What to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

Everyone vacations a little bit differently. But when it comes to making a list of things to pack for the beach, we have found there are some necessities that every can agree on. Below is an all-inclusive list of items we recommend you pack for your beach vacation at Seaside Vacations in Ocean City, MD. We want to make sure you have everything you need so that you can truly vacation - no matter what that looks like to you. Remember - lost or forgotten items can always be replaced. The most important thing is that you have a great, stress-free time.

Personal Items to Pack

  • Drivers Licenses
  • Credit or Debit Cards
  • Cash
  • Health Insurance Cards
  • Auto insurance Cards
  • Rental Confirmation Information
  • Our cell phone number: (301) 502-2214

Clothes to Pack

  • Swimsuits
  • Swim cover-ups
  • Underwear & bras
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • T-Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sundresses/skirts
  • Jeans/capris
  • Dinner outfits (Both OC and CI are casual beach towns, so no need to get fancy if you don't want to!)
  • Light jackets/wrap
  • Running/Tennis/Workout Clothes/Workout Bras
  • Running GPS
  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Flip-flops
  • Water shoes (Oyster shells can be sharp!)
  • SandalsSneakers – Tennis & Running
  • Hats


  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Floss
  • Lotion, Aloe, Vaseline
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Flatiron, Hairdryer
  • Brushes/Combs
  • Hair elastics and clips
  • I Hair cream/gel
  • Contacts, case, and solution
  • Glasses and sunglasses
  • Make up bag
  • Feminine products
  • Jewelry/watches
  • Cotton swabs/cotton balls
  • Nail polish, polish remover, nail clipper
  • Sunblock, tanning lotion
  • Bug Spray
  • Lip balm/protector
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wipes

Don't Forget Medicine

  • Yours
  • Spouse's
  • The Kids’
  • Allergy
  • First-Aid Kit – w/ band-aids, ointment, etc.
  • Vitamins
  • Motrin
  • Benadryl

Beach Stuff

  • Beach towels
  • Umbrellas, canopy or tent
  • Blankets and chairs
  • Smaller portable cooler
  • Beach cart (with portable wheels, you'll thank yourself!) or beach bag
  • Smaller beach bag or drawstring bag for kids to carry
  • Beach toys (or buy cheap ones here)
  • Swim goggles and floaties
  • A waterproof bag or plastic bag for wallet and cell phones

Kitchen & Home Needs

  • Drinks and food (there are several grocery and liquor stores in the vicinity)
  • Plastic-ware and napkins
  • Bottle opener 
  • Garbage bags/plastic bags
  • Flashlight

Entertainment & Technology

  • Waterproof Camera
  • Digital Camera/Cell Phone
  • Laptop, iPadPortable speakers, cords & chargers and batteries
  • DVDs, Books, Magazines
  • Frisbee, Basketball, Nerf Football
  • Deck of cards, Board games, Card games – UNO etc
  • Notepads, Pens & Colored Pencils

Rental Homes Needs

    We will supply you with a starter supply consisting of:

    • Roll of toilet paper for each bathroom
    • Roll of paper towels
    • Dish Soap & Sponge
    • Dishwasher Detergent
    • Trash Bag

    You will NEED to provide:

    • Above supplies once starter supply is gone
    • Sheets (Unless you've arranged for Linen Rental)
    • Laundry Detergent, dryer sheets, and stain remover
    • Napkins, Plastic-ware

For the Car

  • Car chargers and portable items from Entertainment & Technology section above
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Garbage/plastic bag

Home Checklist

    Make sure everything is taken care of at home before you embark on your vacation. The following are common things to consider as you prepare to leave.

    • House and/or pet sitter
    • Dog food, water for auto feeder
    • Garbage out
    • Empty fridge
    • Hold Mail
    • Spending Money for trip
    • Any bills due while your away
    • Thermostat
    • Lock up!
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