The Tropical Traveler: Our ultimate guide on what to pack on your next tropical holiday
Whether you are preparing for your first trip to Bali or consider yourself a seasoned traveler, packing for a trip to the tropics can feel like a pretty fun-sponge activity. From the "Say what, I'll be wearing a bikini in 48 hours?!" overwhelming realisation to the "I'm pretty sure I'll need 2 pairs of jeans" thoughts....we hear you. Every day leading up to your holiday should bring excitement and eager anticipation, not stress and 'WTF do I pack-do-I-even-own-an-appropriate-bikini thoughts!
Five years ago before I moved to the tropics for good (ish) I too was having one of those 'ARGH, 10 days in the tropics what the hell do I pack!?" kinda meltdowns. Living in a world where temperatures barely fall below 25 degrees and the sun shines 340 days a year can be a tricky one to navigate through the ol' 20kg limit of a suitcase when your everyday brain is still in four-seasons-a-day winter mode.
In this guide, we've put together our tropical traveling tips to make a good list to help you navigate what's getting into your suitcase straight away (hey, they may even fit in your hand luggage!) and what can stay at home and keep the dog company while you holiday. And because I am a supporter of anything and anyone heading off on an adventure, we've put together a Free downloadable packing list for you to help you on your way. Click here to download yours.
1) Travel Documents - Including but not limited to: Passport, Visa for the appropriate countries, Flight details, Hotel booking, Pick-up Taxi/Bus/Train information.
Believe it or not, many people (including myself - on numerous occasions!) can overlook this VERY important feature of their holiday. Keep in mind places like Indonesia, Vietnam and many other countries in Asia require you to have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport prior to landing in their country. Many Asian countries (As I recently found out the hard way in Vietnam!) also require pre-approval of Visa's prior to landing. Be sure to do your research to avoid missing your flight!
2) A well-packed Carry On.
Imagine if your luggage didn't arrive to your destination, would you be OK for 24 hours? I always pack my toothbrush, deodorant, a bikini, a book, a shirt and sarong (Perfect for plane naps) and a few snacks at the bare minimum. If my luggage didn't show up on the other side, at least I can hit the beach for the day and get the holiday started immediately!
We LOVE these super cute backpacks from STATE. Check them out here.
3) Lightweight Clothing
Leave that super cute demin jumpsuit at home and stick with your lightweight cotton maxi instead - you'll thank us for it on day 1 in your tropical destination I promise! It's hard to comprehend the humidity of the tropics when you're nicely perched at home with the heater on in your warm apartment. But its real ladies. And wearing natural fibres (Cotton, Silk, Rayon, Linen) can save you from overheating in the mid-day sunshine. Heavy fabrics and synthetics like Polyester just make you sweat more and aid to your uncomfort (Or bring that pool-side happy hour forward a few hours!) I always make sure I am packing a couple of oversized dresses and light cotton T-shirts.
4) Comfortable Shoes
ESSENTIAL. Ain't nobody going exploring if they have blisters all over their feet. Exploring not for you you say? How about walking to Dinner? That romantic beach walk? Shopping? Trust us, if you don't have your most comfortable shoes as your number one, then be prepared for the worst, the hot tropical climate can do nasty things to create blisters.
5) Hat and Sarong
Here is the tropics the sun shines 12-14 hours a day and there's nothing more important than living by a Slip Slop Slap & Wrap motto! A sarong is the perfect item to stash in your hand-luggage to keep warm on the plane, as a shawl to cover you from the sun while you're riding on the back of a scooter and at the beach for sunset to sip your coconut on! Most tropical countries sell these on or close to the beach so don;t stress if you can't find one in your local department store!
6) A couple of pairs of swimmers
Girl, if you're going to be oceanside 8 hours a day for a week, you're going to need options! It's your time to shine sister, flaunt it and get in that ocean...After-all, you have been saving up for this moment for the last few months!
Sunscreen and Bug Spray. Don't leave the house without them. These 2 items can often be hard to come across in some countries as the local people don't get affected by these 2 nasties. A night under the stars in the Caribbean would be impossible without a couple of dosings of bug spray so be sure to pack it as a number 1!
8) A spare day pack (Could also double as your carry on bag)
Essential for your daily adventures, make sure it's big enough for your wallet, sarong, sunscreen and a spare shirt. You'll most likely be wearing this bad boy everyday so splashing out on a cute bag might be worth it pre-holiday. I would recommend a backpack so you can be hands-free when you head up that mountain for sunrise.
As mentioned, currently obsessing over these bags from STATE!
9) Adapter for any electronics
While these can often be picked up pretty cheaply at the airport or your new destination, it's so handy to have one on arrival to your guest house / hotel so you can charge up your camera, ready to head out exploring!
10) Your local Currency Cash
At every airport there is always a money changer handy. While they probably don't offer you the best rate going around town, its a great idea to change $100 or so so you can pay for your taxi and pick up a couple of ARRIVAL BEERS!
So there you go ladies, a quick reference guide for your next adventure to the tropics. I know we're not all built for this sweaty, humid heat but as long as there's a pool in sight, you'll be away sweating and swimming in no time.
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Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
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Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
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Beaded Bracelets - La Luna Rose Sundown Sandy beaded bracelets are fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist. One sits at a total circumference of approx 16cm and the other at 18.5cm. As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you in the design you will be ordering.
La Luna Rose Colour Creator Cuff Bracelets are also fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist based on a wider design. One sits at a total circumference of 17.5cm and the other at 19cm. These fit slightly larger than ou As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you.
La Luna Rose Sideshow Sally Beaded Bracelets are constructed with a 'loop' system meaning that they do not open up completely but can be adjusted largely in size from a small wrist size measuring 14cm circumference to a larger wrist measuring 19cm circumference. To open them just pull at the end of the beaded section and to close them once on your wrist, pull the tassel heads gently. Again, if you are unsure please feel free to email us here & we can help you work out your size.
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La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 17cm, 18cm and 19cm.
*For the Chunky Monkey bracelet we suggest a tighter fit. To be sure of your size here, measure your wrist circumference and use this to order the correct size as shown on the product page.
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All measurements are on the product pages. Our Essentials necklaces are available in 16" length with an smaller loop at 15" and 18" with an smaller loop at 17".
Our Essentials Bracelets measure 17cm in length with an smaller size loop at 15cm.
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Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the abiloity to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Solid silver bracelets for little Petites (To add charms onto) are available in 3 sizes. Baby 4.5cm in diameter (Recommended age 3-5), Small 5cm in diameter (Recommended age 6-10) and Medium 5.5cm diameter (Recommended age 10-15).
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
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