Beach Vacation Packing Checklist

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



  • Beach bag

  • Flip-flops

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

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat


  • Swimsuit

  • Swimsuit cover-up


  • Alarm clock

  • Batteries for small electronics and cameras

  • Beach blanket

  • Beach chairs

  • Beach towels

  • Beach toys

  • Beach umbrella

  • Camera (and film, if needed)

  • Cell phone

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

  • Cooler

  • Fishing poles

  • Flotation devices

  • Goggles

  • Hair dryer

  • iPod and iPod dock

  • Snorkel and fins

  • Video camera

Health and Beauty Items

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Antibacterial wipes

  • Body lotion

  • Comb and brush

  • Contact lens solution, if needed

  • Deodorant

  • Face cleanser

  • 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

  • Floss

  • Insect repellent

  • Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15)

  • Personal-hygiene items

  • Prescriptions

  • Razors

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Shaving gel

  • Soap

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

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste


  • Addresses of friends and family for postcards

  • Books

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

  • Maps and directions (try for maps, directions, and traffic information)

  • Money (cash, ATM cards, traveler's checks)

  • Printouts of reservations, if applicable

  • Travel journal

  • Travel pillow and blanket

  • Travel-sized detergent

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