Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimwear must be covered for breakfast and lunch. At dinner, no swimwear, and collared short/polo shirts for men, long trousers, for ladies, generally smart casual, no Bermuda type shorts.
I must say that my wardrobe was smart casual, but there were a couple of occasions at dinner when I wished I had maybe brought some more dressy shoes with me (as opposed to flats).
Other than that, light clothing, linens etc because it's hot! On days when we had the odd rainshower, it still wasn't cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things available in Antigua, and a surprsingly small but well stocked shop at Galley Bay.
As usual though, it's usually cheaper to bring from home.
Packing for a 1 day stop
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Aqua shoes were nice to have on the kayak trip as we needed them to get to the snorkeling spot
Swim wear for the beach, a hat with a string that ties under your chin to protect you from the sun and that will stay on during the motor boat ride and a towel for when you get into the taxi to keep the seat dry
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is essential for me in Caribbean ports
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are planning on snorkeling from the beach, bring your own mask and fin unless you don't mind using a rental
Miscellaneous: We brought a bottle of water but didn't really need it as our hosts provided beverages and a snack. But if you are heading to the beach, you might want to bring some water and a snack in case you head to a beach without a snack bar. They ask you not to bring fruits or meats off the ship since you are going onto an island, so I usually grab some muffins or cookies just in case
Under Water Camera!
Luggage and bags: Anytime you find you are running out of room, try using a good quality plastic bag, fill it with your things, then use a vaccum and suck all of the air out you will be amazed at all you can carry like this.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring extra plastic bags for stuff!
Photo Equipment: Under Water Camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: From now on I'm going to always pack some of my own fishing gear.
Miscellaneous: I like to think of things to give to the people. Maybe it's old clothes or other items.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I am very light skinned and just five minutes in the sun can turn me Lobster red. During our last trip to Hawaii my wife found me some nice UV swim shirts(both long and short sleeved) to cover up from the sun. These were a perfect way for me to enjoy the water without fear of a sunburn.
The snorkel boat at our resort wouldn't let you snorkel unless you had a shirt to wear in the water; needless to say many people were buying swim shirts from the resort shop due to this.
Miscellaneous: Insect Repellant is a must here. The resorts usually fog for bus but that doesn't stop the mosquitoes and sand fleas from biting. We always bring OFF and spray it liberally during the day and night. Even with our repellant my wife had some serious mosquito bites on her feet and legs that became a deep purple in color.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I always joke that my wife carries around a pharmacy in her bag but it is usually a godsend. There is always a trip that requires a bandaid, some cortisone cream or an antibiotic ointment for a cut or scrape. It is good to come prepared for whatever first aid need that might arrise or if you have somach upset or a developing cold.
Our last visit I was stung by a bee the very first night which required my wife to extract the stinger from my arm. She fortunately was prepared with cortisone cream and a bandaid for my wound which after a night was feeling significantly better. Our second night at the resort my wife took a bad fall and injured both of her knees. She had the needed anticeptic and bandaids to bandage up her bloody, bruised knees. Fortunately after that we didn't have any other medical issues.
Packing for a Island Vacation
Luggage and bags: Depending on the length of stay. We spent a week at an all inclusive resort so we had a large suitcase and a rollaboard.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We dressed for the weather with light, cool clothing for the heat and humidity. As for night attire we brought "resort" evening wear which included linene pants for hubby with proper shoes; not flip flops.
Packing for An Island Getaway
Luggage and bags: A large suitcase and a garment bag sufficed for us.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light clothing for the tropical heat, flip flops, sandals, shorts, water shoes and swimwear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush & paste, body wash, sunscreen, bug repellent, first aid kit and medications.
Photo Equipment: Digital Camera and my underwater camera to capture some fun in the water.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach bag, water shoes, umbrella(it does rain in the Caribbean). A hat is always a must to protect from the strong sun. UV Swim Shirts are also very helpful especially if you burn easily.
Miscellaneous: Sun Block is an absolute must. We carry tons of it when tarvelleing in a high SPF that is waterproof for both face and body. Make sure to constantly re-apply; the sun is very strong. It is always better to carry more than you need than not have enough and have to pay exorbitant prices at the resort or in town. We became friendly with a nice honeymoon couple who didn't bring enough sunblock and were floored by the resort prices. We wound up sharing our sunblock and bug guard with them for the remainder of their stay.
Photo Equipment: An underwater camera is a must for all of our travels but definitely for a beach getaway. Having an underwater camera allows a no worry vacaction if you get it wet by the pool or beach. It also is great for in pool pics and when snorkeling.
Resort Dress Codes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on what resort you are staying; check ahead for dress codes posted on their websites. At our particular resort it is required for men to wear collared shirts, long pants and closed shoes in certain restaurants. we saw many a guest get turned away from dinner due to improper attire.
I always make sure to have long pants usually two pairs of linen ones. Short sleeved colared shirts and two pairs of closed toe shoes. Yes, it can be unbareably hot but I actually enjoy dressing for dinner.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: swimming gear, light clothing, sandles for day.
Shirts needed for restaurant meals out for the men
Anything goes really for ladies.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No problem with getting anything you need there
Take insect repellant though, may be cheaper.
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film for your camera or camcorder
you will need it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Love to wear the leather sandals, but this hat came in handy to shade my face because the sun was very strong... ok, I am just showing off my kung-fu!
Miscellaneous: *the cruise ship just caught the picture I actually flew*
Luggage and bags: If you are flying from the UK on a Charter flight, do not exceed the baggage allowance and make sure your hand luggage does not exceed the stipulated weight and dimensions. UK Charter operators all now seem to weigh your hand luggage to check if it is OK. You should have no problems if you are flying Scheduled.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual wear, but suggest you wear long trousers (pants) for dinner. Most men did during my stay.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Didn't notice any mosquitos, but to be on the safe side pack some repellent. Sun tan and after sun essential.
Photo Equipment: I ordered a US plug for my Fuji digital camera, as it will not charge on 110 volts with a travel adaptor. The US plug works fine here, as in Mexico and the US, a very good investment.
Miscellaneous: They have a dual electric system in Antigua. Both 230 and 110 volts. The Americans are OK because any appliance they bring will fit into the 110 socket. However for us Brits (on 240 volts) the 230 volt socket is too small and only takes a small round pin plug, so our 15 amp plugs are useless. You will have to use a Travel Plug using the american pins. This hotel does have 230 volt adaptors, available from reception, though I didn't try them.
Luggage and bags: Use one main large bag and a small one for the plane
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing, it's not cool very much. Printed light skirts, comfortable sandles are a must,cotton tshirts, shorts and a bathing suit or two.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen!!and any other required neccessites(deoderant, makeup, comb ect)
Photo Equipment: Make sure you have good batteries as there is so much to photogragh. Especially if you plan to take advanage of all the different adventure packages that are usually offered. We just took an automatic 35mm camera and lots of film
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