Outer Banks Vacation Tips

There are so many things that will make the Outer Banks in North Carolina your family’s favorite summer beach vacation spot, and now is the time to start making plans for it!

The set of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks runs 200 miles along the North Carolina shore, starting just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and covering most of the North Carolina coast. Just about any water sport can be enjoyed in the Outer Banks, including fishing, boating, body boarding, surfing, scuba diving, kite surfing, jet skiing, para-sailing, and more!

In order to help take some of the stress out of planning your Outer Banks vacation, here are a few ideas of what to think about as you begin planning your Outer Banks trip!

  • Have your car fully serviced prior to leaving for the Outer Banks! Also, check ahead on the Internet for the best gas prices along your route, and make sure those stations are open during the hours you’re traveling! Plan your refueling points for those gas stations offering the lowest prices on fuel!

  • Make like an early settler and stake your claim to your piece of the beach! Send someone early in the morning to set up your spot with towels, blankets, and umbrellas so others can gather at that spot later!

  • Bring what you love doing to the beach! If you love to read, bring books. If you’re athletic, pack the Frisbee, horseshoes or the volleyball equipment. Lots of people find kite flying to be great fun at the beach. You might enjoy it, too!

  • Don’t forget your sunscreen! Too much exposure to the sun can ruin some vacations! Put it on early, and often!

  • Glass bottles and containers are generally not a good idea on the beach and are prohibited in some areas. Pack your favorite beverages (in plastic or aluminum containers) on ice in coolers to keep them cold all day!