Whether you are packing for a vacation abroad or a staycation here on island, there are some helpful things to remember.

Lists are a good idea

Make a list and check it twice. This will help you keep track of everything that you might need for your trip, so it doesn’t cost you when you arrive at your destination.

Documents, cash and cards

Keep all your important documentation together in a travel pouch so that it is easy and quickly to find while you are travelling. Remember not to keep cash or credit cards in your luggage and make sure to store them in two or three different places; that way, if you lose one you have a backup card or stash of cash for the rest of your trip.

Carry-on not check-in

If you are travelling abroad, remember to pack the essentials in your carry-on luggage. It is not uncommon for luggage to be delayed while in transit, so it is always helpful to have a spare change of clothes, some toiletries, a bathing costume and flip flops at hand in case your suitcase takes a detour. It can become an expensive issue to solve if you aren’t prepared.

Be liquid savvy

When packing toiletries and electricals remember the hotel or rental accommodation may provide basics such as a hairdryer, soap, body wash and shampoo so leave these items at home. To save you lugging around bulky liquid items, decant them into small reusable bottles and label them for easy identification. Also remember to sort your carry-on liquids into a one-quart transparent bag making sure that all items are less than 3 ounces.

Know your vacation spot

Research your destination. The time of year can have a significant impact on the climate as we all know living here in Cayman, so pack accordingly. Light natural fabrics like linen and cotton are perfect for the warm temperatures at this time of year but during rainy season, packing a light waterproof, hooded jacket and an umbrella would not be a bad idea.

Pack sensibly

When packing clothes, use the rolling technique to maximize space and to prevent creasing. Leave beach towels at home as they will weigh down your luggage and your accommodation will more than likely provide some. Bring a light sweater or cardigan for breezy evenings and a smart shirt or dress for going out. Beach chic is the dress code here in Cayman and for many beach resorts, so leave your more formal dresses and suits at home. That’s the advantage of visiting the Caribbean.

Don’t forget

Pack the usual holiday fare like SPF and after-sun lotion, a camera to snap all the wonderful memories you will make, a hat, a couple of pairs of sunglasses, flip flops and mosquito repellant to protect you from getting any nasty bites. Remember to pack pharmacy products like painkillers and bandages.

Unless you are planning a trek into the rainforest, wherever you are going there will most likely be a place where you can buy whatever you have forgotten or realize you might need.