How to Pack the Perfect Beach Bag for Topsail Island

How to Pack the Perfect Beach Bag for Topsail Island | Coastline Realty Vacations

A day at the beach is what a Topsail Island beach vacation is all about and planning your day requires a few details. One thing you need is a beach bag. It’s a time honored tradition to search for the perfect bag. After all, a day at the beach requires a lot of stuff, especially if you have kids.  Whether packing for a day at the beach or a week-long trip, here are the essential items you need to bring for your Topsail Island beach vacation. 

Pick a bag

Before you can pack a beach bag, you need to pick a beach bag. There are all sorts of beach bag sizes and types. Some are more fashionable and others more utilitarian. No matter what, you need a bag that is big enough to fit everything. Having a few pockets to keep wet and sandy things separated is always a good idea. Make sure the bag is easy to clean. Some bags even have small coolers attached. There are so many great options depending on your needs.


If you are spending a lot of time in the sun, it is critical to protect your eyes. Wearing a good quality pair of sunglasses is the best way to make sure you are blocking those harmful UV rays.


As long as we’re talking about protecting yourself in that glorious Carolina sun then you need to toss in a bottle of sunscreen. We prefer an organic or natural sunscreen. Make sure to reapply after getting out of the water.

Gallon Ziplock Bags

A couple of gallon zip lock bags are great for keeping items dry and free of sand. Don’t worry about buying an expensive waterproof pouch a good ole Ziplock will do just fine.

Lip Balm

The sun and salty sea air can play havoc on your lips. Throw in a little lip balm and keep those lips protected. 

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Aloe has long been known to sun worshipers. Whether you like a compact spray bottle or gel, a small bit of Aloe can provide a lot of relief.


A hat is a great way to keep the sun off your head as well as help you stay cool. We recommend a wide brim hat.

Favorite beach read

The beach and a good book go together like peanut butter and jelly. Pack that book you’ve wanted to read all year…now is the time.

Toys for the kids

If you have little ones that your are bringing to Topsail Island make sure to pack some shovels, buckets and other games to help keep the kids busy.

Baby wipes

An easy way to clean up sticky fingers after lunch or to refresh yourself on a hot day is to use baby wipes. Many brands come in small packages that are ideal for throwing in a bag. 

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You can’t hit the beach without a towel. We actually recommend you take two towels. One for laying in the sand and another that you can keep free of sand to dry off with.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is an excellent idea if you have kids. Let’s face it kids get into everything and being a little extra prepared is a good idea. So toss a small kit in your bag. Hopefully you won’t have to use it but if you do you’ll have it.

Water bottle and snacks

Staying hydrated and fueled up for a busy day of fun in the sun on  one of Topsail Island's beaches is easy with a few bottles of water and snacks. Remember to stay away from the salty snacks and sodas that are poor choices for staying hydrated.

Baby powder

One of the best ways to keep sand off your feet is to dust them with a bit of baby powder. Yup, it is that simple. Pack a little bottle and watch the sand fall away.

All that is left to do is to book your Topsail Island beach vacation rental. Our friendly staff is here to help you find the perfect vacation home. We have larger homes suitable for large family gatherings or smaller condos and homes that are great for a romantic week on the beach. No matter what you need, we have you covered. Book direct today and save on your Topsail Island beach vacation. 

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