Top Items to Pack for the Beach

Blue striped beach tote with sunglasses, a towel, straw sun hat, and sandals on the beach

by Katie Dudley

Organization Specialist

Whether you're headed to the local beach for the afternoon or taking the family on a seaside vacation, make sure you're prepared for you time at the beach. Taking along the right gear can really make a difference and can keep everyone happy. Along with sunscreen, your favorite new book, a towel, and bringing the perfect beach attire, we've come up with a list of the top beach items you'll need for a fantastic day amid the sand and waves.

Cream and black oversized beach tote

Oversized Beach Tote

Go big or go home. A roomy beach bag is absolutely essential. When looking for a bag, choose one that offers compartments. Keep in mind that it will most likely become wet and dirty during your beach stay, especially if you have kids.

Bottle of sunscreen on a white background


Sunscreen is an absolute must-have item for any beach goer. Even on cloudy days, you're always exposed to UV rays. As a general rule of thumb, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you get in the sun then reapply the same amount every two hours.

A glass water bottle with a teal lid

Water Bottle

Beat the summer heat and stay hydrated. The more your body sweats, the more fluid you need to replace. Remember to drink before you feel thirsty and keep sipping water through out the day. Bonus: If you're hydrated, you have more energy for beach activities.

A blue and white striped oversized beach towel with fringe on the ends

Oversized Beach Towel

When spending a whole day at the beach, an oversized beach towel is the way to go. Not only does it make for a spacious spread to bask in the summer sun, it works well for wrapping up when the sea breeze picks up.

Woman in a swimsuit with a teal-colored, sheer beach cover-up

Beach Cover-Ups

If you decide to take a break from the waves to stroll along the boardwalk or enjoy a beachside lunch, a cover-up is a quick clothing option. Choose from a classic sarong, a lightweight tunic, or a beach dress.

Teal and gold flip flops


The sand on the beach can get hot, so you'll want a pair of sandals or flip-flops with you to protect your feet. Sandals are an easy choice for the beach because they're easy to slip on and off and sand won't get stuck inside your shoes.

Rayban tortoise-shell sunglasses


Sunglasses are a must-have item for two reasons. First, they will help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, and second, they will guard your eyes from sandy gusts of wind.

Wide-brim, straw sun hat with a black band

Sun Hat

Being out in the sun all day can be harmful for your skin and eyes. Keep UV rays off your face and out of your eyes with a sun hat. A hat in a lightweight fabric or straw design will give you shade without trapping in heat.

Blue beach chair

Beach Chair

If you'll be spending a few hours at the beach, you'll probably want a more comfortable seating option besides the sand. Look for a chair that folds and comes with a traveling case or handle. A collapsible design makes for easy storage and the handles make it easy to carry the chair to and from the beach.

Blue and white striped beach umbrella

Beach Umbrella

Being in the sun hour after hour can take a toll on your skin and energy, even if you're wearing sunscreen. Stay protected from UV rays with a beach umbrella. Look for an umbrella that is portable, lightweight, and easy to assemble.

Smart phone in a clear blue plastic pouch with a black strap

Waterproof Phone Pouch

Whether you decide to surf the web, listen to your favorite tunes, text your BFF, or make a phone call, a waterproof pouch for your phone is the way to go. Be worry-free and protect your phone from the elements with a waterproof phone pouch.

Black, detangling hair brush

Detangling Brush

Whether you have long or short hair, a few hours at the beach is sure to give you tangles. Brush through your hair pain free with a detangling hairbrush. Compared to a regular brush, the detangling brush can gently detangle the toughest of knots without the use of any other product.

To Kill A Mockingbird book cover

Reading Material

Having reading material within arm's reach is always a good idea. So take a break from the waves and unwind with a good book or magazine. There is no better place to escape than a good book on beach!

Katie Dudley

by Katie Dudley

Organization Specialist

Katie is a writer, mother, and organizing guru. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her kids in the beautiful Utah valley.