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What to Pack for a

Caribbean Beach Vacation

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What to Pack for a Caribbean Beach Vacation

Beach Babe sun hat with a girl in a bikini and Senegalese twists sitting on a boat looking at the water

So, you are ready to hit the beach and have endless seas in either direction you turn. Whether your cruise is booked or your flight & all-inclusive accommodations are set, all that's left is to figure out what to wear and what toiletries to bring in your travel bag! You don't want to get to paradise and discover that you left your essentials at home.

Make packing for your weeklong Caribbean beach vacation quick and easy with this extensive packing list!

My Trip Details

Travel Dates: Early August

Season: Summer

Weather: If you're going to have a Caribbean adventure in the spring and summer months then you might stumble upon carnival festivities! You'll have plenty of time in the sun with average temperatures between 78 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit and an average of 11 hours of sun everyday, all year around.

What to Pack for a Caribbean Beach Vacation

Essentials

Quick Dry Beach Towel > You'll leave the sand at the beach & hit the streets without a trace in no time with this towel. This fast drying and compact towel will have you moving swiftly in the summer sun!

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Wet & Dry Bags > These lifesavers will keep your dry stuff dry when you're on the water and contain your wet stuff when you need it to! It's perfect for what ever cameras, electronics and important cards / documents you pack when you're at the beach or on a wet deck.

Waterproof Cell Phone Case > Whether your phone is water resistant or not, you'll get those awesome underwater shots with this handy case! You can even put your cash & cards in it while it hangs from your neck for handsfree fun throughout the day.

This was my best companion during Crop Over in Barbados & while we were snorkeling during our catamaran excursions!

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Sunscreen > You may not think you'll need it, but you'll need it. You're close to the equator and the sun will burn ya if you hang out in the you will burn if you hang out in the sun without protection, even if it's a short amount of time.

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Aloe Vera Gel > If you don't use enough sunscreen, then you'll need to slather this on! And if the mosquitos feast on you, then this well soothe the itching. Plus, it's cooling and hydrating so it's perfect under the Caribbean sun... with or without a sunburn!

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Bug Spray > Speaking of mosquito bites... Use a bracelet or spray to repel those pesky mosquitos and other creepy-crawlers while you're enjoying the great outdoors hiking in the forests or just hanging in the beautiful, lush bush of the Caribbean.

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Tote Bag > Don't forget to bring along this beach bag with strong, yet comfortable rope handles to carry it all!

Recharge

Water Bottle > Be a conscious traveler and opt for a reusable water that you can fill up before you head out for the day and that you can replenish while your on the rode.

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Hydrating Face Mist > Being in the heat of the summer can be drying on it's own, this spray will help refresh your face after you wash it or revitalize your makeup hours later.

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Deodorant Wipes > Make the quick transition from an afternoon on the beach to hitting the town with a quick swipe of these wipes. You'll feel fresh all day, even when you've been out and about!

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Hand Fan > You'll be surprised how many locals I ran into with their on hand fans or electric personal fans. Not only did it come in handy when we were in long haul car rides, but it was especially refreshing when it got steamy on the dance floors of our favorite clubs.

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Portable Cell Phone Charger > Depending on your cell phone's battery life, you might hold a full charge all day or you might need a recharge after several hours. Don't get stranded with a dead cell phone while you're exploring the island.

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Universal Power Adapter > If you're traveling from a country that has different power outlets than your electronics normally use, then don't forget to pack your converter. A lot of hotels we stayed at had adapters available in the rooms, but you don't want to be left without a way to charge your phone and other important electronics.

Outfits

Tank Tops & T-shirts > Make sure you bring a few options to wear. I like to pack neutral and light colors with one black camisole.

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Long-sleeved Shirt > It'll provide some relief from the sun if you get burned. It's nice to wear in the Caribbean when you find yourself in higher elevations and the temperature drops.

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Shorts > I usually bring one pair of jean or white shorts and a couple of colorful, loose or linen shorts. They add some flair and comfort to your wardrobe on the days you're out exploring the city or lounging around the water.

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Sandals > I'd recommend black high-quality leather sandals that strap on, not buckle because it can be time consuming if you want to slip in and out of your shoes while you're on the beach, on a catamaran, or otherwise on the go.

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Sundress > A quick and easy way to look cute and feel comfortable in the Caribbean heat. Whether there's light rain or shine, a midi length sundress is my go to travel go-to,

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Long Dress > Have a long dress that you can don in case you go to a nice dinner or need extra coverage because of cool weather. Plus, they look stunning flowing in the wind while you're sailing!

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Sweatshirt > It's a good idea to have a light sweatshirt if you go for a hike in the mountains or you're caught on the water on a cool day.

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Athletic pants > If you decide to get out into the beautiful, lush bush of any of the Caribbean islands, then consider bringing a pair of pants to protect your legs from mosquitos and other bugs.

Braided hair girl on a sandy beach

Beachwear

Swimsuit > Pack a few of your favorite bikinis to mix and match while you're vacationing. Throw in a chic one-piece or long sleeve bikini top for a little fashion variation. I usually take 3 bikini sets with me on a weeklong Caribbean beach vacation.

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Cover up > You'll go from hitting the beach to hitting the streets with a chic cover up. It's all about quick transitions, and a cover-up is a respectful way to hit the beachfront shops with your bathing suit on, without changing.

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Sunglasses > You'll look cool and shield your eyes from the harsh sunlight with a fresh pair of sunglasses. Coordinate them with your outfits and you add some style to an average outfit with a pair of colorful shades.

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Sun Hat > Hats make early mornings easier to take and lessen the harshness of the daylight. Hats also protect your head, face, and skin from getting burned while you're spending hours in the Caribbean sun.

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Water Shoes > These shoes will come in handy when you're walking along the beach or participating in other water activities.

What do you pack when heading off on a beach vacation?

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