The Golden Isles of the Georgia coast include the mainland city of Brunswick as well as the barrier islands of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island. Nestled along the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, the Golden Isles are known for their salt marshes, rivers, and beaches. Miles of undeveloped shoreline and recreational opportunities create a rustic wonderland primed for discovery, exploration, and an epic beach vacation.
Georgia’s coast is peppered with charming communities full of quaint boutiques offering original souvenirs and gifts with island flair. There are also a number of gift shops, grocery stores, and outfitters ready to provide any of those last-minute needs, items you opted out of traveling with, or equipment and beach gear for rental.
If you plan to partake in activities like kayaking or paddleboarding, for example – you probably don’t want to drag your kayak onto an airplane. Never fear – everything you need for a Lowcountry adventure is here! Activities like fishing charters tend to be all-inclusive, but if you happen to have a special attachment to your lures or a sentimental fishing hat, make sure to bring them along on your St. Simons Island getaway!
Our vacation rentals come equipped with a starter supply of essentials, including paper towels, toilet paper, hotel-quality soaps, and shampoo products, dish and laundry detergents, hairdryers, towels, and linens, and basic kitchenware. If you’re staying in one of our pet-friendly rentals, don’t forget to pack up everything that Fido needs to feel at home and enjoy his beach trip too!
Once you find your perfect beach retreat and secure your dates, it’s time to get to planning! Packing can be a bit of a frenzy, as one of the final (often procrastinated) stages of the planning process.
This handy packing list should eliminate some of that last-minute worry and help to assure you don’t find yourself scrambling off to the store at midnight due to a forgotten toothbrush! Take a moment, collect yourself, and check to make sure the following basic essentials for an epic Golden Isles getaway are packed up and ready to go!
Personal Items To Keep At Hand
- Photo ID and credit cards/cash
- Health insurance cards
- Any necessary medications and prescriptions
- Mobile devices and their chargers
- Journal or a good book
Dress For A Successful Getaway
- Beachy cover-ups
- T-shirts, collared pull-overs. Long-sleeved shirts in cooler months
- Shorts, jeans
- A light jacket or coat as the season dictates
- Running shoes, sandals, flip flops, water shoes
- Sun hat or visor
Essentials And Toiletries For Your Vacation Home
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
- Shaving Kit
- Hair styling products
- Contact lens case and solution
- Eyeglasses and case
- Makeup bag
- Feminine products
- Travel manicure kit
- Travel first aid kit
- Additional soaps, shampoos, and conditioners
- Additional detergents and paper goods
- For the pooch – pet bed, treats, special blanket and/or toys, leash
Packing For The Beach – Bring It Or Buy It
- Sand pails and shovels
- Beach towels
- Beach cart or mesh tote bag
- Cooler or insulated tote
- Reusable water bottles
- Swim goggles and snorkels
- Waterproof sunscreen
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Hand sanitizer, handi-wipes
- Waterproof cell phone case
- Cameras and binoculars for bird-watching and wildlife observation