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There’s so much to look forward to when planning your tropical holiday.
Imagining yourself laying on the beach, researching which excursions you’re gonna book… but also, thinking about what you’re goning to bring. And that is something that can be a bit stressful. Because, even though most items are available on the island, it’s reassuring to know you’ve brought everything you’re going to need. Luckily, there is a tropical holiday checklist waiting for you at the bottom of this article.
By knowing exactly what you have to pack for a tropical holiday, you either save yourself a trip to the pharmacy on the island, or you save yourself the trouble of carrying luggage full of things you’re not going to use. Besides, a smart packing list saves plenty of space in your suitcase for souvenirs. A win-win situation, if you ask us.
Knowing what to bring starts with knowing what your destination is going to be like. You’ve probably already done your research when choosing your destination (sun, beaches, watersports, and the list goes on). But how does that translate into a tropical holiday packing list?
Let’s start with the activities on your destination. Aruba is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear water. It’s hard to resist an afternoon (or full day) of relaxing. A bikini or swim shorts are thus a must-have. While there, you can also participate in some amazing water sports. Kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, kitesurfing, scuba diving or canoeing. A full coverage swimsuit might be convenient for some of these activities, so best to bring one.
Next on the list: Tropical travel clothing. Which essentials should you bring? This has everything to do with the activities. We already mentioned the swimming gear - but away from the water, there are many things to do as well! Have you thought about horseback riding, playing golf or going on a hike? All require different attire, such as trousers or leggings, sturdy shoes or a comfy t-shirt. Want to pack as efficiently as possible? Use some packing cubes to keep your items organised as you travel. Some even come with a vacuum feature to save more space.
A smart thing to do before you start packing from your list for a Caribbean holiday is to check the list of items that will be provided by your hotel or resort. It will save you a lot of room in your suitcase when they provide a hair dryer, beach towel or even shower gel. Or if their facilities include a laundry room or service, so you can reuse your clothing items and leave that second pair of leggings or even the travel laundry detergent at home.
So, let’s put all that information about a packing list for Aruba into practice. Follow the summary below as a basis for your own “what to bring on a tropical vacation” list. This one is based on a one week stay - so feel free to remove or add items if you are staying on the One Happy Island for a shorter or longer period of time.
Do you have any other items that you would love to take? Such as a travel pillow, clothing and toiletries for your kids or running gear. They can easily be added to the existing categories (or a new one) so in the end, you have your own personalised packing list for your island vacation.
Two pairs of shorts
One pair of trousers, preferably of a light and airy fabric such as linen or a linen-cotton blend
A variation of a few basic tops and shirts
Two fancy tops, for going out
Two dresses for going out to dinner or as a beach cover-up
Two light sweaters or one + a lightweight, foldable jacket for in the cooler mornings and evenings
A beach cover-up or a sarong
Joggers and/or sport leggings
3 bathing suits
8 or 9 pairs of underwear and socks, always comes in handy to pack some extra
A sun hat or cap, to protect your scalp and face from the sun
Sunglasses (UV-blocking ones)
Flipflops for the beach or a quick trip to the local supermarket
Walking shoes or sturdy sneakers
A (waterproof) backpack or beach bag
A reef safe sunscreen
Aftersun or another moisturiser
Lip balm with SPF
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and face wash
Brush or comb
Hair ties and clips
All your chargers, extra batteries and a powerbank
Waterproof bag/case for your phone or camera
Reusable water bottle
First aid travel kit and/or water filter(straw), if you are going on more physically heavy activities
Laundry travel soap
Books, magazines or an e-reader
We’re just getting started with the amazing effects Aruba has to offer. Dig into your trip details below to unlock a Caribbean experience that will leave you sunnier, happier, and (of course) a little more tanned.