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Tropical destinations are some of the most beautiful you can visit — warm weather, swaying palm trees, and beautiful beaches. But they can also be hard on you if you are not well prepared, and especially if you have not packed the right stuff.
So here’s our guide to packing and preparing for a tropical vacation.
What To Expect From a Tropical Vacation
Tropical countries tend to be hotter and wetter than other countries. Expect warm temperatures for most of the year, high humidity and lots of rain.
The most popular tropical destinations tend to be those along the coast where tourists flock to the pristine beaches. So they tend to be even hotter, wetter and more humid.
You need to consider these weather conditions when packing for a tropical vacation. Something else many people don't factor in is the bugs and insects like mosquitoes. These can be particularly bad early in the morning and in the evening.
Clothes To Pack For a Tropical Trip
Not all tropical places are the same. So it’s important that you research the weather at the specific place you are visiting. Check if it is currently the wet or dry season and what the weather forecast is for the days you will be there.
But generally, you need to pack clothes that are suitable for warm and humid weather. This means light, breathable and moisture-wicking clothes. Our range of HercLéon clothing is perfect for a tropical trip.
Items like the HercShirt long sleeved shirt and the HercShirt tank top are highly breathable and quickly wick away sweat. They are also antimicrobial, so they don't stink no matter how much you sweat.
If it is the hot season, pack lots of tees, shorts, vests, sandals and other items that will keep you cool. Also include longer items like long sleeved tops and sweatpants to protect your skin from the sun and bugs. Don’t forget to throw in a wide brimmed hat.
If it’s the wet season, carry some warm stuff like a jacket, raincoat, thick socks, and cozy pants. But include the lighter items since it can still feel warm even during the rainy season.
Night temperatures can be uncomfortably high in tropical places. So pack light and breathable pajamas made with a moisture-wicking fabric to prevent clamminess.
Other Things to Pack
- Tropical countries are sunny throughout the year, so don't forget to pack your sunscreen even if you are traveling during the cold or rainy season. Chances are that it will still be sunny on some days.
- If you are not used to it, the high humidity in tropical places can be very uncomfortable, especially at night when you are trying to sleep. Consider carrying a small personal fan to make the humidity more tolerable.
- If you don't want to come back home itchy, covered with insect bites and probably sick, pack some insect repellant. You can get these in spray or lotion versions. Make sure you pick a small bottle that you can pack in your carry-on.
- Hydration is super important when you are in a hot and humid place. So pack a large reusable water bottle so that you don't have to keep buying bottled water. Even better, get an insulated water bottle that keeps cold water chilled for hours. You will be grateful for it when baking in the hot sun.
- You’ll need sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun, especially if you are planning to go to the beach. The bright sun reflecting off the water and sand can cause eye strain.
- If you are planning to enjoy any water activities like swimming, kayaking, or boating, carry along a waterproof dry bag. It will be useful for holding any items that you don't want to get wet like a change of clothes or your phone. You can also use it to carry wet clothes after your activities.
- Carry a large umbrella or canopy if you plan to spend a lot of time basking outdoors at the beach or anywhere else. It will protect you from the sun and provide a nice cool shade wherever you are.
Other Packing Essentials
Don't forget to pack other essentials like a smartphone power bank, a travel charger, any medication you are currently taking and others.
To ensure you don't forget anything important, write down a checklist of everything you should carry and then tick off items as you pack them.