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What to Pack on Your Hilton Head Island Vacation

By Hilton Head Insider

You did it! You planned your vacation to America’s Favorite Island®. You’ve picked your resort, researched the best restaurants, and booked your excursions and rest days; all that is left to do is pull out your suitcase and pack. While a joy for some people, others would love a little help packing their bags. Luckily, we are here to assist in making your vacation as seamless and relaxing as possible by reminding you what to pack. Regardless of your purpose for visiting Hilton Head Island, we’ll make packing a breeze!

Beach Day

Hilton Head Island is a beach lover’s dream destination. With 12 miles of some of the best beaches in the United States and a reputation as one of the top 10 family beaches in the country, packing for a beach day or two is a must while vacationing in the Lowcountry. You don’t need to bring much for relaxing days in the sun while playing in the warm Atlantic waters that hug our coastline. Sunscreen, a bathing suit, a water bottle, and reading materials might be wise to keep on hand. If you want to save space, there are many local options to keep you comfortable. Lowsea Bike, Beach & Baby Rental Inc., Shore Beach Service, Inc., and many more have everything you need for the perfect beach day. Leave your beach chairs, coolers, and umbrellas at home. These businesses have you covered by providing the perfect beach setup.

Outdoor Adventure

Hilton Head Island packs a punch! With 60+ miles of leisure pathways for some of the best biking in South Carolina, bottle-nosed dolphin experiences, zip-lining, nature and historical tours, watersports, boat tours, and more — outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element while exploring this southern gem. There is so much to do on Hilton Head Island, how could you possibly prepare for it all? Luckily for you, you don’t have to. All our providers are well equipped and ready to set you up for the best adventure possible. Interested in traveling like a local and cruising around on two wheels? We have bikes! Have a little one that needs a break from walking? Would you prefer a stroller or wagon? Do you want to get up close and personal with the wildlife? Our watersport providers will keep you safe and geared up with life preservers, stand-up paddle boards, and waterproof bags. 

Golfer’s Day on the Green

You can’t talk about the Lowcountry without talking about golf. People come to Hilton Head Island from all over the world for our top-tier courses, tournaments, and professional instructors. Even the most casual amateur players would be hard-pressed to fight the urge to play a round on one of our 23 gorgeous championship golf courses. But, it can be a challenge to pack your clubs for a trip to the Lowcountry, especially if you’re traveling a long distance. The good news is that most of our courses offer club rentals, so you can play with the best equipment across Hilton Head Island. Forget your shoes? No problem! Our pro shops are stocked with the latest and greatest accessories from the hottest and most trusted brands.

Court Sports

Insider scoop: the same is true for the tennis and pickleball clubs! Tennis has a long and storied history here on Hilton Head Island, with eight of the world's top 100 tennis resorts and camps located along our shores. Whether you’re traveling to train, or simply get a few games in, you’re sure to love tennis on Hilton Head Island. Of course, tennis isn’t the only popular racquet sport around here — Pickleball is quickly growing in popularity on Hilton Head Island, and you can always find a tournament or clinic to join.

Regardless of your sport of choice, don’t let the lack of equipment slow you down — you can rent everything you need at our clubs, including court space. Looking for a lesson? We have excellent instructors who would be thrilled to work with you.

Wellness Trips

If you’re on Hilton Head Island looking for a relaxing vacation filled with pampering and personal care, you’ve come to the right place. From soothing spa packages at wellness-focused resorts to rejuvenating salt rooms and cryotherapy, you can curate your perfect getaway tailored to your unique needs and wants. The all-inclusive services offered on Hilton Head Island mean all you need to bring is yourself and a zen state of mind to enjoy your time lapping up the good vibrations.

Packing for the perfect trip to Hilton Head Island has never been easier. Bring the essentials, and we can take care of the rest. Close to all the amenities and extras you could ever need, all you need for your perfect escape is yourself! Use our vacation planner to see all we have to offer, dust off your carry-on, and get ready to experience true luxury on America’s Favorite Island®.

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