Vacation Checklist

Traveling is exciting, but is dependent on a multitude of details. You have a thousand things to remember. Overlooking even one thing can mean hassles and frustrations. If you are leaving your home to go on vacation, here is a handy vacation checklist to help you get ready.

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Must HaveBeach Vacation Checklist Tips

  • Wallet, purse, credit cards, cash
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Car and house keys (duplicate sets kept in different bags)
  • Eyeglasses and/or contact lenses (plus lens cleaner)
  • Medical insurance cards, list of phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and other medications
  • Itineraries, tickets, and reservation confirmations
  • Guide books, maps, and directions

Must Do

  • Remove trash from home
  • Tune-up car, check tires, battery, major fluids, brakes etc.
  • Replace expired prescriptions and medication and replace expired sunblock, most SPF lotions lose potency over years time
  • Replenish toiletries kit
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Hold incoming mail and newspapers
  • Notify neighbors of your vacation and give phone # for emergencies
  • Mow your lawn before you leave
  • If you're leaving your car, leave it parked in the driveway
  • Lock all windows and doors before you leave
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Turn down or turn off AC/heat
  • Make arrangements for pet and plant care


  • Cell phone, charger, extra battery.
  • Camera, charger, batteries, cords, etc.
  • Tablets - cord & battery
  • Laptop - cord & battery
  • Other small electronics & chargers (Kids Games, Kindle, etc.)
  • Headphones

Packing Clothes

  • Check the forecast in advance!
  • Complete change of clothes for each person per day (think cool, comfortable clothing); though if you are renting a place with laundry facilities, you may be able to get away with less
  • Lightweight sweater or jacket and long pants for cooler evenings
  • Swimsuits (two per person, so you'll always have a dry one)
  • Beach towels ( two per person is ideal)
  • Beach cover-ups or roomy T-shirts (to throw on over swimsuit when you've had enough sun)
  • Baseball caps or wide-brim hats (to protect faces from sun)
  • Sandals, flip flops or water shoes
  • Sunglasses with UV protection for adults
  • Exercise clothes (swimsuit, goggles, running clothes & shoes, gym workout clothes & shoes)
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Beach Bag
  • Family size beach blanket
  • Laundry Bag


  • Bath Soap
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Mouthwash
  • Cologne/Perfume
  • Razor Kit, Shaving Cream
  • Bottle Opener
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with sunscreen
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton Balls, Q-tips
  • Deodorant
  • Kleenex, Tissues
  • Contact lenses
  • Nail clippers, tweezers
  • Combs, Brushes
  • Birth control

First Aid Kit

  • Band Aids
  • Insect Repellant
  • Lotion for Insect bites
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Motion Sickness Medicine
  • Thermometers
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Aspirin
  • Moist Towelettes, Wipes
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive strips

For the Baby

  • Baby Powder
  • Baby sunscreen
  • Teething Ointment
  • Diapers & Lotions
  • Baby Wipes
  • Stroller
  • Baby formula, Bibs
  • Zippered plastic bags
  • Changing Pad
  • Baby food and spoon
  • Pacifiers
  • Blankets

Beach Items

  • Buckets and shovels
  • Sand castle toys
  • Frisbee, paddle ball, inflatable beach ball and other simple beach toys
  • Inflatable flotation devices for pools
  • Kite
  • Paddle Games

For the Trip

  • Travel Games, Books
  • Crayons, Clip Board
  • Electronic Devices
  • Cooler with drinks and snacks
  • Favorite stuffed animals

Safety Checks upon arrival

  • Make sure the pull-cord loops on older window blinds and drapes have been eliminated or secured. Cut the loop of the pull cord just above the tassel to result in two cords, or keep the loop taut with a tie-down device that fastens the cord to the floor or wall.
  • Hand-test the hot water temperature. A child can suffer third-degree burns in a matter of seconds if exposed to water above 120 degrees F. Most rental homes do not have anti-scald devices or renter access to the water heater thermostat. Hand-test the water upon arrival to avoid accidental scalding in the bath or shower.
  • Examine bunk beds for proper installation and support of the mattresses. Bunk bed guardrails, like crib slats, need to be close enough together to avoid head entrapment. Avoid allowing children under the age of 6 to sleep in the top bunk.
  • Place all household cleaners and other potentially dangerous chemicals in a locked cabinet or closet.
  • Inspect the rental crib to make certain it is sturdy, properly assembled and in good condition. 
Well Done! You're ready for the best Outer Banks vacation ever!
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