Post # 1
We are going to St. Lucia! YAY! I was wondering if anyone has good suggestions on what to pack and what to leave at home? I know many bee’s have gone to St. Lucia or other islands near by that would require similar items. So, what should I take with me?
Post # 3
@Samantha7: I don’t have any advice because I haven’t been and I am the worst packer ever (I take everything). I just wanted to say that I’m so jealous! We wanted to go to St. Lucia so bad and that’s one of our top places to go when we have the time and money! Have a great time!
Post # 4
have fun!!! we are going to Antigua and I will def be stalking this post to see what other bees suggest to take along! 🙂 let the packing begin!
Post # 5
Besides the usual swimsuits, suntan lotion etc I would pack a convertible dress!
That way you have one item that can double or even triple in style! And they usually work well as a over bathing suit coverup dress as well! 🙂
Oh! And a gorillapod so that you and your husband can take pictures of you two without asking anyone!
Travel Space Bags allowed us to pack so much more in less space for our HM!
Post # 6
I am fully supportive of overpacking! I used to be an under-packer… I did Europe for 2 weeks in a carry-on! But then I got stuck one time (Vegas, 108 degrees the whole week, I did NOT want to re-wear clothes I’d sweated in but I had to and I felt disgusting). Now I am a champion of overpacking… I say don’t plan to rewear any shorts/capris more than once, and take 1.5x as many shirts as days you’ll be there at least (because some days you’ll want 2 outfits). Also don’t forget LOTS of sunscreen. 🙂
Post # 7
We went to St. Lucia. The only thing I didn’t have that I wish I did was some water shoes. If you go on excusions to go snorkling and such, the beaches are very rocky.
Post # 8
Oh, and one more thing. A small backpack. We went hiking one day (not something I thought we would do) and I had to carry a beach bag with our stuff which was annoying.
Post # 9
I overpacked too! We didn’t go out of the country, but I way overpacked! I felt good knowing I could wear whatever I wanted and not worry about running out of clothes before we got home.
I love the convertible dress suggestion! Don’t worry about bringing beach towels — take the extras from your room. You’ll get room service, so that’s one less thing to pack. The resort might even supply them too. Go online and check the resort/hotel and see what they supply. Some places have laundry facilities so you could bring less and just do wash there.
Take a pair of slippers or something to wear around your hotel room, a pair of sandals/flip flops, dress shoes, and sneakers if there is a gym and you want to work out. You don’t need any more than 3 pairs. Pick a dress pair that will go with each dressy outfit you bring.
I also brought a few basic first aid items (bandaids, tylenol, pepto, etc) in travel size because the WORST thing is being on vacation and not having that basic stuff that you normally have at home, then running out to get it.
Post # 10
Think double and triple purpose for everything. Hotels have laundry if you need and a lot of beachsummer wear can be washed in the tub and hang dried.
Think summer dresses that can be worn with a cardigan at night, as a cover-up over your bathingsuit and with flat sandals for walking around.
At least two bathing suits. I hate putting on a wet bathing suit.
You probably dont need heels so dont bother. If you go to a nice restaurant you can wear your summer dress with a nice pair of sandals.
Id bring beach sandals and 2 pair of nice, but comfortable sandals. Sneakers if you plan on hiking anywhere, running, riding horses etc.
Skirts, shorts and tank tops are interchangeable so choose them so they all match each other. That way you only need 2 or 3 pieces of jewelry because it will match everything as well.
And dont forget some lingerie 🙂
Post # 11
yayy i’m deciding in between st. lucia and antigua. up until yesterday anguilla was a contender, but turns out it’s wayyy more expensive to get there than the other options. (!!)
@missjayellegee: where are you going in antigua?
Post # 12
cartascartas: anguilla was also an option for us as well: st lucia, anguilla or antigua were what we narrowed down our choices to! we eliminated anguilla bc to add the food package, our total was upwards of 10k for 8 nights. I also was hoping to get a direct flight wherever we were going so we didnt waste too much traveling time. St. lucia looked beautiful and we were considering the sandals tehre which i have heard great things about. We finally decided on antigua at the sandals resort. i read tons of reviews and heard great things about it from friends and family who have traveled there. we are staying 8 nights/9 days and since its a sandals it includes just about everything! good luck and if you’;d like, def PM me. i did lots of research on anguilla (cap jaluca and cuisinart) and st. lucia and antigua sandals grande.
good luck choosing!!! 🙂
Post # 13
We did St. Lucia for 10 days and I packed a carryon. I highly recommend the carryon because the airport is small and not very organized if you have problems and DH’s checked suitcase was broken in transport and the airline was beyond unhelpful to the point that they didn’t even have tape or a plastic bag to help him carry his things. Also, you can’t lose a carry on. I also skipped all toiletries aside from toothpaste, sunscreen and a bit of makeup so as not to have a liquid problem.
As far as stuff, I lived in bikinis and sun dresses at the resort. We were at Sandals and he had to adhere to dress code (long pants, closed shoes) for some restaurants. I brought one pair of heels (wedges), 2 pair Havianas, and a gladiator type. I had 2 dresses that were multi tie actually mostly because they were also jersey and packed easily and could be worn to hide a halter bikini. On excursions we needed bathing suits. I brought one pair of board shorts which I wore the day we went on a snorkeling excursion and for water sports. Bring a hat and sunglasses.
We had a waterproof digital camera and it was so much fun. If you have one, get the floating wrist strap. It looks stupid and I didn’t buy it becasue of that but when we saw other people with them I realized the practicality.
This is kind of all over the place but feel free to PM me if you have specific questions.