Packing Up — Beach Week Pack List

DSC_1452 Spending a full week at the beach, to us, is one of life’s great luxuries.  So relaxing, so fun.  Getting ready? Ugh.

Packing for trips has become so.much.easier. since the little people have gotten older and are super helpful.  However, each time a beach (or really mountain — or anywhere you will be for a bit) trip would roll around I’d start making notes on old envelopes, while wondering why I couldn’t write down my pack list, once and of all, somewhere I could find it each year.  So here it is.  If you are going to a rental that provides one roll of toilet paper and a view?  Here is it.

Because packing usually takes place over a period of days or even weeks (over planners anonymous, do they exist?) I find it very helpful to print out met list and MARK IT OFF.  Inevitably I’ll forget what I’ve packed, or still need to.

(good for trips with accommodation rentals that don’t provide toiletries, linens and such)

For the people (I make a grid and we check off as we go, except the time I brought literally nothing for Chase except bathing suits? How did that happen?)

  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • pajamas
  • Bathing suits (I like bringing at least 3 each)
  • sunshirts
  • sun hats
  • sunglasses
  • beach shoes (flip flops or crocs)
  • shoes (for outings.  bike friendly)


  • hand soap for each sink
  • dishwasher detergent
  • dish soap
  • laundry detergent
  • napkins
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • bar soap for each shower
  • shampoo for each shower
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • face care
  • deodorant
  • razors
  • sunscreen
  • medicines you MAY need. Pack a ziplock bag of any medicine you have at home you might possibly need.  Bring it on every vacation and then no one in your family will ever get sick 😉


  • hand towel for each bathroom
  • kitchen towels (more than you think)
  • sponges
  • bathroom towels
  • beach towels
  • sheets for each bed
  • pillowcases


  • games
  • puzzles
  • books
  • movies
  • kites
  • beach buckets and shovels
  • beach umbrellas
  • beach chairs
  • beach mats (we keep all our beach items in a bin and just put that in and out of the car — keeps the sand at bay and is quick)


  • bikes
  • helmet for each person
  • bike lock
  • trailerIMG_0508

So what do you think?  What have I missed? What else do you usually bring?



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