Ultimate Family Beach Vacation Packing List

Mom, dad and two young kids posing with a surfboard on the beach
Surf lessons in Oahu, Hawaii
Two young children playing in the waves at a beach in Hawaii
Playing in the waves at Waikiki Beach

Packing List for a Women:

  • T-shirts x2
  • Tank Tops x4
  • Shorts x3
  • Dresses x2
  • Sandals/flip flops (I wear running shoes on the plane)
  • Underwear x7, Socks x3, Bras x2 
  • Bathing Suit x2
  • Bathing Suit cover up
  • Pajamas x1
  • Sweater for the plane
  • Comfy pants or leggings (I wear on the plane)
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Sunglasses with case
Women in the water at the beach wearing a beach cover over a stripped swimsuit
My favourite swimsuit cover up

Packing list for a man

  • T-shirts x 5
  • Polo shirt x1 (for a night out)
  • Shorts x3
  • Swim Shorts x2
  • Underwear x7, Socks x3
  • Sunglasses and case
  • Hat
  • Running shoes (worn on the plane)
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Jogging pants (worn on the plane)
  • Hoodie sweater (for the plane)
Man standing on a balcony high above with the ocean below.
On the 17th floor of our hotel in Daytona Beach

Packing List for Kids:

  • T-Shirts x7 (kids are messy, I plan one for each day)
  • Shorts x4
  • Bathing Suit x3
  • Swim shirt / Rash guard
  • Pajamas x3
  • Pants x1
  • Sweater (for the plane)
  • Crocs or sandals
  • Underwear x7, Socks x3
  • Dress x1 (for girls)
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Favorite stuffed animal (I have learned never to forget this, especially if they use it to sleep)


  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Lotion
  • Face cream
  • Brush/Comb
  • Hair Elastics
  • Hair styling products (ie. hair spray)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Ear Plugs (I pretty much always need these!)
  • Night Light 
  • Sunscreen
  • Razor
  • Baby wipes (even without a baby, these come in very handy)
  • Lip Balm
  • Makeup 
  • Bug Repellant (depending on the destination)
Dad and two young kids walking along the boardwalk at a beach in Castelldefels, Spain
Walking along the boardwalk in Castelldefels, Spain

First Aid Supplies

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bandaids
  • Lysol wipes
  • Tissues
  • Ibuprofen for both adults and kids
  • Acetaminophen for adults and kids
  • Dimenhydrinate (aka Dramamine or Gravol) for nausea/vomiting
  • Polysporin (for cuts)
  • Benadryl (in case of any allergic reactions)
  • Cough candies


  • PASSPORTS (I wrote this big so you don’t forget it if you are leaving the country)
  • ID (Drivers license if renting a car or using it instead of passport)
  • Credit card 
  • Cash (We usually don’t bring too much incase we lose it!)
  • Phone and charger
  • Headphones (for every traveler) 
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Book
  • Kids Tablet / IPad for travel on the plane
  • Snacks for traveling (I like easy to pack things like granola bars)
Beach in Australia with the red and yellow flag. A young girl pointing to the flag
Hanging out at the beach in New South Wales, Australia

Fun but not necessary things to pack

1. Bucket and Shovels

2. Goggles

3. Neck Pillow and Blanket

4. Toy Boat


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