Beach Vacation Packing List [2024]: What to pack + tips!

Travelers! Read the latest from FlightDeck powered by @pilotplans
Beach Vacation Packing List [2024]: What to pack + tips!
Beach vacations are a great way to relax and leave all your worries behind. This no-fuss beach vacation packing list is your ticket to stress-free travel. All you'll have to work on is your tan!
Written by:

If you're anything like me, you're always stressing about what to bring to the beach. The anxiety kicks in when you start questioning yourself: Did I pack everything I'll need for this trip?

It's become such a big hassle in my life I've decided to write this beach vacation packing list to help with both myself and all y'all out there that are stressing about what to bring to a beach vacation.

First thing first: to make packing for the beach even easier, you should use packing cubes. Packing cubes keep your bag organized and help you fit more into your luggage. 

Packing cubes are great no matter what trip you are going on. Packing for a beach vacation is similar to packing for a cruise but even simpler! 

Now that we've got you covered on organization, let's get to the real question: what do you bring on a trip to the beach?

Packing List for Beach Vacation: What to bring?

The most important things you need to bring to the beach are listed below. These items include your beach clothes, regular accessories, toiletries, and beach necessities. Refer to this packing list so you leave nothing behind!

Beach vacation bikini outfit
Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash

Clothes and Beachwear

  • Swimsuits
  • Swim Cover-ups
  • Underwear/bras
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Dresses
  • Pajamas
  • Workout/active clothes
  • Jacket for nighttime
  • Belt
  • Jewelry
  • Travel day clothes

Accessories and Shoes

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Purse/wallet
  • Beach bag
  • Flip flops
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Water shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones
  • Travel pillow
  • Laundry bag

Toiletries & Safety Items

  • Sunscreen
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash
  • Lotion
  • Aloe
  • Hair ties
  • Deodorant
  • Contacts/glasses
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Perfume
  • Masks
  • Covid tests
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Bug spray
  • Face tissues
  • Disinfectant wipes
Travel sunscreen for packing list
Photo by Batch by Wisconsin on Unsplash

Travel Documents

  • Passport (if traveling abroad)
  • Visas (if required)
  • Boarding passes (if flying)
  • Hotel/hostel reservations
  • ID (for drinking!!)
  • Activity confirmations (tours, water sports, activities, dinner reservations - if any)
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Insurance information

Things to Take to the Beach

Beach relaxing vacation
Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash

Must-brings to pack for a beach vacation

If you forget to bring anything to the beach, there's almost always a beach shop where you can grab what you need. But, beachside stores tend to be pricey, so remember these important things!


Remember to apply your lotion regularly and generously. You can buy more sunscreen but you can't buy youth - okay, that's debatable. But you definitely don't want a bad sunburn on your first day at the beach. Keep your vacay about pleasure, not pain!


The other essential for the beach is water. Bring a reusable water bottle, and make sure you drink throughout the day to stay hydrated. Cocktails are great, but water is essential - if you want to make it to the end of the night :)

Hat and Sunglasses

Keeping the sun out of your beautiful face and pretty eyes is important. Hats prevent sunstroke and are a great way to spice up your beach look. Win, win. If you wear sunglasses, apply sunscreen evenly over the rest of your face, so you don't get a funny raccoon tan. 


Whether you bring a book, music, games, or some beach toys or balls, It's nice to have a backup plan to stay entertained for a whole day on the beach. 

Here's a great day-to-day quick reference list you can use each morning before you head out to the surf and the sand. 

10 things you should always have when going to the beach:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Hat
  4. Water
  5. Games, music, or other entertainment
  6. Beach bag
  7. Towel
  8. Keys to the hotel or hostel
  9. Snacks
  10. Swimsuit coverup/shirt
Photo by The Travel Nook on Unsplash

How to Pack for a 7-Day Beach Trip?

Spending a whole week at the beach? Lucky you! Packing for a seven-day beach trip is easy, especially if you're willing to re-wear your beach outfits several times. 

Assuming you won't be doing any laundry on your beach vacation, bring 3-4 swimsuits and rotate through them. After you wear one suit, rinse, hang it up to dry, shake out any sand, and it will be ready for you to wear again in a few days. 

This same principle applies if you spend more than seven days at the beach. You can wear your swimsuits every few days. So, you'll need to pack more non-beachwear like underwear and clothes, unless you plan on re-wearing or washing those too.

You won't need more than one outfit for each day of your trip. You'll probably only wear regular clothes at night once you've left the beach. 

Do I Need to Bring a Beach Towel on Vacation?

One of the most important things to have at the beach is a towel! But, sometimes, you won't need to pack one. If you're staying at a beachside hotel or resort, there is a 99% chance they will provide towels for you to use during your stay. 

Saving precious space in your suitcase is important. Check with your hotel before you pack to find out whether you need to pack a beach towel.

If you're staying in a hostel, bring your own beach towel. You may want to pack two towels, one for showering and one for swimming, and you don't want to have to dry off after a shower with a salty towel. 

If you need to pack a beach towel, get a small, compact one like the Rainleaf Microfiber Towel. The towel comes in six sizes and ten colors. 

Going on a beach vacation trip.
Photo by Julian Dik on Unsplash

Where to Buy Clothes for a Beach Vacation?

Beach clothes are fun to wear. It's nice to wear colors and patterns we wouldn't always be comfortable wearing in other settings. But that also means you might have to get clothes specifically for your beach vacation. 

Tommy Bahama is a great option for beach clothing. They cater to men and women. You'll find they have everything from swimsuits, shirts, shorts, dresses, and accessories. If you're looking for beach furniture like chairs and umbrellas, you can find those too.

Time for the Beach!

Now that you're packed, it's time to hit the beach! But first, plan the perfect trip with Pilot!

Pilot - A Social Trip Planner - Banner
Pilot is a social trip planner to discover and build travel itineraries connecting you to resources everywhere, for free. Pilot makes it fun and easy to create and share your favorite travel moments.

Collaborate stress-free with your travel companions and have all the features you need all in one place with Pilot. It’s completely free and ready for you to try it out now!
Pilot - A Social Trip Planner - Banner

Disclosure: Pilot is supported by our community. We may earn a small commission fee with affiliate links on our website. All reviews and recommendations are independent and do not reflect the official view of Pilot.

Sarah Hartness Blogs
Written by:
Sarah Hartness
linkedin logoInstagram logo
Pilot Icon in White

Satisfy your wanderlust

Get Pilot. The travel planner that takes fun and convenience to a whole other level. Try it out yourself.

Get started
Get started
Pilot Icon in White

Satisfy your wanderlust

Get Pilot. The travel planner that takes fun and convenience to a whole other level. Try it out yourself.

Get started
Get started

Make the most of every trip

Join 25,000+ travelers and Pilot your next adventure!
Get the app
Get the app
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Pilot Plans web app product images

You won’t want to plan trips any other way!

The trip planner that puts everything in one place, making planning your trip easier, quicker, and more fun.

Get the app
Get the app
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Close button
Pilot Plans web app product imagesClose button
Get the app
Get the app
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.