How to Prepare for a Beach Vacation

Your dream beach vacation is just around the corner for you to get superb enjoyment, you should also know how to prepare for that long-awaited beach escapade.

You might have been to several beach escapades but now you want to make sure that you got everything covered before your trip.

Several tips and tricks could help you lessen the worry of your travel turning out to be a nightmare.

Let’s go ahead and check out the list of things that will help you prepare for the most memorable beach vacation ever:

Research About the Place and Plan Your Itinerary

Research About the Place and Plan Your Itinerary

Knowing more about the place and your accommodation’s do’s and don’ts can help you avoid hassles and unfortunate events during your stay.

Check the reviews about the place first before booking anything to get an idea of what other people think about it.

You can also ask for recommendations from friends or family who have been to the place before. Most importantly, check the weather on the day of your trip. Heavy rain can ruin all your planned activities under the sun.

One of the best ways to avoid getting lost or wasting time is by planning your itinerary.

Map out the places you want to visit and create a schedule for each day. This will help you make the most out of your trip and avoid rushing from one place to another.

You can also check out available guided tours or packages with water activities inclusion. Most resorts offer tours so you can call or book in advance.

Don’t forget to factor in some downtime so you can relax and enjoy the place.

Pack Beach Essentials

Pack Beach Essentials

Your beach essentials should be ready on the day of your trip. The most important things to bring are :


Choose a water-resistant sunscreen for its protection that will last longer. Make sure to bring an ample amount of sunscreen for you and your family as you have to apply loads of it and frequently too.


Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes from the UV glare and prevents potential strain. Polarized glasses are a good choice for beach sunglasses as they are known to reduce light glare. It’s also best if your sunglasses are non-reflective with a case to prevent damage.

Insect Repellant

If you are planning for an awesome island vacation, better be prepared and bring insect repellent. Insects are most active during dawn and dusk, so make sure to put on some before heading outdoors.

Beach Hat or Visor

A beach hat or visor helps protect your face from the sun. It also keeps your hair in place, especially if you don’t want sand in it.

Beach Friendly Shoes or Slippers

Pack up the water shoes or slippers that are comfortable to wear on the sand and in the waters too.

First-aid Kit

It’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected and your first aid kit should always be with you.

Waterproof Bag

Some of your valuables like cellphones, travel documents, IDs, and jewelry need to be stored and protected from the water, a waterproof bag is handy, especially during boat rides or water activities.

Pack up Snacks, Lunch, and Beverages

Pack up Snacks, Lunch, and Beverages

During your beach vacation, you would want to have that energy for all the water sports and activities. Staying hydrated and munching on some snacks for energy can help give you that boost to do more during your trip.

Don’t forget to pack some lunch too, so you can save on costs and have a picnic by the beach.

You can also prepare a romantic picnic for you and your partner in the perfect beach setting.

Pack Several Swimsuits

Pack Several Swimsuits

The right swimsuit should make you feel comfortable and confident. For women, there are several options to choose from, one-piece or two-piece make sure to try them on and see if they fit comfortably.

If your trip is for several days, packing several swimsuits can save you from the unpleasant feeling of having to use a wet suit again.

Prepare Your Body for the Beach Day

Prepare your Body for the Beach Day

Your skin needs extra case before going to the beach. Exfoliate and shave for that fresh and smooth glow.

Shaving is of course completely optional as this will depend on whether you just want to relax, or if you want to work on your tan, or perhaps even mingle with people.

Apply generous amounts of sunscreen all over your body, and don’t forget the difficult-to-reach parts like your back.

For your hair, you can use a leave-in conditioner to prevent it from drying out. You can also opt for a hairstyle that would be easy to maintain during your stay.

Prepare Beach Appropriate Activities

Prepare Beach Appropriate Activities

Going to the beach, you don’t want to miss out on the fun of the crystal clear waters and powdered-white sand.

You can join in some water sports or water activities your resort might have but you can also prepare for activities to do.

You can bring a speaker for lively music (just make sure you don’t disturb other people), books, card games, a frisbee, beach ball or soccer ball, and floaters.

Don’t Forget to Bring Trash Bags

Bring trash bags when going to the beach

There could be miles when you won’t see a trash can so bringing your own can help the environment a lot. Be responsible and make sure to clean up after yourselves, so the next person can enjoy the beach too.

If you bring food for your picnic, secure your waste properly using your trash bag until you find a garbage bin where you can dispose of them.

Final Thoughts

Taking a beach vacation is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Knowing how to prepare for a beach vacation ahead of time will make sure that you’ll have a fantastic and undisturbed time at the beach.

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Article by Kyle

Digital nomad since 2010. I spend my time traveling around the world learning about new cultures and languages. I've lived in 4 continents and still have a lot left to explore!