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Packing List: A Weekend at the Beach

Packing List: A Weekend at the Beach

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When jet-setting off to an impromptu weekend at the beach, the last thing you want is to be stuck pondering over what to bring.

Here’s a quick beach packing list with all the essentials to help you pack quickly so you can get out the door and on your way!

Beach Bag Essentials:
  • A roomy beach bag
  • Your favorite pair of sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (stick with SPF 30 or higher)
  • A beachy hat
  • 1 book and/or a couple magazines (don’t over pack… chances are you’ll read less than you expect.)
  • Portable iPod speakers… handy for the beach and the room!
  • iPod (loaded with our Ultimate Beach Playlist)
  • Camera (don’t forget your chargers and extra batteries)
  • Beach Towel
  • Snacks

  • 2 bathing suits (to ensure that you’ll always have a dry suit)
  • Beach cover-up
  • 1 pair hearty flip flops (I like Reefs… especially the ones with the bottle openers on the bottom!)
  • 1 pair nicer sandals 
  •  2 tops – day
  • 2 tops – night
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 skirt (or slacks)
  • 1 pair jeans
  • A cardigan / hoodie (for those chilly ocean breezes)
  • 1 pair pajamas
  • Enough undergarments to get you through the weekend

  • Sleep Kit (eye mask, ear plugs, travel alarm clock, etc.)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner combo (makes a fab impromptu shaving cream/ shower gel as well!)
  • Extra hair ties and barrettes 
  • Deodorant 
  • Any needed eye care (drops, saline solution, etc.)
  • Meds (Advil, birth control, etc etc.)

Makeup (for all you lovely ladies!)
With your bronze glow, you won’t need much makeup to make an impression. Stick with a natural color palette and go with just a few staples, such as:
  • Eye shadow
  • Blush
  • Lip gloss
  • Mascara

Finally, if you are driving and can spare the space, it’s great to bring:

  • A cooler
  • A case of water. (Grab what’s on special and save the money when you get to your destination.)
These items should all easily fit in a small carry-on sized bag and your beach bag. Surf’s up!
Have I forgotten any essentials? What’s in your beach bag?


    Posted at 19:29h, 31 July

    This is my kind of list! You can't beat Reefs built in bottle opener!

    One thing I did notice missing from the list…the booze!

  • Packed Suitcase
    Posted at 22:14h, 01 August

    Oh, good call! What's a beach vacay without the booze? 🙂

  • harvey weinstein
    Posted at 22:24h, 08 May

    “Enough undergarments to get you through the weekend”

    but how many is enough? that’s the point of the list! you could have just said “enough stuff to get you through the weekend” and been done with it.

    • Chris
      Posted at 12:13h, 02 June

      @harvey Thanks for your feedback. Personally, undergarments are a bit of an individual preference, especially at the beach where many wardrobe changes can occur during the day. If you have found a number that works for you- please share! 🙂

  • hannah kammerer
    Posted at 21:07h, 19 June

    forgot make up remover or wipes. nobody likes to spend a year taking it off with water and tissues 🙂

    • Chris
      Posted at 06:54h, 24 June

      Oh, good point! Make-up remover is a must-pack… Particularly at the beach when you want to avoid raccoon-eyes.

  • Linda Murray
    Posted at 09:53h, 02 September

    Thanks for the basic list. Very helpful.

  • Melanie Willis
    Posted at 12:42h, 05 September

    Sunscreen and aloe tanning oil if you would like

  • savannah jewell
    Posted at 17:53h, 11 May

    I think this was helpful, maybe say something about bringing coloring supplies, I know I can’t survive the beach without them!

  • K.K.
    Posted at 23:00h, 19 June


  • Sandra G
    Posted at 00:01h, 30 July

    Thanks for sharing. It’s helpful since I wasn’t sure where to begin besides the sunscreen and bathing suits. 🙂

  • Vickie Whisnant
    Posted at 16:26h, 14 August

    Thanks for this great list. Definitely going to follow this one only going 3 days, not going to need very much. Planning on just sitting close to the water and reading