Beach Vacation

Packing List

and Tips


Scroll to the bottom for our FREE pdf family packing list.

Morea, French Polynesia
Moorea, French Polynesia

So you’ve got a beach vacation on your mind! Perhaps you’re working on a packing list and deciding what to bring. Print out our free pdf packing sheet to help you get organized. When our boys were younger I did all the packing for them, but now that they’re older, they do their own packing. I usually print one of these sheets for each person in my family and highlight the things they are responsible to pack. Depending on the number of days we will be gone, I add numbers next to the items to indicate how many they should pack. For example, if we’re going to be gone for a week, I might put a “7” next to t-shirts. Or if we will have access to a washer and dryer, I may just put a “3” next to t-shirts.

Here are a three “beach vacation” packing tips that I have found helpful over the years:

1. Your Carry-on can Double for a Beach Bag
When flying to a place like Costa Rica or Hawaii, I like to choose my beach bag/pool bag and have that be my carry-on for the flight. This helps cut down on bringing more than needed and makes sure the what you are bringing is double purposed.












2. Bring along a Collapsible Cooler
Beach vacations are always more fun with munchies to snack on. Consider bringing along a collapsible cooler that will fit easily inside your suitcase. This way you can pack drinks and other snacks that are best enjoyed cold. If you have access to ice, simply fill a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with ice and place it in the bottom of the cooler.












3. Floatie Fun
I don’t care how old you are, floaties are just fun! Hit your local Wal-mart or Dollar Tree or check out the links below, before your trip and get a floatie for each person in your family. These rafts and tubes will tuck neatly into your luggage (still in their packages of course). Enjoy them on the trip and then leave them behind when you go home. The next person staying in your hotel room or condo will thank you!














FREE pdf Family Packing List for Beach Vacations



What are your best packing tips for a beach vacation? Please share the comments below.


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Jody Robbins says... (Reply)
"The soft sided cooler is a great addition. Unfortunately, my husband keeps procuring the free ones from Corona." (2/25/18)
Dianne Sivulka says... (Reply)
"Ha! Yes, there's that. :-)" (5/19/18)
Maggie says... (Reply)
"Definitely agree about the cooler. We always bring baby powder, because it helps get the sand off before we get back in the car. " (2/25/18)
Dianne Sivulka says... (Reply)
"Yes, baby powder, great idea! I did that a lot when the boys were little." (5/19/18)
susanna says... (Reply)
"Floaties are key!!!" (2/25/18)
Dianne Sivulka says... (Reply)
"We've made some of the best memories with these silly things!" (5/19/18)
Cathy (Mummytravels) says... (Reply)
"I love a multitasking product. And the cooler is a great thought." (2/26/18)
Dianne Sivulka says... (Reply)
"Me too! Taking less along is always a good idea." (5/19/18)