What to pack for a holiday in Cornwall

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It’s sometimes hard to know what to pack when you go on holiday, especially if you're holidaying in Cornwall - and perhaps more so at the moment. There are a few essentials that we suggest you don’t leave home without, many of which have been suggested by you through our Facebook page.



Wetsuit and equipment hire is available from Wavehunters at the Extreme Academy, they have changing rooms, showers or lockers available. 


Cornwall is a country of outstanding natural beauty; from beaches, to woodland, to fishing harbours, to quintessential villages, trust us, you’ll want to photograph it. Keep the memory of your holiday to Cornwall for a life time by capturing it all on film or pixels.


Cornwall is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean bringing with it some of the most consistent surf in the country especially here at Watergate Bay. A surfboard is a must-bring item, if you can fit it in your car that is. 

If you don’t own surfing equipment you can always hire kit from the Wavehunters including boards and wetsuits.

Sunset Surf Lesson

Comfortable shoes

We’re not saying you need to invest in the latest, most expensive walking boots (unless you want to) but do bring footwear that you can walk around in all day and not be complaining your feet hurt. Going barefoot in the sand is always a favourite option for walks along the beach of course!

Flip flops and children's bathrobes

You’ll need to bring these for walking to and from the pool (you’ll find adult robes in your room).


We're happy to include sunglasses as an essential item on the list as the sun has been shining and it’s set to shine some more. But even on wet or cloudy winter days, shafts of sunlight can break through and shine brightly on the sea. Sunglasses at the ready!

Waterproof jacket

Unfortunately, this is a necessity too. The weather in Cornwall can change without a moment’s notice so pack a light waterproof jacket that you can easily take with you on days out.


While the humble umbrella can be somewhat futile in an Atlantic gale, it’s also handy for a dash out to the beach or car during a downpour. 


A good book or Kindle, and magazines

Cornwall is full of idyllic reading spots, be it on a coastal path bench overlooking the sea, or on the beach or curled up on a sofa in our Ocean Room; having a good book to pass the time is definitely something to consider when packing. Daily newspapers are available in communal areas.

Toys and children’s books

Most parents know the critical importance of that favourite story or toy being at hand at the right moment, so be sure to pack a good selection. Access to the Games room is available outside of supervised sessions.

Beach towels

Cornwall has an array of spectacular beaches so bring a few towels, stake your place on the sand and soak up the sea air.


Your dog

Dogs are well catered for in Cornwall. As a county, we offer miles of beach, moorland and fields to explore, plus plenty of dog-friendly attractions, restaurants and hotels including Watergate Bay. Your dog will love it.

A cosy jumper

Snuggle up in a cosy jumper and watch the sun go down on the beach with a glass of wine. Need we say more?


While winding down and switching off from emails and notifications is often top of the list for relaxing time off, you’re bound to want to take some pictures and videos of your time here. Our mobile app is also key to getting everything you need during your stay so make sure you have everything you need to recharge your devices.


And one thing you won’t need … your watch
We loved this suggestion from Hayley Copper on Facebook

"One thing you don’t need to pack is your watch… coming from London I love nothing more than Cornwall time …just chill"

We couldn’t agree more; leave your watches at home (or don’t look at them too much), sit back and relax!