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Pack for the Perfect Beach Day

Ready for a beach day? Whether it’s a short trip or you’re planning on spending the whole day at the beach, packing these essentials are sure to make sure you have the best beach day possible!


While you are soaking up the sun at the beach or at one of our Panama City beach resorts it's a good idea to bring along your sunscreen. The Florida sun rays are hot and strong, and whether you’re a Florida native or not, there’s nothing like a bad sunburn to ruin the next few days of a vacation. When shopping for sunscreen, try to find a broad spectrum, UVA/UVB protection that’s water-resistant. Your skin will thank you later!. We suggest applying it often for the best protection.

Find Some Shade

If there’s no shade, it’s worth getting a beach umbrella or even a beach pop-up tent. Most beach tents have a mesh window, allowing you to enjoy the breeze while getting a much-needed break from the sun.

Bring More Towels and Blankets 

Yes, more towels. One per person may seem like enough, but sand and water have a way of getting to everything. Using an old bed sheet or comforter to spread out on the sand first has been a lifesaver when an afternoon shower rolls in, just grab all four corners, throw it over your shoulder and you’re good to go!

Protect Your Valuables

There's nothing worse than losing your keys in the water or your phone to the sand. If you don’t have a waterproof phone or phone case, just grab a sandwich bag. Your screen will still work through the bag and you won’t have to worry about water or sand getting into every nook and cranny of your phone! For your keys, it's worth grabbing a flotation keychain just in case!

Pack a Cooler Like a Pro

 A hard-shell cooler works best, any cooler will do. Freeze any water bottles, fruit, or juice boxes overnight and let them cool the rest of your food and thaw in the sun. You could also fill sandwich bags with water and freeze them overnight, creating inexpensive DIY ice packs! Throw all your drinks, fruits, and veggies on top, then add a layer of a towel or paper towels before adding your sandwiches. This will ensure no moisture gets through.

Bring a Mesh Bag

 Stashing plastic shovels, buckets, toys, and more in a laundry-style mesh bag. Just give it a few shakes at the end of the day, and the sand will fall out. You’ll thank us later! 

The Full List:

  • Beach Towels

  • Beach Towel Clips

  • Beach Toys

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Wide-brimmed Hat

  • Beach Chairs

  • Beach Umbrella

  • Beach Umbrella Sand Anchor

  • Lightweight Beach Blanket with Corner Weights

  • Cooler with water

  • Beach Games (Such as Corn Hole)

  • Book or Magazine

  • Frisbee 

  • Mesh Beach Bag

  • Beach Sand Drink Holders

  • Insulated Cup

  • Waterproof Phone Case (ziplock bags also work)

  • Baby Powder (to easily get sand off feet)

  • Secret Valuables/Cash Holder (for when you leave your bag on the beach and go swimming)

  • Kite

  • Empty Gallon Water Jug (Fill with water and leave in car to rinse sand off feet after beach day)

Stay with Us

Whether you enjoy relaxing or being busy and taking in the sights, you can’t go wrong in Panama City. If you like the beaches, why not book a Panama City Beach condo right on the beach? Emerald View Resorts has everything you need to make your beach vacation perfect.

Published on Tuesday, June 15, 2021