When packing for a tropical holiday, it’s important to get it right before you go so you have everything you need on your break. Here are some tips on packing for your getaway.
Beach holidays are among the easiest to pack for, as you have a pretty good idea what you’ll be doing day in, day out. Firstly, it’s essential you don’t forget your swimsuit, as you’ll be living in this most days. Then you should also think about what you should wear when you’re not dipping into the water. You’ll be taking more photos during your getaway than at any other time of the year, so it’s worthwhile making sure the clothes and accessories you’re pictured in are among your best.
As you’ll spend most of your time on the beach or in the sea, you don’t want to wear anything too glamorous during the day, but a stylish sarong or dress will look timeless and chic for ladies, while shorts and a linen shirt is a smart look for men.
The evenings are the best time to show off your holiday wardrobe (which, no doubt, you’ll have spent weeks deliberating about). It is worth remembering that even in the tropics, the temperature drops at night where it is comfortable enough to wear long pants. No need to look like your visiting the beach when going out to restaurants and night clubs.
Don’t forget your accessories too. This can be the hardest thing to get right, as you’ll want to bring your favourite pieces of jewellery, hair grips, belts, bags and shoes. If you are bringing too much then consider packing cubes, which will help compress your gear into one bag.
Prepare for the tropics
If you’re planning a break on an exotic island, it’s essential you’re totally prepared. As you can imagine, the climate, wildlife, scenery and pretty much everything else, is completely different than at home, so make sure you bring medication, toiletries and gizmos that you will need for a smooth trip. Some people get lazy and say they’ll just buy when they need when they get there. That’s fine for basic items, but not everything is available everywhere. You might have a favourite acne gel from an independent pharmacy that might be impossible to find in a small beach town. You don’t want to end up spending half a day looking for the things you didn’t bring.
Insects can be rife in hot countries, so one item you must definitely not forget is insect repellent. For countries that are at risk of malaria, bring anti-malaria tablets that you get prescribed from the doctor. You should also remember dehydration sachets, anti-diarrhoea capsules and antihistamine cream – you never know what you may need on your trip.
Keep up with technology
Some people like to visit a tropical island to escape from the modern world, but you should be deliberate in what technology you bring. While you might want to leave your laptop at home to avoid thinking about work, it will come in handy to research travel, make bookings, and have a bigger screen than your mobile for watching TV.
Packing a Kindle or e-reader will save you lots of space if you are an avid reader.
A music device like a ipod will save your sanity on long journeys, though you might also consider putting your music on your phone if you really want to bring the least amount of tech.
Also consider what camera you need. These days mobile phones have virtually replaced the need for pocket cameras, but if you are serious about photography then you will need a camera that has a zoomable lens and can shoot in RAW for later editing.
Also check what international plug adapter you need, so you can plug in straight away without looking around when you get there.