Family time at the beach can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend a vacation together.
Building sandcastles, spotting dolphins, splashing in the waves, and playing frisbee are just a few of the memories you’ll make while at the beach.
I’ve compiled a family beach vacation packing list to help you make the most of your beach vacation. I hope it helps make the planning easier and the beach trip fantastic!
Family Beach Vacation Packing List!
1 – Beach Bag
With all the things you need to bring to the beach for your family, you’ll want a bag that has several compartments for sunscreen, towels, toys, and more.
This beach bag has 9 oversized pockets, two waterproof zipper pockets inside for your valuables, and a comfortable shoulder strap.
2 – Beach Cart
This collapsible wagon is a game-changer for families heading to the beach for the day.
It will fit beach chairs, a cooler, a beach canopy, and beach toys and can be pulled through soft sand. It even has built-in drink holders.
3 – Beach Chairs
The right beach chair can make or break your trip to the beach. It needs to be easy to carry and comfortable.
This beach chair has 9 positions, a cup holder, and slots for your face and arms so you can lie on your stomach comfortably.
A rolling beach cooler has made trips to the beach so much easier for my family.
They’re tall enough to fit several cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks, beer, and wine. And this cooler even folds up for easy storage. It’s amazing how much easier it is to transport all of your food and drinks to the beach with one of these.
5 – Sunscreen
Every beach packing list should include proper sunscreen. Getting sunburned at the beach can happen quickly and is a great way to ruin the rest of your vacation.
This sunscreen provides an SPF of 50, has a Menthol cooling sensation, and is cruelty-free.
6 – Beach Towels
A family trip to the beach should include lightweight, soft, and easy-to-care-for towels.
These Turkish towels are trendy right now because of how soft and absorbent they are. They’re so beautiful; you can even use them as a throw blanket.
Hat tip to my friend Cherisa for clueing me into how awesome these are. 😉
7 – Sand Toys
Building sandcastles and digging for shell treasures will keep your kids entertained for hours while at the beach.
I love that this sand toy collection comes with an awesome carrying bag and includes shovels, molds, buckets, and rakes.
This seashell bag makes it easy to stroll along the beach with your hands free while you collect and store seashell treasures.
Polarized sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and cut the glare that comes from the ocean.
These Dushine sunglasses have a high-quality plastic frame and are of excellent quality for the price. They’re great for use at the beach as well as driving.
10 – Kids Snorkel Mask
If you’re at a beach with water clear enough to snorkel (hello, Okaloosa Island, Florida), you’ll definitely want to bring along a snorkel and mask for the kids, and maybe even one for yourself.
This amazing one-piece snorkel mask has three separate air channels to ensure you inhale fresh air every time you breathe. This innovative technology makes snorkeling so much easier for kids.
11 – Water Shoes
These water shoes can go from the parking lot to sandy beach to rocky ocean floor. They have an anti-slip rubber sole that protects your feet from sharp objects.
They are ultra-light and dry quickly. They’re ideal for beach trips, kayaking, canoeing, and even snorkeling.
12 – Beach Snacks
Having fun in the sun all day will take a significant amount of snacks and drinks to keep your family fueled.
I love these GoGo Squeez Pouches because sandy hands can hold them without getting sand in them. They come in delicious apple, apple-strawberry, and apple-cinnamon flavors
13 – Beach Toys
Playing frisbee at the beach is fun for kids and adults alike, but this Toss and Catch Ball Set is easier for toddlers and younger children.
This set includes 2 softballs and a carry case. It helps increase hand-eye coordination and strengthens arm muscles.
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14 – Bocce Set
Bocce is the perfect game to play at the beach. Even small children can join in. All you have to be able to do is throw a ball.
This Bocce set is a great price for the quality and comes with a durable canvas carrying case to protect the balls no matter where you take them.
15 – Beach Canopy Tent
Spending hours in the sun can take a toll on your skin. Having a nice place to cool in the shade while enjoying the views will make your day more enjoyable.
This beach canopy by Akaso gets high ratings because it’s durable and lightweight while providing a large area of shade. It’s also easy to set up.
16 – Underwater Camera
Yisence makes this underwater camera so affordable that many people buy it for their kids to take pictures on beach trips.
It’s high quality and is waterproof at a depth of 10 feet. It takes pictures and video and is a great choice for snorkeling trips.
Even if you’re extremely careful about applying sunscreen, it’s still easy to get too much sun while at the beach.
This Sun Bum Cool Down Lotion has Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Cocoa Butter to ease your sunburn pain.
Another tip I have for you is to use straight coconut oil. It helps turn a sunburn into a tan and prevents peeling.
I’m a huge fan of seashell hunting while at the beach, and I’ve found that when I know the names of shells, it’s makes collecting extremely rewarding.
This shell identification guide by the Smithsonian is packed with over 500 types of shells with colorful pictures and information. It’s designed to be small enough to transport easily.
Or, jump here to read the shell identification guide I put together for my website. Also, see the button below for a free printable shell identification guide.
Other things you might want to include on your beach packing list:
- Swimsuit Cover-up
- Waterproof Wallet
- Sun Hat
- Bug Spray
- Portable Charger
- Insulated Cup
- Lip Balm
- First Aid Kit
- Compact Binoculars
- Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Head Lamp
- Beach Reads
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