When planning a Nags Head beach vacation, there’s a lot to consider, especially if you have a family in tow. Above all, you want to be able to make memories in the sand and sun without stress. Kitty Hawk Watersports has provided beach-going families with watersports and beach equipment rentals, so we have a good handle on what you need to bring with you for a successful beach vacation. Here’s a quick guide on what to pack, insider tips for going to the beach, and more.Kitty Hawk Watersports Nags Head Beach Equipment Rental

Preparing Your Beach Bag

The key to a successful beach day is a well-packed beach bag. Starting with the basics, you’ll need:

1. Sun Protection

Broad-spectrum sunscreen, SPF hats, and UV-protective beachwear will shield your family from the sun’s rays.

2. Hydration

Reusable water bottles and perhaps a cooler stocked with beverages to keep everyone hydrated.

3. Towels and Blankets

Whether you’re drying off or setting up a sandy spot to relax, these are must-haves.

4. Beachwear

Swimsuits are a given, but also consider water shoes to protect against the occasional sharp shell.

5. Snacks

Always keep snacks on hand so you’re prepared for hungry bellies.

Also include anything else that you need easy access to, like portable cell phone chargers, medicines, swimsuit coverups, etc.

Book Beach Equipment Rentals

Dragging beach chairs and umbrellas through the sand is no small feat, especially with excited children in tow. You want to make sure you have quality equipment. Kitty Hawk Watersports offers beach chair rentals and beach umbrella rentals, so your family can create a cozy setup for the day. We suggest you secure your beach equipment rental in advance so you have one less thing to purchase and pack and a lot more time to play! 

Extra Insider Tips for the Day

Here are some insider tips to ensure your day on the Nags Head beaches goes swimmingly:

1. Timely Arrivals

Beat the heat and the crowds by arriving in the morning. This way, you secure the best spot and enjoy the tranquility before it gets busy.

2. Water Safety

Set up near a lifeguard station and brief your family on water safety. Also make sure to look out for flags indicating swimming conditions.

3. Prepare for Activities on the Water

If you get tired of hanging out on the beach and want to change things up, we suggest taking advantage of our watersport rentals. Whether you like kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, jet skiing, or even spending the day on a boat rental out on the water, we’ve got you covered.

4. Sand-Free Snacking

Use a fitted sheet turned upside down and place your bags at the corners to create raised edges, offering a barrier against sand invasions during meals.

5. Entertainment

Pack frisbees, buckets, spades, and floaties to keep the young ones (and the young at heart) engaged for hours.

A day at the beach should be filled with laughter and memory-making, not the frustration of forgotten items or last-minute scrambles. A family beach trip can go from good to great with a bit of preparation. If you’re planning a beach escape to Nags Head’s pristine shores and need beach equipment or watersports rentals, contact Kitty Hawk Watersports at (252) 441-2756 or book a rental online today.