If you are looking to rent a vacation home on the Outer Banks, you may be surprised at how far in advance travelers start looking. It was no surprise that Nags Head made the list of top ten east coast beaches for vacation rentals, thousands of vacationers weekly already know this to be true. The Outer Banks are a tourist Mecca during the busy summer months, so if whether you plan on visiting for the first time, or the next time, be sure to book your house early. Many travelers have already fully planned their beach vacation, so don’t be left out in the cold. With so many exciting things to do on the Outer Banks, you will want to make sure that the house you rent is exactly what you want, and where you want to be. Here are some other tips to get the most out of your vacation.
Be Prepared for the Elements
The weather on the Outer Banks can be fickle. It is not uncommon for a cloudy morning to turn into a beautifully sunny afternoon. With this in mind, be sure that you have clothes appropriate for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. This also includes proper foot ware. If you so choose, you can spend your vacation in sandals, but many activities will be more enjoyable with different shoes.
Enjoy the Sun…Responsibly
Don’t skip the sunscreen. It is easy to be misled by a cool ocean breeze, or an overcast sky, that the sun is not that strong, or that it is not that hot. Trust us, it is. Be sure to apply sunscreen early and often, so you don’t have to spend a day in the shade covered in aloe. Especially true for children, reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming. You don’t want to miss any of the beach fun.
Mark Your Territory
The Outer Banks coastline has few navigational markings. Especially for newcomers, it can be very disorienting. You may walk down the beach, lost in your head while enjoying the sights and smells of the ocean, and be unsure of how far you’ve gone, or where on the beach the rest of the family is. If you will be at the beach for the day, bring a flag, a tent, or even a kite. This will make it easier for the whole family to find home base when they need to refuel. Please be sure to take all of your belongings with you when you leave the beach.