If this is your first trip to the tropical island paradise of Anguilla, you may be wondering just exactly what to pack.
The great thing about Anguilla is that the year-round pleasant temperatures mean you don't have to pack in anticipation of unexpected shifts in weather. Still, every vacationer worries they will forget to pack something important – or that something they should pack isn't even on their radar. Taking into consideration local clothing customs and style sensibility is an important aspect to consider as well.
Traveling to Anguilla requires that you arrive at the airport prepared with a few documents in hand. In order to enter the country, a current passport must be presented that is valid for at least six months after the date of travel. Some travelers will also be required to have a visa, but United States, Canada, and United Kingdom travelers are exempt.
You should have your passport on you at all times as you travel from home to Anguilla, and it would also be wise of you to make a photocopy and store it separately. This way, if your original passport is lost or stolen, you can bring the copy to an embassy or consulate for help.
Making sure you have enough money on hand to get you through your trip is important as well. Anguilla visitors often use credit cards to make purchases, but having cash on hand is just as important in case a situation arises in which you need it (such as a credit card machine being down). The official currency in Anguilla is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, and you can exchange your money when you arrive on the island at the airport, in a bank, or at an ATM.
If you are taking any prescription medications, make sure to have these on hand along with a note from your physician regarding your health issues and need for the medication. View our checklist for medical items you might need by clicking here.
Finally, you will not want to misplace any of the following documents: airline tickets, hotel confirmation, rental vehicle confirmation, and paperwork detailing any excursions and activities you have arranged ahead of time. To help you remember everything you will need, we have a assembled an Important Documents and Money checklist that you can use.
The key to packing your clothes for Anguilla is to remember that it will be hot and sunny most of the time. Click here to view a checklist for clothing, or continue and read more below.
When you are thinking about the items you'll be bringing with you, consider the activities you'll be participating in. While touring the island you will be most comfortable in light-weight clothing that will keep you cool and won't become heavy and uncomfortable as the day goes on. Keep in mind that light-colored clothing will not absorb the sunlight as much as darks will. Cotton and linen t-shirts and tank tops are the best option for your top half, and shorts and khaki pants are ideal for bottoms. Dresses and skirts should be saved for outings that require little activity, such as a museum tour or dinner. Comfortable athletic shoes or hiking shoes are best as you explore Anguilla.
A few items you won't want to overlook include enough pairs of under garments and socks to make it through the trip and a pair of pajamas.
Formal wear is not absolutely necessary. You can get away with spending your whole vacation in shorts and t-shirts if you stick to the type of environment that those items are appropriate. However, if you plan to have a night out at a classy restaurant, you will want to dress the part. Collared shirts and slacks for men, and sun dresses, skirts, or slacks and a blouse for women will do the trip. Know your venue. In some cases, you may even want to done a business suit and a cocktail dress, but this is something you can plan for in advance. Make sure to bring the appropriate shoes for each outfit as well.
When vacationing in Anguilla, you will need at least one swimsuit, and many people prefer to bring two. This way, you can wear one while the other one is hanging to dry from water activities the previous day. It will also give you options.
It is advisable that you bring a cover-up so that you can go from the sand to the streets with little fuss, and avoid offending island sensibilities by walking into a shop wearing just your suit. And you definitely do not want to forget a hat, your sunglasses, a pair of sandals or flip flops to protect your feet from the hot sand.
Bathroom items that you use on a regular basis, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hair care products, and deodorant should be brought with you if you don't want to use the brands that your hotel will likely provide you with. You can buy any item you would like to bring with you to Anguilla in travel sizes so that they do not take up any extra space, but if you plan to do this, do it before you travel. Buying your toiletries back home will be less expensive than the hotel gift shop, where prices are often marked up - so save a buck and make sure to pack some of these items
It is doubly important that you remember to bring with you any prescription medication, as long as well as your prescription slip or a note from your doctor. Don't forget our Medication and Health Items checklist when packing.
Mosquitoes and sand fleas are common in Anguilla, and it is important that you protect yourself from these vermin. Bring along insect repellant to apply to your body before you leave your hotel, as well as periodically throughout the day. If you are unfortunate enough to be bit, hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl will reduce the itchiness.
The days are hot in Anguilla, but some nights can get colol as well. If you plan to spend time outside at night, you should pack a sweater or wrap. Although Anguilla experiences limited rainfall, you should bring a poncho, rain jacket, or umbrella to keep you dry when drops do fall. Don't forget the appropriate exercise clothing if you plan to hit the gym.
Comfort items and entertainment should not be overlooked. You will likely have some down time, and will certainly be spending a good amount of time traveling, so having these things with you will help curb your boredom. Suggestions include a book or your e-reader, an mp3 player, a portable DVD player, a personal journal, a laptop, and a hand held video game system. Batteries and power cords to keep these devises up and running are important as well.
Most importantly for many vacationers is their camera. Don't forget to pack your camera and all of the equipment you need to keep it up and running, plus an extra memory card. View some other items you might need by reading our Gadgets and Electronics checklist.
Finally, see our miscellaneous checklist on some other things you might need by clicking here.
A great way to save space when packing for your trip to Anguilla is to plan several outfits that include interchangeable clothing. Choose items that can be worn in a few different ways while still appearing fresh and clean. For example, a pair of cloth shorts will pair with a variety of shirts, and a selection of colored shirts can be layered differently on each day of your trip for a new look.
One concern that a lot of travelers face is the thought that their luggage might get lost or delayed by the airline when they fly to Anguilla. This is rare, but if it does happen you don't have to be caught unprepared. Include one outfit and a swimsuit in your carry on luggage, and you will have enough to get you through until your luggage is found or you have a chance to purchase something new. You should also keep any important medications and small valuables in your carry on. Don't let packing for your Anguilla vacation overwhelm you. By using the above list as a guideline, you will be sure to have everything you need to make you feel at home while on vacation.
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