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Taking off on a family beach vacation? Use this completes packing list (plus a free download to take with you!) with additional packing tips to ensure you don’t forget anything.
Our family loves to travel and we especially love taking trips to the beach or tropical locations. Really anyplace that is warm, sunny, has a pool for relaxing and a beach for playing is our kind of vacation.
But before you get to the vacation, you have to plan the vacation. And once you plan the vacation, you have to pack for the trip! Which if your family is anything like mine, means you are the number one resource for all packing needs. And that responsibility can be anything but relaxing!
As our family continues to grow, and my brain space is taken up by countless other things, I have found that I have to have a packing list to go through as we prepare for trips.
The absolute worst feeling is when you realize you have forgotten something. Like that one time on our way to Cabo San Lucas where we got to the airport and realized we had forgotten my daughter’s birth certificate that was required since she was under two and was an unticked lap child.
Talk about stress! I am thankful we were able to make friends with the Southwest check-in attendant who let us slide. Otherwise, we would have missed our flight and our vacay would have been off to a rocky start.
Since then, I have created this complete packing list to make certain that I don’t have to entrust my vacation joy to the grace of an airline or convenient Walmart location ever again.
THE COMPLETE FAMILY BEACH VACATION PACKING LIST
Documents and Personal Items
- Birth Certificate or Immunization Records showing birth date (if flying with a child under 2 who will be a lap child)
- Drivers Licences
- Credit/Debit Cards & Cash
- Health Insurance Cards (accidents happen!)
- Hotel and excursion confirmations
- At least two swimsuits per family member (these are some of my favorites for moms!)
- Swimsuit cover-ups
- Underwear, bras, sports bras
- Sunhats (important for sun protection for little ones, nice to have for Instagram shots for you)
- Beach/Pool shoes
- Tennis Shoes
- Blouses and button downs for dinner
- Lightweight Jacket
- Workout Attire (for actual working out or just to look like you did – no shame, you are on vacation!)
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Toothpaste (reminder to pack a kid-friendly toothpaste for the little ones!)
- Floss sticks
- Aloe Vera Lotion
- Fingernail Clippers
- Dry Shampoo
- Hair Tools (these are a few of my favorites!)
- Hair brushes
- Hair Ties and Elastics
- Contacts & Contact Solution
- Moisturizer with SPF
- Prescription Medicines
- First Aid Kit
Tech & Toys
- Phone Chargers
- Watches (and chargers if your wristwear requires one)
- Extra Charger (get one with a long cord like this one)
- Waterproof Phone Case
- Laptop & Charger
- Books & Magazines
- Coloring Books (we love the Water Wow coloring books)
- Deck of Cards
- DSLR Camera (if your iPhone just won’t cut it to document the memories)
- Sound Machine (we are addicted to sleeping with ours after having little ones)
- Baby Monitor (if you have adjoining rooms)
- Extra batteries
Beach & Pool Items
- Beach Bag
- Beach Towels
- Beach Chairs
- Refillable Water Bottles (get something like the Swell bottles that won’t get sand in them)
- A small cooler or insulated bag for snacks and drinks
- Beach Toys
- Puddle Jumper or Floaties
- Waterproof Sunscreen (pack more than you think you need!)
- Lip Balm with SPF
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hair Brush
- Sea Salt Spray – to refresh your hair after the beach
- Insect Repellant
- Plastic Bags for Wet Swimsuits
- Swim Diaper
- Car Seat Protector (for the flight)
- Car Seat
- Sippy Cups/Bottles
- Snack Bowls/Pouches
- Pack N Play + Fitted Sheets
- Blankets or Lovies
- Travel Toys (here is a full list of my travel toy recommendations)
Want to take this list with you? Download a copy of this Family Beach Vacation Packing List to print out and check off as you pack up your suitcases! Fill out the form below to get the FREE download.