What to pack for a tropical holiday

Are you travelling to a tropical destination and want to be prepared to have everything you need? This list will help you make your packing easier. 😉

I would also ask you before you go – What activities are you planning to do? Do you want to spend time on the beach or rather hiking, exploring the city? Are you sensitive to sun? Are you planning to stay in a hut, tent or in a resort? 

Apart from basic essentials for all types of travelling that I mentioned in my article “How to prepare for a long flight” I am going to show you the top items that are necessary for a tropical vacation to maximize your time in paradise. Let’s check it.

Essentials for a beach


After sun treatment (I recommend Aloe vera gel for burnt, also great for insects bites)



Towel for the beach

Summer beach clothes

Beach bag


Scarf (perfect to cover yourself when you are burnt or to be used as a skirt (essential for temples in Malaysia or Indonesia)

Snorkelling gear

Flip flop (but if you don’t have it, it is not as big deal as it is kind of easy to buy anywhere)

Waterproof bag – have your money, credit card or any other items safe from water

Waterproof pouch for your electronics

Selfie stick

Book (if you plan to spend more time on the beach, it is the perfect time to read your favourite book

Tip – to protect your camera, you can use a mini freeze bag! 

Essentials for other activities

Handy backpack with many pockets

Charger for your phone (that is the “must item” anywhere)

Travel water filter (very handy if you go to the wild nature for hiking adventure)


Umbrella (in tropical destination might be rainy but you can also use it as a protection against sun)

Small raincoat

Waterproof jacket (always handy for nature trips)

Waterproof wallet

For certain destinations consider


Tablets for stomach problems – it is common that in very tropical destination you can get food poisoned so be ready to have some medical treatment for immediate use (universal treatment for food poisoning is activated charcoal, it always helped me)

First aid kit (for hiking is essential)


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  1. It was really helpful to know about those essentials for beach…i am thinking to recommending this to my friends..Thanks for sharing.