Beach Trip Essentials: 9 Things to Pack for Your Next Beach Trip

June 12, 2022

Spring has sprung and is swiftly making its exit. Believe it or not, summer is a lot closer than you think. I am already feeling the heat. It's a bit scary how quickly time goes by, but since we have no control over that we may as well enjoy it. There is no better way to commemorate the beginning of summer than with a beach trip. I love the beach and I've been to the beach more often than I can count. This is one of the perks of being from the Caribbean. So I feel qualified enough to give you tips on what to pack for a trip to the beach.

Bathing Suit

This is a no-brainer. If you are heading to the beach you will need something to swim in. Even if you have no intention of getting into the water you can relax on the shore while wearing your swimsuit. No beach trip is complete without swimwear. Instead of packing it, you can also wear it under your clothes and this makes it easier to change when you get to your destination.


Contrary to popular belief everyone should use sunscreen. So yes, my chocolate sistas and brothas, you too should bring sunscreen if you're heading to the beach. Sunscreen is a must-have for everyday life but even more so if you are planning to spend a day in the sun. The recommended SPF is 30 but I'm no pro so feel free to do more research as it relates to picking the sunscreen that is right for you.

Lip Balm/Chapstick

The sun and salty air can wreak havoc on our lips. Lip balm helps prevent chapped or cracked lips that are bound to happen while at the beach. A plus would be getting one with UV protection which offers great sun protection for your lips.


A beach trip is a great way to spend time with your loved ones. While having fun you are creating amazing memories and a camera comes in handy to capture the memories. Although it is important to put the devices away and live in the moment, a camera is a must-have for a trip to the beach.

Beach Towel

A towel may be the most useful thing you can take to the beach. After a swim, you can use it to dry off. You can use your towel as a buffer between you and the hot beach chairs. If there are no beach chairs you can spread your towel on the sand and lay on it. A towel can also be used as a DIY coverup if you happen to need one.


Prolonged exposure to sunlight may lead to dehydration. While at the beach there will be enough water to consume you, but the salty seawater won't quench your thirst. For this reason, it is essential that you travel with drinking water and at least have a refillable water bottle which you can top up when you run out. Depending on where you are going you may take a cooler or freeze the water overnight so you'll have access to cool, refreshing water.

Flip-Flops or Water Shoes

Sandals protect your feet from the hot sand. Flip-flops are great because they can easily be slipped on or off when necessary. Water shoes protect your feet both in water and on land. They are also slip-resistant and are great if you have to walk on a wet bathroom floor which is a regular occurrence at the beach.


No beach trip is complete without a good pair of sunglasses. You can look stylish while protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. If you already wear glasses with transition lenses those work perfectly as well.

Beach Bag

You'll need a bag to carry all your other beach trip essentials. The perfect beach bag is sturdy, has more than one compartment and, if possible, is water-resistant. You will also need a plastic bag for the wet clothes when you get changed. If you don't already have a waterproof phone case, Ziploc bags can also be used to protect your phone and any other small items of value you may have.


A beach trip or two is a necessity to tackle the heat this summer.  Spending a day at the beach is a fun way to spend time with your friends and family while keeping cool on a hot summer's day. These are just a few of the essentials needed to make your trip comfortable.

What is on your packing list for a beach trip? Tell me in the comments below.

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    Chapstick is a must! I swear my lips never used to get so dry in the sun but they do now haha

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      Lol, I know this feeling all too well. Thanks for reading!

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    i love beach days 🙂 thanks for the tips

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  • Reply manjirisfoods June 29, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Very useful

    • Reply Kimberley June 29, 2022 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks you for stopping by!

  • Reply Angela June 29, 2022 at 7:45 am

    This is useful thanks as I always seem to forget something on a beach trip, usually swim suit or sunscreen!

    • Reply Kimberley June 29, 2022 at 9:51 pm

      Oh no! Lol, I might forget sunscreen but never the swimsuit. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Samantha June 29, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Great post! My go to beach essential is music

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      You are right, don’t know how that didn’t make it on the list. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Carly @littlevoicebigmatter June 29, 2022 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for this! Going to the beach today actually 🙂

    • Reply Kimberley June 29, 2022 at 8:49 pm

      Nice, I hope you enjoyed your day!

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