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Beach Vacation Packing List

Today, I wanted to share some things that we had (or wish we had) on our recent beach vacation. And, made you a handy beach vacation packing list that you can print to make sure you have everything you need for your next beach vacation!

I also created a Beach Essentials Page on my Amazon Storefront where I linked 20+ of my favorite beach must haves!   If you are working through your Beach Vacation Packing List and don’t have something on the list, you can find there!

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There’s everything from the suncreen we use and my everyday sunscreen primer to quality flip flops, since my Old Navy flip flops bit the dust on our very first day!


Following are a few of the items that are on my beach vacation packing list that I think you’ll want to check out!  


First, is this Sport Brella.  Two of my older boys and wives had these and Mark and I wished we had our own (and, we will have ours for our next beach trip)!    It comes in a carrying bag that is no bigger than a regular beach umbrella bag.  And, it’s really easy to set up!  But, the best part is that is provides some shelter from the wind!  It was super windy the week we were at the beach and we could not keep our beach umbrella up, even with an anchor!   And, this Sport Brella was really perfect for the baby giving her shelter from the wind and the sun.  


I Included some beach activities on my Amazon shop page.  Most are for older kids/adults, because that’s the stage of life I’m in!  Spikeball was one game that we saw people playing a lot on the beach this year!  We purchased this game for one of our sons a few years ago, but I didn’t even think of it as a beach game.  But, it comes with a carry bag, which makes it easy to transport.  And, that makes it a perfect beach or summer picnic game!   The fact that we saw so many playing this game is a testament that it’s fun!


When Mark isn’t in the water, he loves to sit in his beach chair and search the coastline with binoculars.  These Bushnell binoculars are compact and waterproof, which make them a great option at the beach!  I included them because I can’t tell you the number of years I forgot to pack the binoculars and he was disappointed!  


This is a must have for me on any vacation!  I don’t like wearing wrinkled clothes!  Some don’t mind, but I do!  Some beach rentals or hotels have irons and ironing boards, but not all.  So, I’ve started packing a portable steamer!  This is a good one!  I have an older model and it really puts off a good amount of steam to get all the wrinkles out of your clothes!  


As I was compiling my beach vacation packing list, I stumbled across this little book!  And, ordered it for our next beach trip!  If you like to walk the shoreline looking for treasures, this guide book is for you!  And, it has such pretty illustrations too!  And, it’s a small book that you can easily tuck into your beach bag!

I really could go on and on sharing some of the amazing things that are on my packing list.  Some really unique and inexpensive items that can make your beach vacation easier!  Like sand cup holders, a waterproof cell phone case, and the absolute best sunburn relief spray!


So, I’d love to know – Are you headed to the beach this summer?  If so, which beach?  We go to the Jersey shore, specifically, Ocean City, NJ.  We’ve been going there since the kiddos were babies!  I hope you liked this round up and the printable!  


Saturday 10th of July 2021

Hi Doreen... going to the Outer Banks, NC with our daughter and her extended family in a few weeks. Since we rented a house on the beach many of the things on your list are provided but others are a must. Can’t wait! I do receive your emails but don’t recall seeing a picture with your granddaughter either? Pinterest has made a lot of changes to my account over the years and not necessarily for the better. Thanks for sharing. Sharon


Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Hi, Doreen, I so enjoy your blog and look forward to each new post. It is the perfect blend of spiritual for the soul, and homey things that warm and delight! Thank you for spreading joy! (I am not seeing the picture of you with your granddaughter that others have mentioned?)

Doreen Cagno

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Hi, Susan! Do you receive my emails? It was a photo I shared there!


Monday 6th of July 2020

Headed to Ocean City the third week in August! Been going there since I was a kid and now we are taking my great niece and great nephews! Always a fun week!

Naomi Chance

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Of all the pictures you have posted on your blog, the beach photo with you holding your beautiful granddaughter is the best. You look happy as a clam!

Thank you for the 2 Chronicles 7:14 printable. It is the prayer that has been continually on my lips since C-19, and now I will have a pretty little framed print of it for the July 4th Holiday.

Doreen Cagno

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Yes, I was happy as a clam!! And, glad you like the print! Our nation sure needs all our prayers right now!


Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture. Grand baby time is priceless and soo much fun! Glad you and your family were able to visit the beach (my favorite too) and have some r and r.

Doreen Cagno

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Yes, it was such a good time to just get away from it all!! And, having grandbaby time was the cherry on top!!