How to Pack the Ultimate Beach Bag This Summer

There’s nothing better than a summer day at the beach. But, if you’ve never been to the Jersey Shore, you might not know what to bring with you! Save yourself hours of packing and planning with our ultimate beach bag checklist. We have local recommendations for clothing, entertainment, sun protection, and more, so you’ll be prepared for any situation. Be sure to check out our complimentary Travel Guide for additional trip-planning tips!

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Here’s What You’ll Need in Your Jersey Shore Beach Bag

🗹 Sun Protection

There are a few items that are essential for a successful day at the beach. Of course, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and lip balm with SPF are musts. You should also consider bringing an umbrella to protect your family from harmful UV rays. The shade will provide some much-needed relief on a hot afternoon!

Note: We supply clean beach towels for guests each day. You can bring your own umbrella and chairs, or rent them at the beach. Visit the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association website for additional information on beach amenities.

🗹 Clothing & Accessories

Depending on the weather, you may want to pack a few extra layers of clothing. A bathing suit cover-up comes in handy when you need to use the public restroom, and good sandals are ideal when the sand is blazing hot. If you plan to visit the beach late in the day, we recommend a light sweater for those breezy summer evenings.

🗹 Family-Friendly Entertainment

There’s so much to do at Ocean Grove Beach! Enjoy water activities like fishing, boogie boarding, and surfing, or simply sit back and lounge in the sand. Here are a few items to pack if you prefer a leisurely day down the shore.

  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Portable phone charger
  • Pails, shovels, and toys for the kids
  • A good book or e-reader
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Games (frisbee, paddle ball)
  • Headphones

🗹 Food & Drink

Let’s be honest; schlepping a cooler full of water bottles and snacks is a pain. Luckily, you don’t have to do that in Ocean Grove! Start your morning with a delicious, complimentary breakfast at our inn. Then, when it’s time for lunch, walk to one of the many amazing restaurants nearby. You can bring your own snacks and drinks in your beach bag, too, but note that alcohol is prohibited.

End Your Beach Day at The Ocean Plaza Hotel or Ocean View Inn

Room 2, one of the Family Rooms at the Ocean Plaza HotelAfter a long day in the sun, the last thing you want to do is get in a hot car and drive home. Why not extend your beach day and stay overnight? The Ocean Plaza Hotel and Ocean View Inn are just a block from the ocean, and each property features beautiful guest rooms with top-notch amenities. Take a cold shower, pour yourself a beverage, and unwind on the balcony as the sun sets. We promise you’ll leave refreshed!

Rooms are filling up quickly, so don’t wait – check our availability and book your summer vacation today. We look forward to having you!