The ULTIMATE Tropical Vacation Pack List

Travel Tip #1 – Pack as light as you can.  With that being said, be sure to take all that you need.  I understand this can be a fine line.  You will see that I have an extremely long and comprehensive list – you will probably not need (or want) to take everything on this list.  Depending on who you are, what activities you have planned once you get to your destination, how well you want to dress and several other factors – your list will be shorter than this.  I have listed everything you could possibly need.  Adjust and take items off if you don’t need them.  But you certainly shouldn’t need to add anything.  If it isn’t on this list – chances are you don’t need it!

Travel Tip #2 – If you are flying, visit the website of the airline you will be traveling on to verify important luggage information such as luggage weight limits, carry-on size and weight limits, prohibited items (such as spillable batteries and aerosol cans) and allowed liquid amounts.



  • Luggage/suitcase
  • Luggage name tags
  • Luggage locks
  • Beach bag (fold this up and put it at the bottom of your suitcase – you will want a bag to tote to and around the beach)


  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/ body wash
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Styling Products (Mousse, Gel, Hairspray, Bobby Pins, Hair ties etc.)
  • Hair Styling Tools (Straightener, Curling Wand etc.)
  • Lotion
  • Face wash
  • Razor & Shaving Cream
  • Q-Tips
  • Aloe Vera
  • Sunscreen with SPF 40 or more
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Tampons
  • Nail polish
  • Makeup bag
  • Makeup (for tropical locations its best to keep makeup minimal and stick to mainly eye makeup – face makeup such as foundation, bronzer and concealer will smear and sweat off)
  • Tweezer
  • Baby Powder (keeps you dry and stink-free in the heat!)
  • Perfume


  • Visa
  • International driver’s license
  • Medical insurance card
  • Travel insurance
  • Maps and guides
  • Membership cards (auto club, frequent flyer)
  • Business cards
  • Copies of important documents
  • Emergency phone numbers


  • Laptop & charger
  • Video Camera & charger
  • Power adapter / converter


  • Underwear (Boxers/Briefs/Panties)
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Swim suits
  • Coverup
  • Flip-flops
  • Tennis Shoes
  • High Heels/ Dress Shoes
  • Hat
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank-tops
  • Jeans / pants
  • Sweatshirt (just in case – it can get cool at night)
  • Sundresses
  • Accessories & Jewelry
  • Nightlife Apparel (High heels, dress shoes, party dresses, jewelry)


  • Glasses
  • Spare pair of sunglasses
  • Contact case & solution
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Watch


  • Beach towel
  • Goggles
  • Waterproof disposable camera


  • Lint roller
  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes
  • Umbrella
  • Safety pins



  • Passport
  • Photo ID (Driver’s License, Student ID)
  • Cash / Credit Cards
  • Copy of reservation confirmation
  • Tickets


  • Bottled Water
  • Gum / Mints
  • Snacks


  • Prescription Medications
  • Motion Sickness Medication
  • Ibruprofen / Tylenol
  • Vitamins / Supplements


  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Headphones


  • Sunglasses
  • Contact case & solution
  • Eye drops
  • Book / magazine
  • Travel Pillow

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