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6 Must-Have Items To Pack For A Caribbean Vacation (And A Few More For Fun)

Published: Monday, July 1, 2019

The Moorings aims to make your vacation as smooth sailing as it can be, and that includes stress-free packing. Along with an expertly-crafted checklist provided prior to your trip, here are a few items to help you pack like you know what you’re doing!

  1. Documents - Don’t leave them on the dresser! Pack your passport, proper identification, and any additional travel documents you may need. Pro Tip: Cash on hand is essential for items such as taxi rides and seaside gift shops. Not everyone accepts cards.
  2. Clothing - You’ll basically live in a bathing suit and it is perfectly acceptable to wear your suit with a sundress or t-shirt/short cover-up when ashore. Pack lightly in soft-sided luggage for ease of storage.
  3. Shoes - Flip-flops or sandals are ideal; a pair of sneakers or good-quality water shoes if you plan on hiking.
  4. Accessories - Sunglasses, preferably polarized, with a strap. Leave jewelry at home, and keep wind and suitcase-crushing in mind when choosing hats. If you are prone to “feeling green,” consider bringing a rechargeable “Reliefband” to alleviate seasickness without side effects.
  5. Toiletries - Bathroom space is limited so travel sized containers are best. Bug spray and sunscreen can be purchased once at base. Trim makeup down to just your must-haves.
  6. Plastic Bags - Dinghy rides to shore aren’t splash-proof. Keep cameras and cell phones in a plastic or “dry bag” before placing them in your backpack or beach tote.

After you’ve packed the things you need, you can spend the rest of your luggage space on making your trip unique and fun!

Consider bringing a standard deck of cards or a card game such as “Cards Against Humanity” and maybe a hometown or sports team flag to hoist for personal flair. Bring along a hammock and carabiners to easily make a ‘hangout’ spot or an inflatable raft to drift around on. (Snorkel gear is already on board and water toys like noodles, kayaks, and paddleboards are available to rent once there.) Often overlooked, making space for a steel tumbler will keep your ice frozen and your drink colder for longer. What to do at night? Consider bringing a star finder or solar-charged inflatable lanterns for ‘mood lighting’ ambiance on the water. Finally, a GoPro can capture your memories both above and below the waterline.

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This article first appeared in the Launch Issue (May/Jun) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Caribbean Islands, Travel

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