Finally, your well-deserved beach holiday has arrived and it's time to pack. So from swimwear to sunscreen, and everything between, we have put together a detailed packing list for your beach holiday. First, you will find a short list of essentials for a beach holiday and then a more comprehensive list, that enumerates everything you could possibly need, from first aid kits to technology.
Aftersun lotion/Aloe vera
Swimsuits / Bikini / Swim Shorts
Bath towel/beach towel
If necessary, a beach mat (at rocky beaches)
If necessary, waterproof dry bag
Waterproof cases for your mobile phone, camera, etc.
Cooler bag + batteries
Air mattress + pump
Beach tent/wind shield
The important stuff. You can’t board a plane without your passport, and you can’t buy a coffee in any city without a bit of money. Here’s a tip: always bring your IDs and documents with you. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing the originals with you, take a photo of them or have a PDF scan on your phone. Just make sure a stranger isn't able to unlock your phone.
Credit card/Debit card
Cash (foreign and domestic)
Phone number of your bank if you need to lock (or unlock) your card
Consider bringing a bum bag to keep all your things in (all the hipsters are doing it)
ID cards: Identity card and/or passport
Driver's license (if you have one)
Student card (if you have one)
Health insurance card and, if necessary, proof of health insurance abroad
Any medical prescriptions (in case you need them)
Train ticket or plane ticket
Hotel confirmation (with the address on it)
Visa (if required)
Maps if you need one, I’d recommend downloading an offline map for the place you’re visiting
Remember: most of us often take too much in your bags. Pack only the bare essentials and spare yourself the unnecessary weight. Even if you are travelling for more than a week, you often do not need more than a few days worth of clothes. No matter where you are in the world, you'll almost always have the opportunity to wash - even if it's only in a hotel sink. Your wardrobe may vary depending on the season, but the most important thing is to wear comfortable shoes!
Swimwear, I’d take two sets to be on the safe side
Belt (if required)
Pullover (worth having for a cold flight)
Hat (to shade the sun)
Sandals or some flip-flops that are comfortable (just beware the awkward tan lines)
A water bottle you can refill
Combination lock for your luggage (especially important if you are in the hostel)
A book or magazine (Here’s some inspiration
Glasses (If you need them to read your new book)
There's nothing is worse than being unwell while travelling, so pack a few medical essentials for your trip. What you need depends, of course, on your destination and the season (for example, if you need mosquito spray). But first think about your individual medications, especially those you need to take regularly.
Wound and blister plaster
Pain and fever remedies
Something to calm a gippy tummy
Allergy pills (possibly nasal spray and eye drops)
Aloe vera (or some after-sun) for those of you that go lobster-red
No-one goes anywhere without their mobile these days and holidaying at the beach is no different. How else would you take your snaps for the 'Gram? To make sure you don't run out of battery, and for general entertainment, here's our must-have list of tech items to take with you.
Mobile phone + charger
Powerbank + charging cable (You can get a solar-powered one for the beach)
Adapter for the socket
Camera + battery, charging cable, and SD card
Laptop or tablet + charging cable