What to Take to the Beach for a Weekend Getaway

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Know which essentials to pack in your bag for a weekend trip to the water.


Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to plan your next trip to the beach. A weekend getaway to a coastline is the perfect way to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Whether you plan on traveling solo or with friends, this beach packing list covers all the essentials you’ll need to take to the beach.


Get Organized

Before you even start packing, start to organize your plans. Will you want to play a game on the sand? What about snorkeling or surfing? Once you figure out a somewhat solid game plan, then you can have a better idea of what to take to the beach.

You may also want to bring multiple bags: one for your regular luggage and one for beach gear. A lightweight, water-resistant duffel bag would be ideal for carrying around sunscreen, sandals, and shades. And you can’t beat wheeled luggage for all your main items and clothing.

We also recommend bringing a second, small bag to store your dirty bathing suits and clothes away from any unused, still-clean clothing in your suitcase.


Pack the Basics

Whether you plan on lounging on the sand or going on a tropical adventure, you should add these basics to your beach packing list.

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Mesh water shoes
  • Bathing suits
  • Beach towels
  • Aloe vera gel
  • After-sun lotion
  • Hair detangling spray
  • Cooler or cooler bag
  • Beach wagon
  • Swimsuit cover-up
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Beach bag
  • Portable phone charger
  • Relaxed clothing
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap and toiletries
  • Cool clothes (shorts, tank tops)
  • Comfortable pajamas

Of course, you will also want to bring any extras, such as a pair of swimming goggles, a snorkel, a frisbee, a beach ball, beach chairs, or a beach umbrella.


A weekend getaway to the beach is supposed to be fun. Don’t stress about creating a complete packing list. If you have the basics, you can always get anything you may need while on the go. Now, get ready to pack those bags and hit the waves.