Our essential A-Z packing checklist for a staycation beach holiday

Planning a trip to a beach in the UK this year? Follow our A-Z essential beach checklist for a great time, every time.

Anorak – apologies for the dreary start, but you’ve got to be prepared for all weathers!

BBQ – pack the hamper and buy a cheap, portable BBQ from a shop near the beach for a perfect lunch

Cream – We cannot stress the importance of sun cream enough!

Digital camera – capture those weird and wonderful family moments on a camera. Waterproof versions are available

Eyewear – protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses. Look for the CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013), a UV 400 label and a 100% UV protection label

First aid kit - standard

Goggles – swim with the fishes in comfort with the aid of goggles

Hair brush – avoid the salty, sandy look by the end of the day

Ice packs – pack a few ice packs to cool down or to dunk into drinks

Jumper – weather you choose to holiday in Britain or further afield, pack a jumper for chilly evenings

Kite – take advantage of the blustery, seafront winds

Lotion - perfect for soothing sore, red skin

Matches/lighter – what good is a BBQ without the fire?

Notebook – to jot down addresses, numbers or a quick doodle; your choice

Outdoor games – who fancies a game of boules?

Purse/Wallet – enjoy some quintessential seaside meals and beach treats with the help of some cash!

Quizzes and board games - if you have a long car journey ahead, you’ll need something to keep the kids entertained

Reading material – while away the hours with a good book

Swimwear – remember to pack your swimwear to avoid embarrassment

Towel – …then dry down with a big, fluffy beach towel

Umbrella – an umbrella can act as a colourful sign to find your way back to camp and as a screen in all weathers

Vests – poor swimmers or young children will need arm bands or a life vest in the water

Water – always keep a water bottle close by, particularly during the summer

Xtreme fun – always.

Your family and friends – a beach holiday isn’t a beach holiday without your family and friends

Ziplock bags – store things away safely in a neat, airtight ziplock bag


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