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What to Pack for Your Cape Hatteras Vacation

HomeJourneys to Cape HatterasWhat to Pack for Your Cape Hatteras Vacation

So, your itinerary for Cape Hatteras is all set. Now you’re trying to figure out what to wear and bring! You don’t want to forget anything. Well, we’ve got you covered. Knowing what to pack will ensure you are well-prepared to enjoy everything the Outer Banks has to offer. Here is our North Carolina packing list for Cape Hatteras!

Understanding the Weather

Weather in Cape Hatteras can vary. Summers are typically warm with temperatures ranging from the high 70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit. Winters are milder compared to inland locations, with temperatures often hovering between the mid-40s and low 60s Fahrenheit. Spring and fall are particularly pleasant, but the weather can be unpredictable with occasional rain and wind, especially during the hurricane season from June to November.

Essential Clothing


Be sure to bring breathable, light fabrics like cotton or linen to stay comfortable in the summer heat of your Cape Hatteras vacation. This can include t-shirts, shorts, and airy dresses. You’ll want to take advantage of the beaches, and time in the water – so bring at least two swimsuits! Protect yourself from the strong sun with a wide-brimmed hat, UV-protection sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen!


When visiting in the winter, it’s essential to layer! Pack layers such as long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and a heavy jacket, especially useful for windy days. Bring warm accessories to layer on, such as a beanie, gloves, and a scarf to keep warm during chilly mornings and evenings.

Spring & Fall

Bring a versatile selection of layers for the spring and fall months. Select items that can be layered easily, such as long-sleeve tops, light sweaters, and a waterproof windbreaker or jacket. Pack slacks and jeans which will come in handy for cooler days or evenings out.


Pack comfortable walking shoes for exploring the area and water-resistant sandals for the beach. If you plan on hiking, bring sturdy hiking boots.

Miscellaneous Essentials

Besides swimwear, include beach towels, a beach umbrella, and a beach bag. A pair of binoculars is essential for any birding enthusiasts, since the bird watching in the Outer Banks is pretty great!

Bringing a backpack is important for day trips and carrying essentials while keeping your hands free. While carrying a reusable water bottle helps you stay hydrated.

Things to Know

  • Always check the weather forecast close to your departure to adjust your North Carolina packing list if needed.
  • If visiting during the hurricane season, stay updated on any potential storm warnings and prepare accordingly.

Now you’re ready—see you in Cape Hatteras!

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