What To Pack For Your Summer On Nantucket Island

July 2, 2015

Heading to Nantucket Island for a summer getaway? There's no shortage of fun to be had on the island, and whether you're looking for months that are buzzing with activity, or you just want to hang out by the water and relax, you'll certainly find a place to fulfill your needs here. To help you pack properly, take a look at these helpful hints.

Will You Be Hiking Or Camping?

If you'll be finding yourself in the great outdoors, there are certain essentials you'll want to have on hand.

  • Be aware that deer ticks are a part of the local landscape. It is important that you educate yourself about what to look for and how to identify and remove these creatures should they find their way onto you, your kids, or your pets. Wear light-colored clothes that make identification of these pests easy. Wear enclosed shoes when you're walking in vegetation, stay on clear trails, and avoid direct contact with soil, leaf litter and vegetation.

  • Utilize insect repellent; seek out brands that offer protection specific to deer ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests that call Nantucket home, too.

  • Pack a sturdy tent, quality sleeping bags, and a cooler filled with food and ample amounts of water.

Will You Be Playing On/In The Water?

One of the best parts of island life is the water.

  • Waterproof sunscreen should be with you at all times, but don't become complacent with application. Even waterproof sunscreen wears away eventually. Apply a layer of protection each hour that you're in the sun.

  • Life vests are a must. Children should wear these at all times (it's not a bad idea for adults to wear them, too). Nonetheless, make sure you have enough vests on board for each person playing on your boat, jet ski, kayak, or other water-friendly device.

  • Keep extra towels and t-shirts on hand.

What Should You Pack In Your Everyday Bag?

The basic summer essentials are necessary on the island.

  • To protect your skin from the sun's rays, make sure you have quality sunscreen. Consumer Reports offers a fantastic resource to help you understand why sunscreen works and what to look for to ensure that you have adequate protection.

  • Lip balm is another essential. Look for SPF in your balm, too, because lips are often overlooked in the summer, and the reminder that they can burn easily is an undesirable outcome.

Lugging items from one place to another can take all of the fun out of the experience! To keep your summertime toys easily accessible, but out of your way, check out Nantucket Storage Center's ample supply of storage unit sizes.


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