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Beach Vacation Packing Checklist

Use this cheat sheet to remind yourself of what you need to pack (beyond clothes, of course!).

Accessories

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    Beach bag

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    Flip-flops

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    Glasses and/or contact lenses, if necessary (bring an extra pair, too)

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    Sunglasses

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    Sun hat

Clothing

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    Swimsuit

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    Swimsuit cover-up

Equipment

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    Alarm clock

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    Batteries for small electronics and cameras

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    Beach blanket

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    Beach chairs

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    Beach towels

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    Beach toys

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    Beach umbrella

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    Camera (and film, if needed)

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    Cell phone

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    Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop

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    Cooler

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    Fishing poles

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    Flotation devices

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    Goggles

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    Hair dryer

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    iPod and iPod dock

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    Snorkel and fins

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    Video camera

Health and Beauty Items

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    Aloe vera gel

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    Antibacterial wipes

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    Body lotion

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    Comb and brush

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    Contact lens solution, if needed

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    Deodorant

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    Face cleanser

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    First aid kit, including gas relief tablets, antacid, antidiarrheal medicine, antihistamine for allergies, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, non-aspirin pain reliever, thermometer in a hard case

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    Floss

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    Insect repellent

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    Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15)

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    Personal-hygiene items

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    Prescriptions

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    Razors

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    Shampoo and conditioner

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    Shaving gel

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    Soap

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    Sunscreen (pack at least one all-purpose sunscreen with SPF 15)

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    Toothbrush

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    Toothpaste

Miscellaneous

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    Addresses of friends and family for postcards

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    Books

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    Healthy snacks, such as chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels

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    Maps and directions (try randmcnally.com for maps, directions, and traffic information)

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    Money (cash, ATM cards, traveler’s checks)

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    Printouts of reservations, if applicable

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    Travel journal

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    Travel pillow and blanket

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    Travel-sized detergent