Are you lucky enough to be heading to the beach this Spring or Summer? We just finished a wonderful stay in Florida on the beach and plan on heading back to another Florida beach this summer.
Although there are certain things I always pack wherever we travel, I’ve found that adding a few beach vacation essentials for these trips makes them much more enjoyable.
Ready to pack your beach vacation essentials?
Include these items for the perfect beach vacation:
The beach vacation essentials basics
These are the no-brainers, yet somehow if I don’t have a list, I tend to forget them (there’s been more than one run to the store for bathing suites before …).
- Bathing suits
- Beach hats
- Flip flops
- Beach towels
Even if you forget everything else, you can a fun beach day with these basic beach vacation essentials.
👉 These are my all-time favorite flip-flops. Not only are they great for the beach, but they are also wonderful for wearing everywhere else. I can easily walk an entire day at Disney World with no issues!
Beach Vacation Extras
If you are driving and have extra room, these are some awesome extras to bring along on your next beach vacation.
- Sand toys
- Beach chairs
- A ball to kick or throw
- Beach umbrella
- Beach games
Even if you fly, a quick trip to the dollar store can take care of this category for very little money. On our last day, we will give whatever we can’t take home with us to another family at the same resort or ask the resort if they’d like them for guests.
Tasty snacks for your beach vacation
If you drive, pack a cooler with these items, or if you fly consider using a soft-sided cooler as one of your carryons or adding it to a suitcase. I typically just fill it with breakfast food, snacks, or even clothing, and then we end up using it extensively once we arrive!
It’s great to have a cooler for fruit, sandwiches, or drinks, it’s easy to carry, and saves so much money versus buying overpriced drinks and snacks at beachside shops.
If packing a cooler doesn’t work, pick up an inexpensive one once you arrive – it will easily pay for itself.
👉 Here is an excellent option for a soft-sided cooler for your next beach vacation.
Conclusion: Beach Vacation Essentials
Hopefully, you’ll take this list and be ready for your next trip – without forgetting those beach vacation essentials!!
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