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20 Necessities for a "Great Day at the Beach"

Updated: Jan 4

When it comes to planning a day at the beach, packing the right essentials is crucial for a fun, comfortable and enjoyable trip. Whether you're soaking up the sun or splashing around in the ocean, it's important to bring the right items to protect your skin, stay hydrated, and stay entertained. From sunscreen and beach towels to water bottles and beach toys, having the right gear can make all the difference in your beach vacation experience. Below is a comprehensive checklist of the must-have items and where to order them.

  1. Sunscreen: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by packing sunscreen with a high SPF. Keep it mineral-free and Reef Safe. Don't forget to reapply every few hours.

  2. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun's glare by packing a pair of sunglasses.

  3. Beach towels: Bring at least one or two large beach towels to dry off after swimming and lounging.

  4. Beach bag: A sturdy beach bag can hold all your essentials, from sunscreen to snacks.

  5. Swimsuits: Pack enough swimsuits for your trip, so you can wear a fresh one each day.

  6. Cover-ups: Bring cover-ups or light clothing to wear over your swimsuit for when you're not in the water.

  7. Hats: A wide-brimmed hat can protect your face and scalp from the sun.

  8. Water bottles: Staying hydrated is important, so bring reusable water bottles to refill throughout the day.

  9. Snacks: Pack some healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, and granola bars to keep you fueled throughout the day.

  10. Beach chairs: If you plan on lounging on the beach, bring lightweight beach chairs to sit on.

  11. Beach umbrella: A beach umbrella can provide much-needed shade on hot days.

  12. Flip flops/sandals: Wear comfortable flip-flops or sandals that can be easily removed when walking on the beach.

  13. Waterproof phone case: Protect your phone from sand and water by packing a waterproof phone case.

  14. Camera: Capture memories of your trip by bringing a camera or smartphone with a good camera.

  15. First aid kit: Pack a small first aid kit with essentials like bandages, pain relievers, and insect repellent.

  16. Beach toys: If you're traveling with kids, bring along some beach toys like buckets, shovels, and frisbees.

  17. Cooler: Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks to enjoy on the beach.

  18. Insect repellent: Keep pesky bugs at bay by packing insect repellent.

  19. Entertainment: Bring books, magazines, or a portable speaker to enjoy while lounging on the beach.

  20. Cash: Bring some cash in case you need to purchase food, drinks, or souvenirs from beach vendors.

For further recommended beach items go to Seaside Searches' "Shop the Shore" page.

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