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Are you planning to take your kids to the Outer Banks during the next vacation? That’s not a bad idea considering the fact that the place has enough in store for keeping both children and grownups enthralled. While it’s true that the place has several high end hotels, we would suggest you to find a vacation rental for your family vacation in OBX.

That’s because most kids love the idea having a home outside their home during vacations; and nothing can help you achieve that more aptly than a vacation rental. The Outer Banks is home to hundreds of such rental homes. Outer Banks homes for sale must have the following qualities for housing kids of different age groups safely and comfortably.

They should have stairs

This is even more important for families with kids below the age of ten years. Stairs not only impose risk of injury to the little ones, but also make life difficult for them by stopping them from moving around the rental home freely. If you pick a vacation rental with stairs, the vacation can become extremely stressful for you instead of helping you to unwind.

Try to get a rental home with a bathtub

This tip is meant particularly for people with kids who just hate bathing. This is one problem that can spoil your entire schedule when vacationing away from home. It has been found that transitioning such children to bathtubs bring back their interest in bathing. If you are lucky, you might find a few colorful bathing toys in your rental home’s bathroom.

The property shouldn’t be located near a busy road


As a parent, you must allow your little ones to move around feely when holidaying at a distant place. This would help them to become more confident and allow them to learn socializing on their own. However, taking such a decision wouldn’t be possible for you if the rental property is located near a busy road. This makes it important for you to ensure that there’s no busy road nearby when picking a vacation rental for holidaying with kids.

The house shouldn’t have too much of breakable stuffs

This is pretty obvious. People with kids at home tend to avoid breakable items for decorating their abodes as they know that those stuffs will get destroyed by the little hooligans sooner or later. You should have a similar intent even when choosing a place to stay in during vacations at the Outer Banks. Owners of vacation rentals often keep their property decorated with expensive, breakable items for attracting clients. Your job is to avoid staying in such rental homes when traveling with your mischievous children.

The bedroom must have a king-size bed if you are traveling with an infant

This is vital as without a king-size bed, you, your spouse, and your baby wouldn’t be able to sleep comfortably. That can actually spoil all your plans. If your kid is a little older (five years or more of age) the combination of a separate children’s room and a queen-size bed will be enough. Make sure the children’s room looks like a children’s room.

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