Whether in Germany or France, in Spain or Portugal, on the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands – scattered around the world there are endless dreamlike sandy beaches that invite you to swim. If you want to spend your next summer vacation at the beach, there are a number of travel essentials that you shouldn’t forget at home. So that you don’t lose track, we have put together the ultimate packing list for you, which you can use as a guide.

At the end of the article you will find a PDF of the entire packing list to download and print out.

In principle, you should be able to identify yourself anywhere and anytime on holiday, so your ID card and passport should always be in your hand luggage. The same applies to your driver’s license if you want to travel with your own car or have booked a rental car for your stay on site. And of course you also need your health insurance card and your international health insurance (if you have one) in case of an emergency. Furthermore, the following documents are among the most important documents during the summer holiday:

When on holiday, it is advisable to always carry enough cash with you. In addition, at least one credit card with which you can also withdraw money abroad free of charge. It is best to keep the two separate, for example the money in your wallet and the debit card in a fanny pack with an RFID blocker – or in a neck pouch with anti-theft protection so that your credit card cannot be secretly read. It is also useful to write down the emergency contact details of your bank. Also take with you:

It doesn’t matter whether you spend your summer vacation on the beach or by the pool: from the cooler bag to the parasol to the air mattress, there are a variety of practical bathing utensils that will sweeten your stay. A waterproof mobile phone case, a windproof beach shell or a comfortable beach mat are particularly useful if you are spending your vacation by the sea. In any case, you have to protect yourself from the intense sunlight, so the following things should not be missing in your suitcase – in addition to the most important standards:

Unfortunately, we are not immune to illnesses even on vacation. The stomach, in particular, tends to overreact to particularly exotic cuisine – for this reason, a remedy for diarrhea should always be in the first-aid kit. As well as a bug repellent, personal medication, but also blister plasters. To avoid any nasty surprises during your trip, you should also put the following items on your packing list:

You need a well-stocked toiletry bag so that you can keep up with your daily personal hygiene on your summer vacation. The compartments in it offer enough space for your care products – it is best to use so-called travel sizes for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, then you have more storage space for the remaining items such as razors, hand detergent, cotton swabs or also:

When packing your suitcase, you will quickly notice that your clothes make up a large part of your luggage. At the latest when you’re on vacation, you’ll notice that you don’t even wear half of them. In order to save space or to still have the opportunity to buy new things on site, it is therefore sufficient if you take a well-assorted selection of these items of clothing with you:

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