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How to Pack: 10 Things to Bring on Your Caribbean Getaway


From beaches to rain forests, there’s no shortage of stunning sights to take in during a Caribbean getaway. However, you’ll enjoy them even more if you pack well. Here are 10 things you should bring with you on your island adventure.

Comfortable Shoes


Whether they’re sandals or hiking boots, make sure you bring comfortable shoes that will help you get to wherever you want to go. Think through possible activities that you’ll do on your trip (strolling on the beach in Martinique, hiking in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, exploring ruins in San Juan, etc.) and pack your footwear accordingly.

Waterproof Sunscreen

It’s a good idea to pack sunscreen in your suitcase (or a 3 oz. travel bottle in your carry-on) to protect your skin while you’re laying out by the pool (or taking a dip in it) or hiking to waterfalls in St. Lucia.

A Good Hat


Another way to avoid sunburn is by wearing a large-brimmed or woven hat – anything to keep those rays off your face. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about what your hair looks likes while you’re grabbing lunch in Negril!

Aloe Vera

Okay, so let’s say you do get a sunburn on your vacation in paradise, some soothing aloe vera will make you comfortable enough to sleep at night in your cabana. Be sure to pack a bottle in your luggage just in case.



This should go without saying, but we all know that with the last-minute hustle to pack, you can very easily forget a swimsuit for a tropical vacation! You may want to bring two for good measure (and because they tend to dry slower in humid climates). Between the ocean and those St. Thomas resort pools, you’ll be spending plenty of time in the water.

Light Sweater or Jacket

While days tend to be hot throughout the Caribbean, some spots can really cool down at night. Caribbean resorts tend to crank up the air-conditioning to keep clients comfortable. If you tend to run cold, it’s a good idea to pack a light sweater or jacket, which would also come in handy to keep cozy on long plane rides.

Breathable Fabrics


One day on St. Croix and you’ll realize (or remember) that tropical locations are humid. Leave your synthetic fabrics and home and opt for breathable alternatives like cottons and linens to keep you cool and comfortable while you’re sightseeing. A strappy cotton dress with a statement necklace or a pair of breezy linen pants are the perfect attire for Havana nights.

Bottle Opener

This may seem strange, but keep in mind that a lot of beverages in the Caribbean come in glass bottles with caps that require an opener. Pop one on your keychain so you’ll be prepared.



The key to keeping your eyes happy under the hot Caribbean sun is to wear sunglasses with UV protection. Remember to put them on as you’re lounging on the beach or bartering with vendors in the marketplace in downtown Fort-de-France.

Waterproof Phone Case

Gone are the days of digital cameras – now we rely solely on our smartphones for photos and videos. If you’re traveling to a tropical locale, it’s a good idea to invest in a rough and tumble, waterproof case to protect your phone from damage while you’re at the beach.

Before you pack for your Caribbean getaway, make sure you have the best deal to fly there!


About the author

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing ( and Bouchard Design Co. (

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