + underwear + socks – bring enough underwear for everyday + a couple extras. Take a look at the other clothing items you’re bringing to determine what kind of bras you need to bring (regular, strapless, sports bras).

Rain jacket – check the weather before you leave! If there is rain in the forecast, you should definitely bring a rain jacket!

Shoes – I always bring sandals, a pair of closed-toe shoes ( like tennis shoes or Keds), and a pair of wedges. Check out my favorite summer shoes on Amazon here.

Beach Hat: Bring a beach hat to protect your skin and get some shade! Plus it covers up any beach hair 😉

Sunglasses – Don’t forget your sunnies! I love to rock a fun pair at the beach! See more sunglasses here

Beach Packing List: Toiletries

Here are the toiletries/beauty products I include on my beach packing list! Of course, customize it for what you do and don’t need.

    • Make-up
    • Razor
    • Toothbrush + paste
    • Perfume
    • Deodorant
    • Face cleanser + lotion
    • Hair
      • Hairbrush (Wet Brush is the BEST, especially for detangling beach hair)
      • Bobby pins + scrunchy
      • Blow dryer + Curling Iron
      • Shampoo + conditioner
      • Hairspray/Styling Products
      • Leave-in conditioner (this is my fave
      • Dry shampoo
    • Chapstick (O’Keeffee’s is the best and it’s cheap!)
    • Sunscreen
    • Meds/First Aid
      • Prescriptions
      • Advil
      • Imodium
      • Antacid
      • Eye drops
    • Tweezers 
    • Bug spray (Wondercide is my favorite natural option)

Printable Beach Packing Checklist

As mentioned, here is a link to a customizable + printable Beach packing checklist Google Doc! Follow the directions to copy and create your doc so you can customize it to your own needs.

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