Top 15 Things To Bring To The Beach (That You May Forget)

Things to Take the The Beach
Ah, yes the sun is out, and it is once again that time of year to pack the kids, the cooler and grandma into the car and head to the beach. But as many of us often do, we get to our spot on the beach, unfold our towels, and quickly realize we forgot something back at the house. Don’t fret, it happens to the best of us, but rest assured that this list will help you remember to bring those extra vital things (and maybe some things you didn’t know) to the beach.

Bring Alot of Water

Lots of Water

The average adult requires 8 full glasses of water each day as recommended by doctors everywhere. This number increases when lying out in the sun. A good tip is to bring a gallon of water and a couple water bottles. That way you can keep one water bottle in the cooler and not have to waste valuable cooler space.

Bring Sunblock to the Beach

Good Sunscreen

While many of us remember to bring the sunscreen, often is the case of when we return home that evening, we are surprised that we somehow still have a bit of a sunburn. Make sure you know which SPF suits you.

Umbrella at the Beach


An umbrella is a perfect way to keep the kids from having to endure all that sunlight. Not only that, but the beach can be PRETTY harsh, not only with the sun beaming down from above, but reflecting off the sand as well.



With a record number of people expected to be in Myrtle Beach this year, you can expect a bunch of unattended kids roaming the beaches. A good way to keep track of your children is to bring a whistle. Teach your family the “family whistle” and you’ll be sure to have them back by your side in no time.

Take a Blanket

Extra Blanket

It is always a good idea I find, to bring a large blanket with you to the beach. That way the beach towels can be used for drying off and you won’t have to worry about wet, sticky sand. Blankets are usually heavier than towels and it will be easier to keep the blanket on the ground rather than blowing down the Grand Strand.

Baby Powder/Jug of Water

Jug of water or Baby Powder

Do you ever find yourself returning from a long day at the beach just to get into the car with half the beach with you? Keep a jug of water in the trunk so you can wash off those sandy feet before you enter the car. OR, you can use baby powder! Just wipe on your sandy feet and the sand magically falls off.

Change of Clothes

Change of clothes

How many times have you returned to your car only to have 5 semi-wet people climbing in? With a quick change of clothes kept in the trunk, nothing more than some athletic shorts

Beach Chair to the Beach


For those who prefer to be on the beach just not ON the beach, a beach chair is a great companion.

Beach Radio


A good way to drown out those annoying beach neighbors of yours, is the helpful little companion known as the radio. Whether it’s an ipod stereo or just a classic little boom box, the radio lightens the mood of the whole party. Just remember to be respectful of your neighbors.

Activities at the beach

Lots of Entertainment

Bring footballs, bocce balls, Frisbees and any other game activities the whole family can enjoy. A family that plays together, stays together. Just remember to respect your neighbors at the beach.

Read a book on the beach

Book or Magazine

Maybe a reference guide on what kind of shells there are? Or if you just want to relax, bring some light reading material.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

It’s always best to keep a little first aid kit either in your car or with you at the beach. You’ll be surprised at how handy that will be.



Often there are times where you are on the beach looking out toward the ocean and someone asks you “what is that?” pointing to a small blip in the distance. How nice would it be to be able to tell them? Well with a cheap pair of binoculars, you could tell them.

Flipflops are great for the beach


Flip-flops are vital for that transition from the hot sand to the not as hot sand as you trek towards that watery abyss. Bring them and you won’t regret it. It’s never fun to remove shoes and then try to put them back on with sandy wet feet.



Now this may seem like a no-brainer, but to those who don’t wear sunglasses regularly, you may forget this handy little item.

So the next time you go to the beach, make a list check it twice, and live beach day like it’s your last!  Of course, don’t forget, we have great rates on both North Myrtle Beach rentals  as well for your vacation, so be sure to book your favorite spot in the sun!

66 thoughts on “Top 15 Things To Bring To The Beach (That You May Forget)

  1. Yea I like the jug of water idea! Especially in myrtle beach. No matter what you do, you always have sand on your feet when you get back to your car… this way you can just sit in the car and wash them off right there….

    gotta say, much easier than vacuuming…

  2. ohhhhhhhh yea i love the breezy winds makes me fell like im in paradise. Don’t forget to use a beach bag!

  3. I love the whistle idea! My husband and I have three children and two of them brought friends. This whistle idea was amazing! Every time that either my husband or I blew the whistle, they were right by our side!

  4. Great ideas but try out having baby powder in your car to take off the sand sticking to your feet.just rub a little on your legs and wam!no water in your car or sand residue! Also bring a visor or nice beach hat. Nothing is worse than a burning face. Although the cure is simply some plain yogurt:). Trust me.experience goes a long way:).

  5. Actually gracieee, 9 times out of 10, if there is an outdoor shower, you better believe there is still quite a bit of sand on the ground(even in the parking lot) between the shower and your car.

  6. A hat. No matter how much sunscreen you use, you can never cover your face skin enough. Who wants to look 60 when they are only 28?

  7. what about hand sanitizer? People bring food, all that activity is bound to make u hungry, but if you’ve been in the water, u wanna sanitize those hands before u have your beach picnic!

  8. hey what about toys like a beach ball or bucket, shovel and don’t forget a towel so when you get wet

  9. Hi guys great ideas there but I always find that some fruit salad at the beach makes me feel relaxed

  10. Me thinks you maybe use the baby powder to gets off the sand. That what us do in Pakistan.

  11. Hey guys it is a lot of great ideas to do so i said to myself hmmmmm…maybe i will take the kids to the park they all said no so i said will maybe i will take you all to the BEACH they said oh than we get to the car in it is 2:00 pm so then they said lets go in get some swimming suit so we went to old navy. then we was on our way to the beach.

  12. hair ties, soap and hair conditioner (if there is a shower. Your hair isn’t ‘dirty’ but it’s ‘sand-man on the scalp’ if you want to feel refreshed on your ride out, it helps. Love love love the powder suggestion! It really does work great! Talk to the children about going to a life-guard if they get lost. It will save you heart failure. Bring your smile and have a great time!

  13. How about a beach umbrealla??? I’m going to the beach tomorrow and I bought a big nautica umbrella thats big enough for both our beach chairs to fit under. It brings a long pole to stick it in the ground and has a sleeve it fits into that has a shoulder strap. Nice!!!! Only $25 at Sams club. Definitely my new favorite beach accessory.

  14. also u should bring hair brushes just in case when u get out of the water u need one

  15. A sweater is a great thing to have at the beach. Just a big hoodie incase it gets cold in the evening or you need to warm up after swimming!

  16. how annoying would that whistle be for other people trying to enjoy a trip to the beach! please limit its use and consider others

  17. Yeah deb youre right. That would be s annoying. Youre sitting on the beach relaxing and all of a sudden your neighbour blows a whistle and a group of kids come running towards you, spraying water and sand everywhere. A better idea, dont let your kids wander the beach by them selves and always have an eye on them.

  18. I run a surf school in California. You left out what I’ve noticed is the most commonly forgotten item: A towel! (Guess that proves my case :) The foot wash is a good one!

  19. I have a family of 5 and the amount of baby powder we would need to remove sand from all of us from thighs down, I would need a bucket just to carry it. I’d rather take one jug of water and my watering can like I always do. PLUS a clean unsandy towel that stayed in the car all day. Nothing worse than washing your legs and feet off just to put the sand back on when you dry them with a towel that was on the beach with you. .

  20. The top 10 things I always bring:

    5.change of clothes
    6.sun glasses

    but if you want to bring more things:
    6.shovel and pale
    7.sun tan lotion

  21. I lived at Virginia Beach for two years and we always took sheets in lieu of blankets. Lighter, cooler.
    just a touch of sand on the corners keeps it in place.
    A dish pan with water always works by the door for those sandy feet, just step in and out and dry off.
    looking forward to a trip to Ft Myers this April.

  22. We like to bring a large ziplock baggie for our cell phones.
    And, recently purchased small watertight boxes for our cell phones, keys, cash, ID’s and lip gloss. You can get these at Target in sports or camping areas. Good luck for keeping cell phones sand free, and, Have a wonderful time at the beach!

  23. I’m going to the beach tomorrow with my nieces and nephews and this is very exciting! Great tips guys.

  24. If you have deaf children bring a color flag and stand up and wave it so they can see you and have one on your umbrella or chair….that way they are never lost or lose the sight of you. Have a blessing day. In Jesus Name.

  25. We take large clips. To hang beach towels and clothes to dry from the balcony of the hotel without them blowing away. The heavy duty ones. You can get a pack of 6 at dollar tree. Not like chip clips, clothes pins, or hair clips but like utility clips.

  26. Great tips going to Wildwood tomorrow for a field trip. They’re closing the whole pier just for. So exciting. Thanks to beach girl101 (who also left a comment) now ima start bringing lotion. Forgot. Thanks. So exciting! TURN UP!! :-D :-* O:-) :-$ :O =-O
    :-! :-P

  27. Good camera with fresh batteries. If you’re taking a cooler remember the napkins, plastic fork(if using mayo) and/or paper plates. If you have kids remember SNACKS. First aid kit.

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  29. Water is definitely a must when it comes to going to the beach! We are planning a big trip in the next few weeks and I want to be sure to bring everything that we need. My kids tend to get dehydrated pretty easily so I am thinking about getting a styrofoam cool with ice to keep everything nice and cool. I have to remember to bring the sunscreen because I know that I will get really burned if I don’t!

  30. We leave next week for 10 nights–so I love to read these tip post :)
    I also bring fresh aloe in a zip lock bag and place it in my cooler–I have very fair skin and I don’t fool with sun burns. Keep sun screen available and remember to reapply it “often”
    We usually stay at a beach front hotel, so bring your favorite snacks from home. Some of the beach front grocery stores can be pretty pricey!
    Also a nice touch are plastic clip hangers for your swim suits when you take them off–so they don’t blow away on the balcony.
    We stayed 3 months in Myrtle Beach last winter (obviously we are retired) and came across all kinds of things to do free. Just do a little research on the area before traveling.

  31. These are great ideas, I think I will need a collapsible wagon to carry all my beach stuff!

  32. We were just at the beach, thank God we took bug spray we only got a couple of big fly bites they would of made us miserable but should still take some Benadryl

  33. can you make one for actually going on vacation I don’t live near a beach only the lake and I’m going on vacation soon but usually we don’t bring what we need or we bring too much things!

  34. The baby powder is totally more effective than water. I have a family of 6 and my 4 kids practically roll in the sand. Water gets some sand off but baby powder gets all the sand off. It takes very little baby powder to get the sand off. Our family goes through one big tub and a little more for every full week we spend on the beach. In addition to the baby powder buy a microfiber cleaning mitt. The mitt alone pulls of a ton of sand but add a little powder and it’s like magic. We dump the baby powder in a container with a lid. Simply dip the microfiber mitt in the powder and brush off the sand. Believe me once you use a mitt and powder it will be a regular on your list right after bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
    Another nice thing is a mister with or without a fan. It’s really nice when it’s hot but you actually don’t want to jump in the water.

  35. I was going to the beach today and I found some of these things very handy. Don’t forget to bring a watch or something to tell time.

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