So you’ve booked your Myrtle Beach vacation, which is an important step! But, slow down, there is a checklist of things you should do before you hit the road or the runway to the beach. We’ve gathered some essentials that we recommend packing.

The Basics

We’ll break down more detailed packing lists that will vary by season, but here are the every day basics you should bring with you to Myrtle Beach year-round!

Flip Flops
  • If you’re flying, plane ticket printouts or on your phone
  • Personal items, such as driver’s license, debit/credit cards, cash, and health insurance cards
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescriptions and other medications
  • Hotel information, such as confirmation number, address, and check-in instructions
  • Electronics, including phone and device chargers
  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes for your length of stay – especially flip-flops or sandals for the beach (the sand is hot!).
  • Consider the activities and restaurants you plan to see and visit while you’re in Myrtle Beach and consider layers for late fall/winter and early spring.
  • Toiletries, including hand sanitizer
  • Swimwear for water amenities, from hot tubs, lazy rivers, water parks, and pools on the resort’s property to the ocean and fresh water in the Intracoastal
  • Accessories, from sunglasses to jewelry to handbags and purses to umbrellas in case of rain

For the Beach & Pool

While it depends on how you are traveling as to the amount you can pack, here are the essentials and the extras we highly recommend keeping top of mind before you arrive.

Go to the beach
  • Multiple swimwear, cover-ups, and rash guards
  • Sunscreen (and aloe if you get too much sun!)
  • Towels
  • Beach chairs or beach blanket
  • Large beach or pool bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Water (refillable water bottles are best to reduce litter)
  • Hat
  • Cooler (or cooler bag)
  • Drinks and snacks, but no glass bottles
  • Sand toys, pool toys (be mindful of your resort’s pool rules), and beach games, like bocce, corn hole, spike ball
  • Boogie boards
  • Plastic grocery bags for trash or collecting seashells
  • Vinegar and tweezers for jellyfish bite first aid
  • Insect spray (some beaches are invaded by flies)
  • A good book!

For the Kids

Parents know that they always have to think extra when the kiddos are in tow. Here are a handful of items to bring that will keep them happy and safe, and give you peace when you’re away from home.

Kids Hats & Cover Ups
  • Toys, from indoors and bedtime toys, games, and books to sand and pool toys (balls, buckets, shovels, and more)
  • Floaties and floats
  • Goggles
  • Swim diapers
  • Liquid or spray sunscreen, SPF lip balm, and hat protection
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Boogie boards and rash guards
  • Water shoes for those tiny, sensitive feet

If you do happen to forget something on our handy checklist, don’t worry! Myrtle Beach has the best shopping options for just about anything you need!