16 Vacation Essentials You Should Only Get From Costco

Costco has everything you need for your summer vacation.

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Updated July 18, 2024
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Whether you’re headed to the beach, planning a camping trip, or have another summer getaway in mind, the top trip-ready finds are a bargain at Costco.

From sunscreen to swim trunks, we’ve got you covered with the best budget vacation buys. You can cross everything off your vacation must-have list and keep more money in your wallet.

Editor’s note: Prices are subject to change and may vary by location.

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Titan Collapsible Cooler

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Price: $39.99

Pack up to 40 cans in this collapsible cooler. Take treats on a road trip or bring beverages to the beach.

Not only does this insulated cooler keep drinks cold, but it also has a detachable bottle opener, a zippered front pocket, and the top turns into a mini makeshift table with two drink holders.

Timber Ridge Director’s Chair

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Price: $79.99 for two

You don’t have to sit on the ground or perch on a log. Instead, take this lightweight director’s chair on your next camping trip.

This Costco bargain buy is made from polyester fabric, has a side table, and folds to a compact 4x20x25-inch size.

Deep Woods Off! Insect Repellent

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Price: $19.99

Whether you’re camping, visiting a park, hiking, biking, or just enjoying the great outdoors on your summer getaway, Off! repels disease-causing mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks, and fleas.

For less than $20, you’ll get one four-ounce can and two six-ounce cans of the 25% DEET dry spray.

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Mac Sports Camp Chair

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Price: $89.99

This durable aluminum-frame chair provides complete comfort — from nights by the campfire to an outdoor sporting event.

A locking mechanism adds extra support and stability. Each chair comes with two attached cup holders and a zipper carry bag.

Banana Boat Sunscreen

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Price: $18.99

Protect your skin from the summer sun with this three-pack of Banana Boat products. The broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ sunscreen is water and sweat-resistant.

Costco shoppers will get two eight-ounce sprays and one eight-ounce bottle of the brand’s lotion in each vacation-ready box.

Coleman QuickBed Airbed

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Price: $59.99

Do you need a comfy place to sleep at your friend’s house, in a cabin rental, or in a tent? You don’t have to settle for a couch, the floor, or the bare ground.

This queen-sized Airbed has a built-in pump, a “DoubleLock” valve to create a leak-free seal, “Comfortstrong” coils for added support, an extra-high height, and a convenient carry bag.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen

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Price: $13.49

Look for serious savings on this SPF 60+ Beach Defense sunscreen from Neutrogena. Costco’s double-pack is a bargain compared to what you might pay at other retailers.

For less than $14, you’ll get two 8.5-ounce spray bottles. This protective pick is lightweight, fast-drying, oxybenzone/octinoxate-free, and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Gilette Venus Razors

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Price: $23.99

Get smooth, silky skin for your vacation with this 12-pack of Comfort Glide Sunny Citrus razors from Gilette. Each multi-pack comes with one reusable handle and 12 triple-blade cartridges.

The bright summery colors make this razor the perfect pick to pack on a trip.

Kirkland AllerClear

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Price: $11.69

Don’t let sneezing, water eyes, and a runny nose get in the way of a vacation. Costco’s generic allergy relief OTC medication’s active ingredient is comparable to Claritan.

The 10mg Loratadine antihistamine provides 24-hour non-drowsy relief from indoor and outdoor allergens. As a bonus, you’ll get 365 days' worth of pills for less than $12.

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Price: $22.99

Stay hydrated on your vacation with this double-pack of 40-ounce Thermoflasks.

The BPA-free double-wall vacuum-insulated bottles are dishwasher-safe and keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours.

Flojos Ladies’ Flip Flops

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Price: $16.99

You don’t have to break the bank just to buy footwear for your trip.

These under-$17 flip flops have enough arch support to keep you comfortable walking around town, at the beach, or on a night out.

A padded fabric liner adds extra softness, making these sandals a popular pick.

Solar Escape Men’s Hats

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Price: $12.99

Keep the sun off your head and out of your eyes with a stylish fedora or bucket hat. Both bargain buys feature UPF 50+ protection.

Wear these casual hats fishing, sailing, at the pool, to the beach, or while sightseeing.

Welspun Oversized Beach Towel

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Price: $7.99

Bring a few of these value-priced oversized beach towels on your trip.

Pack the brightly colored, machine-washable 100% cotton jacquard towels in your beach tote, or toss them into your pool bag. Choose from a variety of summery patterns.

Tommy Bahama Umbrella

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Price: $32.99

Shield yourself from the sun’s damaging rays with this beach or pool umbrella. A telescoping aluminum pole allows you to adjust the height, and a wind vent adds extra stability.

The seven-foot-wide, UPF 50 umbrella comes with a carry bag, making it easy to pack and bring on your next vacation.

Frito-Lay Multi-Pack

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Price: $18.99

Pack a few bags of chips for your road trip. Does everyone in your family have a favorite flavor? Satisfy each person’s chip cravings with this 30-count multi-pack of individual bags.

You’ll get five Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion, five Doritos Spicy Nacho, six Cheetos Puffs, five Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream, five Fritos Chili Cheese, and four Funyuns Onion Flavored Rings.

Kirkland Men’s Swim Shorts

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Price: $15.99

These nylon, elastane, and polyester shorts are made from comfortable stretch fabric, and an interior drawstring customizes the fit.

Available in sizes small through 3XL and in a variety of color/pattern options, you can find the perfect pair for your pool or beach day.

Core Lighted Tent

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Price: $269.99

Do you need a cabin-style tent for your camping trip? This 10-person Core lighted model has a built-in awning, fits up to four queen-size air beds, and has an integrated LED light system.

Set up the tent in less than two minutes using the pre-attached poles.

Bottom line

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Prep for your summer vacation with a trip to Costco. The bulk buy warehouse has everything you need for almost every type of getaway.

The savings don’t stop at sunscreen, bug spray, and coolers. You’ll find low prices on prepared foods, frozen meals, and pantry essentials, so you can save more on every Costco run.

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Erica Loop

With more than a decade of experience writing about everything from e-commerce to pets and parenting, Erica Loop has written for sites such as BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, Tinybeans, Family Education, and Care.com. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.