Far be it from us to send you on an epic sun holiday without first sharing our beach vacation packing essentials checklist! We’ve had our fair share of mildew mishaps, wardrobe woes, and sunburn debacles. But all of our adventures just make us better equipped to help you have your best beach break yet.
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Sun Safety Packing Essentials
The look you’re going for is sun-kissed, not sun-dried raisin. Pack these essentials to stay comfortable in the heat.
Waterproof Sunscreen (Going to Hawaii? Pay attention to the label – some ingredients are banned to protect coral reefs)
Aloe Vera (In some destinations, including Jamaica, you can buy real aloe vera leaves right on the beach!)
Reusable Water Bottle (Check drinking water advisories first)
Sand-Free Packing Essentials
You can take a girl out of the beach, but you can’t... keep shaking all the beach out of her clothes for weeks afterward! Pack these essentials to keep sand where it should be.
2 Beach Towels (Your hotel might provide these for you)
Sand Brush (A large paintbrush will do the trick)
Swimming Packing Essentials
Whether you’re just dipping your toes or diving, kayaking, floating, and splashing to your heart’s content, pack these essentials to keep H20 from becoming H2oh-no!
Waterproof Phone/Camera Case
Laundry Soap Bar (A little scrub a dub at the end of the day can keep your swimsuits from smelling like seaweed)
Water Shoes (A must for pebble beaches, like Croatia’s)
Expert Traveller Tip: "When packing for a hot and humid sun destination, and travelling from a cold and dry destination (like Alberta) make sure to keep your suitcase weight well under the allowance as you will gain weight on your return from your clothes and items soaking up the humidity!" ~Marissa Walsh of Calgary
Comfort Packing Essentials
Naps in the sun are number one on our to-do list, too. Pack these essentials to stay fresh, moisturized, and free of aches and pains.
Body and Face Lotion (Bring lots!)
Shampoo and Conditioner (Bring lots!)
Beach Pillow (Inflatable or terrycloth)
Entertainment Packing Essentials
Pack these essentials to keep the whole family entertained!