As “the Caribbean experts,” we at Divi Resorts spend quite a bit of time in the Caribbean. (We know; don’t be jealous! We’re very lucky that our work occasionally involves some palapa time.) We thought we’d share a few packing tips for Caribbean travel that we’ve learned through trial and error. No matter how long your vacation is, or how much you like to bring with you, these hacks will help you maximize your valuable luggage space.
#1 – Keep It Fresh
Pack dryer sheets in your luggage so the smell stays fresh throughout your trip.
#2 – Switch It Up
Bring along clothes and accessories that can serve double duty. For example, a sundress could work as a beach cover-up as easily as a laid-back outfit for a night out.
#3 – Roll It
Roll your clothes tightly rather than folding them. Roll everything you can. It might seem like a small thing, but you’ll be surprised at how much space you’ll save.
#4 – Duffel It
Bring a duffel bag! We like these from Herschel Supply. A duffel bag can serve as a convenient carry-on that easily fits in the overhead compartment—plus, it doubles as a beach bag once you arrive. If you opt for a smaller duffel, you can roll it up inside a larger bag, then take it out and fill it with souvenirs for the return trip.
#5 – Bring Ziplock Bags
No matter what, you’ll always find a reason to use a couple of gallon-sized Ziplock bags during your trip. Whether it’s preserving leftover snacks or storing damp swimsuits in luggage on the trip home (sometimes you can’t help taking one last swim!), you’ll be glad to have them in easy reach.
#6 – Cube It
Packing cubes are your friend—especially if your closet at home looks like a ClosetMaid ad. They’re a great way to keep all your things organized and in their proper place.
#7 – Remember the 3-1-1
Don’t forget the TSA’s requirements on liquids in carry-on bags: you’re allowed to bring liquids in containers that are three ounces or less, kept in one quart-sized bag, limited to one bag per person. This is known as the 3-1-1 rule. To save money, try filling TSA-ready bottles like these with products you already have on hand.
Have fun getting ready for your trip! If you have your own packing tips for Caribbean travel, let us know in the comments.