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No Stress Guide | First Aid Packing

No one plans for an emergency on an outdoor excursion, but they can happen. Below is a helpful checklist of items from the American Red Cross and camping enthusiasts to stay safe and have fun while exploring. Print this list out, check the items off.

First Aid Kit:

o   2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)

o   25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)

o   1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)

o   5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

o   5 antiseptic wipe packets

o   2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

o   1 blanket (space blanket)

o   1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

o   1 instant cold compress

o   2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)

o   2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)

o   Scissors

o   1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)

o   1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)

o   5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)

o   5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

o   Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)

o   2 triangular bandages

o   Tweezers

o   First aid instruction booklet

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Five Great Camping Apps To Try

Although camping means unplugging to recharge your body and mind, that doesn’t mean you should be without these 5 great camping apps.

Download and try these 4 apps when you head to Sunset Beach Resort or your favorite campground.

For Exploration:

Project Noah App

Project Noah


Virginia's Eastern Shore is full of nature! Project Noah will allow you and to document the world around you by easily adding pictures of wildlife to the “my spottings” section. From there you can catalog species or find out what missions are happening near you.

Perfect for: nature enthusiasts, children, families

For an Easy Bedtime:

Sleep Pillow

Sleep Pillow


Spending time in a cabin, cottage or RV, but want the sounds of tent camping as you drift off to sleep? Sleep pillow is a must download camping app!

This app allows you to pick from a variety of sounds and mixes like falling rain and crackling fire, which is perfect to ease into a little R&R after a long day outdoors!

Perfect for: couples, families, children

For the Perfect Playlist:




Planning a campfire party? You’ll definitely want to have music. It’s essential for setting the tone from pumping your group up for a day of activities to chilling out around the campfire.

Spotify offers an amazing selection of streaming music. Be sure to create playlists before your trip for the perfect jams during the trip!

Ideal for: families, groups, teens

For #Fitness Goals:

 map my hike

Map My Hike


Interested in keeping your fitness up while on vacation? That’s easy to do at Sunset Beach Resort or your favorite campground! MapMyHike from Under Armor allows you to track your route including workout details such as duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled, all on an interactive map.

Ideal for: active types

For Safety:


 Red Cross

First Aid American Red Cross



The American Red could be a literal lifesaver. It includes everyone from step-by-step advice to videos and quizzes. Awesome feature: Preloaded content comes standard so you have instant access to all the important instructions even if you don’t have internet.

Perfect for: couples, families

Other great camping apps to try:

What are your favorite camping apps?

Camping in Virginia

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Originally published March 31, 2017, updated October 6, 2017

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How to Get the Indoorsy-Types Outdoors

In every friend group, there are those who would prefer to binge-watch every episode of Stranger Things than venture out of the house to explore nature. However, using the right approach can help to lure your indoorsy friends off the couch and into a tent! Use these tips to warm-up your indoorsy friends to the outdoors and guarantee your relationship will remain intact: Do All the Heavy Lifting Al...
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Celebrate the Eclipse!

Though not on the path of totality, observers on the Eastern Shore will see 81.5 % partial eclipse. The maximum eclipse will occur when the moon covers part of the sun’s disk from this location at approximately 2:46 p.m. While NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center down the road in Chincoteague will be celebrating with a special view event , we've got a couple special ways to celebrate: Make...
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Why You Need a Midweek Vacation

When do you relax? If we had to guess it's probably somewhere between Friday afternoon - Sunday evening. Most people think of their “fun” time as the weekend, but at Sunset Beach Resort , we think the best time to escape is during the week! A ton of research has been done on the benefits of relaxation and downtime. Recharging improves everything from blood pressure to mental health. And while the...
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Swim Safety at the Beach

Sunset Beach Resort is known as a wonderful place to stay in Cape Charles, VA with a fantastic private beach . If you’re considering packing up your bathing suit, floaties and sunscreen for a trip to dip your toes in the water, we have a few tips to make sure you and your family stays safe! Adopt the ‘buddy system’ Whether you’re sitting on the water’s edge or swimming, adopt the buddy system when...
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Think Outside the Tent

Think Outside the Tent at Sunset Beach Resort

Close your eyes and say the word camping. What comes to mind? 9/10, we’ll bet a tent in the woods is the first image that pops up. And, while tent camping is a wonderful go-to experience; there are many other options at your fingertips.

Car Camping

Driving to a campsite with a tent or RV? Not a problem. Cars are a wonderful choice for shelter, especially if you’re staying at a location with bath houses, hook-ups, and on-site food. Pack up a hard top with food, blankets, pillows and small activities. Fold the seats down for optimal beauty sleep and crack the windows for airflow and to hear nature.


RVs are certainly a step-up from tent camping. They offer spacious areas to cook, hang out, and sleep. You’ll want to find an RV campground that offers fun extras like Sunset Beach Resort where all RV sites are equipped with:

  • 50/30/20 amp service
  • Sewer hookup
  • Water hookup
  • DISH Network television service
  • Complimentary internet Wi-Fi service
  • Space for one vehicle
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
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Don’t own an RV? No problem! Sites like RVShare.com are a great way to source and rent.

Hammock Camping

Sometimes hooking up a hammock and relaxing is the best way to camp. Plus, if you don’t enjoy the firmness that comes along with sleeping on the ground this is a great option. You’ll also get a front row view to the sky!

Click here for more hammock camping tips.

Cottage Living

Want a true glamping experience? A cottage is perfect for just that. Cottages are often outfitted with multiple bed options, fully functioning kitchens and porches perfect for relaxing. You’ll be able to experience all the beauty of nature without sacrificing creature comforts.

Learn more about Sunset Beach Resort’s cottages.


What’s your favorite way to camp?

Learn more about the Sunset Beach Resort located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

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Events for July 2017

From celebrating the Nation’s Birthday to rocking out on our beachfront porch, you’ll want to make plans for these upcoming events at Sunset Beach Resort and around ESVA this July. Summer is kicking off with an amazing line-up of fun and family friendly events. When will we see you? Fridays & Saturdays: Sunset Yoga on the Beach Tuesdays: Cape Charles Farmer’s Market June 30 – July 4: Stars & Strip...
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RV Hacks | The Bathroom

That’s right; this post is all about the RV bathroom. We’ve searched the internet to bring you the top 5 best hacks for mess-proofing your bathroom. Keepin’ your tooth brush clean Sitting your tooth brush on the countertop is basically asking it, so don’t do it! PVC Pipe Toothbrush Holders are a great way to make sure your tooth brush doesn’t drop to the floor. Bonus tip: Use fun letter stickers t...
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ESVA Events | June - November 2017

Sunset Beach Resort is your home base while you explore Virginia’s gorgeous Eastern Shore and sample some local eats and drinks this summer and fall. MAY TO OCTOBER 2017 Fridays | Steamers, Suds & Sounds on C-Pier Concert Series Cape Charles, VA This Friday night outdoor concert s eries runs right into October. Music lovers will be able to chow down on crabs, oysters, clams, shrimp, potatoes and s...
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5 Must-Play Pool Games

Did you know Chesapeake Bay KOA Resort & Beach Club has not one, but two fantastic pools? One pool is family-friendly and overlooks the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay! The other pool is adults only for guest 18 years or older.

For kids and adults who are still a child at heart, here are our top 5 pool games:

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No Stress Packing Guide | RV Necessities

You’ve mapped out your camping trip, now it’s onto making a list of items to pack. Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered with this simple list. Print it out, check it off and camp!

First Things First:

Nuts & Bolts:

  • Allen wrench /hex key sets
  • AxeShovel
  • Bailing wire
  • Battery distilled water
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Charcoal
  • Bungee cords
  • CB radios
  • Chairs & Table – folding
  • Crowbar
  • DC test light
  • Diagonal Pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • Emergency road kit with approved triangle reflectors and flares
  • Emergency warning light (trouble light)
  • Extension cords
  • Extra bulbs, fuses
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid kit
  • Flashlight batteries
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Fuses
  • Gas Stove w/bottle
  • Grease
  • Grill
  • Hammers
  • Hatchet
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Hose clamps selection 1/2 in. to 3 in.
  • Hydraulic jack
  • J-B Weld
  • Jumper cables
  • LED lights, lantern or mantles
Learn more about the Sunset Beach Resort located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.
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Prep to Camp With Your Pup!

Now that the days are getting longer, there is ample to time to hang outside with your four-legged best friend.  Here are a few important tips for taking your pup(s) on backpacking, tent camping, or RV adventures.

1)    Refresh your dog’s campsite etiquette

Before you embark on your tail-wagging outdoor exploration, give your dog an update on basic commands including come, drop, and stay. This refresh will help your four-legged friend stay clear of other campsites or out of danger.

The Art of Manliness Guide, Adventures with Fido: How to Camp with Your Dog, recommends these five commands:

  • Whoa:  Use this for stop, freeze, don’t move.
  • Come:  Self-explanatory.
  • Down:  Lay down, don’t move until I tell you it’s okay.
  • Okay:  We’re cool.  As you were.
  • Leave it:  Whatever is in your mouth, drop it

Also, this ASPCA guide to training your dog for outdoor adventures is a great refresh.

2)    Pest Protection

It is so important that before your dog heads the outdoors, he or she is protected against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, heartworm and other outdoor pests.

Talk to your vet ahead of time about the following:

•    Flea and tick preventives

•    Heartworm medication

•    Vaccinations

•    Rabies shots


3)    Pack for your pup

You don’t need to pack heavy, but here are a few ‘musts’ to ensure your puppy remains safe, hydrated and engaged:

•    A dedicated doggy bottle for water

•    Collapsible food and water bowls

•    Dog backpacks for excursions

•    Leash/collar

•    Toys

•    First aid kit:

The U.S. Forest Service recommends carrying the following dog-specific first aid items, many of which you probably already have at home:

•    A bandana for a makeshift muzzle

•    Flat-bladed tweezers and a small container of mineral oil for tick removal

•    An emergency fold-up blanket (space blanket) for treating shock or cold

•    A folding tool that has needle-nose pliers for extracting a large thorn or a porcupine quill

•    Booties for protecting injured paws (toddler socks work great!)

•    A small first aid book with instructions for treating pets

•    The name, phone number, and directions to a nearby veterinarian or pet emergency clinic

4)    Have fun!

Dogs make excellent camping companions. So, this spring or summer take fido out for an unforgettable adventure you won’t soon forget!

Sunset Beach Resort is a pet-friendly campground. We offer a Sandy Paw Dog Beach and a Beach Barks Dog Park.

Learn more about the Sunset Beach Resort located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

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From the Guestbook

The resort has breathtaking views, clean upscale accommodations, friendly, helpful staff, and a fabulously family friendly RV park. We are having a wonderfully relaxing vacation!
Rita Sisk, Yorktown, Virginia

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