Summer Beach Day Preparation- Packing a Beach Bag

The thermometer is soaring and sand and surf call us. Florida, Alabama and South Carolina residents flock to the beach in droves. Some of the most popular U.S. beaches are in the southeast. With some nine million visitors per year, Jacksonville Beach in Florida may be the most visited beach in the nation. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Florida beaches of Daytona, Clearwater and Santa Rosa are also among the top 20 most popular beach destinations, according to Another top-rated beach is West Beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, according to Coastal Living.

Whether you ride the waves, build sand castles or simply soak up the sun, it helps to have a checklist for any beach excursion.

Use this as a list of essential items to pack in your beach bag.


Clothes and Beach Items

  • Large mesh bag so sand does not accumulate inside
  • A dry change of clothes
  • A light jacket or sweatshirt for those cooler nights
  • Extra swimsuits
  • Plenty of beach towels
  • A cover-up to protect you when you’ve had enough sun
  • Baseball cap or wide-brim hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof sunscreen of SPF 30 or more (over 40 percent of Americans get sunburned at least one time per year, according to
  • Lip balm
  • Aloe and lotion for after-beach skin care
  • Bug spray to keep the pests away
  • Anti-itch cream in case of bug bites
  • Books/magazines because the beach is a great place to catch up on your reading
  • First-aid kit for those little cuts and scrapes
  • Music player of choice, but remember not to disturb your neighbors who may be napping


For the Kids

  • Buckets and shovels
  • Sand castle molds
  • Sporting equipment like a beach ball or Frisbee
  • Floaties and other floatation devices for non-swimmers, but never rely on them for your child’s safety
  • A kite
  • Toys, playing cards and games for the trip to and fro
  • Zip-lock bags for shell collections and other collectibles


Too Big for the Bag, But Necessary

  • Folding beach chairs and blankets
  • Beach umbrella for more sun protection
  • Cooler for food and beverages

Your cooler packing list should also include:

  • Condiments
  • Utensils
  • Cold packs
  • Wet wipes or napkins

Stay hydrated with plenty of water and pack healthy fruits and snacks. Packing water and snacks can help ensure you spend less while your children eat healthier and stay hydrated with water. Soda that contains caffeine actually dehydrates, according to

Preparing for a day at the beach is no picnic. Yet well-prepared beach-goers will have a more enjoyable experience and can avoid mishaps like sunburns and accidents.

Careful planning and preparation can help lead to a worry-free and uneventful outing. Shouldn’t you plan just as carefully to protect your most valuable asset — your home? Join the thousands of Frontline Insurance customers who have carefully planned to protect their investment. Contact a Frontline agent today for a thorough evaluation and a thorough review of your coverage. For a free Homeowners quote, click here. For a free Condominium Owners quote, click here.

Please remember that the comments contained in this blog are general in nature and that coverage under any specific policy of insurance will depend upon the terms and conditions of such policy.