Essentials Packing List for a Week in a Tropical Destination

As the countdown to my departure for Bonaire dwindles down to just six days, the anticipation bubbles within me. Yet, amidst the excitement, a crucial task looms large: packing. Anyone who's embarked on a vacation knows that what you stash in your suitcase can make or break your experience. A well-prepped and organized luggage heralds a smooth beginning to your escapade.

The contents of your suitcase hinge on your destination. While the staples like clothing and toiletries are non-negotiable, wise selection and pre-planning can prevent the pitfalls of either over-packing or crucial items left behind. In the case of Bonaire, a trove of adventures awaits—from underwater exploration to beachside lounging and culinary delights. Thus, versatility in attire is paramount to fully indulge in the island's offerings.

Here's my meticulously curated list for a week in Bonaire:

Main suitcase 🧳 

Clothing in Packing Cubes:

  • 3 Casual Tops
  • 1-2 UPF long sleeve shirts
  • 3 Shorts
  • 2-3 Dresses
  • 1 light-weight jacket or sweater (that can be worn with any outfit)
  • 2 workout sets
  • 2 Sleep sets
  • 2 Swim cover ups
  • 2 Swimsuits
  • 1 rashguard
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Bras (regular, strapless, sports)


  • Crossbody or belt bag
  • Belt
  • Jewelry
  • 2 Pair flip-flops
  • 1 pair walking/workout shoes (wear on travel days)
  • 1 pair of dressy sandals

Beach Gear:

  • Beach tent
  • 1 inflatable pool float 
  • 1 insulated cup (to keep those drinks extra cold)
  • 2-3 beach towels/blanket
  • Beach chair towel clips
  • Beach Bag or dry bag
  • 1 Sun hat
  • 1 Regular hat
  • Snorkel gear & water shoes
  • waterproof cell phone case
  • Collapsible Cooler
  • Beach powder
  • sani-wipes
  • bug repellant

Health & Beauty:

  • Cosmetics bag with skin care and make-up
  • Hair ties (clear tiny ties and regular ties)
  • Blow Dryer 
  • Sunscreen, reef safe
  • After Sun Body Lotion
  • Aloe Gel
  • Razor
  • First-aid kit


  • Clothing Steamer
  • Laundry detergent sheets

Carry-on suitcase 🧳 

  • Camera bag
  • Go-pro
  • Laptop
  • Charging cables
  • Euro plug adapter (if necessary)

Carry-on backpack 🎒 

  • Passport
  • Money/debit /credit card
  • ID
  • Snacks (candy bars, chips/crackers, gummies, gum/mints, trail mix, nuts)
  • Water bottle
  • Swim suit
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries (quart size bag)
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • tooth paste
    • shaving gel
    • lotion
    • face wash
    • contacts
    • perfume
  • Bar Soap
  • Deodorant 
  • toothbrush
  • floss picks
  • Vitamins
  • medicine
  • Allergy pills
  • Book(s)
  • Reading glasses
  • Earbuds
  • Portable Charger
  • Travel pillow
  • Foot hammock
  • Chapstick, spf
  • Sunglasses
  • Curling wand and silicone mat
  • Brush 

While some may perceive this list as exhaustive, every item serves a purpose, ensuring a vacation filled with comforts and conveniences akin to home. With meticulous packing, all these essentials snugly fit into my trio of bags—ready to embark on a journey that promises unforgettable experiences. And for fellow travelers seeking guidance, may this inventory serve as a beacon, illuminating the path to seamless packing and boundless adventure.

If you see anything that I have left off, leave a comment!

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