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Beach Travel Pack List: Don’t Forget the Sun Protection

sun protection beach packing list

What swimsuit should I bring? How many swimsuits should I bring?! How about a beach towel?

When planning a beach getaway, whether that be part of some fantastic Fiji holiday package or just an independent journey to Australia, questions — much like these — will roll through your head. But, don’t, pretty please, forget about packing the most important items: those required for sun protection!


Holla! This is the most obvious and yet most important item on this list. My tip would be the following: Even if you think you’ll be able to get some sunscreen on arrival, also bring a travel-sized tube to cover you until you can get to the shops. You just never know what will happen in between the airport and the beach!

Clothing with UV Protection

UPF beach cover-upWhen not getting in the water, some good clothing with UV protection is the way to go. You can get athletic wear, t-shirts, pants and more with built-in UV protection for that extra levels of security.

Even beach goers can have extra protection with UV blocking rash guard shirts that make you look sporty and fun in the process.

>> Learn more about the Coolibar UPF 50+ beach cover-up (pictured left) on Amazon.


sunbathing in sunglassesYour eyes are just as much affected by the sun as any other part of your body, so why would you not go all out when choosing the right shades?

When choosing the right sunglasses, you should watch out for both UVA and UVB protection, and it definitely doesn’t hurt to go for a shape that helps block the rays that come in the from the sides. I love some that have polarizing lenses because they not only block the brightness but also enhance certain colors; I never leave home now without my Maui Jims.


sun hatWide-brimmed hats are best, and guess what, they look classy cute! Hats do wonders for protecting your scalp (you know, like where you would otherwise get sunburned on your hair’s part), ears, face and neck while also keeping the glare at a minimum.

Even if you’re not a hat fan, just remind yourself that keeping those rays off your face will make a huge difference in your appearance as you age.

Beach Tents

beach tentLet’s face it. There’s nothing quite like laying on the beach and hearing the cool water beat against the shore. It’s soothing and relaxing. However, that can all be undone if you happen to get fried to a crisp in the process.

Beaches often lack any shade or cover from the sun, so if it’s a boiling hot day, then you’ll be boiled. For those that plan to spend a large amount of time at the beach, you may want to consider packing a little beach tent (they pack up quite small considering). These guys offer UV protection, but have one side open for maximum beach enjoyment. For those who love to sleep on the sand but not wake up a lobster.

Learn more about beach tents on Amazon >>

Beach holidays are awesome; warm weather and sunshine can really improve a person’s well-being and mood. If you’re not prepared, on the other hand, then you’ll be singing a completely different tune.

>> Check out info on SPF lip balm and maybe some Paw Paw cream to soothe a sunburn.

What else would you recommend for sun protection on a beach holiday?

Written by Brooke

Brooke Schoenman runs the show at Her Packing List. Inspired from years of travel experience, Brooke decided there needed to be a travel gear site focused on the needs of a wandering female.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

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Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Alouise says

    Great advice for the summer months. I can definitely attest to wearing a hat. I forgot to bring one in Mexico and I had a lovely sunburn on my forehead. After I went and bought an overpriced hat from a market. A little touristy looking but I didn’t want to burn even worse.


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