10 Must Have Essentials to Pack for a Caribbean Vacation

Caribbean Travellers’ Series – Introducing the Caribbean

Welcome to the Caribbean Traveller’s Series ‘Introducing the Caribbean’ being featured here at The Caribbean Current Magazine. ‘Introducing the Caribbean’ is a series focusing on the every need of travellers looking to spend time in the region. This is the fifth post in the series and we are happy to have you.

Whether you wish to dance to rhythms of reggae, salsa and soca or you want to have some drinks garnished with little umbrellas as you watch the sunset from a beautiful white-sand beach. It could be that you’re looking for adventure and mystery or maybe you are simply coming on business, ‘Introducing the Caribbean’ is the only guide you will need to have a great time while embracing the uniqueness and character of the vibrant and dynamic region known as the Caribbean.

Come – experience a region with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture. Welcome to the Caribbean!


10 Must Have Essentials to Pack for a Caribbean Vacation

The Caribbean is a very extraordinary place; this may be why many people worry about packing when travelling to Caribbean countries. If you are in such a predicament, read along and we will help you find proper direction.

Saddling the mid tropics, the region has one of the most unique climates of any. Everyone already knows that the Caribbean is known for its beaches, clear water and fantastic weather, therefore, the best method when packing for the Caribbean lies in travelling light, but preparing for the unexpected.

1.      Prescription Medications: As with any other travel, you should always ensure that you bring along your prescription medications. Store them in the original containers and pack for easy access.

2.      Travel Documents: Equally important are your travel documents. Make sure you have all of your documents in order and secured in a safe and accessible place. This includes your passport, airline tickets and/or boarding passes and driver’s license (if needed). Also, it is always convenient to have easy access to your documents at the airport and upon arrival at the hotel, so store them in an easily reachable place as well.

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3.      Sunscreen: We all know the Caribbean is ‘warm’ all year round. Warm is however relative at it does get hot, sometimes unbearably so!  To some, this may be obvious, still others completely ignore this necessity. Apply it often, and especially after swimming. Make sure to get all the little nooks and crannies-behind the ears and knees.

4.      Hat and Sunglasses.   Sometimes, sunscreen is not enough. Hats and sunglasses both go a long way to shading your eyes from the bright Caribbean sun. The wider the brim of the hat, the better! Broad straw hats are popular among tourists. If for some reason you do not like or cannot wear a hat, try a wrap, headscarf or sarong if so desired.

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5.      Lip Balm and Moisturizer: As with protecting your skin, you need to protect your lips as well. It is also a good idea to pack lip balm, and a few bottles of lotion, moisturizer or Aloe vera gel.

6.      Camera: Turquoise clear water, palm trees, white sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets.  Such a perfect recipe for stunning photographic memories. Ensure you capture them all! An underwater camera is especially useful if you plan to go snorkelling or diving.  Take shots of those lovely multi-coloured coral reefs and fish.

7.      Flip-flops/Sandals: The Caribbean has a very casual vibe. Take advantage of the easy going atmosphere comfortably.  You should bring along a couple of pairs, they are perfect for walking on the hot sandy beaches.

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8.      Other Footwear: As with flip-flops and sandals, both men and women should pack a pair of comfortable sneakers for most general activities, water shoes for use when engaging in water sports and a pair of formal shoes if you plan to attend formal dinners and events.

9.      Wardrobe: Your wardrobe should remain true to comfort, light and airy. Remember you may experience some rain depending on where you go, and the time of year that you travel. The Caribbean climate is typically mild. You’ll need the basics for sports, the beach and some evening wear for any special occasions.

10.  Toiletries: Try to pack light in regards to toiletries as nearly every Caribbean resort will have items such as towels, soap and shampoo available.

These are the most important things to pack for your Caribbean vacation and should be first on your checklist. As always, check and double check. Also, ensure you find out if you need any other specific items depending on where you are going. So pack your bags and let’s go to the Caribbean!

By Norvan Martin

Read more in the Series

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 A Diver’s Paradise

Top 5 snorkelling destinations

The ABC island – The Caribbean’s hidden treasures

Quell the Myths from your mind

Top 5 Caribbean Cruises

Top 5 Caribbean Resorts



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