It’s that time of year again. When you pack your bags and jet off on a summer holiday somewhere hot and sunny. Don’t sweat the small stuff, we’ve put together the only tropical vacation packing list you’ll ever need.
Getting ready to fly away on a tropical vacation is such a great feeling. You can turn on your out of office and look forward to a week of sun, sand, sea and a little bit of time by the pool. Here’s your step by step tropical vacation packing list to make sure that you are all set up and good to go.
OK, so we’re going to assume that you’ll remember to bring the absolute essentials like your passport, visa and insurance docs (plus a photocopy of each). This is a tropical vacation packing list, not a beginner’s guide to going on holiday. In all seriousness though, don’t forget those things, your life will be miserable if you do. You should also have these at the top of your list
Make sure you pack a good camera to make sure you capture those fabulous holiday memories. You’ll be thankful when you are sat at your desk in deep, dark December and those photos bring a smile to your (sun-deprived) face. Looking for a new camera? Here are the top travel cameras to bring on vacation. Our favourite is the Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera thanks to its small size and excellent quality pictures.
GoPro + Accessories
GoPros go where most cameras can’t. Take them underwater, film your water sport adventures or land-based adventures. The fact that they’re virtually indestructible is a huge plus too. Shop for GoPros now.
Portable Battery Charger
Bring a portable battery charger. They’re great for charging during a long day at the beach, or for when your room inevitably doesn’t have enough charging spots.
Sunburn is unpleasant. Highly unpleasant. Buy some suncream.
Lip Balm with SPF
If sunburnt skin is unpleasant, burnt lips are even more so.
Decent insect repellentcan be the difference between you having a nice time or driving yourself nuts trying not to itch those bites.
Waterproof Phone Case
Protect your phone from the sea and the sand and put it into a protective case while you are on the beach or by the pool.
Still looking for a tropical getaway? How about a break to one of these luxury Maldives island resorts?
Clothes & Accessories
It can be way too easy to pack your whole wardrobe when you’re going away for a week or two. Keep it stylish and simple with these must-brings from our tropical vacation packing list.
Bikinis & Swimsuits
Don’t forget a beach bag for your trip. Fill it up with your holiday reads, electronic kit, kaftan/ sarong and pretty much everything you’ll need for a day’s relaxing by the water.
Bring a clutch bag – they don’t take up much space in your luggage and are perfect for evenings out.
Wide Brimmed Hat
Bring a wide brimmed hat to protect your face from the sun and make out like you’re Audrey Hepburn at the same time. What could be better?
Cover Up/ Sarong
A cover up or sarong is always useful to have with you. Perfect for protecting yourself if the sun gets a bit too much and the perfect beach-to-bar wear for the evening.
Lightweight, natural materials should be your key focuses for all your clothing. Opt for lighter colours as these will help to keep you cooler too. You don’t want to spend your holiday feeling hot and bothered under a heavy dress. Bring at least one for the daytime and another slightly smarter one for any evenings out.
T Shirts/ Tops
Pack a few t-shirts or tops that work well with any shorts and skirts you are packing. Aim for a capsule wardrobe where you can mix and match your clothes easily, rather than one off outfits. Bring a long-sleeved top in case you catch the sun.
Light Jacket or Wrap
Evenings may not always be that warm. Don’t forget to pack a light jacket or wrap to keep you warm when the sun goes down.
Don’t forget a pair of flat shoes or sandals to wear in the evenings.
You might want to consider buying and bringing your own snorkel gear – it can be much easier than hiring it while you are away and you’ll know the quality of what you’re bringing. If you don’t like using traditional snorkels, these snorkel masks are great too.
So there we are, the ultimate tropical vacation packing list. Bon voyage!
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