beach vacation packing list

Galveston Beach House or Condo Packing List

Go for it and Rent a Beach House

Going to Galveston, and don’t know whether to rent a beach home or stay in a hotel. From personal experience, I would recommend a beach home that is on the first row because

  • you get a way better view of the beach
  • you always have access to go to the beach
  • you or your kids don’t have to walk across the busy street

 Beach gear

But what do you pack?  

Here is a quick check list of things to consider bringing with you.  Typically it’s best to go to the grocery store the first day to load up so you don’t have to so much stuff with you on your trip

For the Family

  • Groceries
  • Alcohol
  • GPS for car- in case you get lost while trying to find some place to eat, while trying to get to the home, or on your way back to the home from any place you visited
  • Sunscreen*
  • Cooler*
  • Paper & Plastic ware*
  • Paper goods- in our home, we start you off with 2 rolls of toilet paper for each bathroom and a roll of paper towels for the master suite and kitchen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Detergent and dryer sheets
  • Foil/Saran wrap /baggies*
  • Garbage Bags*
  • Dish soap/Dishwasher soap*

For Yourself

  • Drivers licenses- in case you need to show your ID
  • Credit Cards/cash


  • Sundress
  • Sunhat
  • Bathing Suits
  • Slippers/Flip-flops/Shoes/socks
  • Shorts/tshirts
  • Jeans and a nice dinner outfit-
  • Workout clothes-
  • Hat & sunglasses-protection from sun
  • PJs
  • Undergarments


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant/fragrances
  • Glasses/Contacts (if you wear them)
  • Female products
  • Soap*
  • Shampoo*
  • Hand soap*
  • Hair products and tools (We provide a hair dryer in our home)
  • Makeup
  • Shaving tools and products
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Medicine for headaches/colds/allergies
  • Jewelry

 Beach Gear

  • Flip flops
  • Beach Towels
  • Chairs*
  • Umbrella*
  • Kites*
  • Tents
  • Beach Cooler (built right into our chairs)*
  • Beach toys*
  • Water shoes
  • Swim goggles
  • Flashlight*
  • Books*

Digital Gear:

  • Phone chargers
  • Selfie Stick
  • Text or email from the owners or property manager about how to access the home and a copy of the house rules

In Conclusion

In all, there are many things to pack for your beach home vacation, in order for it to be successful. Packing all these things will ensure you will have the best vacation ever. And if you forgot something, don’t worry. All this stuff can be purchased at nearby stores.

*Most beach rentals don’t provide these services, but we provide these items or a starter set in our beach home rental.