The sunny days are here and it is time to party at the beach! Beach festivals are the place to be, enjoying the warm days while listening to great music. With some events lasting days, you should definitely remember to pack all the essentials before hitting up one of those popular beach festivals or for your annual vacations by the sea.

Whether you’ll be holidaying in Cornwall or California, Morecombe or the Maldives, there are some essential items you will need to pack to ensure the trip goes smoothly.


Whether you plan to hit the water or not, you should never forget to pack your swimwear. You can party on it (just wrap a bandana, use a cover-up or even just keep it under your clothes), splash around in the water on it, or simply use to sunbathe.

Sun Protection

If you are especially fair-skinned, staying under the sun the whole day can be disastrous. Make sure you pack some sun protection. Sunscreen is important, just remember to apply it several times a day and after you get wet. Sunglasses with UV protection will protect your eyes from the strong glare of the sun. A wide-brimmed hat will keep your face from turning red like a tomato.

packing for the beach

Packing for the beach

Beach Furniture

There are many cool and comfortable things that you can use beyond just your towel. There are chairs or lounges for sunbathing or simply enjoying the music, there are also open but covered tents to give you some more protection from the sun, and even from some rain if it comes. They are also great for keeping your things safe (though you should never leave your valuables inside)

Another wonderful idea is to pack a great float to simply chill on the water. They come in funny designs like a huge pizza or even a unicorn. They are eye-catching, fun and simply a must-have at the beach.

Eating Essentials

While there might be food stands, you can also bring your own gear. Check if grills are allowed, or simply bring battery-operated cooking equipment for some quick meals. You can also bring a water cooler (some are also battery-operated) to keep your drinks cool.

Just In Case It Rains

While summer days should always be sunny, you can never avoid some drops while in the festival. So make sure you pack a light poncho, just in case.

For Your Suitcase

Make sure to include some essentials in your suitcase or backpack, like a towel to dry yourself off, your favorite pair of flipflops for walking on the hot sand, and a cardigan or hoodie for when the nights get cool.

For Your Memories

Do not ever forget your camera, or your smartphone, to be able to take some cool photos with your new friends at the festival. Not only can you keep memories longer, but you can show them around to friends and family afterward.

Other Activities by the Beach

For some beach yoga, bring your own mat. You can also use it to lie on the sand as well. When you also want to do something else, bring your favourite book with you as well.

When partying at the beach, you will not be able to easily run to the shops to buy some things. So to be safe, make sure you pack the essentials with you and you will also not have to pay the exorbitant tourist rates.