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The 10 Most Important Things to Pack for the Tropics

The 10 Most Important Things to Pack for the Tropics

The trick is to bring just enough without overpacking. You are heading for the islands to escape fuss and bother!

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If the idea of lolling on a sandy beach or next to a luxurious pool is beckoning you to a tropical island this winter, be sure to go prepared. This is especially important if you're taking the kids with you!

Don't Forget Bathing Suits
The kids will spend all day in the water. They'll surface for meals, but will head for the beach or pool first thing every morning. This means they need at least two bathing suits.

You, too, will need a couple bathing suits. Don't count on buying one at the resort hotel or in town. While available, they will be far more expensive than those you can get at home.

Shorts and More
When you're not swimming or snorkeling, you will be shopping or sightseeing. Good-looking, loose-fitting walking shorts will serve you well. Bring a few pairs in neutral colors (not white!) to pair with colorful t-shirts and polo shirts.

Sandals are fine for tripping back and forth from your room to the beach, but for hiking or shopping, pack comfortable shoes. The kids need tennis or running shoes for walking, running, and sports.

It won't rain on your vacation. But just in case, bring lightweight raingear. Raincoats and rain hats are all that you will need.

Moonlit Nights
Nothing is too formal in the tropics, but for special nights you will want casual dressy clothes--a nice dress and sports jacket. Ditto for the children. And for the ladies, don't forget a wrap - trade winds can make evenings cool.

Be sure the shoes you pack can be worn with the fancier clothing.

Extras, Extras
Make sure your hotel or condo supplies beach towels. If not bring several!

When winter winds howl at home, it's hard to imagine the sun beating down on your shoulders, but the closer you get to the Equator, the stronger it is. You will need sunscreen and sun glasses. And don't forget hats for everyone!

Finally, bring a sense of fun.

Leave your work, your worries, and your schedule at home. Arrive in the islands without an agenda but with a goal to relax. Let the hot sun, warm sea, and bright colors lull you into forgetting day-to-day anxieties.

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