Modify your basic packing list into a tropical vacation packing list...
My sister was helping to plan a convention in Hawaii for the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots....
And she was saying that people need to know what to pack. So we thought we would help.
The Ninety-Nines proved you could do it.... It's not hard... you really don't need much. Now ladies (and men) prove that you can do it too.
We're always amazed at the amount of luggage that some people take to Hawaii or the Caribbean or Madagascar any tropical destination. If a destination is tropical, it is, by definition, hot and humid... how many clothes do you really need?
Tropical destinations ring the earth around the equator where the sun is stronger, so be prepared for sun...
--take plenty of sunscreen.
--Take a broad brimmed hat.
--If you're sensitive to the sun, you might want to pack a lightweight long sleeved shirt and long pants....
There are some companies that make clothing with sun blocking material.You can find sun block clothing at Magellan's - America's Leading Source of Travel Supplies. We love their catalog for clothes that are easy to pack. And it's not just travel clothes. They've got all kinds of supplies, luggage, purses and security items to make your travel easier.
The dress in most tropical destinations is casual because of the heat and humidity, so that makes it easy to pack light.
You need to take into consideration what kind of culture you will be visiting. We think travelers should always try to dress appropriately for the country they are visiting.
If you are going to Malaysia,
remember it's predominately Muslim, and to be sensitive to their
culture, you should dress conservatively. You'll want to cover up more
than you will need to in Hawaii or the Caribbean.
Of course, what you include in that tropical vacation packing list will depend on what you plan to do on your vacation....
Will you be scuba diving?
Bicycling or sailing?
Hiking in rain forests?
Sitting on the beach all day?
This tropical vacation packing list is a little different from a "Hot Weather Packing List". Hot weather can be deserts.... as for Jordan, India, the Sahara.... Hot places are not necessarily places with beaches and tropical forests.
It's a good idea to get clothing that washes easily in your room and drip dries overnight. Hot and humid means you will be perspiring more than usual.
Some of the articles on these tropical vacation packing lists will duplicate what we had on our other packing lists... there are just some things you need to take with you on every trip.
Those things pretty much never come out of our suitcases.
But for the sake of YOUR tropical vacation... we're including the whole list of what we would take.
As always, you have to modify it and make it your own.
Check our basic packing list too... It's where we always start.
This is for two to three week trips. We take less for shorter trips.
Double check our Basic Packing List for any tips we may have forgotten here.... that's what we do!
I wear my "good stuff" on the plane.... slacks, a nice blouse and comfortable, nice looking shoes. This is what I pack....
Mark wears slacks, a collared shirt and nice looking walking shoes on the plane. This is what he packs...
If you're going to climb a mountains... it can get cool... cold even at higher elevations. You'll be surprised how cool it feels in the evening too.
You'll need sturdier shoes if you're going to be hiking on rocky beaches or lava flows. Are you hiking in tropical forests as in Madagascar, or just doing beach time in Hawaii or the Caribbean? Modify this tropical vacation packing list to fit your vacation.
Everyone should take a light rain jacket or poncho... it rains in the tropics! Remember those sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat we lists are musts. You'll want sandals for beach wear... try to take something that you can wear off the beach too. Shoes for walking.
Besides the usual amenities of shampoo and toothpaste and cosmetics, you'll want sunscreen and insect repellant. You want a camera and any electronics you can't do without.
We shouldn't have to remind you to take an ample amount of any prescription medications you take on a routine basis.... And pack any medications you need for this trip... things like malaria pills as well as aspirin and a small first aid kit.
A tropical vacation should be light and fun... your tropical vacation packing list should reflect that. Pack light!
Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
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