Vacations are the perfect time to unwind, take a break from work, and spend time doing things you don’t normally do on a regular basis. If you love to spend time in the sun with the sand between your toes, you may want to consider a tropical destination, such as Hawaii the Bahamas, Bora Bora, or Costa Rica. Taking a vacation can make you feel happier, give you a natural high, help improve your workflow, and help relieve stress. Once you start making preparations for your vacation, it’s a wise idea to start planning what you’ll need to bring as opposed to what you will buy when you get there. 


Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you’ll have to remember to do during your vacation. It’s a crucial part of ensuring you can make it back home without becoming severely dehydrated. You need to learn how to listen to your body, especially when you’re spending most of your day in the sun. If you feel like you’re overheating, take a break, find somewhere in the shade, and drink some cold beverages, like a delicious cleansing iced tea. Pay close attention to how you feel and increase your fluid intake if you have increased thirst, dry mouth, headache, feel extra tired, have little urine output, or feel dizzy. 

The Perfect Swimwear 

Many people go out and buy the perfect swimwear before heading to a tropical destination. Finding the best swimwear greatly depends on your body type. There are swimsuits for pear shaped bodies, and every other body type imaginable. If you’re looking to hide your waist, stick with a one-piece in dark and/or solid colors. If you choose a high cut bikini bottom, your legs will appear longer, so if you have a shorter torso, this is a great option. If you have a large bust, you can choose a straight across cut top with wide straps. 

Protection for Skin and Eyes 

Taking a tropical vacation means you’re going to be in the sun more often than not. You’ll have to take extra measures to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays. You’ll need a good broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF value of 15 or higher, and you’ll want to reapply it every two hours, or more frequently if you’re spending a lot of time in the water. Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is also important because it will help you make sure that your body will be shielded from UVA rays and UVB rays, both of which can be harmful. Choose a high-quality pair of sunglasses that provide adequate UV protection. 

Quick Dry Towels and Wet Bags 

You’re going to have to bring your own towels unless your resort specifies that they provide these to you. You’ll want to avoid bringing thick bath towels with you because these will stay wet all day long and will be difficult to lug around. You can choose some lightweight quick-dry towels, such as large microfiber travel towels. These dry quicker and are easier to travel with. 

You’ll also want to keep your wet clothing and towels away from your other belongings, which is where a wet bag comes in handy.


There are many other miscellaneous items you’ll want to make sure you bring along with you, including your prescriptions, glasses, over-the-counter medications, first-aid kit, and important documents. It can feel overwhelming when planning a trip because there are a lot of things you need to remember. It helps to start planning as early as possible. Start making a list way before your trip, because you can add more to it each day. There are helpful travel list ideas you can find online if you need a little help to avoid forgetting anything important.