Packing list beach vacation - what has to be in the suitcase?

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packing list for a beach vacation

packing list for a beach vacation

You can find what you need for a beach holiday by the sea in our beach holiday packing list. It makes a difference where your beach vacation is going. In this packing list beach vacation we put together the things you need for a vacation on the beach where you Beach holiday want to do in warm regions. We will put together what you need for other trips to the sea in another packing list.

That must be in the suitcase for a beach holiday

We've gotten into the habit of creating our own packing lists for the trips we take. We don't need the same equipment for every vacation. Therefore, we divide these up by travel type. You can find these in our collection of packing lists and put them together individually according to your needs. In our beach vacation packing list, we only collect the things that are needed for this suitcase must.

Packing list for the beach vacation

What you need for those vacation on the beach, we collect in this packing list beach vacation.


swimming trunks

These swimming trunks are perfect for a beach vacation or a quick swim in the river. If you want to take a swim in a lake, a stream or a river while you're out and about, you can easily do so with these swimming trunks. Simply take a beach towel with you, then let it dry in the sun and you can continue your trip. A must in every beach vacation packing list.


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Swimsuit or tankini

For women, I find a two-piece swimsuit with a top practical that can also be worn over shorts or pants. So on trips I can also take a quick bath in a lake or cool off in a shallow spot in a river. Then just lay in the sun for a few minutes and wait until the swimsuit is dry, and then the trip into nature continues with a stop at a swimming lake. That must be in our packing list beach vacation.


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beach dress

If we plan to spend a whole day on a beach or a lake, we can treat ourselves to a visit to the beach cafe or restaurant at the end or during our stay. A beach dress is very practical for that. You can quickly put it on with your bathing suit and you are perfectly dressed for a visit to a restaurant or café. It's practical when we're at the sea. So we save a trip to the accommodation and are immediately ready for new activities. Essential for me in my packing list beach vacation.


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Flip flops

The best shoes for the beach are flip flops. Since you usually only wear them when you walk from the hotel or from the street to the beach, they only need to protect your soles from sharp stones or the heat in the sand. We take longer walks on the beach barefoot. We walk along the edge of the water. The sand there is usually so fine that you can walk without shoes. Flip-flops have the advantage that you can take them off and put them on quickly. We take them with us on beach hikes in case there is more difficult beach surface on the way.


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Beach towel

If you want to spend a whole day on the beach, you need space to make yourself comfortable. We therefore always take a large bath towel or beach towel with us. We can make ourselves comfortable on it after the bath. A bath towel like this is sufficient for sunbathing. If the beach is not sandy, we also use it to dry off after swimming. However, on sandy beaches we take a second beach towel with us. The sand in the bath towel doesn't make drying off any fun. Essential in a beach vacation packing list.


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sun hat

We protect ourselves against excessive sunlight with a sun hat. A straw hat or a cloth hat with a wide brim is best suited for this. This also protects the neck from sunburn. Hats that can be crumpled together are also good. We prefer this. Because we can easily put them in the suitcase. This is difficult with hats that have to be worn separately so that they do not bend. Although these usually look more elegant, they are not practical when traveling by air or by train.


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For sunbathing, we use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. My favorite thing is a sunscreen that can be sprayed on. This is easier to spread over the skin. It also avoids using too much of it. I like nothing less than when the skin feels oily on hot days. It is therefore very important to me that the sunscreen protects the skin but does not grease it. I then use special care products after sunbathing. That must be in your beach vacation packing list.


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After sun lotion

When treating the skin after sunbathing, I also make sure that the lotion is not greasy. It is also important to me that it cools the heated areas. On my travels in Africa and Australia I have had particularly good experiences with aloe vera products. That's why I make sure that our after-sun lotion contains this. It cools and nourishes the skin at the same time. The lotion is quickly absorbed into the skin and does not leave an annoying greasy film behind. This must be part of a beach vacation packing list.


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Of course, we also protect our eyes when sunbathing. When buying sunglasses, we make sure that they have a high UV factor. So it protects better against intensive sun exposure. It should also look chic. I chose this model because this style suits me particularly well. But of course you can choose the sunglasses according to your taste. Just click on the link below and you will find a large selection of sunglasses.


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beach bag

A beach bag is best for carrying all of these items. Since we are always on the go for two, it has to offer enough space for the things we need for two people. I like maritime style very much. I like this especially on the beach. Therefore I suggest this beach bag. But here too, you can choose your beach bag according to your taste. Simply click on the link and choose the bag of your choice.


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underwater camera

So that you can take photos and film underwater, you should get an underwater camera. This should not be missing from a beach vacation packing list. With the Apexcam action cam you can dive up to 40 meters deep. It is waterproof and therefore suitable for swimming, diving, surfing and rafting. What I also like is that it has digital image stabilization and a wide-angle lens up to 179°. This means you are well equipped for good and varied underwater shots. You can find more underwater cameras under this link.


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If you want to experience the sea extensively during your beach vacation, you should consider whether you want to try snorkeling. This opens up the underwater world up close. To really enjoy this, a snorkel is not enough. It is best if you also have a snorkeling mask with you. These anti-fog glasses allow you to see the underwater world well. Since it also has a wider viewing angle, it enlarges the view of the underwater flora and fauna and increases your pleasure.


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holiday reading

Last but not least, of course, you also need something with which you can spend your time sunbathing or in a beach chair. That said, you shouldn't forget to pack yourself some light vacation reading. Since we deal with specialist literature and subject matter all year round, we want to relax during the vacation. Light summer stories and thrillers are particularly suitable for this. We have put together a selection for you here.


When packing your suitcase, check the beach vacation packing list

Download the beach holiday packing list in .pdf format and print it out. Then you can easily tick off everything that is for a beach vacation in the suitcase must. The question “What do you need for a beach vacation?” is answered in this packing list. You can find all beach holiday essentials in this beach packing list.


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Packing list beach vacation - what has to be in the suitcase?

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Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn