We just returned from a heavenly week at the Cape. We were in a traditional beach cottage that was just a short walk to the beach. What I couldn’t get over was how much STUFF we brought. We had to take two cars to fit it all. I listed the necessities and weeded out what I wouldn’t bother bringing again. Here is my ultimate beach vacation packing list. I will link to my favorite brands wherever possible.
What to take to the Beach
2 Bathing suits (so one can be drying)
Wet bag– I LOVE this bag. It is big enough for my family of 5.
Change of clothes (I keep inside wet bag so we can switch at end of day)
Umbrella/ Pop-up Shade
Wagon to haul stuff to and from beach- I like this one because it is collapsible and packs easily into car.
Beach towels– I love how big and soft these towels are!
Beach bag– I’m a huge fan of Scout and love their beachy patterns. I just used this bag for the first time and it was perfect! They have a smaller size as well.
Protective pouch for phone– this one is awesome! My phone works through the plastic!
Small wallet– I just put a bit of cash in this and leave the rest at home
Clear toiletry bag– this bag is the perfect size and makes it easy to find what you need quickly and easily
Napkins/ plates/ cutlery
Plastic bag for trash
Sand toys- Target has a great selection
Army guys– my boys spend hours making “bases” out of sand
Walkie talkies/ Batteries
Masks for walking in public areas- my kids actually do better with a buff.
Pool noodle– the beach we visited used pool noodles to space people out. I also use the pool noodle under my daughter’s flat sheet to keep her from rolling out of bed at night.
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I hope this beach vacation packing list helps make your life a little easier. If there is anything I missed, please let me know in the comments below!
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