Packing for a trip to the tropics can be an exciting prospect, especially if it's your first time
going to a well-known destination. When you're going to an island, jungle, or a city with a
tropical climate, you probably know that sun protection will be first on the list of to-dos. Still,
it's crucial to learn the other necessities beyond sunscreen.
Whereas countries like the US or Canada have pretty much the same customs, island
nations don't necessarily share the same environments or lifestyles. It's better to prepare
what you'll need for your destination so that you won't come ill-prepared. Here's a
breakdown of what to prepare for your trip to the tropics.
The most obvious feature of tropical destinations is the temperature. If you've grown
accustomed to wearing winter clothes and trodding through snow, you'll find so little use of
these. Prepare lightweight shirts to wear in the field so that you won't perspire as much. This
will come in handy if your travel itinerary includes exploring locales, terrain, and other
activities that involve physical effort.
Also, observe the local customs of the place you'll be traveling to. You may think that it's
okay to wear anything or none at all when you're at a beach, but the locals might see the
opposite. As much as you might love freedom of attire, some island destinations have dress
codes they follow. Adhering to this will ensure no commotion will happen so your trip goes
If you'll be spending time at the beach, pack waterproof sunscreen. This will let you swim
and frolic in the water without losing sun protection. If you'll be bringing along kids, they have
to be protected from the heat to prevent sunburns. Bring a product that has an SPF or sun
protection factor of at least 30. This will keep your skin from incurring sun damage like dark
spots, wrinkly skin, or skin cancer. When looking for sunscreen products not that they come
in either lotions or sprays now, both with their pros and cons.
Sprays take less time to apply than creams, which can be nice to have if you're a large
group or family that has to get ready for your trip. Still, experts are still researching whether
or not sprays have a negative effect when used on children. To be sure, you can stick to
lotions in the meantime. With these creams, you can better gauge how much product you've
applied on your skin. This helps you conserve your use of it, but you sacrifice efficiency
compared to using sprays.
If you'll be touring a tropical city, prepare clothes for air conditioned temperatures. Many
buildings will have their AC turned on during the day, especially during the summer months.
This makes sweaters and warm clothes still necessary, which you can wear inside an office,
a cinema, a hotel, or other airconditioned spaces. Your tropical destination might be on a
mountain, which means colder temperatures than normal. This is where your warm clothing
Just like other travel destinations, bring a carry-on bag or something that's accessible for
your trip. This will let you get your small belongings or personal effects easily. Common
examples include travel documents like your passport, which most island destinations will
require, and valuables like your wallet. Put your sunscreen and shades in the accessible
compartments of your bag so that you can use them when you're about to go outdoors.
Because you'll be going somewhere foreign, check if your itinerary involves exposure to
possible allergens and elements harmful to your body. For tropical destinations, this could be
shellfish dishes, molds, dust mites, and specific pollens. Consult your doctor for prescribed
medications, which you'll then need to bring for the trip. This way, emergencies will be
averted and there won't be disruptions to your itinerary.
Insect repellents are essential as well, especially if you'll be trekking in the jungle or tropical
rural areas. Mosquitoes, flies, ants and other insects common to the area could irritate your
body if you don't use these repellents. For families bringing kids or seniors, it's urgent to
protect them from insect bites. Getting bitten might trigger reactions to the body that require
hospitalisation and immediate treatment.
Your tropical getaway doesn't just experience intense sunlight, but heavy rainfall too.
Prepare for this kind of weather by bringing a compact umbrella and a raincoat. You'll
probably have a camera for the trip, so make sure to put it in waterproof containers. Do the
same for your phones, power banks, ear-pods, and other devices you'll bring for each stop in
Personal Care Products
Hygiene products like moisturisers, toothpaste, shampoo, and soaps should be organised for
the trip. This becomes more important if you're traveling in a group and sleeping in shared
rooms. Keeping track of these products will help you find them at once when you wake up
and go about your morning routine. Getting delays in your trip due to having to look for
misplaced hygiene supplies might ruin the experience for you and your companions.
Bring appropriate footwear for your destination too. Tourists to the tropics usually bring flip
flops, swim shoes, and boots. The flip flops are used for their easy-to-wear feature, while the
swim shoes are used when you're snorkeling or doing underwater activities. If you'll be
traversing muddy, rocky, or unfriendly terrain in general, the boots will come in handy.
Taking A Tropic Trip
Unlike most destinations in America or Europe, tropical destinations necessitate different
things to bring. Since the climate has intense sun and rainfall, make sure you have
sunscreen, breathable clothing, appropriate footwear, and waterproof gear for your travel.
0Local dress codes and traditions will also have to be observed so as not to cause a ruckus
with the locals. Get your medications ready to guard against potential allergens once you
arrive. By staying prepared, you’ll be able to experience a memorable trip to the tropics.