Beach Holiday Packing List – Essential Items To Enjoy Your Holiday

by | Nov 30, 2020 | Live Work Play Travel, Luggage & Packing | 13 comments

Many countries around the world are surrounded by coastline, and this coastline has some beautiful beaches. And when warm weather comes we all like to pack our bags and have a holiday at the beach. Now our beach holiday can be made or broken by the items we pack, or forget to pack. It’s the little things like the right towel or hat or sunscreen that really help you to enjoy your time in the sun and not end up like a lobster at the end of it. So without further ado, here are my suggestions of what to pack for your next beach holiday.

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The type of luggage you need for your beach holiday may depend on your mode of transport that is taking you to your beach holiday. Airlines have luggage limits, even cars may be limited depending on the number of people you are travelling with. As well as your luggage you will need a bag to carry all your items in for your day to day visits to the beach.

Suitcase, Beach Bag, messenger bag, Packing Cubes, Dry bag.


A suitcase for all your holiday gear.

Packing Cubes will help you sort your gear.

A beach bag to hold all your items at the beach.

Keep your phone and cash dry in a waterproof bag.

Messenger Bags are great to take out apres surf.



Swimwear will be at the top of your list for clothing to pack for your holiday at the beach. Closely followed by cool and casual clothes.


Rash Shirt
Cardigan at night
Thongs and Sandals and a nice pair of shoes – if you are partying at night (party shoes, clothes)
Athletic wear & shoes



A Sarong is versatile.



Rash shirt
Board shorts
Nice pants/slacks for evening
Evening shirt
Thongs (flip flops)
Shoes for the evening
Athletic wear & shoes


Beach Essentials For The Day


Beach Towel
Water bottle and snacks


A beach towel that doubles as a picnic blanket.

Slip, Slop, Slap with Sunscreen

Insulated Water Bottle

Beach Accessories – if they fit in your luggage


Sun Shelter
Fold up chair


Fun and Games


Plastic cricket bat and ball, water balls, snorkel set, boogie board, surf board, book to read.


After Sun


Shampoo & conditioner, face & body wash, Toothbrush & toothpaste, after sun lotion, deodorant, make up for going out, brush & comb.

There you have it, my suggestions of items to take on an Australian beach holiday that will help you to really enjoy your holiday. If you can think of anything else to add please mention them in the comments following.


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  1. sarah de gheselle

    Such a great packing list. I will save it for when I can travel again. Hopefully sooner than later 🙂

    • Sharyn McCullum

      I know what you mean. Covid has ruined many people’s travel plans!

  2. Anna

    This is a great list! One extra thing I love bringing is a drink holder that sits in the sand so you don’t get your drink sandy. That’s only if I’m driving somewhere though.

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Great idea. I will have to add that to my list!

  3. molly

    Great beach list! It never fails that I forget my hat and/ or my sunscreen!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      It is easy to forget something and it is usually the most important! I often put my sunscreen on before I leave home so that way I have some on and if I forget to take the sunscreen with me at least I have some on and hope it gets me through!

  4. jetlaggedroamer

    Packing cubes are a game changer. At first I didn’t need they were necessary, but once I got them they have been so helpful keeping me organized. Such a great post, thanks for sharing!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Packing Cubes are a game changer. I don’t know what I did before I discovered them.

  5. Cristina

    This is a great list! I’m saving it for the future 🙂

  6. Denise Macuk

    I love that towel/blanket! For some reason although I’m only 5’4″ I feel my beach towels are never big enough!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Yes towels can be tricky. I like this one because it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on my skin when I wrap it around me for some reasons. Other’s combined with sand and salt water can make me itch!

  7. kmf116

    I’m always ready for a beach holiday and this is a great list to make sure I’m always packed!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      I grew up at the beach so always love experience new ones – but always come back to the ones I love!


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