Planning a holiday to the beach is very exciting, and if you can eliminate a lot of the stress, you’ll have even more fun in the days leading up to your trip and while you’re there on the beach. One of the most important things to do is to make sure you have everything that you need before embarking on the journey. While you’re on the beach, some items are absolute essentials, so make sure you don’t forget to pack these!


No beach trip is complete without having a swim in the sea, and if your resort has a pool and water activities, you’ll be spending more time inside the water than out of it. You should invest in some good quality swimwear before leaving, since this will last you for the duration of the trip. You can find boardies for men which are great for wearing on the beach, and for women, you can get plenty of pretty bikinis or one-piece suits.


Your whole trip could be ruined if you get some nasty sun burn, so don’t forget to pack a good sunscreen before you set off. If you have children with you, get a children’s sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (30+). The same applies if you have pale skin or you burn easily – go for the highest SPF you can find. You should apply it every hour or so, and more often if you are in and out of the water. Before leaving for your beach holiday, put a bit of the sunscreen on your arm to make sure your skin doesn’t react badly to it. Allergic reactions to your sunscreen could be even worse than sun burn!

Waterproof bag

Take a large beach bag with you to carry your possessions when you go for a walk onto the beach or a stroll around the nearest town. Don’t get one which is too large, or you might find that it becomes more of a hindrance than a help. Even if you don’t want to take a beach bag with you, buy some small clear waterproofs bags which you can take to the beach with you. This will allow you to take items such as your phone and some cash, and you won’t have to worry about them getting wet or covered in sand.

First aid kit

Not many people think about taking a first aid kit with them on holiday, but you might be surprised just how handy this can come in. The same goes for a manicure kit – you never know when you might need to use that tiny file or miniature pair of nail scissors. If you’re travelling with children, it’s especially important to make sure that you have bandages, antiseptic cream or wipes and other first aid items which you think might come in useful during the trip. You never know when you might accidentally cut your foot in the sea or slip on wet floor in your hotel.