Packing list for Island Vacations

Sunset_HawaiiSunset in Kauai, Hawaii

Whether you’re headed to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Cancun or the Greek Islands, what is one thing they all have in common? Your packing list! When strolling on the pristine beaches or sipping on a cool mojito or watching a spectacular sunset, the last thing you want to do is fret about whether you forgot to pack something essential. To make it easy for you, here’s a list put together specifically for Island Vacations. Whether you’re going for a few days or a week, this compilation is sure to help! Click here for a handy printable PDF version.


  1. Travel documents (passports, drivers license etc)
  2. Printouts of bookings, reservations
  3. Destination guidebooks
  4. Cellphones + chargers
  5. Cash (Local currency and USD)
  6. ATM card
  7. Credit card
  8. Prescription medicines and OTC like Tylenol, Tums, Bandaids
  9. Dramamine (seasickness prevention)
  10. Call the banks and notify them about upcoming trip
  11. Call phone company to check about international coverage and roaming charges


  1. Tshirts
  2. Shorts
  3. Nice shirt for resort dining
  4. Maxi dresses

Beach gear

  1. Swimsuits (pack a minimum of two sets)
  2. Flipflops / beach sandals
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Sunhat
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Sarong / cover-ups
  7. Ziplock bags for wet clothes/tshirts
  8. Tshirt to wear when snorkeling (to prevent sunburn)
  9. Aloe burn ointment


  1. Toiletries
  2. Walking/Hiking shoes + hiking socks
  3. Headlamp/flash light
  4. Nalgene waterbottles – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  5. Camera DSLR / Batteries / SD Cards – To capture all the stunning scenery around you.
  6. Camera point & shoot + underwater waterproof bag (for snorkeling)
  7. Insect repellent – Never know when those bugs and critters will want a bite out of you.
  8. Hand sanitizer – A good idea to always keep this handy.
  9. Travel Toilet Paper – Optional.
  10. Accessories (Jewelry etc) – You gotta look great on the island!
  11. Sturdy watch – Optional, since you will be on island time. Who cares what the exact time is, right? Jokes apart, if you have tours and activities booked, make sure to wear a reliable watch.
  12. Books for the flight or the beach – Just pack a kindle if you like traveling light.
  13. Beach bag – To toss in everything you need for a day at the beach.
  14. Binoculars – Optional. Not required unless you’re likely to hike or drive to vantage points and wish you had binoculars.

Never pack to max capacity. Make sure to leave space in your carry-on for small souvenirs. And if you forget anything, don’t fret. In today’s globalized economy, chances are you will be able to buy what you need right at your destination. And always remember, keep calm and carry on! Pun intended.

Eleuthera_BahamasPink sands beach in Eleuthera, Bahamas

Click here for a handy printable PDF version.

Happy packing!

~ Trupti

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