13 Beach Hacks for Your Next Outer Banks Vacation

beach hacks for your Outer Banks vacation
Days at the beach are one of the best parts of an Outer Banks vacation. Warm sand, picnics, and hours to read, nap, and gallivant in the surf are the main ingredients for a relaxing break. A perfect day at the beach takes a little planning, so here are 13 clever beach hacks to help make your next Outer Banks vacation even better:

Bring a Yoga Mat

Yoga mats are much more comfortable than just lying on beach towels on hard-packed sand, plus sand doesn’t stick to yoga mats the way it does to towels.

Invest in Towel Anchors

If you are using beach towels, invest in towel anchors before you leave home, buy them online, or pick them up when you arrive in the Outer Banks. Towel anchors are like tent stakes with clips on the top. Just push the stake into the sand, clip the corner of your towel in, and it will stay put while you swim or stroll.

Hide Your Cash in a Sunscreen Bottle

Next time you stock up on sunscreen, buy a jumbo-sized bottle with a lid that snaps on instead of screws on. When the lotion is gone, clean out the bottle, cut out the top, and snap the lid back on. Use your clean bottle to hide money, keys, and even your cell phone while you swim.

Fix a Broken Flip-Flop with Bread Clips

Don’t throw out the little square clip that ties your bag of sandwich bread. Keep it in your beach bag in case the toe post pulls out of your flip-flop. Slide the clip on the bottom of the flip-flop between the round post and the shoe for a fast fix.

Keep a Whisk Broom in the Car

Unless you want to vacuum your car for the next several months, it’s best to brush off sandy feet and gear before you load up after a day at the beach. Use a soft, handheld dust broom to whisk away sand before you get in the car, and you’ll keep your ride much cleaner throughout your vacation.

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