How To Pack for a Tropical Vacation

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We are gearing up for summer time travel in our house and I'm thinking about how to pack for a tropical vacation. Though I love to travel I find packing to be a challenge. It's like doing a puzzle and I'm trying to predict how I want the pieces to fit a week from now on a Caribbean Island. I'll admit it, I've grown into a consummate over packer.  Frankly, blogging has not helped, with all the potential fashion and outfit posts (of which I actually post almost none).#lazy

In planning for our upcoming 10-day Caribbean vacation I decided to do a  post-mortem on my packing from our spring getaway to Los Cabos. I remember over packing to the extreme, despite my best planning.


This was my resort closet at Secrets Marquis in San Jose del Cabo.

Almost half of these pieces I didn't even wear.

Here are my tips as I review my visual list:

*When packing for a summertime getaway-less is definitely more.
*If it's hot or humid I tend to wear swimsuits, cover-ups, maxis and caftans almost exclusively.
*Pack fewer pairs of panties & bras
*When it's hot we have less need for night wear #go naked#enough said.
*Accessorize/change things up with fun and chunky jewelry (cocktail rings are my favorite) here.
*Dinnertime at resorts can be dressy, but a pretty pair of flats is usually all you need.  I'll take one pair of heeled sandals, for when I'm in the mood, but you can skip them altogether.

*Anything too structured or tight, however stylish, won't be comfortable in humidity. Flowy and breathable always wins in the tropics.

*Hats are essential. I took two on this trip, both a stylish fedora for touring, and a big floppy black hat for sun protection at the pool.

*Hit your local drug store for travel sizes of mini lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, facial cloths and mini antacids to combat any over indulgences of the food and drink variety. Band aids, aspirin, insect repellent (or use essential oils here)and neosporin gel for cuts or scrapes are on my travel kit list. Sunscreen is a must!

Pretty travel cases are essentials for me. These are some of my favorites from my

Most of us are hooked on technology these days. I remember wondering why I would ever want a phone with a camera included. Now I don't know how I would manage without my iPhone and I rarely use it for phone calls.

I do plan to unplug for most of our vacation but I will:

*Download some good reads onto the iPad and kindle.
*Make space on the iPhone for more tropical photos.
*Get our playlists ready for vacation mode music.

I use spotify or pandora when I'm home, but since wifi can be tricky on vacation, I will also download some tunes for the trip.

Other 'Must-do's:


*House sitter

*Mail pickup


Most certainly, don't forget the shades!!


For more on our previous trip:

My Getaway Guide to Los Cabos here.

Chasing George Clooney in Cabo here.