You’ve done it! You finally booked your dream getaway in the Caribbean. With nothing but beach, drinks and sun in the future, you’ll be ready for anything — right?
Any trip needs a packing list that covers every possible golden opportunity or foolhardy mishap. Read over our recommended Caribbean vacation packing list to plan your flawless travel experience.
Make sure that you’ve got your passport with you at all times. You’ll also want to make sure that you follow the 6-month validity rule, which means that your passport will not expire within that time frame. If anything goes wrong and there is a significant delay in your return, it can be extremely hard to get back into your home country. Just remember, when it comes to your passport, better safe than sorry.
As for any vacation, the most important items on your Caribbean vacation packing list are different clothing appropriate for all types of weather. Hopefully, your time in paradise is truly that—sunny with a light breeze.
However, we live in the real world and Mother Earth always seems to have a few tricks up her sleeve. Make sure to bring an outfit or two that will be compatible with rainy days. Check the weather forecast before you leave to check for possible unusual phenomena or possible travel delays.
If everything goes according to plan, your Caribbean vacation will be filled to the brim with long days of lounging on the beach or swimming in the ocean to your heart’s content. All of that fun in the sun will do your body good—spending time in the sunlight is the best way to get your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D, not to mention you’ll be flooded with feel-good endorphins after a day on the beach.
But you’ll most definitely want to pack enough sunscreen to last the trip, or at least buy sunscreen once you get to your hotel. Overexposure to the sun can result in a nasty sunburn—obviously not how you want to spend your vacation—but can also add to a likelihood of developing something more serious down the road. Sunscreen can help you have a good time without feeling the aftereffects.
Let’s be honest: you’re most likely using your phone for all of your vacation pics (though we do recommend getting a waterproof disposable camera if you go snorkeling or scuba diving). If you’ll be using your phone throughout your vacation, you’ll want to bring along a phone charger throughout the day in case of an emergency. The great news is that the outlets and plugs in the Caribbean are compatible with the ones in the United States, so Americans won’t need to worry about finding the right converter for their devices. Keep one charger in your bag or purse and another in your hotel or cruise accommodations, so you’re ready for anything.
Haven’t arranged your dream Caribbean vacation yet? Don’t worry! Our Caribbean experts can help you plan your ideal getaway to this tropical wonderland. We recommend experiencing the Caribbean with a cruise—after all, it’s a floating hotel ready to charter you to some of the best places in the region. And, Celebrity Cruises has perfected the art of vacationing to the Caribbean, with delicious cuisine, comfortable accommodations and exciting shore excursions for all. Talk to one of our experts today about traveling to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises, and you’ll be vacationing in paradise before you know it.