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The Ultimate Packing List for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation



Getting ready for your Myrtle Beach vacation? We understand that preparing for a visit to the Grand Strand is super exciting, and sometimes we may forget to pack some things because we have the beach on our brain. But that’s why we’re here to help! We have created the ultimate packing list for your Myrtle Beach vacation, ranging from clothing items to things to put in your beach bag. What your suitcase will contain will ultimately depend on what time of year you’re going to be visiting, but for the sake of this post we will assume that you have planned your Myrtle Beach vacation during the popular summer season.

Main Suitcase

What your suitcase will contain will ultimately depend on what time of year you’re going to be visiting, but for the sake of this post we will assume that you have planned your Myrtle Beach vacation during the popular summer season. When you pack your main suitcase, you’re going to want to consider what the temperature is going to be. Summertime temperatures range from the 80s to high 90s so be sure to pack plenty of short sleeve shirts, tank tops, dresses, shorts, and your flip flops! Of course, you’ll need essentials, too, like underwear, pajamas, and toiletries, but we’ll leave all that personal stuff up to you to remember.

As far as beachwear goes, it would be smart to pack more than one bathing suit since you’ll most likely be swimming at the beach, in your resort’s pool, or at a waterpark throughout your stay. Keeping more than one on hand is great in case you swim in the morning, go out shopping or golfing, and come back to swim some more and you find that your suit isn’t dry. This way you have a back up and don’t have to fight the frustrating battle of trying to put a wet swimsuit on! Also, be sure not to forget a cover-up or a t-shirt to wear while you’re walking to and from the beach and/or pool for added comfort and to help keep you warm when you make your way back into an air-conditioned space.

You’ll also want to be sure to pack your cell phone charger, camera, and memory cards so that you can properly document your vacation with tons of fun photos that will make your friends and family back home want to book a Myrtle Beach vacation, too!

Beach Bag

The most important thing to pack for your Myrtle Beach vacation is your beach bag. In order to feel comfortable at the beach, you’ll need sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, a beach umbrella, beach blankets, chairs, and lip balm with sunscreen. While we don’t get many bugs on our beaches here, you may want to pack a bottle of insect repellent, especially if you’re hanging out around the Myrtle Beach State Park where there are lots of trees and bushes nearby. Be sure to also bring aloe vera/after sun lotion to help with sunburn.

At the beach, it’s always super important to stay hydrated. That’s why you must make sure to back a cooler to bring along with you. Stock up on bottled water and other refreshing beverages as well as snacks to keep you energized while you’re playing in the sand, sun, and ocean.

If you’re worried about jellyfish stings (we sometimes get jellyfish off our coast), pack a bottle of vinegar along with a pair of tweezers in your beach bag. The vinegar will help stop the jelly’s stingers from inserting venom into your skin. Once you douse the area in vinegar, you should use tweezers to pull any remaining stingers out to help stop further injury.

Whether you’re bringing the kiddos on vacation or if you’re a kid at heart, be sure to bring some fun toys for the beach. Toys you may want to consider include shovels & pails, surfboards, boogie-boards, skim boards, goggles, snorkels, fins, corn hole, sports balls, kites, and anything else you may think is fun! If you just want to relax, bring along your MP3 player or a book to read.

Other Items

Of course, you won’t be spending your entire vacation at the beach (though you’ll probably want to) so you should pack some items that are appropriate for a night out on the town. Bring comfortable shoes for visiting attractions like Broadway at the Beach or the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, as well as ropes courses and other fun outdoor activities. Plus, make sure to bring some dressier clothes to wear if you want to eat at one of the many award-winning restaurants around town before heading out to a show or concert. It may also be smart to bring a light jacket in case you get cold at an indoor event.