Beach vacation packing list for families

Beach vacation packing list for families

When heading to the coast with your family, a beach vacation packing list will mean you leave nothing to chance. You’ll want to check the weather forecast before you hit the sand and have a think on the family activities you’ll be looking to enjoy. Read on for the ultimate checklist for your family beach vacation!

Beach vacation clothes to pack

  • Beach swimsuits, bikinis or swim shorts
  • A pair of flip flops or sandals
  • Water shoes (in case you encounter rocks or sea urchins)
  • Beach cover ups (such as a long linen shirt, floaty tunic or t-shirt)
  • Fresh underwear
  • Vacation clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts and dresses for exploring 
  • A linen pashmina or large scarf – perfect as a towel, sarong, blanket, bag, etc
  • Light waterproof anoraks
  • A light jumper/hoody – it can get nippy when the wind changes direction, or the sun goes down

Sun protection

  • A peaked or wide brimmed hat
  • UV-coated or UV-protective sunglasses
  • UV rash vests to keep from burning in the water
  • A high factor, waterproof sunscreen or sunblock for the face and body
  • SPF lip balm
  • A bottle of After Sun — in the event of accidental sunburn

Packing list for a toddler or baby beach vacation

  • A sunproof UV-protected pop up tent will help keep your tots sheltered and safe
  • Child’s hooded towel
  • Selection of family beach games (such as frisbee and inflatable beach ball)
  • Bucket and spade
  • Selection of snacks and bottle water in a cool bag
  • Baby wipes (they also come in handy when there’s a melting ice cream drama!)
  • Baby changing and feeding items (if necessary)
  • Plastic bags (to store your wet clothing and towels)
  • High SPF sunscreen for children

Other beach vacation items for your packing list

  • Beach towels
  • Microfibre hair towels
  • Fishing/crabbing nets
  • Full face snorkelling masks
  • Boogie boards
  • Buoyancy aids
  • A good book
  • Money in the local currency (in case card machines are unavailable)
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker and mobile charger
  • Battery-operated handheld fan
  • Travel first aid kit
  • Travel sickness tablets (for boat trips)
  • Mosquito and bug repellant spray (use a high deet spray if you’re somewhere tropical)
  • Health insurance cards
  • Toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush and hairbands
  • Dry shampoo (to avoid those ‘hat hair’ dilemas)
  • Foldable camping chairs with cup holders
  • Small gazebo/sun parasol
  • Windbreak (if the beach you’re heading to is exposed)

Book with Top Villas

When staying with Top Villas, you’re guaranteed a first-class service, as well as the perfect base for enjoying your family beach vacation. For the ultimate indulgence, choose one of our fully staffed villas or luxury beachside homes. You’ll find our Guest Experience team also on hand to help enhance your stay, with a plethora of amazing Travel Extras.

What’s more, we make payments a breeze. Our new Affirm credit payment option* means you can spread the cost of your vacation rental over a 3, 6 or 12 month period. Simply look out for properties with the Affirm banner.

*Subject to meeting Affirm’s credit criteria. T’s & C’s apply.

Choosing our flex homes

Many of our villa rentals also benefit from our new flex cancellation policy. You’ll be free to cancel within the specified time for any reason, for a full refund. Alternatively, amend your travel dates for free.

To benefit from this extra peace-of-mind, reserve a vacation home with one of the following badges:

  • Flex 14 – Cancel for a full refund or amend your dates free of charge, up to 14 days before check in.*
  • Flex 30 – Cancel for a full refund or amend dates free of charge, up to 30 days before check in.*

*T’s & C’s apply.