How to Pack Your Bags for a Vacation Rental Stay

How to Pack Your Bags for a Vacation Rental Stay

Do you like to pack for a trip (or dread it)? 

We want to help! We are going to give you tons of great advice about how to pack for a vacation rental house in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Packing for a vacation rental stay is a little different from how you might pack for other trips. There are some items you need to bring to a vacation home that you can leave behind when you go to a hotel (like linens, for example). Additionally, a beach house vacation requires a little more thought when it comes to meal planning, recreational activities, road trip items, beach gear, and more. 

(Scroll to the end of this blog for even more advice as you plan your next Sunset Beach vacation)

What is provided in our Rental Properties?

Kitchens come stocked with cookware and dinnerware. Beds have mattress pads, bedspreads and pillows. You'll need to bring all paper products, soaps, staples, personal items and linens with you. Sometimes you will find items like salt, pepper, trash bags, cleaning supplies and paper products left behind by previous guests, but generally speaking, you will need to grab those things for your use. 

So, what do we pack? 

We like to think of our packing lists in category form. There are several categories to consider, including the basics, the house, the beach and the car. 

It's up to you how much you bring from home. After all, we have several stores here in Sunset Beach where you will find the necessities. 

Beach Suitcase | Sunset Vacations

That being said, it's best to bring as much as you can. After all, you are on vacation. A little planning ahead of time will save you time and energy later. 

No one really wants to grocery shop on vacation!

The ultimate vacation rental packing list:


  • Clothes (including shorts, dresses, tops, sweatshirts, pajamas, underwear, socks, bathing suits)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, lotions and creams, deodorant)
  • Makeup
  • Hair dryer, hair care items
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Medications
  • First aid supplies (Band Aids, antibiotic, ibuprofen for kids and adults)
  • Chargers, devices
  • Shoes, flip flops


  • Sheets, pillow cases and blankets 
  • Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths
  • Cleaning supplies (some may be provided)
  • Dish soap, dishwasher pods, a sponge
  • Laundry soap / pods, fabric softener
  • Foil, plastic wrap
  • Oils and spices
  • Coffee, condiments
  • Food! Snacks! Drinks!
  • Hand soap
  • Favorite kitchen items
  • Paper towels, napkins, toilet paper 
  • Trash bags


  • Bathing suits
  • Beach towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach toys, boogie boards, floaties for kids, shovels and pails, life jackets
  • Umbrella, wagon, beach chairs
  • Sunscreens (spray and lotions)
  • Coverups, sun hats, sunglasses
  • A beach bag
  • Small cooler
  • Mesh bags for shelling


  • Charging cords, devices like iPads, phones, & DVD players
  • Snacks (fruit, popcorn, chips, carrots, lollipops, sandwiches), Water bottles
  • A trash bin
  • Wet wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels and plastic grocery bags
  • Pillows, blankets
  • Books, coloring, and other activities
  • Children's Dramamine
  • Patience

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Sunset Beach, NC is such an easy place to vacation. By planning ahead, you can truly make the most of your time here. If you forget to pack something, just stop by one of the local stores and pick it up, and don't forget that you can rent many items to make your vacation that much easier. If you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to call Sunset Vacations at 800-331-6428. 

You can also find much more information on our website at any time:

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How to Pack Your Bags for a Vacation Rental Stay

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