The last time we went to the Outer Banks, the kid was just a baby. Let me tell you, packing for a beach vacation with a five year-old is way different (and a lot easier) than packing for a trip with a baby. No baby gear, just some clothes, a few toys, some books, and a ton of snacks!
Because of Covid, we filled a cooler and packed a lot of our essentials to eliminate trips to the grocery store. We got takeout a couple times for dinner, but we didn’t visit any restaurants. (Hopefully next time we’ll get back to The Blue Point!)
We got our house through Brindley Beach. We had tons of space – 4 stories, 4 bedrooms, probably could have slept 12 people! We had decks in both the front and back and a hot tub. The best part, however, was the fact that we were right by the beach walkway, so we didn’t have to go very far to get our toes in the sand!
If this had been a normal summer, we probably would have done a lot of miniature golf, gone out for dinner and ice cream, and visited the lighthouse or tried to see the wild ponies. Instead, we spent a lot of time at the beach building sandcastles and collecting shells and braving the waves. In the afternoons, we hung out in the hot tub and then made dinner at home. In the evenings, we played board games and just relaxed. We’re used to go-go-going all the time, but this vacation was very low key and it was nice to get away for a little bit!