Travelers seeking vibrant Caribbean culture, pristine beaches, tropical forests and an up-and-coming arts scene will no doubt be enchanted by Puerto Rico. Boasting a blend of Indian, Spanish and African influences, this warm-weather destination is just a two-hour flight from the continental U.S. Whether your trip itinerary includes snorkeling and swimming through the bioluminescent bay off Vieques, exploring San Juan, hiking in El Yunque Forest or just a whole lot of beachside lounging, knowing what to pack for your travels can help make the trip a success.
What to Take to Puerto Rico
First, it’s crucial to pack certain medications and health supplies in case you get sick or have specific health needs. In addition to packing prescription medicine, travelers would do well to take along common over-the-counter medications like an antacid, diarrhea medicine, cough drops, motion sickness medicine, an antihistamine and a mild sedative or other type of sleep aid. Since you’ll be in a tropical, sunny climate, a strong sunscreen (at least SPF 50 or higher) and insect repellent are both important items to pack in your suitcase. Travelers should also consider taking a first-aid kit with aloe gel, some type of anti-itch cream, bandage wraps and eyedrops.
In addition to safety and health items, knowing what type of clothing to take is essential. Since you’ll certainly be spending time on the beach, plan to pack at least two swimsuits, a cover-up or sarong, beach sandals and sun protection in the form of a hat or umbrella. Temperatures will likely be pleasant and warm, so pack plenty of summer attire like shorts, breathable shirts and breezy dresses. Pack a couple of dressy outfits for dinners out (or one nice outfit you can wear twice) and a light rain jacket just in case.
General Packing Tips
Travelers to Puerto Rico should plan to pack as light as possible. If you can fit everything into a decent-sized carry-on bag, this will make your travels that much easier, especially if you plan on hopping from place to place. Note that, although Puerto Rico’s weather stays consistently mild year-round, late summer is the rainy season; be sure to pack appropriately for the weather. Along with your beach clothing, pack a beach towel and beach bag if you can fit these items in your suitcase or carry-on. Finally, don’t forget all your important travel documents: passport, a copy of your passport, health insurance documents, copies of all prescriptions and your photo ID.