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Your Outer Banks Packing List and What You Need to Know

10/09/2020 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Travel Tips

Planning a beach vacation involves quite a bit of time and effort, but with some help, you and your family will be relaxing our beautiful sandy shores in no time. Our Outer Banks packing list breaks down everything you need to bring (and everything you don’t). So, are you ready to venture to our paradise? 

If you want to discover more ways to make the most of your time in the Outer Banks, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of the top activities, attractions, and restaurants in the area! 

Your Complete Outer Banks Packing List 


Are you wondering what to put on your Outer Banks packing list? Comfortable and casual clothing are your keys to success! The warm summer weather here calls for T-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, and hats. We also suggest packing a pair of pants (jeans or khakis) and a sweater for those occasional windy nights if you want to stay out for a night of stargazing. To limit laundry, do your best to pack pieces that are versatile so you can mix-and-match your outfits. It will save you tons of suitcase space (and time)! 

Also, try not to overpack shoes and socks. Flip flops are the footwear of choice for hitting the beach. If you want to enjoy all of the outdoor activities and charter fishing opportunities, bring one pair of athletic shoes. 

Of course, if you’re visiting in the fall or winter, be sure to pack jeans and sweaters in order to get out and enjoy the crisp weather 

Tip: Check the weather before you pack just in case!


Toiletries are some of the most difficult and frustrating parts of packing for any trip. Luckily, Manteo and Nags Head will have everything you need at stores near you. Don’t worry about packing things like sunscreen or bug spray with you, unless you are driving. The convenience is worth it. We recommend packing a quart-sized bag of liquids, gels, creams, and any other must-haves you need in your checked bag if you fly here. 

Travel Essentials 

With all the excitement surrounding a trip to our coastal paradise, it’s easy to leave behind essentials while writing up your Outer Banks packing list. Some necessities that you will need include cell phone chargers, health insurance cards (just in case), your wallet (with driver’s license and credit cards), and tickets/travel vouchersYou’ll also want to bring along your camera with you to capture all of the incredible moments on your Outer Banks vacation! 

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Pirate’s Cove has everything you need to plan the ultimate Outer Banks vacation. Our extensive collection of condos and homes on Roanoke Island have an array of amenities and location that make for incredible getaways for couples and large families. Our private gated community is also only 10 minutes away from the beach! 

Start planning your getaway today by booking your Pirate’s Cove rental. We look forward to welcoming you to our island.