The Ultimate Beach Packing List for Family Vacations

A family beach vacation in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, provides a beautiful escape filled with sun, sand, and unforgettable moments. Our slice of paradise offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Situated on the pristine Atlantic coastline, there’s something for visitors of all ages. 

After a fun-filled day in the sun, you can unwind in one of the comfortable Ocean Isle Beach vacation rentals provided by McClure Realty Vacations. Staying in our vacation rentals adds extra comfort and convenience to your family vacation. McClure Realty Vacations offers a diverse selection of rental properties to suit every family's needs and preferences.

The Family Beach Trip Packing List Essentials

  • Sunscreen: Pack broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your family from harmful UV rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

  • Swimwear: Of course, you can’t forget swimsuits for every family member on your beach packing list.

  • Sunglasses: Shield your precious eyes from the scorching sun by donning a pair of sunglasses that effectively block harmful UV rays. You want to look for sunglasses with 100% UV protection or UV400.

  • Beach Towels: Pack enough towels for everyone to dry off and lounge on the beach.

  • Hats: Wide-brimmed hats for adults and sun hats for kids can provide additional sun protection. This is why they are a good thing to add to your family beach trip packing list.

  • Beach Umbrella or Shade: Provide shade on the beach for your family to escape the UV rays when needed. Read the regulations regarding sun shades.

  • Beach Chairs: Remember comfortable beach chairs to your packing list so your family can enjoy lounging by the water.

  • Water Bottles: Stay hydrated under the sun by packing refillable water bottles for each family member.

  • Snacks: Pack light snacks such as fruits, nuts, and granola bars to maintain energy levels.

  • First Aid Kit: Make sure to bring essential first aid items such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers in case of minor injuries.

Beach Entertainment to Add to Your Packing List

  • Sand Toys: Shovels, buckets, molds, and other sandcastle-building tools.

  • Boogie Boards: Ride the waves during your beach trip by adding these fun boards to your family packing list.

  • Floats: Bring inflatable rafts or tubes so your family can enjoy lounging in the pool (not recommended for the ocean).

  • Cooler: Keep drinks and snacks cool throughout the day for your family by adding a cooler to your beach vacation packing list.

  • Ziploc Bags: These are useful for storing wet swimsuits or keeping electronics sand-free.

  • Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Relax and listen to your favorite music on the beach.

Unwind After Your Beach Fun in Your Ideal Vacation Rental

As your family's beach vacation in Ocean Isle Beach comes to an end, it might be difficult to say goodbye to this idyllic paradise. However, as you pack up your belongings and bid farewell to the ocean waves, you will carry with you a heart full of cherished memories and the promise of returning to create even more. Book your stay with McClure Realty Vacations today and start planning your next beach getaway!