What to Pack For a Family Beach Vacation

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Are you planning a family beach getaway this summer? Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhats are a given, but we found a few other things that are packable and practical for your next fun in the sun family getaway.  From the best beach chair to keeping your phone water-tight, we’ve got you covered.

Beach Bag

Check out our full post on our favorite summer beach bags.  There are so many to choose from out there.  We did the narrowing down for you!

Lands End Canvas Tote Bags  – These classic canvas totes are available in different sizes and color combinations.

Beach Umbrella

There are so many different sun shades and beach umbrellas available.  This summer we purchased a Cool Cabana and have absolutely loved it.  It isn’t heavy and can set up by one person easily.  It has stayed put on higher sea breeze days and provides shade for the whole group.

Beach Cooler

Watermelon, apples, sandwiches, sodas, whatever you want to keep cold for a picnic lunch or snacks to keep your crew going on a hot day on the beach these coolers are perfect for packing.

Best Beach Cooler

The ICEMULE Coolers come in different sizes, colors and can easily be rinsed off in between beach trips.

Sand Free Beach Blanket

What to Pack for a Family Beach Vacation - Beach Blanket

This sand-free beach blanket with built-in sand anchors will stay put while your family spread out.  It’s lightweight and compact and dries quickly… win-win-win – perfect for a nap under the beach umbrella or enjoying a picnic lunch.

Wildhorn Outfitters Beach Blanket

Water Bottles

We have loved these Hydro Flask Water Bottles for the beach this summer.

They have kept the water cold all day and the coffee top lid style has kept the sand out of the water bottle.  Each person has their own different color so the kids can easily snag their bottle from the bag.

Beach Chair

We have used these beach chairs for years. It has straps and can be carried as a backpack, reclines to a few different positions and has a little carrying case and cooler case that you can fill if you are just heading down to the beach solo and don’t need to pack for a crowd 😉 They have lasted years.  Definitely worth the investment.

The Tommy Bahama Beach Chair is available on Amazon and at Costco.

Beach Toys

Our Favorite Beach Toys For Kids Of All Ages

We absolutely love this catch and release beach aquarium.  The kids have used it almost daily on the beach this summer.

Our Favorite Beach Toys For Kids Of All Ages
SwimWays Finding Dory Mr. Ray.  They are meant as a pool toy but pair well with the baby pool on the beach too!  The characters are perfectly sized for their little hands and Mr. Ray doubles as a net to catch shells on the shore.

Waterproof Phone Cases

These little waterproof bags by Joto fit a bunch of different phone sizes and allow you to still use the touchscreen and take pictures through the protective case.

These Joto Universal Waterproof Case & Dry Bags have over 23,000 raving reviews on Amazon.

Beach Towels

Even if beach towels are provided, you might want to pack a few to have on hand. A lot of the resort towels are small and cover about half of your body – ok half of my body 🙂 Or rental properties don’t have enough for the whole crew.  I love throwing on a big fluffy beach towel that’s been warmed in the sun after swimming.


These Laguna Beach cabana style beach towels are super soft and perfectly oversized.

If you want a lightweight, quick dry, easily packable towel, these Dock & Bay Microfiber Beach Towels are perfect.  They are available in a bunch of different colors.



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