The Family Beach Vacation Packing List
Learn what you need in your bag for a perfect day on the beach with your family!
Wading in the Gulf, building a sandcastle, eating fresh seafood, working on a tan – these are just a few of the things everyone looks forward to on a beach vacation. However, before you can hit the sand, you have to pack. And, no matter how hard you try, inevitably something gets left behind.
Don’t worry! We have compiled a list of helpful things you need for a beach day with kids on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Yes, some of these items are no-brainers, but, hey, when you’re trying to pack for everyone in the family, it’s easy to forget the most obvious supplies.
1. Sunscreen. Every beach vacation traditionally means hours spent in the sun. Make sure to pack the waterproof kind and enough to reapply multiple times throughout the day for each member of your family. You can never have too much, TRUST US!
2. Sunglasses for the entire family. These aren’t just to make you look cool. They can help stop UV rays that reflect off the water and sand from hurting your eyes.
3. Towels. Although many Gulf Shores and Orange Beach hotels and resorts provide complimentary towels for use at the hotel or condo pool, these towels are not for beach use. As such, you’ll need to bring your own beach towels with you.
4. Beach Chairs. Plan to bring some type of seating. For some, that means beach towels or blankets, and for others, that means beach chairs. To create your own shade, consider bringing your own beach umbrella or canopy. Don’t forget to grab them before you go as items left on the beach will be picked up and discarded by the city to help support the Leave Only Footprints initiative. You can always rent chairs and umbrellas directly at the beach.
When you start considering everything you need to pack for a family beach vacation, the resulting group of items can be overwhelming. However, it doesn’t have to be! The good news is you don’t have to bring everything and the kitchen sink when traveling to the Alabama Gulf Coast. There are a number of rental companies supplying everything from baby cribs and wheelchairs to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and beach chairs. Visitors can even rent golf clubs from area golf courses. Visit Specialty Rentals on the website to check out beach vendors, and find exactly what you need to make the most of your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation.