Ultimate Hatteras Island Packing List

When it comes to planning a beach vacation, a packing list is always handy to have! There are so many essential items that you’re likely to forget, so that’s why we’ve created the ultimate Hatteras Island packing list. As you pack for your beach vacation, use the list below to make sure you have all you need to so you can focus on making memories!

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Must Haves On Your Hatteras Island Packing List

Hatteras Island is a place where you and your family can relax, unwind and make new family memories. Don’t let sunburn spoil those moments! If you want to make the most of your vacation, then sun protection is a must. Make sure these items are the first thing you pack:

Lip Balm with SPF Protection
Beach umbrella. Umbrellas provide some much-needed relief on hot, sunny afternoons! Rather than going through the hassle of packing one, choose a Beach Gear Included home with Outer Beaches Realty and you will have up to $250 to spend on beach equipment such as umbrellas, beach chairs, and so much more.
A sun hat for an extra layer of SPF protection.
Aloe – It’s best to be prepared!

Clothing & Accessories

Beach vacations are all about relaxing, and your clothes should be light and comfortable. One or two dressy shirts are always good in case you opt to dine out at one of Hatteras Island’s fancier restaurants. However, Hatteras Island beach days typically call for the following clothing items and accessories:

Your swimsuit
Cheap sunglasses – Bring a pair or two in case one gets lost in the ocean
A bathing suit cover-up. This will come in handy when you need to use the public restroom or walking back to your vacation rental.
Small waterproof/sand proof bag – These are great for keeping your phone and wallet in, so they do not get wet or sandy.
Sturdy shoes or sandals. Trust us. You will need them as the sand gets HOT!
Long-sleeve, breathable shirts. These will add an extra layer of sun protection after a few hours at the beach or on the water.
An insulated water bottle – It is vital to keep hydrated when out in the sun. So make sure you have a water bottle for everyone in your group.


There’s so much to do on Hatteras Island’s beautiful beaches and sparkling waters! You can enjoy water activities, like fishing and paddleboarding, or simply relax with the sounds of crashing waves and the feeling of sand beneath your toes. Here are a few of our favorite things to pack to keep everyone having fun and making memories!

Beach toys for the kids, like balls, frisbees, shovels, and buckets
Beach games to play on the sand.  Check out our blog on some of our favorite Family Beach Games.
A good book or e-reader. For a real beach experience, check out these books that take place on Hatteras Island!
Card games such as Uno, Go Fish for the entire family, or Cards Against Humanity for the adults are easy to pack and can provide hours of entertainment.

Important Items You Don’t Want to Forget 

There are a few items that many people forget, and they are often the most important things! Always pack your everyday essentials. As a reminder, remember to bring the following.

Some Cash
Phone or computer chargers
A laundry bag. Keeps your dirty laundry separate from the clean.
Your favorite snacks. Brands and varieties are often different in different areas of the country. If there is a must-have snack your family enjoys, it is best to bring it with you.
Pajamas – Short-sleeve, light sleepwear is always a good choice. This way you can leave the windows open some and fall asleep to the ocean waves.
Stain remover pen & a small bottle of laundry detergent for doing a load or two of laundry in your vacation home.
Any medications/prescriptions.
A small first aid kit – just in case
Bug Spray – Don’t let the pesky little bugs ruin your outdoor fun!
Your pet’s bag with food, food & water bowls, grooming supplies, toys, etc

Outer Beaches Realty wants to make sure you have the best vacation possible. We hope this ultimate Hatteras Island Packing list helps you remember all the necessary items for your beach vacation. Our vacation homes include a number of items for your use already, but if you are not sure if the property you rented has something important to you, please give us a call at (844) 814-7456.

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