Vacation Planning: Things to Bring on Your Outer Banks Vacation

Your vacation rental home features all the comforts of home, plus a few upgrades! Just remember that there are some things you should be sure to bring along with you, since you may not find them in your vacation rental home. Below is a list of items to remember to pack, as compiled by our vacation specialists:

For the kitchen:
  • Condiments
  • Spices
  • Paper towels / napkins
  • Ziploc bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Aluminum and plastic wrap
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Coffee, sugar & coffee-mate
  • Coffee filters
  • Salt & pepper
  • Groceries
  • Soap

For the bathroom:
  • Bath soap
  • Shampoo / conditioner & other toiletries
  • Tissue
  • Toilet paper

For your dog:
  • Towel for drying off
  • Bottles of water and a bowl for beach outings
  • Dog first aid kit
  • Pick-up bags
  • Leash
  • Floating fetch toy
  • Life jacket (if the water is rough or your dog is not an expert swimmer)
  • Sunscreen (if your dog is light skinned or has short fur—look for baby-safe, PABA-free, hypoallergenic types)

Learn more about bringing your dog to the beach on our Outer Banks dog-friendly page.


For the beach:
  • Bathing suits / cover-ups
  • Beach equipment (toys, chairs, umbrella, beach blanket & cooler)
  • Beach bag
  • Books & magazines
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach/pool towels

  • General:
  • Sheets for crib or portacrib (We apologize; we don’t provide these.)
  • Baby equipment (baby gate, high chair and portable crib)
  • Laundry detergent
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Camera / video recorder (don't forget batteries)
  • Bicycle
  • Games & toys
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Fishing pole & tackle
  • Eye glasses
  • Prescriptions and medications
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Writing material

  • Many of our homes feature items such as DVD and book libraries, video game systems with games, baby equipment and beach gear (umbrellas, chairs and toys). Be sure to check the home’s web page to find out if it provides amenities other than the standard amenities found in every Seaside Vacations home.