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47 things to take to the beach: Your ultimate beach day packing list

47 things to take to the beach: Your ultimate beach day packing list

We all love a day at the beach but please tell me I’m not alone in forgetting HOW MUCH STUFF you need!? There are so many things to take to the beach to make sure everyone is happy all day.

Beach packing is an underrated art form! You think you can just grab a bag, a towel and some sunscreen and you’re good to go. Oh no. No, no, no.

Anyone who has tried to spend a day at the beach with little more than a towel and sunscreen will already know that it can go horribly wrong very quickly!

But you don’t want to pack such a ridiculous amount of stuff that you can barely carry it to the beach and will spend more time setting up and dismantling your beach camp than you will enjoying your day!

First things first, will you be driving and can you park near the beach?

One of the main issues with a day at the beach is that it’s often difficult to park nearby, meaning there’s a possibility you’ll need to walk a long way while carrying the 8 billion things you need to take to the beach.

If this is going to be the case then I highly recommend a beach trolley.

Look for a beach cart with chunky wheels so you can wheel it across soft sand, wet sand and stoney surfaces without getting stuck.

A beach trolley is also handy for kids who might get tired after a long day on the beach.

Sekey Folding Wagon with 220LBS Large Capacity,Duty Beach Wagon Cart on Big All-terrain Wheels with...
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I have this Toby Wagon which we use to take all of our things to the beach (and for my youngest to sit in!) but I’ve got to admit I don’t really like it. It’s too big to fit in the boot of my car so I can only take it to beaches that are walking distance away. I also find the handle is too short and it makes it awkward to pull. The wheels, however, are brilliant and I can wheel it over any surface!

Your main beach essentials

1. Small, lightweight, microfiber towels

We all love a big, fluffy, cosy beach towel but if you’re carrying more than one beach towel then it’s going to take up all the space in your bag.

I like the towels from Dock & Bay. They’re full sized towels but they’re ultra thin so they pack up really small and you can get the whole family’s beach towels into a tiny bag. They also look great in these bold and colourful stripes.

Dock & Bay Beach Towel - Quick Dry, Sand Free - Compact, Lightweight - 100% Recycled - Includes Bag...
  • PERFECT FOR THE BEACH - With a towel that is great for drying off after a dip in the sea or to kick back and sunbathe with, choose from two striped designs both ideal for the beach - the two-toned...
  • SAND FREE BEACH TOWEL - The ultimate beach companion that leaves the sand at the beach for castles. The high-quality material means all you need to do is give it a shake and all sand will simply fall...
  • 100% RECYCLED MATERIAL - Our towels are made from 100% recycled materials comprised of a mix of 83% polyester and 17% polyamide. Not only are they extremely soft with a pleasant feel, but they are...

2. A beach chair

I cannot go to the beach without a beach chair! Honestly, I don’t know how I used to spend half a day all sandy and hot and sticky!?

A beach chair is comfortable but it’ll mean you’re not constantly covered in sand and you’ll feel a bit cooler sitting off the hot sand.

Look for one that’s lightweight and easy to carry.

I have a folding backpack chair that has a neck support and a little pocket on the side for a drink and my phone. I can easily carry it on my back or shoulder which make things easier when you’re already carrying a lot of stuff!

SONGMICS Beach Chair, Folding Camping Chair, Portable Outdoor Chair, Carry as a Backpack, with...
  • [Comfortable Sitting] Backrest height: 65 cm, adjustable from 110 to 180° (4 positions); seat size: 48 x 39 cm (D x W); seat height: 21 cm; everything in this beach chair is designed for you to sit...
  • [Portable & Foldable] This camping chair weighs 3.1 kg and has a shoulder strap so that it can be easily carried, even by children. When folded, it measures 66.5 x 70 x 11 cm and fits in the boot of...
  • [150 kg Load] The aluminium frame with 0.9 mm thick tube walls is sturdy; 600D Oxford fabric with a water-resistant coating is wear-resistant and durable. This outdoor chair can support up to 150 kg

3. Extra large beach blanket

A big beach blanket gives you a sand free area to sit, but it also helps you to ‘mark your territory’! You know what I mean here. A blanket helps to define your space which is often necessary when the beach is busy. I like this one linked because it folds up to be really small so it’s easy to carry.

NABIYE Beach Blanket Waterproof Sandproof, 200x210cm Oversized Beach Mat for 4-7 Adults, Sand Free...
  • 🌊【Large & Lightweight Beach Blanket】The 79''×83'' size beach blanket fit 3-5 adults. This beach mat has been designed to be lightweight and volume only 11''x6.7''x3.5'' after folding and it...
  • 🌊【Sturdy & Comfortable Design】This beach blanket is stitched in blue and grey with our own patented technology and a high visibility rate. You can easily find your family and friends on the...
  • 🌊【Sand Proof & Water Resistant】This sand proof beach blanket is made from 210T polyester, Just shake the blanket and it easily gets rid of all the sand at once(It does not mean that the sand...

4. Cooler bag

Even if you’re not bringing a picnic to the beach it’s worth bringing a small cool bag with some ice packs in it to keep your drinks cool.

Travel Hack Tip: We like to freeze a few bottles of water the night before to use like ice packs and have icy water to drink when they defrost.

Here are some of my favourite insulated picnic backpacks.

IceMax Picnic Cool Bag Backpack Insulated Picnic Cooler Bag 25L - Removable Bottle Carrier- Leave...
  • PICNIC COOL BAG BACKPACK - Leave Only Footprints edition made from RPET polyester– A material derived from recycled plastic bottles. Each bag is constructed from the equivalent of 26 500ml plastic...
  • SPACIOUS INSULATED COOLER BAG - 25L large main compartment is both insulated and padded to ensure your food and drink arrives fresh and cool. Dimensions main compartment 45 x 30 x 20cm
  • UNIQUE DESIGN FEATURES – Each cooler bag showcases a number of unique design features that are unavailable on rival products, such as pop out drinks holders to avoid picnic spillages, a dedicated...

5. Water bottles

Insulated water bottles are great to keep water cool on the beach.

Like I said above, I like to freeze a couple of water bottles to keep everything else cold and once it melts you still have cold water at the end of the day.

Super Sparrow Stainless Steel Water Bottle - 750ml - Vacuum Insulated Metal Water Bottle - Standard...
  • ★ INSULATED STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE- no longer rely on cheap plastic water bottles that split and crack, our stainless steel water bottle is manufactured from durable materials, for a bottle...
  • ★ 2 INTERCHANGEABLE CAPS - (1) sport Cap effortlessly delivers a high flow rate that makes it easy to drink from your bottle without removing the cap , (2) loop Cap with super secure carabineer for...
  • ★ BPA FREE MATERIAL - most cheaper plastic water bottles leech chemicals and alter the taste of your drink when refilled. The Super Sparrow stainless steel water bottle is manufactured using...

6. Umbrella

I think a good old fashioned beach umbrella is the best way to get some shade and stay cool on the beach. Pop-up tents are popular but I find they just get so hot (which can be a good thing on a chilly British day, but usually it’s a bad thing!)

You can move them around as the sun moves and it’s easy to get the shade in the right spot.

I love the traditional fringed umbrellas such as this one from Sunday Supply Co.

Unfortunately, these are really expensive so I went for a cheaper one from Amazon. It has the same lovely fringing but was a fraction of the price.

Flamingueo Beach Umbrella - Beach Umbrella Protection UV50+, Beach Umbrella, Large Beach Umbrella,...
  • UNIQUE RETRO DESIGN: The beach umbrella is the fashion accessory this summer, Brisbane arrives to teleport you to paradise beaches. Our unique two-tone stripe design will protect you from the sun's...
  • HEAVY DUTY STRUCTURE AND DURABLE MATERIAL: Our terrace umbrella is sturdy and light (2.1 kg), its structure of 8 fiberglass rods provides the rigidity, strength and flexibility needed to be safe under...
  • HIGH PROTECTION AND EASY ASSEMBLY: Protect yourself from ultraviolet rays in style thanks to its high UV+50 sun protection of the beach umbrella, blocking 98-99% of the sun rays. Mounting the folding...

7. Umbrella sand anchor

If you’ve ever been in that embarrassing situation where your beach umbrella blows away then you’ll realise the importance of an umbrella sand anchor! It spins into the sand and ensures your umbrella is tightly anchored down.

Taylor & Brown Beach Umbrella Sand Anchor, Umbrella Holder Fishing Pole with 3 Spiral Screw, Size...
  • ⛱ WITHSTAND STRONG GUST – Made of sturdy ABS plastic, our sand anchor won’t rust with exposure to sand or salt water. What's more, it will help beach umbrella to withstand gusts of up to 50 mph....
  • ⛱ BETTER THAN METAL - Metal anchors rust from the sand and salt of the ocean, get hot in the sun, and are sharp and dangerous. The product is built with sturdy ABS Plastic, that is stronger than...
  • ⛱ FITS ALL – This beach umbrella sand anchor fits any umbrella with a pole diameter of 1.5 inches or less.

8. Simple beach tent

I don’t like pop-up tents that don’t allow any breeze to flow through but I love this tent. It creates plenty of shade and makes a cool, breezy den that kids love to play in.

If you’ve got a bigger budget then I’ve spotted this beach tent from Swished which looks brilliant!

Lealinga Beach Tent 4-6 Person, Portable Sun Shelter, Including Carry Bag and Tent Pegs, UV...
  • 【HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL】Beach shelter and base fabric are made of 210T waterproof silver plated cloth. All fabrics are environmentally friendly, breathable, non-toxic and odorless. The AA-grade...
  • 【UV Protection】The beach tent is made of high-quality silver-plated shade cloth, which can reflect and absorb sunlight, prevent UV sunburn, and protect the skin of you and your family. Put the...
  • 【Good breathability】Large 210 X 210 X 125cm, can accommodate about 4-5 people, to meet the needs of family travel activities. Three-side ventilation structure design, the left, right and front can...
Swished Pop-up Tent - Hermes Orange | Beach Pop-up Tent; Sun Shelter & Waterproof | Pop-up Tent For...
  • From flat to ready in seconds
  • Built in zipper door for 100% privacy
  • Compact and simple to carry everywhere

9. Wind break

If this is a British beach day then it’s always worth taking a wind break and a mallet! A wind break can create privacy around your little camp and it can keep you all warm too. It’s often warm at the beach but there’ll be a harsh wind ruining it all so a wind break is the perfect solution. 

Our windbreak has honestly saved our beach day so many times and we can spend much longer at the beach when we have one.

Hut 4 5 6 8 10 Pole Windbreak Wooden Windbreaker Beach Camping Caravan Holiday Sun Screen Shelter...
  • ✅This Windbreaker Is An Excellent Accessory For The Beach Or Camping Etc

  • Its Extra-Tall Size Makes It A Perfect Choice For Camping Trips And Festivals

  • Create A Private Dining Area Outside Your Tent Or Caravan

OX Trade Black Rubber Mallet - 24 oz
  • OX Trade Black Rubber Mallet - 24 oz

10. A cooler bag

A cooler backpack is essential if you’re taking food and drink to the beach with you, especially on a hot day! I prefer to use a backpack because they’re so much easier to carry when they’re heavy (AKA, full of cans of beer!)

IceMax Picnic Cool Bag Backpack Insulated Picnic Cooler Bag 25L - Removable Bottle Carrier- Leave...
  • PICNIC COOL BAG BACKPACK - Leave Only Footprints edition made from RPET polyester– A material derived from recycled plastic bottles. Each bag is constructed from the equivalent of 26 500ml plastic...
  • SPACIOUS INSULATED COOLER BAG - 25L large main compartment is both insulated and padded to ensure your food and drink arrives fresh and cool. Dimensions main compartment 45 x 30 x 20cm
  • UNIQUE DESIGN FEATURES – Each cooler bag showcases a number of unique design features that are unavailable on rival products, such as pop out drinks holders to avoid picnic spillages, a dedicated...

11. A large beach bag

I take a great big beach bag for towels and clothes.

MULTIONS Extra Large Women Beach Tote Bag With Zipper, Anti-theft Beach Bag With Inner Pocket...
  • New Summer Collection of beautiful fashionable canvas beach tote bags for women! Our fun Summer collection of beach bags for women are great for any summer adventure planned! Our canvas tote bags are...
  • MAGNETIC BUTTON ON THE TOP OF THE BEACH BAG: MULTIONS bag has a Top zipper opening. Unlike other products on the market, this beach pocket has an extra-long closure at the top, which is safe and...
  • ULTRA BAG MEASUREMENTS: XL:length 22.04 in (56 cm) x height 14.96 in (38 cm) x width 5.9 in (15 cm),Large extra durable bottom and handles of this Beach ?bag for women, makes it perfect for shopping...

13. An IKEA bag

A big IKEA bag (or something similar) is just so handy for all your other stuff like a beach tent, toys and your wind break.

Ikea - 5x Frakta Blue Large Bags - Ideal For Outdoor Use & Storage (Max Load - 25kg)
  • Box contents: 5 x carry bag
  • Colour: blue
  • Dimensions: 55 x 37 x 35 cm

Beach toys and entertainment

If you’re looking for things to take to the beach with kids then you’re going to need some toys and games and beach entertainment! These beach toys will keep big kids and little kids entertained all day. I recommend buying your beach toys before you get to the beach because they’re always twice the price from the beachside kiosks.

14. Velcro catch and ball set

This is a brilliant toy for younger children as it’s much easier than a traditional game of catch.

INPODAK Beach Toys for Kids 3 4 5 6 7 8 Years Old, Outdoor Catch Ball, Toss and Catch Game, Children...
  • [ Upgrade Catch Ball Game] An 8 inches dia. catch paddle, increased possibility of catching; with a resilient and durable baseball, making catching ball easier; adjustable black band suitable for hand...
  • [ Advanced Material] INPODAK activity game for kids is made of new plastic ensuring the sticky paddles' elasticity and toughness. The cross-stitching method makes the cloth more firmly fixed on the...
  • [ Enhances Kids Ability] Using catching ball toy can enhance children's arm and wrist strength and improve hand-eye coordination. The classic catching game can also improve attention and reaction...

15. Bucket and spade

You can’t beat a good old bucket and spade…and maybe a watering can and a rake and a few shapes!

My kids prefer the traditional plastic buckets and spades rather than the silicone or collapsible buckets.

My boys are a little older now and actually just really like a good quality spade to dig a massive hole!

Square End Wooden Handle Shaft Spade 22 Inches - Red
  • BEACH TOYS FOR KIDS: Don't go empty handed to the beach ~ at least take this spade with you!
  • KIDS SAND TOYS: A good sized spade that will help you build big sandcastles and dig deep holes to bury members of your family up to their necks in sand! Excellent sand digging spade
  • KIDS GARDEN TOYS: Brightly coloured garden spade, it's also fabulous to use at home in the garden, this time to help mum or dad with their gardening chores, great childrens gardening tools

16. Bodyboards

If you’re going to a beach with even a tiny bit of surf then bodyboards are a great way to keep people of all ages busy for hours!

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17. Cub

If you’ve never heard of this game then be prepared for the most frustrating yet entertaining outdoor game that is brilliant for big groups. You essentially have to throw wooden blocks to knock other blocks over. It’s one of those games that can be played with children and adults and it can go on and on for ages!

Jaques of London Kubb Outdoor Game | Garden Games for Families | Kubb Game | Wooden Outdoor Games |...
  • Kubb - Kubb is a Fantastic Family Garden Game - Great Fun For the Whole Family
  • King Kubb Size: 25cm x 4.5cm x 4.5cm - (Not regulation Size)------- Wooden Games - The Solid Wooden Kubb Game Set is Suitable for the Whole Family.
  • Garden Games for Generations - Jaques Have Been Making Garden Games Like this For Over 220 Years.

18. Rounders or cricket

I love it towards the end of the day on the beach when most people start leaving so you’ve got a bit more space. You can then spread out and have a giant game of rounders or cricket!

DIVCHI 6 Piece Wooden Rounders Set & Carry Bag - Baseball Bat & Soft Tennis Ball Garden Fun Play Set
  • This DIVCHI Rounders set comes complete with a mesh carry bag for easy transportation.
  • DIVCHI Family Rounders set with Stick & Ball features an attractive rounders bat, a divchi safeplay rounders ball and full instructions.
  • Ideal for Garden Play, Summer Fun.

19. Bat and ball

Can’t go wrong with a traditional bat and ball.

Wooden Paddle Bat Ball Set, Ideal Kids Fun Toy Game, Perfect for Garden or Beach, Great Party Bags...
  • 🍉🍍🎾🏃 TWO FUN BATS AND BALL SET - Have fun in the sun with these colourful fruit themed wooden bats and ball! Featuring two attractive designs one being a pineapple and the other a...
  • 🍉🍍🎾🏃 SCREEN FREE OUTDOOR GAMES - Perfect to play a variety of outdoor ball games in the garden, park, or beach! A great choice to help improve hand-eye coordination and cultivate great...
  • 🍉🍍🎾🏃 FUN WOODEN PADDLE AND BALL GAME - Each measure approximately 38cm in length. Easy to pack! Perfect for beach holiday with the kids. Take these wherever you go for on demand fun!...

Essential beach toiletries

20. Sunscreen

I tend to stick with Nivea SPF 50 for the kids, I prefer a dry-touch oil spray for myself (I hate being all sticky and covered in sand) and I use the Beauty Pie Feather Light SPF 50 for my face.

NIVEA SUN Protect & Dry Touch Sun Spray (200 ml), Water-Resistant SPF 30 Sun Cream, Immediate...
  • SPF 30: NIVEA sun spray offers a high level of sun protection which reduces the risk of sunburn, sun-induced allergies and UV-induced skin damage
  • Moisturising protection: A hydrating sun cream spray that offers effective protection against sun exposure with its highly effective UVA/UVB filter
  • 100% Transparent: The moisturising sun cream spray is 100 Percent transparent and non-greasy on the skin and leaves no white marks or stains on clothes
NIVEA SUN Kids Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50+ (200 ml), Moisturising Suncream with SPF50+,...
  • SPF 50+: Immediately protects against sun exposure and long-term skin damage with highly effective UVA & UVB protection
  • Moisturising formula: Specially designed to care for children's delicate skin, the sun protection formula helps to reduce the risk of sun-induced skin damage
  • Water-resistant: Suncream for kids is water-resistant making it perfect for all of the splashing around at the beach or swimming pool

21. Toilet roll/tissues/wet wipes

Always handy to have in case there aren’t any tissues in the beach toilets.

The Cheeky Panda Bamboo Biodegradable Baby Wipes | 99% Purified Water, Suitable for Sensitive Skin |...
  • Biodegradable – Our bamboo baby wipes have been certified as biodegradable. Simply dispose of your water wipes in a compost bin and let nature do its job
  • Dermatologically Tested – The Cheeky Panda baby water wipes have been tested and certified to be suitable for those with sensitive skin. Containing just 99% purified water and 1% aloe vera and fruit...
  • The Sustainable Choice – Baby wet wipes made from bamboo fibres product 65.5% fewer carbon emissions than traditional materials. Reducing your carbon footprint, one wet wipe at a time

22. Hair bobbles

Anyone with long hair will need a bobble! Even if it isn’t that long, if you can tie it back you’ll definitely want to after 10 minutes with the heat, sand, salt, water and wind!

Invisibobble ORIGINAL Hair Ties, Crystal Clear, 3 Pack - Traceless, Strong Hold, Waterproof -...
  • TRACELESS: The unique invisibobble spiral shape places uneven pressure around the ponytail to avoid kinks.
  • HAIR-LOVING: Avoids tugging, pulling, split ends and other damage to the hair. Easily removed from the hair thanks to the smooth surface.
  • HIGH-WEARING COMFORT: Hair up in a ponytail all day. Sound like a nightmare? Not with invisibobble! Designed to ensure comfort all day and night.

What to wear at the beach

23. Flip Flops, crocs or sandals

You’re going to need some shoes you can easily kick off and it doesn’t matter if they fill with sand! If you’ve got kids with you, Crocs are an easy option.

Crocs Unisex Kids Classic Clog T, Ocean, 9 UK Child
  • CROCS FOR EVERYONE: Just like the adult Classic Crocs, the kids' version offers the same great shoe for youngsters. Easy on and easy off makes these the pair of Crocs kids need.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT and FUN: These kids' Crocs are incredibly light, fun to wear and sure to come in your child's favorite color. This is the perfect pair of Crocs for kids when playing in the dirt or running...
  • VERSATILE AND COMFORTABLE: Incredibly light and easy to wear, these girls' and boys' Crocs are created with Croslite foam for Iconic Crocs Comfort. The flexible material is sure to be loved by all.

24. Swimwear

If it’s a British beach then you might need something with sleeves to keep you a bit warmer. I have this gorgeous long sleeve swimsuit from Amazon and I love it.

Beachkini Women's Zip Up Rash Guard Long Sleeve Swimsuit One Piece Swimwear,Blue,S
  • Description of size (Unit: cm) XS/UK8:Bust 82-87,Waist 60-75,Hips 82-92; S/UK10-12:Bust 88-92,Waist 65-80,Hips 88-98; M/UK14:Bust 93-97,Waist 70-85,Hips 93-103; L/UK16:Bust 98-102,Waist 75-90,Hips...
  • Long sleeve one Piece Swimwear.High stretch fabric.
  • Without underwire, sponge breast pad swimsuit.
Things to take to the beach

25. Sun hat

This might be one of the more obvious things to take to the beach but it’s something I often forget!

FURTALK Womens Beach Sun Straw Hat UV UPF50 Travel Foldable Brim Summer UV Hat
  • Womens Sun Hat Material is high quality paper straw, fashionable,functional and stylish brimmed beach sun hats for women
  • This Beach Straw Hat offer high UV UPF sun protection with full brim, sun blocker function make the hat perfect to use as a beach hat for holidays or as a daily headwear, is very wearable with...
  • Perfect Brimmed Straw Hats for Women is a great sister or monther gifts, features with wicking sweat band to keep you cool and comfortable, prevent the sweat dripping in your eyes; And there is a...

26. Sun glasses

If you’ve got little kids with you then I love the Babiator sunglasses. They’re so cute and they don’t instantly break like cheaper versions.

Babiators Original Keyhole Sunglasses - Mint To Be (0-2)
  • Free drawstring bag included - a place for our little people to keep their glasses secure + tidy
  • UV400 lenses that offer 100% UVA + UVB protection + go through rigorous testing to ensure they’re safe for your little one
  • Flexible rubber frame with impact + shatter-resistant lenses that won’t break when you bend, twist, or step on them - trust us, we’ve tried

27. Easy to remove clothes

Just don’t wear jeans.

28. Warm hoodie

This is mostly one for anyone visiting UK beaches!

29. Wetsuit

Again, if you’re in the UK it’s much nicer to swim in the sea while wearing a wetsuit. My kids have shortie wetsuits and they wear them all the time.

TWF Childs 3mm CIC Titanium Shortie wetsuit (Black/Lime, Age 3-4)
  • Titanium laminated lining - helps reflect body heat back giving extra warmth
  • Sturdy back zip fastening with robust long leash pull
  • Please see image for size chart dimensions for each size

30. Dryrobe/changing robe

A changing robe is the best for when you come out of the sea. I have one from Red and I love it.

Red Original Unisex Pro Change Robe EVO, Short Sleeve, (Medium, Navy)
  • EXTRA COMFORTABLE: super soft next-to-skin inner fleecing insulates and works to draw water off the skin, with advanced moisture wicking technology
  • ADVANCED FABRIC TECHNOLOGY: feel dry, warm and comfortable in the waterproof and breathable robe made from premium technical fabrics
  • SIZE GUIDE: Based on Height (Medium 5’4”- 5’10”) - (Large 5’11”- 6’3”) - (Extra-large 6’4”- 6’8”)

What to pack for the beach if you have a dog

31. Poo bags

And keep an eye on your dog! I see so many people not watching their dogs on the beach so they don’t see when they do a poo.

e Compostable Dog Poo Bags - 120 Extra Thick Poop Bags For Dogs | Each Unscented Doggy Waste Bag...
  • About: These eCompostable Dogie Packs are exceptionally helpful for pet sweethearts who love both pets and the environment. These Bags are Earth-accommodating, Environment amicable, and...
  • Durable: When it comes to Poo Bags the first thing which is checked is how strong and durable it is, eCompostable PooP Bags are thick which are made of strong stretching material so one can easliy...
  • Easy To Use: Our Bags comes with Easy Peel Off Sticker so that one can easily open the roll, tear the required quantity of bags and again roll it up.

32. Lead

You might want to get an extra long or retractable lead if you know there will be space to let your dog run free (and they can’t be trusted off the lead!)

TUG 360° Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Lead for Up to 15 kg Dogs | 5 m Strong Nylon Tape | One-Handed...
  • Small Leash is Suitable for Dogs Under 16kg; Medium For Dogs Under 25kg; Large For Dogs Under 50kg
  • 5 Meter Long Tape Leash With Easy-Adjust Retraction; Tangle Free 360 Degree Tape Movement
  • Quick Lock And Unlock Feature - Easy Roll-On and Roll-Off With Your Thumb

33. Water bowl

Collapsible ones are always handy for travelling.

Collapsible Dog Bowl,Collapsible Dog Water Bowls for Cats Dogs, Portable Pet Feeding Watering...
  • ❤【COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN】: Convenient collapsible design for saving space, simply stretch and fold away,which are good for traveling,hiking,camping,outdoor or indoor use.
  • ❤【PORTABLE & CONVENIENT】: The collapsible dog bowls are great pet travel bowls, lightweight and easy to carry with climbing buckle. It can attach to belt loop, backpack, leash or other...
  • ❤【DURABLE & SAFE】 : These dog bowls are made of high quality silicone , odorless, durable and friendly.Very Safe for your lovely pet to use.Reusable and Eco-friendly, easy for storage and...

34. Shade

Umbrellas and tents mentioned above!

35. Sand peg for dog lead

To avoid having to hold your dog on the lead all day, get yourself a peg you can twist into the sand to hold the lead.

Rosewood Yard Accessories Stake-Out Spike
  • Strong and durable corkscrew spike
  • Wide handle for turning
  • Approx measurements 3.0mm x 31cm

Other extras you pay need

There’s no end of things to take to the beach so check out these extras…just in case!

36. A waterproof phone pouch

If you’re going in the sea and just want to protect your phone from spills and sand then it’s a good idea to take a waterproof phone pouch to the beach.

ivoler Waterproof Pouch Bag + Phone Case, Waterproof Case Dry Bag for...
  • IMPORTANT: Please do a safety test every time before using the product. Simply put a piece of cloth/paper inside the bag, put it in the water for 30 minutes, then remove it to check whether the...
  • Suitable Pouch Size: Waterproof pouch bag measures 215 x 155 mm, large enough to hold the phone, wallet, passport, watch, and even a small tablet; Waterproof mobile phone bag is suitable for smart...
  • Practical Design: our waterproof pouches are triple sealed to keep your stuff totally dry even underwater. With proper closure and care, you can go swimming and snorkeling all sunny day long and not a...

37. A book

There’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing on the beach with a good book!

38. Mini BBQ

I have a mini gas BBQ that is perfect for cooking up some sausages on the beach.

If you decide to use a disposable charcoal BBQ then make sure you dispose of it properly. Many people think they can bury them in the sand but this won’t put out the fire and often actually makes an intensely hot oven. My daughter stood on a buried BBQ one morning on the beach (it had obviously been buried the night before) and it burnt her foot really badly. It also won’t get rid of the foil BBQ!

Campingaz Party Grill, Camping Stove and Grill, All-in-One Portable Camping BBQ, with Griddle, Grid...
  • Multifunctional: This compact camping grill offers campers the choice between a pan support or grilling on a non-stick grill plate
  • High Performance: The fully adjustable 1350 W BBQ is powered by the Campingaz CV 470 Plus gas cartridge (run time up to 4:30 hours); push and turn Piezo ignition for convenient lighting in any weather
  • Available Europe Wide: The CV 470 Plus cartridge is available in over 50 countries thanks to Campingaz's worldwide dealer network

39. Coins to pay for beach car parks

Many beach car parks only take coins for payments so keep a stash of pound coins in your car.

40. Cash in case beach cafes don’t accept cards

Lots of beach cafes don’t accept card payments so make sure you’ve got some cash just in case.

41. Football if there’ll be lots of space

Can’t beat a game of beach football – provided there’s lots of space otherwise people get really naggy about it!

42. Lip balm with SPF

Sun, sea, sand, salt and wind can make your lips really dry so don’t forget your lipbalm!

Bondi Sands Toasted Coconut Lip Balm with SPF 50+ | Nourishing Formula Locks in Moisture + Provides...
  • Bondi Sands Toasted Coconut Lip Balm with SPF 50 Nourishing Formula Locks in Moisture Provides UVA UVB Protection Enriched with Shea Butter Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E Vegan Cruelty Free 10g
  • Beauty Skin Care Sun Care Tanning Sunscreens Lips
  • Product Type: SUNSCREEN

43. Water Shoes

If you’re visiting a beach with lots of pebbles, shells or little creatures that could sting or bite you then it’s best to have water shoes.

Racqua Water Shoes Quick Dry Barefoot Beach Aqua Sport Swim Surf Pool Hiking Diving Walking for Men...
  • BAREFOOT FEEL: Wide toe design makes for a barefoot feel but still easy to experience. Zero heel lift and low-profile ultra-grip outsole provides maximum traction for walking or hiking anywhere from...
  • FLEXIBLE TWIST AND COMFORTABLE: super lightweight and flexible, make you feel great freedom and comfortable in wearing. A great alternative to bulky water shoes! Possess one pair of these shoes can...
  • QUICK DRY WITH DRAINAGE HOLES:These fishing shoes walk like normal shoes with several holes on each bottom to ensure proper water flow out of them. The holes would not be big enough to allow sands or...

45. Portable speaker

Opt for a waterproof and sand-proof speaker so it isn’t damaged on the beach.

Abuytwo Bluetooth Speaker - Loud Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speakers with Led Lights, IPX7...
  • 🔊【30W Huge Sound】 Compared to other speaker wireless that sacrifice sound quality for loud sound, Abuytwo Portable Bluetooth Speaker has a 30W driver, an advanced digital signal processor and...
  • 💦【IPX7 Fully Waterproof】 This affordable speaker has IPX7 waterproof certification, which means this travel speaker can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes and survive. So you...
  • ⌚【Full-Day Battery Life】 Abuytwo bluetooth music speakers can be played for 24 hours per charge. Support Bluetooth / 32G TF Card / AUX play function, built-in MIC helps you enjoy hand-free...

46. Snorkel and mask

I’m loving the new full face snorkel and masks. They’re so easy to use and great for kids too.

G2RISE SN01 Full Face Snorkel Mask with Detachable Camera Mount, Anti-Fog and Foldable Design,...
  • 💨ENHANCED SYSTEM - Upgraded edition has a bigger chamber and 2 intake valves to allow air to circulate in and out freely. The SN01 mask's separate the inhaling and exhaling channel prevent CO2...
  • 🐠180°PANORAMIC VIEW - Updated full-face design provides a larger viewing area, guaranteeing that you will see more fish and sea creatures than ever before. With our detachable camera mount you can...
  • 🎒COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN - Comes with a fold-able snorkel tube and a tote-able mesh bag, being convenient to package and take it anywhere you want. With multiple colors and 3 different sizes ( XS, S/M,...

47. Headphones

If you’ll be listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks then don’t forget your headphones!

JBL Wave 300 TWS True Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones in Charging Case - Wireless Earbuds with...
  • JBL Deep Bass Sound: The 12 mm drivers in these earbuds deliver deep bass and powerful sound, creating an immersive listening experience to enhance your everyday routine
  • All-day listening: Enjoy your favourite music and podcasts all day long with up to 26 hours of playback time plus an additional 20 hours when used with the included charging case
  • Comfortable fit: The ergonomic shape of these earbuds provide a comfortable and secure fit, while the open-ear design enhances your ambient awareness of your surroundings


Saturday 6th of May 2023

I've heard baby powder is great to get sand off feet too!


Monday 8th of May 2023

I've seen this hack on the internet too but I don't know why you wouldn't just wipe it off...? Seems like an extra thing to use when you could just use your hand?