Must-Have Items at the Beach – The Ultimate List

Beach trips are a summer favorite. The intense heat will make anyone want to rip their clothes off and the beach is the perfect setting for that.

You can also cool off by taking a dip in the ocean. Everyone will agree that a getaway to a sunny and sandy locale is just the perfect way to unwind.

Let’s face it, not everyone is a great packer and if you’re one of these people, then this guide will definitely help you.

Apart from your clothes and toiletries, these are some things that you have to bring to any beach trip.

The Perfect Swimsuit

Mens Boardshorts for Beach Days

You might not have the perfect beach body but that doesn’t mean that you can’t accentuate all the great parts by wearing the perfect swimsuit.


The fellas out there won’t have too much of a hard time since swimsuit shopping for men pretty much just consists of picking a color or pattern for their board shorts.

Board shorts have been around for quite a few years. I remember back in the 1980s where many kids in my neighborhood referred to them as jams.

Many surfers had adopted the use of boardshorts as their go to trunks when not wearing a wetsuit.

The alternative is a speedo, but nowadays and in the U.S. they might not be as popular as in Europe…I’m just sayin.


bathing-suitFor all the ladies, check out some magazines or online articles for the perfect swimsuit for your body shape.

You can also pop into a store and ask someone from their staff to help you pick something out.

The style of swimsuits seems to change on a regular basis. So what used to be in last season, may be out this season.

Believe it or not, back in Roman times (around 300 AD), there were images found depicting women in what appeared to be a bikini type outfit.

If your interested in learning more about how these changes took place over time, you can see the history of the bikini here.


You don’t want to end your trip looking like a diseased lobster. The stinging and the peeling just aren’t worth it.

So before you park your bod directly underneath the sun, make sure that your skin is protected. All it takes to get sunburnt is a couple of hours and you won’t realize it until it’s too late.

Most dermatologists recommend SPF 30 so getting a bottle of this would be great. If you really want to get something that is perfectly suited for your skin, it never hurts to consult your dermatologist about it.

You should also remember to reapply because sunscreen is only good for a few hours so if you’re planning on being under the sun the entire day, you should slather a new layer on every few hours or so.

Beach Mat or Chair
Best Beach Umbrella Right Next To The Ocean

Sand can get very annoying and pesky to deal with especially if you don’t have something useful to sit down on when you’re at the ocean.

]We’ve all had that post beach shower where the sand never seems to run out of our swimsuits. It just seems to get everywhere.

By sitting on a beach mat, you can at least lessen the sand clinging onto you. It’s also comfortable to lay down on.

You can bring a picnic blanket or even a large towel to serve as your mat.

Remember that bringing a folding lounge chair that you can set up somewhere near the shore is also useful.

Depending on where you go, many resorts already have lounge areas though so this might not be necessary.

Recreational Items

The beach isn’t just for lying around in the sand. There are many things that you can do there.

Bring a metal detector if you want to do some treasure hunting. Bring a beach ball or football so you can toss them around.

Digging a hole is also a classic beach activity so make sure that you bring a plastic shovel.

You can also choose to just chill with your iPod and book if you aren’t up for physical activities.

Make the most out of your beach trip by having these items with you. Some items here may be more important than others so you don’t have to bring everything that was mentioned here if you don’t have space for them. And don’t forget to try to have as much fun as you can at the beach!