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What to Pack for the Beach | The Ultimate Beach Vacation List

Stressed about what to pack for the beach? Here is a list to make sure that you have all the essentials covered. Follow this beach packing list and you will…

Stressed about what to pack for the beach? Here is a list to make sure that you have all the essentials covered.

Follow this beach packing list and you will have everything you need for a day (or longer) full of fun!

What to Pack for the Beach?

What to Pack for the Beach

 

The Essentials: (things you must bring)

Sunscreen

You want to soak up that amazing sunshine but its never work risking your skin. Skin cancer is for real and it is never fun to have a sunburn. To make sure that you protect yourself from harmful uv rays you will want to bring a waterproof sunscreen.

Beach Towel

Another must have for the beach is a beach towel. You will be happy you have your beach towel when you need to dry off after a swim. Also, it is great to spread out on the sand so that you can lay down and relax.

Swim Suit

If you are going to the beach to swim or just to get some sun you won’t want to forget your swim suit or swim trunks for men. I suggest finding a comfortable suit that fits well so that you can enjoy your beach time and feel great at the same time.

Shorts + Tank Top

I love to bring my favorite jean shorts and a tank top. Tank tops are great because you wont get a tan line, and you will want to have a pair to shorts to throw on if you need them. Easy to wear to the beach and to put over your suit when leaving.

Beach Cover Up

Don’t forget a beach cover up. They are great to put over you suits and wear around while exploring the beach. Since they are light you will feel comfortable, cool and relaxed.

Hat

This is a must for men and women. A hat will keep your hair back and out of your face (you will be glad if its windy) all while keeping the sun out of your eyes. I love hats because they look so beachy and stylish too.

Sunglasses

The beach is sunny! That is why you will want to bring your sunglasses. You want don’t want to have to be blocking the sun and trying squinting all day.

Beach Blanket

You should bring at least one or more beach blankets. You will need this to lay out on the sand so that you have somewhere to sit all your stuff and hang out all day without getting sand everywhere. Its also great to have an extra blanket, depending on the beach and time you will be going, it can get very color and windy. You will be happy you have a blanket to snuggle up in.

Flip Flops

Don’t forget your flip flops. The next best thing to walking barefoot on the beach. Quick to get on and off. Plus you can get them sandy and wet and they will stay clean and dry quick. You don’t want to be trying to squeeze into sandy wet socks and shoes at the end of the day.

Water Bottle

Since you can’t drink the salty beach water you will want to bring some fresh clean water. Bring some water bottles and fill them with water and ice to keep them cool all day. I personally love the stainless steel ones because they keep your water cold so much longer.

Beach Bag

You will need something to carry everything when finding your perfect spot on the beach. A beach bag is great because they are normally big so you can fit everything that you need all in one. Also, they are normally water proof or easily washable so you don’t have to worry about getting it dirty in the sand.

The Essentials for Families:

Beach Toys:

Kids love playing in the sand. Most off all they love building sand castles. Bringing a sand castle building set of some beach toys will give the kids something fun and creative to do.

Beach Tent or Shade:

A quick pop up tent or shade is suggested for kids because they can enjoy the beach and have a shaded spot to get out of the sun and wind if needed. Also, its great to have if they take a nap you wont have to worry about the sun shining down on them and they can have a comfortable and quite place to relax.

Small Ice Chest or Cooler Bag:

If you are going to be at the beach all day, you should bring some lunch and snacks. A small portable cooler is my favorite because they are light and easy to carry and still keep everything cool.

Life Jacket

If your kids are not great swimmers you should bring some life jackets. Depending on where you are going beach wave can be very strong and you want to make sure the kids are safe.

Chairs:

Foldable beach chairs will be perfect for your family to relax in when not swimming or laying out on the sand. I love the low back ones for the beach since you still feel like you are right on the sand.

Body Boards:

If you have never been body boarding its so fun. It is the perfect kid friendly beach activity. They can use the body boards to float on in the water and catch some small waves. You might love it too!

The Extras (you don’t need but you might want):

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker:

If you love listening to music as much as I do then I suggest bringing to waterproof bluetooth speaker. This way your entire group can enjoy your playlist from your phone. Its nice to relax on the beach and listen to your favorite songs.

Camera (waterproof):

It is so easy to get distracted and drop your phone or camera in the water or sand. When going to the beach you might want to get a waterproof camera or get a water proof cover for your phone. You will want to have awesome picture of your day but you don’t want to a ruined camera.

Bug Spray:

Depending on the beach that you are visiting there can sometimes be lots of bugs. I love to get the bug repellent towelettes since they are super small and easy to throw in the beach bag. You might not need them but just in case. You don’t want to end your day covered in bites.

Lip Balm:

Every time I go to the beach my lips get super dry and chapped. It must be the sun and salt air, but I always make sure that I bring chap stick so that my lips aren’t in pain all day.

Surf, Kyak, or Paddle Boards:

If you looking for a beach adventure you might want to check into renting some watersports beach equipment. Most popular beach spots will have beach rental equipment shops nearby and even lessons that you can sign up for. If you have always wanted to try a beach sport now is the time. I have tried surfing. It wasn’t easy but it was amazing getting to see the beach from a different perspective.

Wet Suit:

If its not the middle of summer or you are going to a cooler beach, then you might want to buy or rent a wetsuit. Sometimes ocean water can be ice cold and you don’t want to sit out on the fun.

Extra Bags:

When you leave the beach you are going to have wet and sandy towels clothes and blankets. You don’t want to put everything back into your dry beach bag or you will have a sandy mess. I bring waterproof bags to put all my stuff that is sandy or damp into. This make it really easy to wash too since all the dirty stuff is already separated out.

What to pack the beach list:

Here is a free printable list to help you get ready for the beach. Beach Packing List

Have fun!!

I hope that this list helps you to know exactly what to pack for the beach and takes the stress out of preparing so that you can focus on having a great time.

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Top 20 Outdoor Adventure Quotes to Inspire You Today

Lets get inspired together with my favorite outdoor adventure quotes of all time. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like there is nothing you can do…

Lets get inspired together with my favorite outdoor adventure quotes of all time. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like there is nothing you can do to to change it.

You start to feel depressed, uninspired and board with life. I have felt like this more times than I want to admit.

Best Outdoor Adventure Quotes

The best thing to start feeling alive and hopeful again is to get out and take an adventure.

The adventure that fuels your soul might be different than mine, but together we will strive to follow our hearts and live life doing the things that excite us. I hope that you love all these outdoor adventure quotes.

1. You will never know until you go

You will never know until you go.

2. Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them. — Unknown

Yes! This one really hits me hard. There are things on “my list” of life that I would love to do. This quote reminds me that they are’t going to come to me. If I am going to check adventures off my list I have to go find them.

3. Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure.

Every adventure is fun. When I plan for a trip or activity it is exciting. Even the planing and dreaming about what I am going to do is feels amazing. But surprisingly some of the truest felt adventures are unplanned. Never underestimate the power of spontaneity.

Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure.

4. Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be. – Steve Pavlina

Don't die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be. -Steve Pavlina

5. If you think adventure us dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal. – Paulo Coelho

Thinking about this quote really takes the fear out of adventure. Paulo Coelho also has some great books if you are looking for something to read that will make you want to travel. His book The Alchemist is a must read.

The fear of going new places and trying scary things stops so many from living life. I have to admit I am guilty of this. Yes, sometimes its scary and dangerous to chase after our dreams but not nearly as scary and soul crushing as letting fear stop us.

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it's lethal. -Paulo Coelho

6. If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority. – Richard Branson

7. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. – Jennifer Lee

This is one of my favorites. Every time I read it it – I can feel the power of it. Sometimes I have to remind myself not to let my fears keep me trapped in my comfort zone. When you find what makes you really excited for life be fearless in the pursuit of it.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. -Jennifer Lee

8. The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure. – Joseph Campbell

9. Adventure is worthwhile. – Aristotle

If there is anything in life worthwhile it is adventure. We must not let the fears of the future and the uncertainty of the present stop us. We can do anything that we decide in life. Lets make adventure priority.

10. Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage. – Paulo Coelho

Travel is never a matter of money but courage. -Paul Coelho

I am getting excited already! The first 10 really inspire me to want to go on a outdoor adventure. They do a great job of reminding me how important it is do follow my heart.

The next 10 really put into words that feeling that an amazing adventure can create. They remind me of the excitement and passion that I can experience in life if I choose to follow my bliss.

11. Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.

Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.

12. Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life. – John Amatt

This is one of my favorites out of all the outdoor adventure quotes. Adventure is different for everyone. Sometimes an adventure brings you across the globe, jumping out of a plane, or climbing a mountain. These are exciting things most people would define as adventure.

When I think of adventure it doesn’t have to be anything crazy (but sometimes it is), it is really just the attitude that you learn to make you life exciting. Driving to the store or exploring your own town can be a wild adventure depending on your mindset.

Adventure isn't having on a side of a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life. -John Amatt

 

13. One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

14. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

 

15.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

16. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. -Sir Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. -Sir Edmund Hillary

 

 

17. Feel the fear – Do it anyway.

18. Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This one feels so airy and light. Makes me want to go outside and jump in the ocean and soak up the sun and appreciate the goodness of life.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

19. One way to get the most out of life is to look at it as an adventure.

When traveling somewhere, things aren’t always going to go as planned. There will be set backs and surprises, and things that go better or worse than expected.

This is not only what we experience on a trip – this is what we experience in life! Just like a trip, the adventure we get out of it isn’t what happens, but how we look at it. Keep a mindset of adventure (use these outdoor adventure quotes to help) and everyday will be new and exciting.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

 

20. Die with memories, not with dreams.

outdoor adventure quotes

 

 

Are you going do put aside your fears? I am making my dreams reality and I hope that these quotes will inspire you to do the same. The ultimate regret in life is looking back and wishing that we would have chased our dreams.

Adventure is about stepping out of our comfort zones and doing the things that really get us excited. I hope that these outdoor adventure quotes inspire you to take your own adventure. Lets start making memories!

If you would like some travel inspiration check out the best Ted Talks about travel.

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