When the summer sun starts heating things up, you want to cool down at the beach.
Taking a trip to the beach allows you to kick back and relax while catching some rays.
Arriving fully prepared reduces stress and saves money. Of course, what you need to bring can vary widely based on the type of person you are and the people you’re traveling with.
The checklist for someone looking to get away from it all might look quite a bit different from the checklist of a family of four. Still, you can use this basic beach checklist to help you get ready for your upcoming trip.
The surest way to ruin a beach trip is to get a bad sunburn.
Even those who don’t usually get burned should keep their skin protected. The sun can still do damage that you can’t see or feel.
Sunscreen is sure to be available no matter where you’re traveling, but you’ll find that the prices at corner stores are significantly higher. Here are some of the things you should pack:
- Sunscreen with a high SPF
- Lip balm with SPF to protect your lips
- Lightweight long-sleeved clothes if you’re prone to burning
- Rash guard top to prevent burning on the shoulders
- Aloe vera gel to soothe sensitive skin at the end of the day
- Sun hat
Beach Clothing Basics
Having the right clothes can make a big difference.
Be sure to choose things that are comfortable for the types of activities you’re doing. A string bikini might make sense if you’re planning to read a book and work on your tan, but it’s not the best choice for surfing or bodyboarding.
This is why we suggest adding an extra set of clothing to your beach checklist.
Taking more than just your bikini or board shorts for the day will make the world of difference as there’s nothing worse than having to walk around or go and get food in damp clothing for the rest of the day.
Pack these essentials:
- Beach cover-ups
- Beach towels
- Comfortable t-shirts and shorts for non-swimming activities
- Thongs or sandals
- Other appropriate clothes for restaurant dining and activities off the beach
Beach Equipment for Comfort
Taking a few extra things to the beach can make a big difference in your comfort level.
While there are some absolutely necessary items you will need to take with you, there are some others that will make your beach visit that much more enjoyable.
Think about the types of things you need:
- Comfortable seating, whether a large beach blanket for lying in the sun or portable beach chairs
- Sun umbrella or a small tent, especially if you burn easily or are bringing small children
- Beach bag for towels, sunscreen and other essentials
- Cooler for cold drinks and snacks
- Waterproof container for things like money, phones and credit cards
Fun in the Sun
You’re going to the beach to have a good time, and bringing along a few toys can make that happen no matter how old you are.
Many of these items you will probably already have around the house, especially if you have kids. However, at the beach, people of all ages can appreciate these items.
Think about your schedule and pack up:
- Sand toys for the kids
- Water guns
- Snorkel, goggles and flippers
- Surf boards or body boards
- Floatation devices
- A good book
First Aid Kit
With luck, you won’t need anything that you bring along with you in the first aid kit, but it’s always a smart idea to have one.
These are also the types of items that tend to have a high mark-up in convenience stores near the beach.
Consider packing some or all of the following items:
- Panadol for headaches, muscles aches and fever
- Antiseptic ointment to treat cuts
- Medicine for an upset stomach, heartburn or diarrhoea
- Band aids for minor cuts
- Instant ice packs in case of bluebottle stings
- General cold or allergy medicine, just in case
Other Travel Essentials
The entire trip won’t be spent at the beach, so you’ll probably want to add a few other travel basics to your beach packing list. Don’t forget to pack:
- Printed directions, maps or a GPS navigation device
- Cameras, along with a charger, backup batteries and extra memory cards
- Travel pillows and blankets (for the ride home!)
- A small kit with your personal hygiene items
- Small things to keep the kids entertained
Your trip to the beach should be a relaxing time no matter how you spend it.
By carefully creating a beach checklist before you start packing, you can make sure that you bring all the items you want to have with you. Take our ideas and customize them to suit your needs.