10 Travel Essentials You Need On Your Beach Vacation Packing List

by Mihai Pinzariu on May 22, 2020

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10 Travel Essentials You Need On Your Beach Vacation Packing List

By Ninja Shark’s founder (and water enthusiast), Andrew Porter

Ahh, there’s no feeling more exciting than packing for a beach vacation! There’s the anticipation of travel, relaxing on the sand, and diving into some cool water to explore what lies beneath. If you’re heading off on a beach holiday (lucky you!), we’ve created this packing list with all the essentials you should take with you.

From the obvious must-haves to accessories that make your vacation better, here’s what you should be packing in that bag. Don’t forget to #NinjaShark in your photos!

1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

There’s always someone on the beach with a red face… While part of the fun of a beach holiday is coming home with a nice tan (so everyone knows you’ve been relaxing by the sea), you don’t want to come back looking like a tomato.

It’s not just about looks, either - sunscreen protects your skin so you can sit by the beach day after day without feeling sore or doing damage to yourself. Stay protected and enjoy those hours out in the sun, guilt-free!

2. Waterproof beach bag

Move aside, beach bags, there’s a new and more useful version of you in town. Once you’ve used a waterproof beach bag there’s no going back. Whether you plan on roughing it and being adventurous on your beach holiday, or just plan to lounge lazily by the water, you’ll find a waterproof beach bag to be the best companion.

You can take these bags with you in the water, on a boat, to a water park, or just with you as you sit on the sand - with no fears of it ever getting wet. Your valuables will be kept nice and dry no matter how much water is thrown at them. In fact, we made these bags especially for you to take with you underwater, so it’s the ultimate snorkeler's companion!

3. Lightweight beach towel

Big fluffy towels may be nice and cozy, but they can be extremely heavy to carry back and forth on your beach holiday. Be smart about it and pack a lightweight beach towel that doesn’t take up space in your bag and doesn’t need to be lugged around your neck all day.

Microfibre towels are the most lightweight and absorbent towels around, and you can even find sand-free towels these days. That’s right! A towel that won’t pick up any sand, so you can forget about having a sand-filled beach bag by the end of your vacation.

4. Swimmers and a hat

Yes, OK, we’re being a bit obvious here - but this is a beach holiday essentials list! We’ll impart some advice and suggest that you pack two different pairs of swimmers, in case one is still wet or you fancy a change after days of wearing the same swimsuit.

And whatever you do, don’t underestimate the value of a hat. It’ll shield your face from the sun while lounging on the sand, strolling on the streets, and going for those nice long walks on the beach. A hat can make a huge difference in preventing sunstroke, so we strongly advise packing one. The last thing you want is to have too much sun on a beach holiday, so be smart!

5. Sunglasses

Just like with the hats, protecting yourself from the sun on a beach holiday is a must. While one or two days without sunglasses and a hat may seem OK, the effects of the sun has a compounding result on your body.

If you don’t protect it from the harsh rays then you will start to feel more tired and drained of energy as your holiday progresses. Keep your beach holiday fun and safe by packing a pair of sunnies and sparing your eyes the trouble of squinting through the brightness!

6. A great book

As much as we’d love to, you can’t spend all day snorkelling. For those times when you feel like laying in the sun and drying off, make sure you pack a great and riveting read.

A good book is handy not just while you’re on the sand relaxing, but also in transit times, on buses, and while you sit and sip your iced coffee.

7. Your full face snorkel mask

Be the coolest person on the beach and rock your full face snorkel mask. These are an absolute essential that will let you dive into the water with ease and explore everything the natural landscape has to offer.

Easy-to-use, comfortable, and damn good looking (if we do say so ourselves), a full face mask turns a beach holiday into an unforgettable adventure. Note: all-day snorkelling adventures go great with a waterproof bag.

8. Reusable water bottle

We’re all about loving on nature here at Ninja Shark, and using a reusable water bottle is one of the ways we try to reduce our overall waste. Pack a bottle with you on your holiday to resist the urge to buy plastic water bottles.

You can refill your bottle at your hotel or in a cafe/restaurant, and not only save money but keep your carbon footprint small while travelling.

9. Waterproof phone case

The new absolute must-have on a beach vacation! The last thing you’d want to happen is for your phone to get wet while travelling. Pack your waterproof phone case and enjoy the freedom of carrying your phone anywhere and everywhere.

Our phone cases are durable and waterproof for up to 30 metres. That means you can take photos while splashing in a pool and even carry your phone with you while snorkelling… which brings us to our next point!

10. Underwater camera

Don’t just take photos on land, take them in the sea, too. There’s so much to be discovered on a beach vacation while snorkelling, from manta rays to whale sharks, huge schools of fish, seahorses, dolphins, turtles, and more!

Wherever it is that you’re going, make sure you can share your memories with friends and loved ones by packing an underwater camera. This doesn’t have to be a GoPro or anything fancy - even just your smartphone with a waterproof phone case can snap some unforgettable shots.  

How many people dream of snorkelling but don't feel comfortable wearing a snorkel mask?

The Influencer @lud.around is a NINJASHARK lover!

NINJASHARK is the sound of a revolution in snorkeling. Whereas other water equipments companies are constantly adding poor quality products, we listen to your feedback and constantly improve our products to fit for all of your needs.

"I'm not leaving my room without the mask. The full face snorkeling mask from Australia is comfortable and fit me perfectly! Love how easy it is to breath out your nose and mouth when you snorkeling and even has earplugs!"

“The mask include GOPRO mounts, so you can easily film and photograph underwater scenery! I highly recommend especially to people who have a fear of snorkeling! This mask is really easy to use and is safe!” said @lud.around. “I can’t wait for my next trip with my new mask!”

The Ninja Shark full face snorkel masks makes your experiences the best they can be. They are exclusively sold on the Ninja Shark website.

The Ninja Shark full face snorkel masks comes equipped with advanced Anti-Fog technology, automatic drainage, no CO2 Buildup with improved uni-directional valves, and a revolutionary breathe flow system so you can breathe through both your nose and mouth.

“If you thought we’re just here to sell you products, think again. You’re part of the Ninja Shark family, and your feedback matters! We’re constantly working to improve our products and deliver the full face snorkel mask that exists only in our dreams!”

What customers are saying about us…

“Awesome set.

Loved the complete set. I even used the waterproof phone pouch to take photos and videos underwater. It made my Fiji experience so much better than using the free snorkel set that hurt your face after 2hours and leaving a sun/mask mark. The ninja leaves no marks and gives great vision under water in comparison. It did take some getting used to but it definitely paid off! Only frustration is that the tightening straps are quite basic; they should be much simpler to loosen and tighten both in and out of water.” – Jock

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Based on 1490 reviews
Package : Air Adults (Mask + Fins + Bag)
JEANNIE O. (Piara Waters, AU)
Bloody love this!

Never snorkelled in my life. Petrified of putting my head under water. But now my neck is bad - if I don't alter the way I swim - then no more swimming for me. This has opened 'a whole new world' - (haha -that songs stuck in your head now) - to me. I'm just using my ninja gear in my gym outdoor pool atm. My legs are getting so strong - and my lungs too - as I'm doing some great breathing. I have huge surgery coming up soon - and i believe this is allowing me to get to a great level of fitness - in preparation. Honestly - i can't go on enough about this product enough. My friend bought a cheaper version. She's given it away already... say no more 🤿🤿🤿

Electra - Full Face Snorkel Mask
Bolang C. (Perth, AU)
Great design

This is the best snorkel mask I’ve ever had. Very comfortable on face, easy to breathe. I am not a good swimmer, it makes me feel safe and enjoy snorkelling without distraction. Thank you ninjiashark.

Best snorkel ever!!

Got one of these for me and my 7 year old daughter for Xmas. We’ve used them twice already and love them!! So much easier to breathe, can see so much and just makes the whole snorkelling experience better! Would highly recommend!

Clear as day

Clear to see and easy to breathe,
Whole family loves the NinjaShark Snorkel mask.

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Robyn H. (Adelaide, AU)

The best snorkel and mask combination. No going back now! I could snorkel for over an hour easily. So glad I made this purchase

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Mermaid M. (Townsville, AU)

While travelling in Timor leste l met a fellow snorkeller. We snorkelled for 10 days together the food was shit but the water was stunning. The friend was using Ninja Shark fins and mask mine were steaming up, letting in water and heavy. On arriving back in Australia l ordered straight away.
I was a little bit anxious on receiving my order as the mask was quite different to my old one and the fins were short and adjustable ( l wanted them to be my size ! ) well to my luck the weather was beautiful ( yes mid winter in Mackay ) and perfect for boating so off we scooted to Cockermouth ( don't laugh it's a real place ) jumping in and WOW I'm now a mermaid 🧜‍♀️ the mask and fins felt like part of me. I actually cried as not only was the equipment allowing me to explore as l wanted but the reef was STUNNING. So lm indepted to Ninja Shark for making me the mermaid l always aspired to be 🧜‍♀️

Took it to Tahiti

I wasn’t quite sure about getting a full face mask but bought mine (Electra package) before a trip to Tahiti which we got home from yesterday - absolutely LOVED it!!! I’ll be getting one for my wife before our next trip to a similar destination. BTW I make LOTS of crazy videos with lots of toys.

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Life changing

I do love my full face snorkel.. the freedom of nose breathing under the water.. the meditative and relaxative effect of this snorkeling is unexpected and great. Fits so well.. comfy to wear for long time.. highly recommend

(DRAFT) Diving Dry Snorkel Set with GoPro mount
jomm11 (Brisbane, AU)
Super quality & fit

So happy we got Ninja shark, perfect for Great barrier reef snorkel day.
Flippers, mask, dry wallet, carry bag (good quality bag), anti fog spray, happy days.

Ninja Shark Kids Mask

We recently brought the Ninja Shark Kids 3-11 Mask + Fins + Bag package for our 7 year old who absolutely loves it! Will be buying three more for the rest of the family. 😊

Even better than expected!

I saw the kids full face snorkel masks online, and thought they looked pretty cool. I ordered two for Christmas, for my 3 and 6 year olds. Wow, did they have a great time with them!

I wasn't sure how the 3 year old would go with it, but he was comfortable in it almost immediately, and spent hours swimming around and seeing a whole new world of underwater scenery.

They were easy to fit, zero issues with them staying on. No leaks or fog.

They can't wait to get back to the water!

Highly recommend this product :)

Electra - Full Face Snorkel Mask
Nick J. (Brisbane, AU)
mask swimming

The mask did exactly what was stated. I was very happy and will get another mask for my daughter.

Electra - Full Face Snorkel Mask
Sheara R. (Perth, AU)
Great way to swim

I have NEVER been able to snorkel but love swimming. These full face snorkels are an absolute game changer in my life. Now I try to swim around 5 kms a week in the local pool. The Ninja mask makes it easy to do laps. I’ve been using the Ninja Shark for a quite few years and find the new Electra the best full face mask ever. No leaks, no fog and really easy to use and great quality. I’ve noticed my regular chats with other swimmers at the pool have encouraged many of them to purchase one of their own. I’ve given my older models to my grandkids and they love them too.


I got one for the 3 year old and one for the 5 year old, I thought maybe the 3 year old would get the hang of it eventually but they both loved it and mastered it pretty quickly. We’ve only used in the swimming pool, excited to go snorkeling in the ocean soon. Great product.

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Sarah B. (Surfers Paradise, AU)
Love it!

Amazing product ! Have the electra package, kids love it. So easy to use. Highly recommend

(DRAFT) Diving Dry Snorkel Set with GoPro mount
Jennifer M. (Brisbane, AU)
Love it

Bought these for myself and my husband after getting the full face masks for the kids, and they were so good we’re getting them for the rest of the extended family for Xmas. The fact u can dive down and not get water down ur snorkel is a brilliant bonus! Makes our family holidays much easier and better without snorkel dramas!

This made our holiday

The product itself was amazing, but the service we received allowed us to get our 2 sets of masks for our cruise. We took them with us and used them multiple times for snorkelling on our cruise to Nouméa and New Caledonia. It was amazing snorkelling and being able to breathe easily, and the fins were the most comfortable I've ever used. I've got size 13 feet, and not only were they completely adjustable, but they were THE most comfortable fins ever invented. A massive shoutout to Colleen Zamora from your support staff who helped me out and made it possible to take our gear on holidays! Thanks Colleen!
The photo is us snorkelling off Amadee Island looking for turtles!

My kids love them

I’ve got three of these masks for my younger kids, however the oldest wants one too as the young ones rave about how good the are.

Summer Family Fun

Our Ninja masks have made snorkelling as a whole family very easy and enjoyable. The kids (and parents) find them super easy to use and have allowed us as a family of five to snorkel for longer than we ever could using traditional snorkel gear. I would highly recommend these masks.

Lifetime Warranty
Geri D. (Sydney, AU)
Lifetime warranty

Glad I have but haven’t needed to use .. yet

Great Mask

Love this mask. Kids find it so much easier snorkelling with the Ninja Shark. The snorkel mask is super clear and doesn’t fog up. The adjustable straps are great and easy to loosen and tighten. Very happy that we made the decision to get these for the kids.

A must for snorkelers!

Recently purchased the Equaliser Pro Mask, Finns and bag. 🤿 🐠🐡🐟🦈 Had an amazing time snorkeling off Fitzroy Island, the Pro mask allowed me to explore for over 7 hours. Higly recommend! Planning must next snorkeling trip! 🤿💦🌴☀️


we used our new masks over the weekend. they were amazing, my daughter barely had her head out of the water all day.

Lifetime Warranty
Lina J. (Gold Coast, AU)
life warranty

This is great! More stores should do it!

Lifetime Warranty
Olivia (Perth, AU)
Fantastic snorkel!

Our 5 year old has never snorkelled. Put it on and was snorkelling no problem straight away! Easy for him to put on and off by himself. We bought the full package with flippers (also amazing and he can put them on by himself) and the two wet bags. The foldable snorkel is so handy for storing while we are travelling. And the lifetime warranty gives us great comfort that we can use it for future trips! We are so impressed with this product I’m going to get mum and dad one too!