Beach Bag – What To Pack For A Day At The Beach


There are a few things we always have in our beach bag that you may not think to take, so today I thought I would share what they are and why we have them. What do you always pack for a day or afternoon at the lake or ocean?

We have streamlined our beach bag to hhave the beach ready to grab or keep in the car. Our beach bag is simply a large reusable canvas bag, or you could use a shopping bag. A Costco shopping bag would be perfect!

We tend to be beachcombers more than sunbathers. Also, being in a northern climate we only have a few months per year for sunbathing on the beach. We love to explore beaches early in the Spring and well into the Fall.

This is what I pack in my Car Beach Bag:
  • Beach towelsBe sure to pack enough for the whole family. These microfiber ones are a nice size and super absorbant.
  • Beach Blanket/Mat or Bamboo Mat – Pack an old blanket if you prefer to have a large sitting area separate from the beach towels.
  • Plastic Bags/Waterproof Reuasble Bags -These are great for wet towels and clothes.
  • Sun block
  • Baby Powder or Cornstarch– We use it for rubbing on our feet and legs to remove sand. Works like a charm!
  • First Aid Kit – Make your own using pencil case filled with Bandaids, Polysporin, etc. This is a nice travel size one already assembled.
  • Lip Balm – We often forget to protect our lips from the sun. Have a tube of high SPF lip balm in your beach bag (maybe in the first aid kit)
  • Water Shoes, Flip Flops or Crocs
  • Baby Wipes– perfect for wiping faces & hands.
  • Hair Accessories – Hair ties, leave in conditioner, and a comb. 
  • Children’s Life Jackets – Did you know, you can borrow life jackets from your local Red Cross? It’s true! If you are at the beach or around water often, it may be worth investing in your own.
  • Mesh bag– Mesh laundry bags are perfect to put beach toys in. Carry the wet, sandy toys back to the car and shake them off. It should help reduce the amount of sand you take home!
  • Beach toys – pails, shovels, molds (you can take things you have at home, no need to buy “beach toys”…ladles and plastic containers from your kitchen will do the trick.

** Swim toys– inflatable wings, rings, and other blow up or floating toys are fun, but please keep in mind that using them where there is a current is often not allowed. Check the beach rules before packing up the car with these items. They are safer and best kept for pool fun.

In addition to our beach bag, I also often have a sunshade (umbrella or sun tent) if it is not too windy.

FOOD: Another must-have for a beach day is a picnic lunch! Coolers or cooler bags are perfect for keeping any items that need to remain cool.

Don’t forget lots of water and water bottles for each family member. Depending on facilities, you may be able to refill your water bottles, but just in case, pack your water bottles full.

Here are a few of our favourite beaches in NB (so far).

Happy Beach Days!!!


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