Bring These On Your Next Tropical Vacation

Travel / Monday, July 8th, 2019
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It’s that time of year again, everyone is taking a tropical vacation to temporarily escape winter. I’ve only recently, as in the last year, recognized the need to take such vacations. Not that I haven’t wanted to before, I’m just cheap as fuck.

I finally pulled the trigger last year on my first all-inclusive vacation and I must say if you have the money I highly recommend doing it! My destination was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After experiencing how relaxing just 1 week away can be without work or family, and simply travelling with a close friend, I intend to make this happen at least once a year.

What to pack for a tropical vacation

Since this was my first time staying out of the country in my “adult” years without family members, I thought I’d share with you the 7 things I suggest in bringing with you on your next tropical vacation.

Water shoes

Having a pair of water shoes with you is great for walking around on the beach. That way you can avoid pokes to your feet from things like seashells, rocks and possibly even sea creatures.

You also never know when you’re going to drunkenly book an excursion where you, in fact, do need them. Luckily, on my last vacation, I was able to buy a pair for relatively cheap.

But they’re so lightweight and packable, I highly recommend bringing them along with you in the first place. Especially if you already have them!

Underwater Camera

If you own an underwater camera, I HIGHLY recommend you bring it along with you.

Whether you’re planning on taking underwater pictures or not, it’s a good idea to bring it along. You’re surrounded by water—this way you won’t break your normal camera or phone if it accidentally gets wet.

It’s especially great if you plan on going snorkelling, I was able to capture some super cool photos of the colourful fish in the oceanyou can’t get that back home!


Imodium and Tums are a staple to have when travelling to a new country, you never know when the new food you tried might not like you as much as you liked it, or give you the ever so annoying heartburn.

Ever been boating before? If you have and you know it doesn’t make you queasy, great!  But perhaps the mimosa you decided to have with breakfast adds an upset stomach to your mid-morning boat ride, Gravol to the rescue.

If you’re thinking, “all-inclusive vacations, free drinks, I got this”, that is if you 100% don’t get hangovers. Not very likely, I know I always get hangovers and chances are you are going to get over-served more than once.

Don’t make yourself suffer on your vacation, so do yourself a favour and keep it handy anyways so you can go for round two or three. OR maybe you just get heat stroke easilyeither way, Tylenol (or Advil, your choice really) is your best friend.

Small backpack 

It never occurred to me that I’d have use for a backpack, especially on a tropical vacation, but then I went on an excursion and a few outings off the resort—and low and behold, I do need one!

Based on my personal experience, lugging around a big beach bag with everything you need for an excursion (like your towel, a change of shoes, clothes, water shoes, sunscreen, etc.) or anything you purchased at the market, isn’t ideal. Especially when it’s super hot out.

I would highly recommend bringing along a lightweight backpack. Something that’s small and compact, but has enough space for all of the things you need to cart around. I know I’ll be bringing along one for sure!


I royally screwed this up and definitely didn’t have my own pen. The stewardess’ gave us all the customs forms needed to be filled out before landing in Mexico.

So of course, there I was, waiting to borrow a pen from someone so I could fill mine out. It appeared I was the only one who didn’t get the memo.

By the way, you’ll need it on the way home as well. Save yourself some time and bring a pen or two for yourself.


Sunscreen is almost always more expensive at your resort than it is at your local drug storeand why wouldn’t it be? Therefore it’s much cheaper to bring it along with you in the first place.

I recommend bringing a FULL bottle of sunscreen with you, pending you’re travelling with a packed back. I got myself into a sticky situation when I only had a half bottle with me, luckily a new friend I met had some extra, so I was covered.

If you can swing it, go for reef-friendly sunscreen. Some areas, namely Australia are banning non-reef-friendly sunscreens.

Aloe Vera

Pending you do get yourself into a sticky (or maybe stingy?) situation, it’s good to have some Aloe Vera on hand.

You don’t need to bring the full bottle with you—especially if you’re travelling carry-on only. Simply put a bit into a smaller travel-size container.

Sun hat

For the love of God, bring a sun hat with you!

Nobody cares what your hair looks like when you’re at the beach or tanning on the pool deck, but everyone will make fun of you when you arrive home with a sunburned face. Do yourself a HUGE favour and bring one along.

Not only will you love yourself for bringing it along, but without it, you’re at a higher risk for sun-stroke and other UV-related illnesses.

Where should you go for your next tropical vacation?
Photo by Deanna Ritchie on Unsplash

Packing for your tropical vacation

Bringing these items along will help both you and your wallet, tracking some of these things down in another country can serve to be a little tricky and often very expensive. You never know what you’ll need — and it’s much better to be safe than sorry!

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