A vacation to the tropics is a great way to unwind and relax after a hectic year. Whether you decide to travel to the Caribbean or the Pacific, here are some packing tips to help you out, as well as some outfit staples that’ll have you looking and feel good wherever you go.

Keep it light

When it comes to packing, some of us tend to overpack, to the point of leaving out what we really need. You only need a few useful items. Packing light will also ensure you have ample space to bring a few souvenirs and goodies back home!

Bathing suits

A bathing suit is a must to take on any vacation and probably the most important item for a tropical destination. You’ll no doubt be spending a lot of time on the beach or going swimming. Pack more than one bathing suit to make things easier. You can either wear your bathing suit on its own, under a wetsuit or under a pair of shorts.


Hats are an essential item to take to a sunny, tropical climate. They’ll keep your face shaded everytime you’re out and protect you from harmful UV rays. A big, floppy, woven beach hat is usually the perfect kind as it won’t get wet easily and is more durable.


This is another important item, which along with hats, will protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. You can have fun choosing sunglasses as they come in various sizes and shapes. You might want to consider which frames suit your face shape the best before buying a new pair. Make sure they are good quality too, as a cheap pair could damage your eyes.

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What you want to wear is entirely up to you, but a few essential clothing items to pack include shorts, wraps and breezy tops. Choose cotton clothing which will keep your body cool in the humid tropics. Pack tees, tanks and breezy peasant blouses to wear when you go sightseeing or exploring. You could pair these with shorts or jeans. For the evening, clothing items such as boho maxi dresses, maxi skirts and summer dresses are a perfect pick. Items like tunics and kaftans are versatile and can either be worn on their own, over a pair of shorts or a swimsuit. When it comes to clothing, colour palettes are important too. Light colours are best for the daytime as they’ll absorb sunlight and heat, keeping your body cool. Popular colours include white, pastels, orange and aquamarine.


Take comfortable, open footwear such as sandals and flip flops. These will protect your feet from the hot beach sand and are also easy to slip on. For the evening, you could wear a pair of trendy flat heeled shoes such as gladiators, which look great with most beach outfits. Instead of high heels, opt for wedges which have a vintage, bohemian look.

These island vacation staples should cover all your needs and take care of your packing.