8 Things Every Teen Should Pack In Their Tote Bag Before They Head To The Beach

8 Things Every Teen Should Pack In Their Tote Bag Before They Head To The BeachSummer is here, school is out, and if you are lucky – you are currently planning a beach day with your friends. Have you ever noticed that going to the beach for a day seems to require more luggage than a week long trip? On the bright side, at least you get to use that ridiculously oversized beach tote for something, rather than just hanging in your closet! To make your trip a bit easier, we put together a list of 8 things you absolutely can’t forget to pack for your trip to the beach this summer.


There is nothing more upsetting than dropping your towel in the water, or realizing you forgot to bring one altogether. If you have extra room in your beach tote, then pack two, surely there will be at least one person in your group of friends that forgot their towel. You also will want to bring a blanket or flat sheet to lay on.

Sun Screen

The sun rays at the beach are no joke, and skin cancer is REAL, protect yourself with some sun screen. Besides, you definitely don’t want to spend the next two week’s blistering, peeling, and looking like a lobster.

Beach Ball or Buckets

Hanging out with your friends in the ocean can get old quickly, try to bring along a few beach activities. An inflatable beach ball will take up little to no space in your tote. If you happen to have any plastic shovels or buckets lying around, you could always build a sand castle with your friends too. You are NEVER too old to build a sand castle.

Baggy T-Shirt

The sun is so strong at the beach, even with strong SPF protection and state-of-the-art sunscreen, you could find yourself with a slight sunburn anyways. You should always bring along a loose fitting cotton T-Shirt or dress to put on over your bathing suit, just in case you start to feel your skin getting a little crispy.


If you find a free beach, with free parking, then Kudos! But, you will most likely need some spending cash for your day at the beach. You should always pack your wallet, but also slip some extra cash in to a different pocket of your bag – just in case something happens and your lose track of your wallet, you will still have a little bit of money to get you through the day until you can handle your missing stuff.

Snacks And Water

Most beaches have vendors, or nearby restuarants, but you should always pack some light snacks just in case. Splashing around in the hot sun all day will leave you exhausted and feeling drained. Some protein or fruit will go a long way while you are out on the beach. Just because you are swimming in water all day does not mean you won’t get thirsty, pack some water and stay hydrated!


A small travel size bottle of conditioner will be a life-saver when you are done splashing around in the salty waves and can’t get a comb through your hair. To avoid breakage and major tangles, and looking like a hot mess, run some hair conditioner through your locks before trying to brush it out. You will see a HUGE difference!

Waterproof Disposable Cameras

Cell-phones are great for snapping pictures, but who wants to get their cell phones wet? (Sure, there are a few high-tech water-proof cell-phones out there, but even they aren’t always guaranteed to not be damaged). Grab a few waterproof disposable cameras to document your day at the beach with your friends, and you don’t have to worry about dropping your phone in the ocean while trying catch the perfect snapshot. Some disposable cameras can even be fully submerged underwater!

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  1. LIz Mays says

    I never thought about the conditioner for hair, but that is really smart. Salt and sun can do a number on tresses.

  2. Carrie says

    This is a great list! Definitely a great idea to take Disposable camera.

  3. Tammilee Tips says

    I may not be a teen but this is almost identical to my pack list. I would have to add on a battery pack for my phone as well as a bag to put it in.

  4. Adriana Lopez says

    Great tip on the conditioner I have not thought about that =) appreciate the help!

  5. Elizabeth O says

    This is sensible and very helpful list of items for teens and adults alike. I can’t believe we are finally in the throes of summer.

  6. Toughcookiemommy says

    Having snacks and water is so important. You have to stay hydrated when you are spending a lot of time in the sun.

  7. Christine Tatum says

    I never though about bringing conditioner to the beach. Excellent! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. CourtneyLynne says

    Great list of items!!!! Everyone of all ages should have sun screen in there bag! So important to remember!

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