As a nation, we love the beach, yet taking a beach trip requires a level of packing that you won’t find on other day trips. Forget one or two things and your day could be ruined!

We don’t like ruined beach trips, which is why we’ve put together this list of essential items that you need to pack when you’re going to hit the beach.

Are you ready to read our beach packing checklist and ensure a great day by the ocean? Then read on and let’s get started!

1. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is something that a lot of us eschew, thinking that it’s unnecessary. Yet how many of us have thought this, only to get bad sunburn and regret it?

Sunscreen can prevent sunburn and help you tan, but it serves a more important purpose too. It can prevent you from getting skin cancer.

Ultraviolet light from the sun can cause mutations in your skin cells, leading to cancer. Blocking this light with sunscreen may save your life, so always carry a bottle in your bag!

2. Sandals or Other Appropriate Footwear

Whether you wear sneakers, heels, brogues, or boots most of the time, you should carry a pair of sandals with you when you head to the seaside. 

Beach sandals allow your feet to breathe, preventing your feet from getting too sweaty. If you get a pair that is waterproof, you can even wear them when you go for a paddle in the tide! 

A solid pair of shoes can also help you prevent a sting from jellyfish stingers and other venomous creatures.

3. Towels

If you’re going to go for a dip in the ocean, towels are essential. If you don’t dry off after a swim, you may get dry and irritated skin. 

However, this isn’t the only reason that you should bring towels to the beach! They’re great to lie on too! Bring at least two towels per person and you’ll be all set.

4. Swimsuits and a Change of Clothes

While you may be tempted to rock up to the beach in a swimsuit, you should always carry a change of clothes! Bring a bathing suit or swimming shorts for when you want to go for a swim, as well as a change of clothes for when you’ve dried off.

While you may feel sheepish changing on the beach, there are often changing rooms on larger beaches. If there aren’t any, you can always go to a secluded corner of the beach and change underneath a towel.

5. Medical Supplies

Sometimes things can go wrong when you’re at the beach. Jellyfish stings, cuts, or irritation from the sand can all cause issues. For this reason, carrying some medical supplies with you is a smart move: some soothing creams, plasters, bandages, gauze, and painkillers are all a good addition to your beach bag.

Put Our Beach Packing Checklist to Good Use

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that you’ll find our beach packing checklist helpful for your next trip to the seaside. If you’d like to read more helpful content like this, check out the rest of our blog today!



Patricia Ann Cole has been writing stories since she was a child. Most of those stories were of a paranormal nature. In her adult life she earned a BA in mathematics and taught elementary math for many years. She loves to read, particularly romance novels. She can talk for hours about a TV series. She adores her cat, Sonic. She loves spending time with family and friends, especially her nieces and nephew. She is an avid traveler and enjoys the more exotic adventures.