Our trip will soon be upon us (finally!) and I'm starting to do that "woman thing" and think about what all I'm going to be packing. I need to get a head start, as I will be traveling for work the week before we head to Isla, and won't have a lot of time to pack once I get home. Because we go to Isla in the summer months when it's hot-hot-hotter 'n' you-know-where, I am really, truly, HONESTLY endeavoring not to take a suitcase full of clothes that won't get worn. That's what I've done on our past visits to Isla - taken all sorts of mix and match pieces -- shorts, skirts, sundresses (heaven help me - once I even took PANTS! Yikes!). When we were there this past summer, the lightbulb over my head finally clicked on and I realized I was wearing only a very small percentage of the things I brought with me. Swimsuits are a must, and maybe a few cute cover-ups that can pull double duty as "evening wear." I use that term VERY loosely, because we have never seen anyone dressed up on the island in the summer. Or maybe we just go to really low-key places (yes, actually I KNOW we only go to low-key places) where the vibe is more surfer dude than city sophisticate.
I'm also not going to pack all of the fussy products that I feel I can't do without at home. Don't need a lot of hair gunk or makeup ... the hair will frizz and curl and insist on doing its own thing anyway. I'm convinced there is NOTHING one can do to tame hair on Isla in June! And the makeup? Pffffffft. Melty mess in 20 minutes or less.
Need a couple pair of trusty flip-flops. I've stopped taking even the flip-flops with a slight wedge heel. Too many tripping opportunities abound. Free-flowing drink definitely exacerbates that little issue!
Sunscreen ... gotta take sunscreen, and thanks to the recommendations obtained on this forum, I'll be able to choose a good brand easily when I shop.
Camera, iPod, couple of books, a few mindless magazines, sunglasses, basic toiletries ... Really, what more IS there to throw in the suitcase? I won't even wear a hat while there (it might protect my hair and scalp, but can't stand the thought of something on my head when it's THAT hot). Anything else that YOU take - even if you pack minimally - that you wouldn't leave home without?