Herein starts Day 4 of our packing journey.

As I said before, I think it is imperative to decide what you’re meal schedule will be like, whether you are going with others or not.  And also, to plan ahead for your first few days as well.  The grocery stores are going to be crazy full and you want to avoid them at all costs, at least for the first few days.

Also, keeping in mind that the grocery stores are picked out when you get there, if there is something that you absolutely cannot live without, you need to make sure you bring it with you.  For example: we have a certain kind of ham we like for sandwiches, and even at home we have trouble finding it.

I generally make 2 shopping lists.  The first one is of things that I would take from home, and things needed for our first few meals.  The second list is my shopping list for while we are there.

For a lot of homes that you go to on OBX, you have to bring a lot of our own things from home.  They don’t typically provide things you need on a regular basis.  For example: dish soap.  But, typically you don’t always use an entire bottle of dish soap while you are there and you’re going to end up bringing it back home with you.  Get creative with storage ideas.  If you’re a mom, you’ve likely used bottles at some point, or even breast milk storage containers.  They are PERFECT for putting in enough dish soap to get you through the week.  I’ll try to add in some other tips and tricks along the way.


  • salt & pepper-we have a plastic set from tupperware that we use, but you easily could buy a set from the dollar store and just put tape over the holes.
  • spices/condiments-same as above, buy yourself a few packs of salt and paper shakers and put any spices you may need in them/use bottles/breastmilk containers if you only need a little bit of a condiment, otherwise just bring bottle


  • bottled water
  • cereal bars-better than cereal, because you don’t need to bring milk
  • snacks
  • drinks (juice boxes, coke cans, etc)
  • hot dogs/hamburgers/cheese/buns-good for your first few days, freeze these items the night before you leave, which will not only provide you built in ice packs, but will keep from spoiling longer
  • coffee and filters-better than buying a pack of 50 filters that you have to bring back home with you


  • dish soap-in breastmilk bottle
  • ***dish towels/washcloths-if you’re running short on time, just go to the dollar store and buy cheap ones, if you’re planning ahead look for good deals at Kohl’s/TJMaxx, etc
  • dishwasher soap/packs-in breastmilk bottle, or ziploc baggie, if packs
  • laundry detergent/softener-we get Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets anytime we go on vacation, it’s a lot easier to pack.  No, my laundry doesn’t smell or feel the same, but we’re on vacation.
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • paper napkins
  • Ziplock baggies-beach snacks, I often will take a large gallon sized bag and put several snack size and sandwich size in the large bag, squeeze the air out and it will store flat
  • saran wrap-for leftovers
  • All-Purpose cleaner/clorox wipes-we’ve had some questionable living quarters in the past, always good to have some easy cleaning solutions on hand
  • garbage bags-another thing you don’t want to have to buy a full box of when there
  • hand soap-buy little travel size bar soaps at the dollar store
  • kitchen accessories-if there is something you cannot cook without bring it with.  It’s often hit or miss as to whether some of the places have everything you need
  • sheets/towels-sounds silly, but we have a large Rubbermaid container that houses our towels and sheets from year to year.  I wash them before we go and put them back in the container and in the truck they go for vacation.  We also put a lot of our toiletries in this container too (in plastic baggies), so that we have more room in our suitcase, and so that they don’t get ‘squished’ in our suitcase.
  • ***plastic sled-for the sand, instead of renting a beach buggy for a week
  • crockpot/disposable crockpot bags-for quick and easy meals
  • hand sanitizer-Target’s up&up brand is great and they’re like $0.79 each.  We keep a ton in the car, and I always have at least one in my purse.
  • plastic cups/paper plates-we typically will just spend the money and buy these to take with.  There may be a dishwasher available in your house, but c’mon, you’re on vacation, isn’t it a lot easier to just throw out your plate when your done?

Anything you want to add?

❤ Erin


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