When it comes to packing for an island getaway, bringing protection from the sun and heat is key. But you also should be prepared for the unexpected. A Caribbean vacation can be a fun and relaxing experience—especially if you make sure to pack wisely for your trip, bringing along key (but easily forgettable) items, in your carry on and checked luggage.
Some things can be stored in your carry on bag in order to make essential travel items easily accessible from the moment you arrive to your destination. As some travelers know, baggage can sometimes be delayed. Having items like a bathing suit and travel size sunscreen with you in your carry on bag instead of your checked luggage is one way to help make your vacation more comfortable and enjoyable from the very beginning. By doing this, you avoid having to wait on your luggage in order to start enjoying the sun, sand, and sea of the tropics. Also, packing items some people may forget (such as Aloe vera and athletic shoes) in your checked luggage is another way to be prepared for your trip, as Aloe helps to soothe sunburn and athletic shoes will be handy in case you decide to experience a local tour.
Whether packing for a large family or a romantic getaway for just the two of you, this list of items that are often forgotten about will ensure you’re prepared for your getaway to paradise. Besides packing the typical things needed for any trip, don’t forget to bring along these important items:
In Your Carry On Bag
- Small Pocketbook (for travel documents)
- Change of Clothing
- Waterproof Sunscreen (travel size)
- Electronics Chargers
- Empty Water Bottle
- Pen (to fill out customs forms)
- House Keys
In Your Checked Luggage
- Dress Clothes
- Light Jacket
- Brimmed Hat
- Aloe Vera
- Lip Balm
- Insect Repellant
- Laundry Kit (soap, stain remover)
- Athletic Shoes
- Collapsible Tote (for souvenirs)
Author Bio: As a copywriter for Sandals Resorts International, Hope Evans produces content and articles for the online promotion of the Caribbean chain of resorts, namely Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. Hope worked in the Sandals corporate office in Montego Bay for two years before moving to Greenville, South Carolina. For more information about Sandals Resorts, please visit www.sandals.com or call 1-800-SANDALS.