Planning a vacation in beautiful St. Lucia with its sunny beaches and warm weather? You’ll need more than just a bathing suit and sunscreen. Make sure you pack the items that will help you relax and enjoy your time in the sun.
SUITABLE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR
Of course, your swimsuit is number one on the packing list. You’ll be at the beach or resort pool probably every day, so pack an extra swimsuit or two. Include some type of cover up also, such as an oversized t-shirt, sarong, or something similar. It’s inappropriate for people to wear swimwear outside of the beach and pool areas. Include a sun hat, sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen, and an insect repellent. Mosquitoes and fleas are everywhere, and you don’t want itchy bites interfering with your vacation.
Linen shorts and khakis with cotton tank tops or t-shirts are great for daytime wear. But once the sun sets, be prepared with a little more formal attire. For dining out, bring a few collared shirts and slacks for men and sundresses or pants for women. Check with your hotel or resort for any dress code requirements.
TOILETRIES AND MEDICINES
Most hotels offer shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, soap, and a hairdryer. Typically, visitors bring toothbrush and toothpaste, cosmetics, additional hair care products, and any other necessary hygiene items. Bring lots of sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher. If you forget a necessary item, check with your hotel gift shop but expect to pay a premium price. Protect your lips with an SPF lip balm.
When traveling with medication, keep a copy of the prescription or a note from the doctor with you in case customs officials ask questions. Keep your passport, travel documents, and government-issued ID with you at all times while on the island. Place a copy of these documents in your carry-on luggage in case something is lost or stolen.
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CAMERAS AND ELECTRICALS
Don’t forget your camera and an extra memory card or two. If you plan to snorkel or scuba dive, bring an underwater camera also. If your luggage allows, bring your own snorkeling equipment as renting is expensive. Same goes for golf or other activities. Check your airline’s luggage fees against the rental fees on St. Lucia before deciding what to bring.
St. Lucia has 220-volt electrical outlets, so bring an adapter for your electronic items. Some hotels have adapters but it’s best to be prepared. Remember to bring the charging cords for any digital devices like phones, laptops, or e-readers. One last thing — it’s illegal to wear or carry any kind of army or camouflage print on the island.
The temperatures stay warm throughout the year with the warmest months being June through November. Breezes blow at night, so bring a sweater or light jacket for evenings. Short, heavy rainstorms are common in the summer and an umbrella and light rain jacket are good items to include.
If you pack smart, you’ll enjoy your trip to St. Lucia even more. Just sit back and take in the sun.