What to Pack in your Beach Bag

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

Do you have a spring break vacation planned to the Outer Banks this year? If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have compiled a small list of what to pack in your beach bag for your next vacation to the Outer Banks below.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Allow each member in the family to pick out their own beach towel as most likely they will have a different design on it. This can help keep up with whose towel is who’s without a meltdown on the beach for someone grabbing the others towel.

Sunscreen

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

With the hot, southern sun sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists suggests that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little more sun than you expected be sure to pack a bottle of aloe vera. To help cool the sunburn a little more, place the bottle of Aloe in the fridge and it will help soothe the burn a little better.

Sand Toys Bag

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Hats & Sunglasses

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

Both sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.

Sand-Free Hack

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids.

Reading Material

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

One way that you can improve your tan and your mood is by bringing a book or magazine to the beach. We understand that bringing your children to the beach means less time to read a book, but maybe bring a few of their books too. This way when you are ready to read a little, have them come play in the sand near where you are or have them sit under the umbrella and read a little bit of their own book.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your reservations for your vacation, then check out our Oceanfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

Visit the Outer Banks in the Winter

Visit the Outer Banks in the Winter

Coming to the Outer Banks during the off-season can be just as fun as coming during the warmer months and we encourage it. The past few years, the North Carolina Coast has seen a change when it comes to the “chillier” times of the year or off-season. Normally the summer season on the Outer Banks is where visitors can enjoy the warm sunny salt air and the sandy beaches. Now that winter has made its appearance, you can still enjoy the beaches but with cooler air. Staying in one of our beautiful Outer Banks vacation rentals will help keep you and your family close to where the wintertime fun happens to be on the North Carolina Coast.

Shipwrecks

Visit the Outer Banks in the Winter

The Outer Banks is known to be the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because of all the shipwrecks found along its coast. The barrier islands have a wealth of history to them and getting to learn more about the 3000 shipwrecks can be pretty neat. Head over to the NC Maritime Museum that has plenty of exhibits dedicated to its grave namesake and learn why the North Carolina Coast have been known to be some of the most dangerous for seafaring. Plus, there are a few places on the shore where you can go see some of these shipwrecks.

Oh, My Shells

Coming to the Outer Banks during the winter can have its advantages. You and your family can look for shells which normally during the summer may be hard to find with it being so crowded. Before you head on vacation to the Outer Banks, be sure to pick up a mesh seashell bag for your day on the beach. This bag will allow you to collect the seashells without having to bring back with you all of the sand. Once you are back in your vacation rental, have a mason jar for each family member and add your collected shells into it. This way you can take home your shells but without the added mess that they may bring with the sand. This can be a fun and exciting souvenir you can take home after every trip!

Bird Watching

Visit the Outer Banks in the Winter

Coming to the beach isn’t the only thing that you can do on the Outer Banks. Head on over to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge which is where you and your family can enjoy some wildlife.  Open 7 days a week you can spend all day at the park if you’d like. They do offer 90-minute guided walk if you’d like to learn about the nearly 400 species of birds who call the Outer Banks their home. If you and your family would like to wander on your own, then take advantage of the 13-mile-long sanctuary. But keep an eye out for a few endangered species such as the Red World or the Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

See the Light

Visit the Outer Banks in the Winter

While on vacation, you have to visit one of the lighthouses on the Outer Banks. If you’d like to see all of the lighthouses in a day here’s how we suggest you do it. Begin your trip out, start by visiting the northern area of the Outer Banks by visiting the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Next visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head followed by the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse on Roanoke Island. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse would be next, and finally visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse. The ones you can climb are Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouse. The others you can visit but climbing is not open at the time. What a great way to spend the day learning about these amazing lighthouses on the coast of North Carolina!

With so many fun things to do during the wintertime on the Outer Banks, these we thought you’d enjoy. And when staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals, you will be near it all. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!