What to Pack for Siesta Key (With a Downloadable Checklist)

You finished all travel arrangements for your long awaited beach vacation. Now, let’s take a look at what to pack for Siesta Key, FL (USA) to avoid interrupting your ‘beach lounging’ because you forgot to pack something.

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Yes, I know you want a tan. I also know that sun exposure accelerates the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and increases the chances of skin cancer. So, what will you choose?

If you are like me, you hate the feeling of greasy sunscreen. You probably also hate the white cast it sometimes leaves on your skin, and maybe even the smell. If you want to avoid all that, I recommend buying sunscreen from the Supergoop! line.

I found them after trying their Defense Refresh Setting Mist Sunscreen, which is perfect for when you have makeup on (Check It Out Here). And not surprisingly their sunscreen is also pretty good. Click the Image or Here to Buy.

Sand Proof Beach Blanket

Measuring 63 sq. ft. the WildHorn Outfitters Sand Blanket is ready to become the perfect beach companion. It is sandproof, dries quickly, is portable, and comes with built-in sand anchors and zippered pockets. Buy it Here!

Compact Wallet

Being able to pack light for the beach can make your trip more enjoyable. Don’t take that ‘ready to explode’ wallet with you, and just take the essentials with this wallet from Koala Lifestyle.

The wallet comes with a disappearing keyring keychain, and this specific bundle includes two of these wallets plus a quick release lanyard. Check it Out Here.

Small First-Aid Kit

Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. I hope your trip to the beach goes smoothly, but in case it doesn’t it is always a good idea to travel with a small First-Aid Kit.

Rocks, sea creatures, and BBQ ‘s gone wrong can cause injuries that don’t require you to go to the hospital but that they still need to be taken care of. On this kit, you can find gauzes, band-aids, cold packs, tweezers, and lots of other helpful stuff. Purchase it Here.

Beach Bag Tote

Everything you want to take to the beach can probably fit on this Oahu XL Mesh Beach Bag Tote. It comes with seven external pockets and one waterproof zippered internal pocket.

It is also made of quick-drying mesh to avoid stinky towels. Additionally, it is lightweight and easily foldable. Buy it Here.

Insulated Bag

I must confess that one of the ‘weirdest’ things for me when I moved to the United States, was all the restrictions regarding what you could and couldn’t take to the beach. What do you mean I can’t make chicken skewers at the beach?!

Anyways, is not weird anymore, and I can understand why those restrictions are in place. Grills are available in the picnic areas, and you can take food and drinks to the beach as long as they aren’t in glass containers. I’m only talking about Siesta Key, and the rest of Sarasota County beaches here as of January 2018.

What better way to keep those drinks cold and that food hot than using an insulated bag. This Rachael Ray Jumbo ChillOut Thermal Tote folds flat, has a ten-gallon capacity, and also uses an easy to clean lining. Give it a Look Here.

Beach Towel

Microfiber? Yes, microfiber. I know cotton is more luxurious and feels warmer, but I like something that dries quick. Microfiber does that.

This towel in specific even contains Silvadur, which helps prevent bacterial growth and bad odors. Give it a Chance Here.

Water Bottle

Some friends introduced me to Contigo (Quick Random Fact: Contigo means with you in Spanish) flasks, and I have not used another brand after that. They are reasonably priced, and cold liquids stay cold, and hot liquids stay hot.

I’m guilty of sometimes forgetting to take water to the beach, but when you are hours under the scorching sun that’s what your body needs the most. Take a look at the Contigo Autoseal Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle Here.

After Sun Lotion

After a day on the beach, your skin will probably be lacking hydration. Give your skin the pampering it needs with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotions.

It is lightweight, and it also contains aloe gel to soothe sun-tired skin. Purchase it Here.

This lotion is not for when you get sunburned. Trust me when I say you’ll be needing something way stronger than lotion to relieve that.

Lip Balm

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF 25 is not only a good choice for going to the beach, but it also works exceptionally well in cold weather too.

Something that I really like about it, is that you don’t have to be reapplying it all day and that it doesn’t feel waxy. It doesn’t have a tint either, so no one in your family can use that as an excuse to not wear it. Buy it Here.

Hair Detangler Spray

I might be biased because I love Garnier products. However, the combination of salt and sand does not leave my hair with ‘beach waves’ (does that really happens to someone?).

Because of that, after a beach trip, Shampoo & Conditioner might not be enough. In that case, a hair detangler spray helps, and I recommend the Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing 5-in-1 Lightweight Detangler Spray. It also smells divine. Check it out Here.

Heavy Duty Laundry Bag

You don’t want to take a mesh laundry bag with you, and find your suitcase full of sand from the dirty (maybe even clean) clothes.

The Eco Laundry Bag holds up to 150lbs. and is made from 100% natural cotton canvas. Buy it Here.

Note: We are trusting you with remembering to pack hygiene products, prescription medicines, clothes (including ‘dressy’ options in case you choose to visit one of the many excellent dinner options close to Siesta Key), mosquito repellant (because it’s FL) and necessary travel documents additionally to your beach gear.

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You finished all travel arrangements for your long awaited beach vacation. Now, let's take a look at what to pack for Siesta Key, FL (USA) to avoid interrupting your'beach lounging' because you forgot to pack something. Downloadable checklist included.