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Heading to the Islands: Packing Tips

If you’re heading to a tropical destination, you’ll want to make sure you pack everything that you need, from clothing to sunscreen. To avoid forgetting something important, don’t leave packing to the last minute, and follow these smart tips.

  1. Make a list of everything you want to take with you. At this point, don’t worry about over-packing. Write down everything that you want to take and what you think you will need. You can remove the non-essential items from your list later.
  2. Pack light and practical. Pack as much versatile and light beach clothes as you can. Remember, you’re going to a warm climate; you only need one sweater in case there is a cool night. You don’t need seven! For a week’s vacation, a few island dresses, a pair of pants or capris, a pair of shorts and a couple of short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts should do the trick.

    As for the beach, you don’t need to bring an entire wardrobe of swimwear with you. Bring a total of two or three of your favorite bikinis or bathing suits and a couple of swimwear coverups, so you can mix and match what you wear throughout your vacation. As for sandals, bring one decorative pair for more elegant occasions, a comfortable pair for walking, and flip-flops for the beach or pool area.

    Note: it helps to know what to pack when you know what you will be doing on your vacation. Pack sensibly for what you have planned.

  3. Place must-haves in your carry-on. In case your plane is delayed on route to your destination and you must stay overnight without a suitcase, or in the event your checked baggage goes missing, you’ll want to make sure you have essentials in your carry-on. This may include any medications you need, necessary toiletries, sunscreen, one bathing suit, a pair of flip-flops, a couple changes of underwear, a cotton sundress, and small snacks. Anything that is important to you and you can’t travel without should be in your carry-on.

    Note: It’s a good idea to use your beach tote as your carry on.

  4. Don’t pack beach towels. The destination where you are traveling will almost certainly provide you with towels you can use at the pool or beach. If you don’t like the idea of traveling without a towel, bring a cotton sarong. Cotton sarongs are not only great coverups, but they are light and absorb water quickly.
  5. Make sure you follow all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules for packing. This includes regulations such as the 311 carry-on rules and ensuring you use only TSA approved locks on your luggage.

Have a safe and fun trip!

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