Tropical Vacation Packing List

As we prepare for an upcoming tropical trip, I started putting together a packing list – again. Then I thought it might be nice to have a sort of standard list that I could just print off each time and add to depending on the destination. The following is just that – a basic tropical vacation packing list. Just the general stuff here – you’ll need to add your own jammies and undies (if needed!), but this should cover some of the basics.

Are we missing anything vital? Let us know!

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Basic Packing List for a Tropical Vacation
Cover Ups
Light Jacket
Cap or Visor
Water Shoes
Other Clothing as Needed


Beach Bag or Backpack
(we use a SwissGear Blue Ibex 17″ Computer Backpack, 15″L x 10″W x 19″H)

After sun care – Aloe Vera
Lip care with sunscreen
Insect Repellant
Motion sickness medication
Pain Relievers
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lotion or moisturizer, makeup, razor, fingernail files, brush, comb, hair accessories, etc…..


Beach Playlist
Waterproof Music Player
Cell Phone
Memory Cards
Electronic Chargers
Extra batteries, if needed
Snorkel Equipment
Reading material
Deck of cards
Water bottle


Passports and copies
Other ID
Credit Cards
Insurance cards
Reservation confirmations and phone numbers
Maps and guides
Small First Aid Kit
Travel Pillow
Emergency Contact List

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  1. Printing now and filing for our wonderful upcoming vacation!

  2. Kathy Nolan says:

    We always pack bubble wrap and neoprene wine holders on every trip. We like to pick up bottles of hot sauce on each island and this ensures they won’t break.

  3. Sheila Somerville says:

    “We” always bring candles – romantic ones and citronella – tea lights. Pack them in a coozie and you are good to go. And by “we” of course I do all the packing!! But that’s probably a whole nother blog subject! Oh and wine opener and bottle opener of course!