Packing List For A Beach Vacation – Everything You Need For A Perfect Beach Holiday

Packing List For A Beach Vacation – Everything You Need For A Perfect Beach Holiday

Although summer is over in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s still a lot of sunshine and beautiful weather to be had in other places all around the world. In my books it’s always a great time for a holiday by the sea, so here’s your packing list for a beach vacation.

I usually try and pack lightly for a beach holiday as I don’t really want to carry to many things around with me.

If you want to save it for later, just click on the PDF link on the bottom of this short post and save it to your computer or print it out.


Beach Vacation Essentials

These are the things you’ll definitely need every day when going to the beach:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim wear – take two pairs to be able to change into a dry pair after swimming
  • Flip flops, sandals
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Disinfectant/disposable wipes
  • Beach bag
  • Waterproof covers/bags for your phone/tablets
  • Water Shoes
  • Beach Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Book/Kindle
  • Sarong

Flip Flops

Clothing For Beach Vacation

Apart from all of the essentials you’ll need for your day at the beach listed above, you’ll need a few other items (for example to change into when you’re done with the beach for the day).

I know you don’t think you need much else, but you might want to do other things apart from just lazing in the sun all day every day.

  • Tank tops
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Flip Flops
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers/Runners or other comfortable footwear
  • Hat/Cap
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleep wear
  • Jewelery
  • Sarongs/Cover ups
  • A light jacket just in case

Toiletries For Beach Vacation

These are the things you’ll need for your skin and hair care at the beach and afterwards:

  • Sunscreen
  • Lipbalm with sunscreen
  • Moisturiser Spray for your skin
  • Aloe Vera spray or gel for after sun care
  • Moisturiser spray for your hair
  • Insect repellent (depending on where you’re vacationing)
  • Toothpaste and brush
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Showergel
  • Hair products
  • Make up

Toys For Beach Vacation

Toys and games are not just for kids, there are so many things you can do at the beach, such as playing volleyball or going snorkeling or building a big sandcastle.

  • Sand toys/Bucket/Spade
  • Snorkel gear
  • Boogie board/Surfboard
  • Beach ball
  • Floaties and swim aids
  • Skim Ball (A ball that skims over the water)
  • iPad/Kindle/Book

Extras For Beach Vacation

Here are some more suggestions for things you might also need to have the perfect beach vacation:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Beach Chair
  • Umbrella or beach tent
  • Cooler plus a cool drink
  • Floaties
  • Portable speaker
  • Snacks

What should you pack for a 7-day beach vacation?

The following is an example of a packing list for clothing for a 7-day beach vacation. Add the above mentioned items as you like and need.

5 tops
2 shorts or skirts
2 dresses
1 jumper or light jacket
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair dress shoes, such as pretty sandals
1 pair flip-flops
1 hat
2 swimsuits
1 sarong
1 Sleepwear
A few pairs of socks
Underwear for 7 days
Accessories such as jewelery and belts


Packing List For A Beach Vacation – This is the downloadable and printable list in pdf format


Did I forget something? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy and safe travels!

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