Packing for Aruba

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Carry-On Bag &/or On Your Person

Most airlines permit one personal item such as purse or lap top bag as well as a small carry on suitcase or duffle. For your specific airline, please check Baggage Procedures & Allowances

Evening Wear

For Her
Skirt, sundresses, skort or slacks & light sweater for chilly air conditioning
For Him
Slacks, Dockers or Khakis/Chinos with a golf/polo shirt or twill shorts depending on the restaurant

Day Wear

Touring & Shopping
Shorts & a T-shirt or polo
Swimsuit & cover-up or top
*I take at least 3 suits, with the humidity they do take time to dry.


Sandals, flip flops or beach shoes, walking shoes (low heels) or sneakers, dressy shoes-- Any kind of footwear is acceptable. *I invariably end up with 3 pairs of shoes: sneakers on the airplane, beach sandals & dressier sandals for night time.

Hair & Cosmetics

  • Facial cleanser, astringent & moisturizer
  • Eye makeup & remover
  • Eye shadow, eye liner, mascara & concealer
  • Blush & powder
  • Lipstick, lip conditioner & lip liner
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls/q-tips- *If you cannot live without them, otherwise use tissues
  • Shaver, razor, blades & cream
  • Bar soap & container- *Need to bring your own due to allergies?
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash & dental floss
  • H. It will save you the heartbreak of having spent all that time on your hair only to have it fly wild in the wind
  • Shampoo, conditioner, mouse/gel, brush
  • Blow dryer & curling iron
  • Moisturizer/After sun lotion
  • Perfume
  • Deodorant/talcum powder
  • Sunscreen- *Twice the amount you think you will need in different SPF's, reapply frequently, remember to also apply to hands, ears, tops of ears & feet
  • Lip protection with SPF
  • Contact lenses- *I always carry a spare pair or two for emergency tears &/or loss
  • Contact lens cleaner & solution
  • Prescription eyeglasses & eyeglass repair kit
  • Sewing Kit- small scissor, thread, needles & safety pins
  • Woolite- buy the powder individual travel packs
  • Nail clippers & cuticle scissors, Nail polish, file & remover- *If you travel often, purchase single use pads in foil pouches
  • Sunglasses- *I always travel with more than one pair in case I lose one pair

Mini First Aid Kit & OTC Remedies

  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic/anti-bacterial wipes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Cortisone cream
  • Cold/flu remedies
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Antihistamines- works well for itchy skin, sun poisoning from too much sun & allergy symptoms
  • Aspirin/Tylenol
  • Heartburn remedy
  • Vitamins

What Else?

  • Denim Jeans- if you plan on horseback riding
  • Exercise/Work Out Clothing
  • Belt- check to make sure it fits through the loops of the pants & shorts
  • Panties, bras & slips OR boxers & briefs
  • Pajamas/robe
  • Socks
  • Pantyhose/knee-high stockings- vacation, in the tropics, why not just skip it?
  • Hat- with adjustable band so it will not fly off with the wind
  • Plastic bag, with a zipper, for carrying wet clothes
  • Folding tote bag, beach bag, backpack or fanny pack
  • Purses for day & evening- *I only take one tiny purse which packs flat in my suitcase & is used dining out at night. My beach bag doubles as a pocketbook on travel days. Inside the beach bag, to keep organized, I use a cosmetics bag inside the beach bag to store the items found on the list at Carry-On Bag &/or On Your Person
  • Sanitary, contraceptive or prophylactic items
  • Travel alarm clock- *feel free to leave it at home, most of the hotels have wake up service or clock radios in the room
  • Nightlight
  • Books & Magazines
  • MP3 Player
  • Journal & pen
  • Address Book- *For postcards, you'll probably arrive home before the cards do, print address labels on your computer before you leave
  • Clothes steamer & lint brush
  • Camera, Underwater Camera & Camcorder
  • Film, binoculars & extra batteries- *An expensive lesson I learned floating on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean…change all of your batteries before your trip, don't forget watches, dive equipment, MP3 player, Game Boy…& while you are at it, don't forget to have your dive regulator in for maintenance & replace the batteries in your home smoke alarms
  • Sports gear such as snorkel & mask
  • Insect repellent- *we packed repellent on one trip, we knew Aruba had been unusually rainy, used it once in 10 days


As my friend Suzi says, "Now take out everything from your suitcase that you will never use."

Leaving for the Airport? . . . Not Yet

Do you have?

  • Airline Tickets & hotel confirmation
  • Rental car confirmation with coupons if you have them or airport transfer vouchers
  • Passport with a copy in a separate spot incase they get lost or stolen

Did You?

  • Take care of the newspaper & mail deliveries
  • Set the thermostat
  • Timers on light set
  • Water the plants
  • Take out the garbage
  • Winter- Turn off the water to prevent frozen pipes
  • Summer- timers on lawn sprinklers
  • Feed the fish
  • Who is taking care of the dog & cat, taking in the mail & the newspapers?

Travel with Your Children

  • Traveling Internationally with Your Kids
  • Favorite blanket & stuffed animal
  • Bottles & formula
  • Sippie cups
  • Pacifiers
  • Bibs
  • Diapers- all supermarkets in Aruba do sell them
  • Baby wipes
  • Waterproof pads
  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Baby aspirin or Tylenol
  • Child thermometer
  • Baby sunscreen & lots of it
  • Antibiotics for eye or ear infections
  • Baby shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Juice boxes
  • Game Boy, Etch-a-Sketch™, small set of Legos™ or Duplo™ blocks  & other travel games
  • Books
  • Disposable camera

Mom I'm Bored- Things for the Plane

Backpack stuffed with age appropriate goodies. Crayons & coloring book, new books, snacks & one or two new toys or surprises.

What Was Left Off the List?

My Nana, the world traveler, reviewed & approved this list of travel items. But she said to tell you that it is only for warm weather climates :-)  If you can think of something that needs to be added to the list, just contact us.


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