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Beach Bum Essentials: What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

Updated: Feb 28

Going to the beach is one of the most exciting activities for many people around the world! However, enjoying the beach to the fullest requires some necessary items that will ensure you have a great time. Here are 17 must-have products for the beach that are essential for any tropical vacation!

Porto Mari in Curacao
@ Porto Mari in Curacao


It's obvious to have fun in the sun on your beach vacation but also important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. That's why packing the right sun protection gear is a must. From sunscreen to hats and cover-ups, there are several ways to shield yourself from the sun while still enjoying all the beach has to offer!

Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30 is a fantastic product to have on hand for any beach vacation. This is especially important since your lips are often one of the most sensitive areas on your body. Plus, with its delicious flavors like coconut and watermelon, it adds a fun and tropical touch to your beach vacation essentials!

A beach vacation calls for extra sun protection. UPF 50+ rash guard shirts by Coolibar offer full body coverage without compromising style. They are lightweight and quick-drying, plus they come in a variety of colors and prints.


Don't go unprepared without a comfortable sandal or water shoe! When you find yourself hiking to get to a remote beach or the shore happens to be rocky you'll be thankful you brought them.

Keens Sandals are a must have for any outdoor enthusiast. Made with a lightweight rubber sole, these sandals are perfect for any terrain and provide superior cushioning for all-day comfort. The toe guard helps protect your feet from hazards like rocks and twigs, while the adjustable hook and loop strap makes it easy to get a secure fit. Plus, the unique tread pattern gives you superior traction on wet surfaces. With an antimicrobial treated footbed to help keep your feet odor-free, Keens Sandals are perfect for hikers, campers, fisherman, or anyone who loves being outdoors.

Water shoes are essential for any outdoor activity near water, whether it be boating, fishing, swimming, or just exploring the shore. With their versatile design and protective features, water shoes are a must have for a beach vacation.

Birkenstock Sandals have been a staple in my closet for years! I love them because they have more arch support then flip flips. Birks are a great quality sandal and can last multiple seasons handling a lot of wear and tear! They're also super cute and can be styled with almost any beach outfit.


Don’t let your gadgets run out of batteries when you’re out enjoying the waves! Keep your devices powered up and keep the tunes playing on the beach with some of these amazing products.

The Anker PowerCore 20100 is a compact and powerful portable charger that fits in your pocket and can charge your phone up to 7 times.

The JBL Clip 3 is compact and perfect for taking to the beach. Its waterproof design means no worries about water splashes, and its loud, crisp sound will make any beach day perfect.


When it comes to planning your beach vacation, packing the right gear is key. Whether you're lounging on the sand or hitting the waves, having an action camera can help capture those unforgettable moments!

An essential item for any beach trip is a Go Pro Hero 10! It's an excellent choice for any photography enthusiast, boasting impressive specs and advanced features. It's perfect for beginners as the GoPro is extremely user friendly! It's great for underwater video/photography up to 33 feet, but I'd suggest getting the protective case if you plan to go deeper. GoPro is always coming out with new and improved models so if you are interested in the latest and greatest be sure to compare specs to see which model best fits your needs!



Keeping things organized when packing is an essential skill that can make a big difference in the success of you trip! Organization not only ensures you have everything you need but also prevents stress and confusion when it's time to unpack. In our recent post Keep Things Organized: The Perfect Packing Products List, we delve deep into the art of packing and provide you with valuable tips and tricks to keep your belongings organized, safe, and secure during you travels.

How to keep things organized: The perfect packing products list


I'm the type of traveler that's always on the go. I find myself laying out on remote beaches where there isn't anywhere to purchase basic necessities like food or water. You won't find me without my Day Pack and Takeya Water Bottle!

Whenever I go to the beach it's usually with just a day pack and whatever I can fit inside it, so carrying a heavy beach towel or blanket just doesn't work for me. The Sand Cloud Beach Towel works as both a beach blanket and towel! It's light weight, sand free, absorbent, and most importantly quick drying. true life saver for someone like me!

You may think this is the nerdiest product out there but for the people who don't want there stuff stolen while out in the water will get this Waterproof Pouch! When vacationing it's usually just my husband and I and we obviously want to explore and swim together! We often leave our bags behind on the beach and have used this product many times taking only our valuables.

Compact 150 Piece First Aid Kit is an must have in my day pack when I go to the beach. I've been lucky enough not to have to use it yet, but I know I'll be thankful I have it when something does happen.

Having a Benchmade Pocket Knife in your day pack for the beach can be a very handy tool. It can offer a verity of uses including cutting rope or fishing line, opening packaging, slicing fresh fruits, or even defense against potential danger. Additionally, it's compact in size that doesn't take up space and it's a reliable and versatile tool to have!

Murphy's Natural Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellant actually smells good and natural unlike other bug sprays that smell of chemicals. It's also deet free, doesn't leave you feeling sticky, and it actually works! I can't tell you how many times I've been so thankful to have bug spray in my day pack. Whether it's hiking in Hawaii, laying on remote beaches in Curacao or just enjoying a meal at an outdoor restaurant, any tropical environment calls for desperately needing bug spray!

The Venus Travel Razor is always in my day pack just in case I find I've missed a spot while on the beach! It's easy, small and comes with a little case to store for multiple uses.

You will never find me at the beach without my Wet Brush and It's a 10 Leave-In Conditioner. My hair can get so unruly especially after spending the day in the ocean. Spraying my hair with leave in conditioner helps detangle when brushing and makes me feel a bit more refreshed and put together throughout the day.


Dear Traveler,

I hope this blog post is helpful to you on your next tropical getaway. Be sure to click around the site and discover more helpful tips and tricks for packing like a pro. Thanks for reading and happy travels!

xo corlu

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