Got a beach trip coming up soon?
Well, despite the fact that we’re mighty jealous and our stomachs are burning with envy, we’ve decided to come up with a beach and summer travel packing list, so you don’t have to.
It might seem like there aren’t that many things you’ll need besides a bikini and a pair of flip-flops. It’s easy to go down that road and just cram a few dresses in a bag before you leave.
However, an important thing to remember when packing for a beach trip is that only a well thought-out trip is a good one.
That’s why you shouldn’t even begin packing before consulting with our beach and summer travel prep guide and packing list.
Nothing good in life has ever happened without a bit of prep work, and same goes for packing.
Before you start rummaging through your closet, make sure you get a few things done first:
- Get a travel insurance
- If necessary, get a visa
- Make sure your passport hasn’t expired
- Pay all of your bills (so you don’t have your post-vacation bliss ruined by overdue rent)
- Take care of pets and plants
- Get a haircut
- Get a wax
Once you’ve got your itinerary, your house and your body hair all settled, you can proceed to the dreaded packing.
Whether you’re not planning on stepping foot outside your resort, or you’re set on exploring the coast, you must remember that beachwear is not a substitute for regular clothes – sorry. Start packing groups of clothes together, so you’ll make navigating through them later much easier.
- A pair of panties for every day of the trip, plus two extra pairs
- Soft, unpadded bras
- A teddy or a nightdress to sleep in
- Tanks tops or T-shirts
- A kimono or a fine-knit cardigan
- A dressy top
- A pair of linen pants
- Woven shorts
- Flowy skirt
- A couple of maxi dresses
- A couple of short casual dresses
Swim and beach wear
- A swimsuit
- A beach cover-up
- Long kaftan dress
- A pair of jelly slides or flip-flops
- Comfortable flat sandals or espadrilles
- A pair of dressy sandals
- Canvas or mesh sneakers
- Wide-brimmed beach hat
- A baseball cap
- A colorful headband
- Colorful statement jewelry
- Water-resistant watch
- Two beach towels
- Snorkeling mask or swimming goggles
- A large packable beach bag with a zipper
- Small cross body bag for nights out
- Books and magazines
- Beach floats and beach balls
- Phone charger
- Tablet or e-reader
- E-reader charger
- Portable battery
- Camera battery or charger
Fill small, travel-sized bottles with all of your favorite products, including your contact lens solution. You’ll save space and avoid going shopping for special travel toiletries.
- Hydrating body lotion
- Face cream
- Makeup remover
- Cotton pads
- Dental floss
- Hair brush
- Hair ties
- Bobby pins
- Hair oil or a leave-in hair moisturizing spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Manicure set – nail file, nail clippers, nail polish and nail polish removing pads
- Sunscreen with at least 15SPF
- Face cream with at least 30SPF
- UV hair protection spray
- Lip balm with sun protection
First aid and prescriptions
- Waterproof Band-Aids
- Ibuprofen (take half of it for pain-relief and a whole tablet in case of fever)
- Aloe or similar after-sun care
- Allergy medication
- Antidiarrheal medicine
- Motion sickness medicine
- Contact lens solution
- Insect repellent
- Hotel reservation
- Bus/airplane tickets
- GPS navigation (if you’re traveling by car)
- Travel insurance
- Credit cards
- Bring a large woven or linen scarf in case your sightseeing leads to you to a church, mosque or a monastery. Religious places require a more modest attire, so it’s always good to have a scarf around if you need to cover up quickly. It’d be a shame to miss out on all the historical sights because of a tank top.
- I’ve got two words for you – Swiss knife. You’ll find everything you’d ever need on a beach in that one and a half inch of metal. It has tiny scissors for those pesky sticking threads, a small knife for cutting fruit, tweezers for pulling out thorns and splinters, a toothpick, and a small nail file because – well because you never know when you’ll need one.
- Get a cheaper pair of sunglasses made from plastic or hard rubber and wear them to the beach. Your expensive designer shades will most definitely meet their death at the hands of sand and salt, so it’s good to have a cheaper pair that will take the beating.