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This is a sample list of items and equipment you might want to take on a week-long trip to a beach resort in a developed tropical area, or some other part of the world (eg, Portugal, New Zealand, Long Island, or Southern California) during the local summer months. Depending on where you're going and the time of year, some of the items may not be useful to you, and there are inevitably additional items you'll want to bring along, but this should give you a general idea of what you'll want to pack. A minimalist won't want to pack much because it means there's less to carry but on the other hand, someone who wants to bring everything but the kitchen sink won't be short of anything. If two people from either camp go to the beach together, there will always be a conflict. It's best to compromise, but if you take something and don't use it or don't take something and really need it, be mature about it. Do your best not to say I told you so.



Dry activities

  • hat, cap, or sun visor
  • sweatshirt
  • windbreaker
  • poncho
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 nice shirt
  • 2 pair of walk shorts
  • 1 pair of long pants (suitable weight for current weather)
  • 2 pair of underwear or racing trunks or bikini bottoms
  • ladies: 2 good sports bras or bikini tops
  • 2 pair of crew socks
  • sneakers

You may wish to have spare dry clothes to change into in case some get wet.

Wet activities

  • 2 pair boardshorts
  • spring or shortjohn wetsuit (May want heavier grade wetsuit, or no wetsuit, depending on conditions/activities)
  • rash guard
  • goggles
  • reef walkers
  • flip flops


  • speedo (Helps getting into wetsuit, and good to have on if the boardshorts come off)


  • one-piece
  • 2 bikini sets

Get around

  • bags for your things
  • flashlight


  • Fishing: pole and tackle if you fish
  • Camping food: picnic basket or cooler
  • Barbecuing (on beaches where it's OK): But do clean up your trash afterwards.

Stay healthy and safe

See also: Travel health kit
  • sunglasses
  • high spf sunscreen
  • a hat (to shade your face and/or trap heat)
  • umbrella
  • beach towel, or a light trekking towel; bioshower-soap
  • insect repellent
  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • antiperspirant and other toiletries
  • aspirin/Ibuprofen
  • blister care (e.g. moleskin, adhesive bandages)
  • insurance card
  • ID card
  • cash, bank card
  • women: tampons or pads.

See and do

  • good diving mask, snorkel, and swim fins
  • bodyboard or surfboard with leash and wax
  • beach ball
  • other sporting equipment
  • camera
  • folding beach chair, though you might be able to rent one at more developed beaches
  • reading and writing material. In summer you can get a sense of what the latest blockbuster book is based on what everyone is reading.

See also

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