Why Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes are Awesome

Travel and Vacation Subscription Boxes

Who doesn’t love to get away from it all? Vacations and travel are essential to keeping your work-life balance in check. However, a recent survey reported more than half (56%) of American adults haven’t taken a vacation in the past 12 months. There are probably dozens of reasons for this… such as no time off, or the fact that traveling to vacation destinations isn’t always affordable for every budget. That’s where subscription boxes come to the rescue!

Beach Vacation Travel Subscription Box

According to the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, over 3,000,000 vacationers visited the Outer Banks last year. That’s a ton of people! Think how many of those visitors have not traveled away from home in the past 3 years, or even 10 years. The Outer Banks and other family vacation destinations offer all of us the opportunity to unwind and experience a period of stress-free happiness. Nothing is on your mind but what fun things to do with your time! Imagine if you could experience this feeling more often… say a few times a year. Well, reverting back to the cost of vacationing, this may be pretty impractical for most people. A subscription box service that’s travel or vacation related is the perfect cost-friendly remedy for somebody looking to relive memories of their time away from home and savor the excitement of experiencing new things!

OBX Ocean Water

There are many vacation destinations in the world, but nearly no other place has the emotionally connected following like that of the Outer Banks. Most visitors have been coming for decades, and plan to keep it as a family tradition for years to come. While away from the Outer Banks, it’s hard to keep your mind off the place! Working long shifts hundreds of miles away all year long sure does create a sense of longing to get away from it all, put your feet in the sand, and relax to the sounds of the seagulls and ocean waves. While we haven’t quite captured that entire package, we feel we’re pretty darn close!

You should check out the Outer Banks Box!

If you love the OBX or know someone who does, it really is the next best thing to an actual visit here. We work 365 days a year to find the coolest assortment of items for each of our boxes, and mail four times a year… one for each season! You’ll get a little bit of treats, novelty items, momentos, and an extra dose of that beachy salt air. Visit www.OuterBanksBox.com today to get your own subscription!

Thanks again for reading, please share with a friend who needs a vacation!




Spring 2017 Box Reveal

Outer Banks Box Spring 2017

Welcome to another Outer Banks Box reveal blog!

Over the past few weeks we’ve gone through another whirlwind of hurdles that new businesses encounter, so we’re beyond excited to finally get to share the contents of our second box! For this shipment, we nearly doubled our subscriber count… so thank you again to all who are continuing to spread the word about our service and help us network to reach more OBX fans and local businesses!

With spring inspiring feelings of freshness and renewal, it was our mission to craft a box that delivered these, and more, to your door! Take a look and see what was inside, and make sure to take advantage of our vendors’ special offers!

Lemon Lavender Cookies – Sweater Box Confections

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Lemon + Lavender? This was a sure bet for spring and one of our own favorite sweet OBX treats. This pick was a no-brainer and we were so happy to share one of the Outer Banks’ finest confectioners with our subscribers. Here’s an extra note from the owner, Chris:

“We hope you enjoyed your Lemon Lavender cookies in your Outer Banks Box!  Thanks to those who liked our Facebook page or started following us on Instagram.   We think Bob is tops and the Outer Banks Box is a fun way to enjoy a little beach when you can’t be here.  At Sweater Box Confections we enjoy slowing down and having conversations.  We want to invite you to our table by offering you a sweet deal (pun intended) on some treats.  Until 4/9/17, we are offering you 20% off your first purchase placed online.  It’s a great way to get more lavender cookies and try another item that tempts your tastebuds.  Use coupon code:  THEBOXROCKS.
FYI, the lavender for our cookies comes from the White Oak Lavender Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley south of Harrisonburg, VA.  It’s a wonderful place to visit, tell them Sweater Box sent you!”

Hand-Marbled Coasters – The Blue Moth Studio

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We were referred to The Blue Moth Studio by some good friends, and are so happy to have discovered them! The creator behind The Blue Moth studio is April Forbes, who has a background in graphic design and a love for hand-made craft. April offers customized orders on many products to make any occasion even more special. Items can also be customized with hand-lettering or by color!

When we first glanced at The Blue Moth Studio’s product display, we were instantly drawn to the marbled colors and whimsical lines in her designs. It really echoed the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Banks so we knew we had to include something in our box!  Subscribers received a set of four coasters, each and every coaster created is completely unique!

Like what you see? Order your own sets right here and use coupon code: OBXBOX17 for 15% OFF at checkout now through 3/20/18!

Sea Salt Lemongrass Soap – Hollow Daze Surf Designs


We first encountered Hollow Daze Surf Designs at an arts and craft show in Southern Shores, NC in the fall of 2016. We were blown away by the quality, selection, and overall presentation of their products. Owner, Christina, was extremely knowledgable and clearly passionate about her products and her brand. Needless to say, we purchased several gift sets that day for family and friends and knew within minutes that we had to share this discovery with our fans and keep all the positive momentum of this discovery moving!

Christina creates world-class artisan soap in her ocean-view studio on beautiful Hatteras Island. The Lemongrass bar features locally harvested sea salt to give you that magical Outer Banks glow just in time for spring. “The breathtaking natural beauty of the Outer Banks in general and Hatteras Island in particular inspires and informs our robust natural bath and body collection. We use pure essential oils and botanicals, and no synthetic fragrances or colorants, to help our customers look good and feel great about each and every ingredient.”

Deeply connected to Outer Banks art and craft events, Christina serves as president of the Hatteras Island Arts & Craft Guild and organizes the summer art series Brew & Arts. You can find Hollow Daze Surf Designs at local art shows, the Manteo and Avon farmers’ markets, and on Facebook

Rum Candied Pecans – Outer Banks Distilling

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If you haven’t heard about Outer Banks Distilling by now, we would be shocked!

The crew of entrepreneurial pirates who set up shop distilling rum in Manteo, NC are operating one of the most exciting newer businesses on the Outer Banks. Since the day they opened their doors, we have been patronizing them and sharing their varieties of rum with family and friends. In late 2016, they released candied pecans as a delicious by-product from the flavoring of their Honey Pecan Rum. Needless to say, the market demand was leagues more than the supply, so shortages and sell outs were very common.

Fortunately for our subscribers, we love their products and we were determined to share them with you! The team at Outer Banks Distilling was extremely accommodating and sourced custom sized bags just for us! You can still purchase larger bags of the pecans (when available) and all the Kill Devil Rum swag you desire on their website. Thirsty for some of the good stuff? Thanks to a supplier in Washington, DC, you can purchase bottles of their Silver Rum and Honey Pecan Rum right here online!

Do us a favor the next time you’re in town, make a stop to their distillery located at 510 Budleigh St. in Manteo and tell them the Outer Banks Box crew sent you!

North Atlantic Knobbed Whelk Shell

Last but not least, our spring box included a North Atlantic Knobbed Whelk Shell. Knobbed whelks are actually homes to very large sea snails while in the ocean, and are commonly found along the Outer Banks and other east coast beaches. You may have even spotted their egg cases on the beach (they look and sound like a rattle snake tails).

This special addition seemed to be thoroughly cherished by our subscribers who left feedback, so we look forward to including more beach treasures in boxes to come!

P.S. as of the day of publishing this post, there are a few partial spring boxes left for purchase in our extras store!

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