Preparing for your Outer Banks trip is part of the fun of anticipating your family beach vacation! Why spend precious vacation time shopping when you already have most of the items below in your own home? And if you plan to share the vacation with other family members, "divide and conquer" by assigning which items your relatives can bring.

Our Outer Banks Packing List Recommendations:

kitchen essentials

Grocery Items


  • Salt & Pepper, Spices & Herbs
  • Sugar or other sweeteners
  • Cooking Oil
  • Non-Perishable ingredients for homemade meals (pasta, canned goods, etc)
  • Ground Coffee
  • Coffee Filters
  • Tea Bags

Food Storage


  • Plasticware containers for leftovers
  • Plastic Bags in various sizes (snacks, fruit, etc.)
  • Aluminum Foil (regular & heavy-duty)
  • Plastic Wrap

Paper Goods


  • Bath Tissue
  • Paper Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
cleaning essentials

Detergents & Soaps


  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwasher Detergent (gel or powder, no tabs)
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • General Cleaning Supplies
  • Hand Soap
  • Bath Soap
bathroom essentials

Personal Toiletries


  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Tanning/Sunscreen Lotions
  • Aloe Vera Gel or sunburn relief lotion
  • First Aid supplies (bandaids, antibiotic ointment, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hair Dryer
grilling essentials

Grill Equipment*


  • Charcoal (propane is provided if gas grill)
  • Grill Tools
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Matches or Stick Lighter

*see which type of grill is available at your rental home on its Property Overview page

other house essentials

Other Household Items


  • Kitchen Trashbags
  • Kitchen Dishcloths
  • Scrubbies or Sponges
  • Dish Gloves
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Hand Towels for half-bathrooms
  • Bath Mats
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Blanket(s)
  • Beach Toys for children
  • Cooler(s).

Frequently Asked Questions


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