15 Essential Items For A Tropical Vacay

Tomorrow I will officially be in Puerto Rico. Here is my list of essentials for a tropical vacation. This list was made to help NOT over pack but I'm sure I did anyway.
vacation essentials
vacation essentials
  • 3 - 4 Tees and tanks - Simple and goes with everything.
  • 1 Button up shirt or tunic - For variety.
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts - At least one should be printed and another twill or chino. Any length you prefer.
  • 1 Maxi dress or skirt
  • 1 Sundress or romper
  • 2 swimsuits
  • Floppy hat - To look fancy AND be protected against the sun.
  • Sunnies
  • Cover up or sarong - For the times you don't want to walk around in just your swimsuit.
  • Flip flops - for the beach or pool only.
  • Tote - To carry your beach/pool items.
  • 1 pair of flats or flat sandals
  • 1 pair of dress sandals - For fancier affairs.
  • 1 pair of sneakers. For the long walks and excursions or even for workouts.
  • Lightweight jacket - Just in case the weather unexpectedly drops or changes.

Of course don't forget items such as simple jewelry pieces, small bags/purses and your toiletries.
    Is there anything you would add or remove for your trip?

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    1. Have a fabulous trip! I think this looks like a great list. I am the queen of overpacking!

    2. I completely agree with your essentials lists! Have an awesome trip!

    3. You may want to add a pair of pants/jeans just in case. I went to PR a few years back and had to wear jeans for horseback riding. Enjoy your trip!

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    4. Thanks! I will be wearing a pair of jeans on the flight. :-)

    5. Make sure you take some comfy socks, too! Historic PR is hilly!

    6. Thanks Britt! I packed 3 pairs. :-)

    7. Daily Express5/05/2014 11:44 AM

      Great packing list! I guess it depends on how long of a trip you have, but I agree with Sharon about adding a pair of jeans! If you're cramped for space in your suitcase I think you could eliminate the swim cover-up or sarong and just use the romper or sundress as a coverup. Have a GREAT time though!

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    8. i'm loving that maxi dress.


    9. Love the picks Mo. If God permits, I'm going on a holiday summer time and boy am I having a fit with packing. Don't know what to take and what not!! lol! Thanks for sharing this and have a great holiday gal. :-)


    10. I know the feeling! I want to take everything for just in case. ;-)

    11. I'm so excited to bring out my maxis! Cute post! :)

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    12. You went on vacation without me...oh well, maybe next year. Have a super duper terrific trip!

    13. Vogue and Heels5/06/2014 11:11 AM

      I love the list, these are all great items! Have fun in Puerto Rico, hope you have a great time visiting my island :)



    14. Debbie Stinedurf5/06/2014 4:23 PM

      Puerto Rico...you lucky girl! Enjoy yourself!

    15. I love maxi dresses/skirts and floppy hats for a tropical or summer vacation! Hope you have a great vacay!

    16. Shea Coleman5/08/2014 4:19 PM

      Wow Mo,

      I need to use this guide when I pack! Everyone really have some good ideas and you shared some really great ideas. I'm so glad you're in Puerto Rico having fun. That's what life is all about.

      Enjoy yourself pretty girl!!

      Thanks for linking up with me! I hope to see you again next Sunday!!


    17. If you unpacked my suitcase from my trip last week, you'd see everything on your list! Great minds! That sarong you highlighted is gorgeous btw!! Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

    18. Thanks and I love your island!

    19. Thanks and yes, maybe next year. ;-)


    I really appreciate your comments!