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The perfect packing list for your beach holiday

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.

Not the right packing list for you?  Try our packing list for a hiking holiday or packing list for a winter holiday.

Short essentials packing list

  1. Sunscreen

  2. Aftersun lotion/Aloe vera

  3. Bug spray

  4. Swimsuits / Bikini / Swim Shorts

  5. Tunic/beach dress

  6. Sunglasses

  7. Flip flops/sandals

  8. Bath towel/beach towel

  9. If necessary, a beach mat (at rocky beaches)

  10. Beach bag

  11. If necessary, waterproof dry bag

  12. Waterproof cases for your mobile phone, camera, etc.

Additional packing list for the beach with children

  1. Cooler bag + batteries

  2. Air mattress + pump

  3. Balls/water games

  4. Beach tent/wind shield

  5. Water wings

Tickets, money, and documents (and, of course, more documents)

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.

  1. Credit card/Debit card

  2. Cash (foreign and domestic)

  3. Phone number of your bank if you need to lock (or unlock) your card

  4. Consider bringing a bum bag to keep all your things in (all the hipsters are doing it)

  5. ID cards: Identity card and/or passport

  6. Driver's license (if you have one)

  7. Student card (if you have one)

  8. Health insurance card and, if necessary, proof of health insurance abroad

  9. Any medical prescriptions (in case you need them)

  10. Train ticket or plane ticket

  11. Hotel confirmation (with the address on it)

  12. Visa (if required)

  13. 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!

  1. Swimwear, I’d take two sets to be on the safe side

  2. Trousers, shorts/skirt

  3. Belt (if required)

  4. T-shirts, tops

  5. Pullover (worth having for a cold flight)

  6. Rain jacket

  7. Underwear

  8. Socks

  9. Pyjamas

  10. Sunglasses

  11. Hat (to shade the sun)

  12. Sandals or some flip-flops that are comfortable (just beware the awkward tan lines)

Miscellaneous stuff

  1. Sleep mask

  2. A water bottle you can refill

  3. Combination lock for your luggage (especially important if you are in the hostel)

  4. A book or magazine (Here’s some inspiration

  5. Glasses (If you need them to read your new book)

A travel first-aid kit

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.

  1. Personal medication

  2. Wound and blister plaster

  3. Pain and fever remedies

  4. Something to calm a gippy tummy

  5. Allergy pills (possibly nasal spray and eye drops)

  6. Ointment

  7. Mosquito repellent

  8. Aloe vera (or some after-sun) for those of you that go lobster-red

Packing list technology and accessories

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.

  1. Mobile phone + charger

  2. Powerbank + charging cable (You can get a solar-powered one for the beach)

  3. Headphones

  4. Adapter for the socket

  5. Camera + battery, charging cable, and SD card

  6. Laptop or tablet + charging cable