What to Pack for a Summer Trip to the Jersey Shore

Travel Tips — By melodymoser on July 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Summer at the Jersey Shore can be tough on your body.  Between the salty sea water, the sun’s blazing rays, the miles of beach sand and the almost incessant humidity, you’ll want to add the following items to your suitcase to make your trip more enjoyable.


If you’re planning on being outside be sure to pack a high SPF sunscreen.  The days can be hot and there aren’t many shady spots on the beach.  Even if you only plan on walking the Boardwalk, you’ll still need protection to prevent sunburn.


Surfing in Atlantic City


A wide-brimmed hat will help protect you from the sun’s blistering rays.  While you may be able to find one in one of the Boardwalk shops, why waste time?  It will be much easier to pack one and bring it with you.

Beach towels

It’s always nice to have a large beach towel to spread out on the sand when you want to bask in the sun.  Hotel towels can be nice and fluffy, but beach towels are longer and usually work best.


A light sweater is a must for those evenings spent inside the cool, air conditioned casinos.  After being in the outside heat all day, the inside air will feel even colder.  One sweater tucked in your suitcase should do the trick.

Hair Smoothing Creme

If you’re like me, your hair becomes a frizzy mess in high humidity.  Rather than spending a lot of time and money at the local salons, why not pack your favorite hair smoothing gel or creme?  You’ll be glad you did.

Amusement Rides

Atlantic City Amusement Rides


If you love the Boardwalk amusement rides but have a sensitive stomach, or if you plan on going out to sea, be sure to pack some Dramamine.  Motion sickness is not fun, and with the dizziness gone, you’ll be able to focus on the fun stuff and enjoy your vacation.

Along the same lines, if you think you’ll be sampling a lot of Boardwalk fast food, you might want to throw a pack of Tums or some Pepto-Bismol tablets in your bag as well.  It’s always nice to be prepared.

Photos courtesy of the ACCVA.

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