A beach trip to Block Island is the perfect option to enjoy a day or more away. As a frequent traveler to Block Island I have found some helpful packing tips that I'd like to share. Whether you are planning a day trip or a full week of Summer Vacation, this beach packing list has you covered.

If you’re worried about what to bring to the beach and what you’re likely to forget, prepare yourself for the ultimate list of beach essentials. From basics to extras, and from toiletries to luxury relaxation, you won’t forget a thing if you stick to these beach necessities. 


Your luggage should always be versatile and lightweight. Especially for a beach vacation, you want to make sure you don’t pack too much. The goal is to relieve stress, not add to it. 


For vacations where you are planning lots of activities, you have a lot of supplies. From sandals and walking shoes to sunscreen and shades, you need to keep it all organized. 

Try saving space by compressing your clothing. And don’t forget to use packing organizers. You can then quickly slide organizers of any kind straight into the drawers of your hotel dresser, making unpacking simple. 

Let’s not forget, you’ll surely need to bring some food to the beach—and a way to keep it cool. Coolers are too bulky for a beach vacation, so instead pack a large lunch bag or insulated bag with your food essentials.


Even if you plan to lounge on the beach and do nothing else (my kinda vacation), there are some basic items you want to include in your beach packing list. 

  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Bathing suit 
  • A good book 
  • Sandals 
  • Tank tops 
  • Shorts 
  • Hat 
  • Cell phone and portable charger 
  • Underwear 
  • Pajamas 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Soap 

 If you have room, some of my favorite fun things to take to the beach include: 

  • Frisbees and beach balls to start a friendly game
  • Goggles 
  • Snorkel
  • Towel 
  • Sarong
  • Beach umbrella

For entertainment purposes, you should consider packing the following items: 

  • Portable speaker
  • Laptop or tablet 
  • Headphones 
  • Camera
  • Electrical converters or travel adapters 
  • Journal and pen 
  • Book 
  • Chapstick 
  • Water bottle and bottle sling
  • Insulated tote bag or cooler

Vacation is supposed to be fun, so try not to spend time worrying about whether you forgot to lock up the house before you left. Use these lists of things to bring as a jumping off point for your own personalized beach packing list. Go through your itinerary day by day and make a list of things to take to the beach that you know you will need. Dress yourself (and any traveling little ones) from head to toe each day, considering all weather scenarios and other possible travel hiccups. 

Now it’s time to gather your friends, pack your bags, take a final pre-trip picture for social media, and enjoy your glorious beach vacation getaway on Block Island!

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