Is your family vacation just around the corner? Make packing for the beach easy with these simple tips!
I love going on vacations with my family. It’s a time when we all take a step away from our everyday lives, disconnect a bit, and really enjoy our time together. We love to plan family vacations to warm destinations during the winter months! Our next trip has me packing for the beach with these easy ideas!
This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Gain at Walmart.
Packing for the Beach Made Easy
My kids are huge fans of the beach life. Staying in a nice hotel that’s close to the beach is one of their favorite things to do. I love escaping to warm sun and the sound of the ocean in the stretch of winter months. That makes it a great family vacation for us.
While heading out on a family trip together can be a great way to reconnect and explore, but travel is a learning experience too! That’s why we plan at least one trip a year!
Packing for the Beach – Beach Trip Packing List
When it comes to getting ready for a beach vacation, I find that focusing on the beach necessities makes packing quicker and easier. The beach is one destination that I find it easy to overpack for (I’m the queen of overpacking) so I follow a basic list for each family member when I’m packing for the beach.
Using a family beach vacation packing list ensures that I don’t forget anything we need and keep the extra items under control too!
You can download our free printable checklist at the bottom of this post to help you the next time you’re packing for the beach!
- Driver’s License
- Credit/Debit Card
- Health Insurance Card
- Car Insurance Card
- Confirmation Information for Hotel, Car Rental, etc.
- Medication & Vitamins – this also includes any necessary supplements you need (I always keep these in my carry-on)
Clothing for Everyone
When it comes to clothing for a beach trip, I highly recommend bringing more than one swimsuit. I dislike wearing a damp swimsuit and I’m sure I’m not alone! So add in a second suit and you can alternate wearing them so you always have a dry one!
- (2) swimsuits
- (2) rash guards for the kids
- swim cover-ups
- underwear – one pair for each day plus 1-2 extra
- pajamas – we usually take a pair for every two days
- shirts – one for each day plus 1-2 extra
- shorts – one pair for each day plus one extra
- tennis shoes
- water shoes
You can swap in skirts or pants for some of the shorts. Just make sure to pack one item for each day plus at least one extra!
Clothing will take up the most space when you’re packing for the beach. If you have access to laundry, you can take about half the clothing and wash it during your vacation. Laundry might not be what you want to do when you’re on vacation, but with the family, I’ve found it’s a nice option to have!
Laundry is a huge part of preparing for a family vacation. Once I’ve gathered all of our vacation clothes, there is usually some laundry to be done before I can actually pack!
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- Ponytail holders/headbands
- Detangler/Hair gel
- Nail clippers
- Pain reliever (for both kids and adults)
- First aid kit
I used to overpack toiletries because I felt like I needed to bring all of our specific products. But when we’re staying at a hotel, I’ve learned that we can survive using the soap, shampoo, and conditioner that they provide! It saves so much space!
Don’t forget items that might be specific to your family such as makeup, contact solution, rash cream, lotion etc.
But keep it simple to save space and time while packing for the beach!
Packing for the Beach Bag
The beach bag is where I need the most guidance to make sure I don’t bring more then we need or forget the necessities. Here’s our beach vacation checklist for the ever-important beach bag!
- Bag to put everything in
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- After sun lotion/Aloe
- Beach towels (we use the hotel ones to dry off but it’s nice to have larger ones to sit on the sand)
- Beach blanket
- Beach toys
- Baby powder (to help remove sand)
Free Printable Packing for the Beach List
If you’re just getting started packing for the beach, do your laundry and then print our free printable checklist to help you pack everything your family needs to have a great vacation!
You’ll be ready to hit the beach with your family in no time! And don’t worry if you end up overpacking, I still do it all the time!
The last trip we went on, I packed enough clothes for Carrigan to stay a few more days! We managed to pack it all back in our suitcases along with all of our souvenirs!
So don’t be afraid to start packing and get ready for your next beach vacation!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gain at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.