Packing for a summer beach vacation is easy! Throw in a swimsuit, a pair of flip-flops, and you are almost there. And while winter weather on the Grand Strand is considerably milder than places to our north, you’ll still need to pack more layers than you would during the peak season — especially for those brisk, early morning walks on the beach or cool evenings at Barefoot Landing. Traveling to the beach during the off-season can be a relaxing, affordable, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to make sure you have everything you need for your winter vacation on the Grand Strand this season.

Beach Gear

While beach tents are banned along the Myrtle Beach oceanfront in the summer, this law does not apply during the fall and winter months. Large tents work great during the offseason to help block the sun and wind. Also plan to bring your own beach chairs and umbrellas, since opportunities to rent them may be scarce.

If you are bringing the family, take advantage of the open beaches and bring a football, a Frisbee, a kite, or even play a round of bocce ball. Consider contacting the property management company where are staying to see what they have. Many times, beach rentals include beach gear you can borrow, so that you don’t need to pack it when traveling!

Clothing and Shoes

Visiting the south during the winter months can be tricky, as far as picking out clothing. Your best option is to plan for a bit of everything, and bring lots of layers. Remember, the drop in the ocean temperature and onshore-breeze can make winds 10 to 15 degrees cooler than inland temperatures. In addition to shorts, tees and capris, pack long-sleeved shirts, jeans, sweaters, and a warm sweatshirt. Plan on walking along the beach? Bring leggings or sweatpants that you can easily roll up.

It is also wise to take along both close-toed and open-toed shoes. That way, you can easily walk along the beach, but keep your feet warm when shopping and traversing outdoors. If the forecast is too chilly for flip-flops, no need to skip the beach — just pack galoshes instead! Check the weather before you leave for your trip to help guide you with your packing.


Certain accessories come in handy only at the beach. A light windbreaker jacket can make all the difference when staying warm. As we mentioned earlier, packing layers is your best bet. You can easily dress up a t-shirt with a jacket, scarf, and hat if necessary. Always keep warmer layers available in the car when heading to the beach. No one wants to get out there and then have to turn around because they are too cold! You may also want to check with your beach rental, as they may have blankets you can borrow to sit on at the beach, or to help you keep warm while enjoying your morning coffee on the balcony — while taking in that spectacular ocean view.

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Sea Marsh #504: This great 3 bedroom /2.5 bath condo located at the end of Cherry Grove has million dollar oceanfront views. Enjoy daily walks on the wide beach after a full day of shopping and activities. This unit has been updated with new flooring throughout, and has a new washer/dryer and sleeper sofa. There is a queen bed in the master bedroom, a full bed in 2nd bedroom and 2 twins in the 3rd bedroom. There is a large kitchen overlooking the dining room area and living room. The living room and all bedrooms have flat screen TVs and DVD Players, including HDTV’s in the living room and the master bedroom. There is a great balcony overlooking the ocean and beach, making this the perfect location for your vacation! This unit is non-smoking, no pets or motorcycles allowed.

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The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!



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