Now that I’ve returned from my trip to the Caribbean, I have a little bit of hindsight about what I packed for the trip. I wore almost everything I brought, but not all – and there were one or two other items I wish I had packed.
To start, here is EVERYTHING I packed, broken down between my two carry-ons:
|Emma Fox Classic Dome Satchel||Navy and White Striped Beach Tote|
* These items will be worn on the plane and not
** These are my friend’s items and take up most of the space in the bag.
Now for my thoughts on how well this minimal wardrobe served me while in the Caribbean.
- First of all, it was hot – and HUMID! I was prepared for that – my shorts, tank tops, skirts, and dresses were all comfortable for the temperature and humidity. The leggings were good to have at night when it started to cool down and the mosquitoes came out, as well as for the horseback ride.
- Second, it was very casual there, and slightly dirty/dusty, and I wish I had brought a second pair of shorts instead of the white dress. I was afraid to wear my white dress anywhere because I didn’t want to end up with stains. If I were staying at the Marriott, I could probably have found a time to wear it, but since I was staying with local students, it was a bit too formal for anything I needed.
- Third, I had to borrow a tshirt from my friend for sleeping. I had packed an extra tank top, but I was a little chilly in her air conditioned bedroom. The shorts and tshirt made for perfect pajamas – I would have been cold with the shorts and tank top.
- The shoe situation was as good as could be expected. I wore flip flops most of the time, and my flats a couple of times. The only time this didn’t work for me was during the horseback ride. For that, I borrowed some rain boots from my friend’s roommate to give my legs some added protection. I wouldn’t have packed boots for this trip – and while I could probably have brought a pair of small sneakers, I would only have used them on that single occasion.
- I should have packed an extra week of my medication. I have to apply a new patch every week on the same day – I brought one and luckily it all worked out, but I should have brought a spare. The beach and waves could easily have taken the patch right off of me, and I would have been without it until I could get back to the States. It wouldn’t have been life threatening or anything, but it would have been a big inconvenience.
- I didn’t need the second bathing suit. I wore the two piece a few times that week, and it dried plenty quickly. My friend had a couple friends who brought their dogs to the beach, and they needed a one piece to stay covered while playing with their pets – but since I didn’t have that problem, I wore the two piece the whole time.
I’m glad I packed lightly though – it made getting through the airports and onto the planes quick and easy.
On my way back, however, my friend asked me to check a bag for her – she wanted to get it back to her home in the States, but her layover in Miami is only 2 hours – that includes getting through customs, getting her checked bag, then checking it again, and going through security all over again. It’s a crazy rush, so I agreed to check it for her. It actually made things really easy for me – a couple extra steps up front and at the end, but then I only had one lightly loaded carryon to deal with on the plane. I was glad to be able to help her out!
What sort of hindsight do you have from your travels? Do you pack more than you need and get weighed down by your bags? Or do you pack so lightly you have to buy things at your destination? Has anyone packed exactly the right amount of stuff??