What to pack in your beach bag

Over the past couple years, we’ve had the hard task of spending lots of time at the beach. : )  Okay, I joke… but the beach did become a central theme of our travels, especially as we discovered our love of surfing, and we went from being city dwellers to expert beach-goers. (It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it, right?) A day at the beach is the perfect outing for families — from surfing and swimming to beach combing and sandcastle-building, it’s a place where you can relax and play at the same time. And just being out in nature means that children always play so well without needing much in the way of toys or games.

We are often asked what we pack in our beach bag so I thought I’d share. It has become such a routine task for us that we don’t even have to think about it anymore (we even keep our beach bag half packed and on-hand ready for the beach at any minute!). Here’s what goes into our beach bag:

  • Turkish towels because they are thin and take up as little space in your bag as possible (they also dry more quickly and aren’t as heavy when wet!)
  • Towel ponchos are also handy for longer beach days
  • Sun hats — I love the hats from Shop Boswell, and they’ve just launched an adorable collection of children’s hats! This past year we travelled with Tilley Hats for the kids, which are great because they easily fold up flat to fit in your suitcase (and beach bag).
  • Water bottles (it’s best to bring ones that are stainless steel and insulated so your water stays cool)
  • Rashies for every child — our favourites are the UPF 50+ rash tops from Canopea — the quality is so good!
  • Swimsuit for each child (or spare underwear if they’re already wearing their swimsuit). I love the swimwear from Minnow, Petit Bateau and I love the swim shorts for boys from Beanie & Bear.
  • Sun creams (and zinc for surfers) — we keep a nylon zip-pouch in our beach bag which holds all the sun creams, keeping everything organised and easily accessible.
  • Portable wireless speaker for music at the beach
  • Snacks and fruit for hungry kids — I like to slice up fruit and keep it in a plastic food container to keep sand off the food.
  • Umbrella (I know this doesn’t fit in your beach bag, but it’s a beach essential!) — we love ours from Sunday Supply Co.


What other things do you pack in your beach bag? Anything I’m forgetting?

Courtney x

The photos above were taken by Raegan Glazner during our travels in Australia last year. 


Comments (13)

June 20, 2017

Lovely photos!

June 20, 2017

Love your tips!! Your beach bag looks so light… we take about the same stuff but we are always packed and we are only four.

We switched to turkish towels too a few years ago, but I bought a few linen towels (from a small brand called notPERFECTLINEN) this year and we like them even better. They are so thin and soft and dry quickly (we started to use them in the bathroom too).

I wondered how strict you are with sun hats. We try to keep the heads of our children always covered with a hat/cap at the beach, but it is getting more challenging the older they get.

We take a deck of cards sometimes too. Do you bring a book or some knitting for yourself? Or do you like to just relax and be present for your family? I love love love to read, but my family dislikes when I’m hidden behind my book at the beach.

Natalie Walton
June 20, 2017

Thanks for including our towel in your selection! We have actually started carrying stainless steel cups in our beach bag as carrying a separate stainless steel drink bottles for everyone was taking up too much space and weight! We found some Ecococoon cups from Biome that stack inside each other and come in a little pouch. They’ve been great for picnics and portable birthday parties too! x

Courtney in Australia
June 21, 2017

Thank you for this tip, Natalie! Those stainless steel cups look great. (We just usually share a water bottle, but these cups would definitely be useful when one of us has a cold and we don’t want to pass germs to all seven of us! Or… when a bottle of wine is involved!) 🙂 xx

June 20, 2017

I just read this great idea. Baby powder. Dust it onto feet to get sand off before getting in the car. Any other tips for how NOT bring home sand with you?

June 20, 2017

Corn starch! Some people use baby powder, but I prefer corn starch because it’s natural. A little sprinkle of the powdery stuff magically removes sand from little (and big) bodies. It’s so nice to walk home without tons of sand in your shoes, and it’s drying so it helps prevent blisters.

Rachel Ryder
June 20, 2017

SPF for lips! 💋

June 20, 2017

Great suggestions! Can you please tell us where your coverup is from?

June 20, 2017

Some good tips here, thank you. I’d like to ask what sunscreen you use on your kids Courtney? I’m looking for something more natural and good for sensitive skin. Thank you, Ebba

June 20, 2017

If i don’t forget i bring a camera with me. I love the sun in the background of my children. Makes the pictures more magical. And a bag for beach treasures, like shells.

June 21, 2017

Love your tips Courtney – thank you for sharing! The umbrellas you suggested look great. I’m having a hard time deciding what one to get…which one did you choose? 💕

June 21, 2017

We take much less, we like to travel light. And our no-brand items work very well for us. Thanks for the advertisements, though!

July 4, 2017

Hi Courtney
I love your beach bag – where is it from?

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