Ready to hit the beach at the beautiful Outer Banks?
No doubt you’ve packed the essentials: swimsuits, sunscreen, cooler, flipflops, shades, towels, and so on. But did you remember the waterproof camera? Or the sand-free beach blanket? Or the portable waterproof powerbank?
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.
Sprinkle Baby Powder to Remove Sand