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Tropical Vacation Packing Checklist

Listed below is a checklist of items that you should consider when packing for vacation.

  • Always place all important documents such as your passport,  tickets, travel insurance documents, hotel contact numbers, emergency numbers in a bag that's easily accessible, and carry it with you on your flights.
  • When going to a warm climate always pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, beach shoes in a carry-on bag so you can hit the pool if your room isn't ready when you arrive. The front desk will store your suitcases for you until you can check in.
  • Snacks for travel are always a good idea especially if you are traveling with children.  Airport food is quite expensive.
  • Be sure to include a good book or magazines for the flight as well as sitting at the pool.
  • If your resort offers an upscale restaurant that you plan to visit check in advance to see the dress code and bring the appropriate clothes.
  • Be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater because sometimes evening breezes can be cool.
  • Sunscreen with a high SPF, hat or visor and sunglasses are a necessity in tropical climates.
  • If diapers are necessary, find out if they are available at your destination.  It will be a lot easier than trying to carry a week's worth with  you however, it may be more costly.
  • If you expect to do any hiking, you might also add insect repellent to the list.
  • Scuba divers should bring their diving certification card.
  • A few resorts offer horseback riding along the beach. If you plan to do this, bring long pants.
  • Make sure you have a pen in your bag for filling out custom forms.
  • Pack a deck of cards and electronic devices for music and games into your carry-on bag for long delays and layovers at airports. This is especially useful if you're traveling with kids.
  • Bring camera film or memory cards and extra camera batteries from home, as these items can be pricey if purchased at a resort.
  • Most beach resorts will have towels available so you do not have to bring them along.
  • Pack an extra pair of contacts or glasses.
  • Put prescription medicines in your carry-on bag, in case your checked luggage is delayed.
  • If you have a laptop computer and you want to stay connected to home or work, find out if your hotel has in-room or wireless Internet access. Always carry your laptop onboard your flights.
  • Some resorts do not have wash clothes so you may want to put a few in your suitcase.
  • Since many airlines are now charging for luggage you must pack efficiently.  Try and keep it to one carry on and one suitcase per person.  If you are traveling with children you may be able to use a slightly larger suitcase and combine clothes.  The last thing you want to do is pay for additional luggage or for a suitcase that exceeds the weight limit.

Vacations are always fun and we look forward to them but we always seem to dread the travel involved with getting us to our destination.  Airports are crowded, flights are delayed and security lines are extremely long.  In addition, the price of airfare is rising.  But by planning ahead and using our travel tips you will find that your journey can be as pleasant as the vacation itself.  See our EasyTravel Tips section for details.