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Your Ultimate Beach Travel Checklist


The beach is a magical place. It's a place where people come to escape their daily lives and enjoy some time in the sun and sand. If you're planning your first trip to the beach, or if you've been there many times before, then this ultimate checklist will help make sure that you don't forget anything!

Before you head to the beach, there are a few things you will want to do.

  • Check your passport, travel documents and visas
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination
  • Check COVID-19 travel regulations for your destination
  • Read up on any latest travel advice and warnings for your destination
  • Make sure that every person in your group has travel insurance that covers them for activities such as scuba diving or snorkeling

Before you pack for the beach

A Woman and a Child Packing a Suitcase

Once you've decided where you're going, it's time to start packing. Before you even start putting things in your bag, make sure that you have a few basics:

  • A beach towel (and maybe extra towels)
  • Beach chairs and umbrella (if they're not provided by the hotel)
  • Water shoes for walking along the shore or through rocky areas, since flip-flops can hurt when stepping on rocks or shells. You may also want to bring sandals or sneakers if there are any streets on your trip and plan on doing other activities besides lounging at the beach. You don't want to get sunburnt feet! If this is an issue for you, remember that most resorts provide sandals for guests who ask for them. You can also ask about complimentary water shoes if none are provided by your hotel. Keep in mind that many people prefer not to wear shoes at all while they're relaxing at their destination's beachfront resort—so go ahead and splash around barefoot!

What To Pack For The Beach - In Terms Of Clothing & Footwear. Beachwear.

A Man Packing Clothes in Luggages

A beach dress or cover-up is a must-have for the beach. It can be a kaftan, sarong or shirt and it should be lightweight and easy to carry around.

  • Beachwear should be comfortable, easy to put on, and lightweight.
  • Beachwear should also be breathable. This will allow your body to breathe and prevent heat from building up inside your clothing.
  • You may want to look for items that have UV protection as well. This can help protect you from sunburns as well as skin cancer down the road.

Beach Hat.

Woman Under Brown Hat

As an avid beach-goer, I’ve found that there is nothing worse than spending hours in the sun without a hat. Your scalp gets hot and sweaty, your hair can get sunburned, and you’re more likely to develop skin cancer (yes, even if you don't have fair skin). Thankfully, there are many options out there for stylish hats that will protect your head from excessive heat while also looking good!

Here are some things to consider when choosing a hat:

  • Size - Make sure it fits well and isn't too tight or loose. You should be able to comfortably wear sunglasses under the brim of your hat without feeling like they're going to fall off.
  • Material - The material should breathe well so that sweat doesn't build up inside of it (and smell bad later). A cotton twill fabric is always my go-to choice because it works well with any outfit but also keeps its shape when wet from being worn at the beach. Cotton twill is both comfortable enough for long days on the sand yet durable enough for repeated trips through washing machines without falling apart!


Woman Seated on Textile Applying Suncsreen

Sunscreen is a must. The sun's rays can be harmful to your skin, so it's important to use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen if you plan on spending time outside. Look for waterproof and water-resistant formulas that won't run when you sweat or towel off with a beach towel after swimming. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating profusely (Two hours isn't enough time for the first layer of protection to completely wear off).


Silver Framed Hippie Sunglasses on Concrete

Sunglasses are the only thing you should ever bring to the beach. The sun is brutal, and your eyes need protection.

When choosing a pair of sunglasses, there are several things you need to consider: shape of your face, lifestyle, budget and activities.

If you have an angular face (like me), then you will want to choose rounder styles that soften these angles. A square or rectangular shape can make your face appear longer than it actually is—and if it already looks long enough on its own? Well, then we have no choice but to send for reinforcements in the form of some extra-wide aviators or cat eye glasses.

If you spend most of your time at home or at work indoors with artificial light (which means sunglasses aren't really necessary), then I recommend going with clear frames so they won't clash with any outfit you might be wearing while lounging on the beach in front of a sunset backdrop like this one here!

Waterproof Makeup Bag

Set of professional makeup brushes on table
  • This is a pretty obvious one. You need to make sure that the makeup you bring doesn't get wet and ruined, which means you'll want to take steps to prevent it from getting wet in the first place.
  • The easiest way? Buy yourself a waterproof makeup bag. There are plenty of options out there, but they're all basically the same: they're bigger than your average purse or backpack and have zippers on them so that nothing can slip out when it rains. They can also come with compartments for different types of cosmetics (face, eyes, lips). These bags usually cost around $25-30 USD and can be found at any reputable makeup store or online retailer like Sephora or Ulta Beauty.
  • If you already own one but haven't used it before because you weren't sure how well it would work for beach days (i.e., giving yourself enough time to apply your look), give this new project some thought! You never know until you try—and if something goes wrong during application day at the beach (i.e., not having enough space), then this could be an easy fix while still helping keep those expensive products safe from harm

With all of this information, you should be ready to go to the beach and have a good time! I hope we've helped make your next trip to the beach more enjoyable by providing some tips on what to pack and what not to forget.


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