The Outer Banks is one of the top vacation destinations in the country. Vacationers come from all over the world to enjoy our top rated beaches. History buffs will enjoy the National Park sites and museums that date to the first group of settlers to the USA. The Outer Banks is truly a unique spot to visit. As with any vacation, there are certain things you will want to pack to ensure a pleasant vacation on the Outer Banks. Check out this list of items as you pack your bags.
- A camera / cell phone – You will want to capture your vacation memories so you can reflect on them later and share your memories with family and friends. Pack your camera / cell phone along with its memory card, charger, and other accessories. If the camera on your cell phone is high quality, save some space and upload your pics to social media before you even get home! Some vacation rental homes no longer have landlines, so having your cell phone can be really helpful.
- Swimwear – Everyone wants to look their best at the beach; so pack a favorite swim suit to make sure you are covered. Don’t forget to check out the latest swim suits at our shops and purchase one to have a spare during your stay.
- Medication, first-aid kit – While we have pharmacies here, who wants to waste a minute filling a forgotten prescription? It is important to be prepared for life’s minor accidents; most vacation homes do not stock a first aid kit.
- Toys, boogie boards – If the children have a favorite toy or stuffed animal, you may want to bring it to provide comfort in a new environment. Football or Frisbee is easy to pack and use on the beach or soundside. A rising water rat may also require a boogie board, skim board or surf board for a successful vacation. Of course, these larger items can all be purchased or rented for the week to save space in the family vehicle. While many rental homes will have books, board games and maybe some videos for a rainy day; packing your family’s favorite may gain you some additional peace and quiet.
- Bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats, jacket – If you’re visiting the Outer Banks, you will want to spend a lot of your time outside, whether at the beach, by the sound, on a walking trail, or near the lighthouses. A wind from the west can sometimes bring pesky flies to the beach; so, look for sunscreen with an insect repellent to perform double duty. A light jacket, after a day in the sun, will allow you to enjoy the summer breeze without feeling cold.
- Flip flops or sandals – You could probably spend your whole vacation and never put on shoes as most stores and restaurants tend to overlook the lack of footwear. You will want to pack at least a pair of flip flops to protect your feet from the hot sand. Of course, if you are going to be doing any hiking, something a bit sturdier may also be needed.
- Toiletries, dish/laundry detergent, paper products (paper towels/toilet paper) water and snacks – You’ll want to dole out the water and snacks during the drive down, to get here with as few stops as practical. Most vacation homes do not stock toiletries, dish / laundry detergent or paper products. Either bring a starter supply or plan a stop at Wallmart or one of the chain grocery stores to pick up essentials on your way to check in.
- Bikes and baby equipment – The Outer Banks has many nature trails and bike paths to enjoy; and you can find some suggestions here. If you want to bike with your family and friends, you can bring along your bikes or choose to rent equipment while here. Baby equipment can really weigh you down, so rent what you may need for your stay. Some rental homes do have baby equipment available during your stay. The equipment rental companies will also deliver to the rental home.
- Beach umbrellas and beach chairs – Stay seated comfortably with a beach chair and protected from the sun with a beach umbrella while you’re relaxing on the beach. You can also rent these items and some companies will even set them up on the beach for you. Most Outer Banks towns do have a rule that beach equipment must be removed from the beach at the end of the day.
- Kayaking – Kayaking or Stand-up Paddle Boarding are some of the top activities on the Outer Banks you can enjoy during the summer. You can enjoy some of our favorite launch sites to observe animal life and birds close up. You can bring your own kayaks from home or rent them from local sites during your visit. Kayaking is a peaceful way to see the beautiful nature, wildlife, and sounds on the Outer Banks.
A little planning ahead for an Outer Banks vacation will help ensure a more relaxing and pleasant stay while you’re here. But, there are few places you can’t go on the island with a bathing suit and cover-up or shorts and a t-shirt. Even the nightlife dress “code” is a more casual vibe. Travel light and come as you are; experience a peaceful, fun family beach vacation. Just about anything you forget is available for purchase or rental during your stay.
While you are here, consider making this your second home, retirement home or purchasing your very own vacation home. For more information, contact Eillu. We are ready to help you with your all your Outer Banks real estate needs.