What to Bring on a Tropical Excursion

Posted on 02/28/2024

Part of what makes a vacation an experience is going out and … well, experiencing the destination! But how do you prepare for off-site adventure? Sure, pre-booking tours helps with general packing guidelines for that specific tour, but realistically, in order to be ready for the best a place has to offer, there are certain things you should always bring with you to the tropics, especially if you’re planning on being out and about.

For that kind of expert guidance, we decided to Ask a Pro. Luckily, there’s no better expert to ask than the excursion pros at Amstar DMC, the leading and award-winning destination management company for the most popular touristic destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, and a part of the extended Travel Impressions family.

Here’s what Sashoi Beswick, Inside Sales Agent for Amstar DMC, recommends soft adventurers keep in their go bags.

QUESTION: WHAT’S #1 ON YOUR ESSENTIAL “PACK” LIST AND WHY?

“Swimsuit,” Beswick answers promptly. “Many excursions involve water activities like swimming, snorkeling, or visiting stunning beaches, and having a swimsuit guarantees you’re all set to enjoy these adventures.

“There may be times when a swimsuit isn’t necessary, such as when you’re on an archeological excursion like Chichen Itza in the Mexican Caribbean. On cultural tours or city explorations where water activities aren’t included, your swimsuit can take a well-deserved break!” she laughs. “For those types of day trips, she advises travelers “focus on comfortable clothing and gear suitable for walking.” However, if you’re not sure if there might be an aquatic pit stop, throw one in your bag anyway. You never know when you’re in these types of destinations if there might be an opportunity for a dip!

QUESTION: DO I NEED INSECT REPELLANT, AND IF SO, WHAT KIND?

This is a solid yes from Beswick. “Amstar does not provide insect repellent, but we do recommend you bring your own to ensure you won’t become an all-you-can-eat buffet for bugs! Environmentally friendly options include repellants made with natural ingredients like lemon eucalyptus oil or those with a lower concentration of DEET,” she says. Many of these natural options are pet- and child-safe, and just as effective as the chemical varieties. For instance, EcoSmart, Murphy’s Naturals, and Zevo are all excellent choices.

QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PACKING A WATER BOTTLE?

Tour operators like Amstar will often provide water on trips with long rides, but guests are encouraged to bring their own to help cut down on single-use plastics. Beswick says, “When deciding whether to bring your own water, consider the type of excursion you’re embarking on. For instance, if you’re going on a family cruise in Jamaica that includes an open bar with drinks aplenty, you won’t need to worry about bringing your own water!”

QUESTION: WHAT DO TRAVELERS ABSOLUTELY NEED TO PACK THAT’S OFTEN FORGOTTEN?

“Oh, quick-drying clothing!” Beswick says. “Nobody likes to be a soggy traveler!”

Also, “UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes and look cool doing it; a small daypack for carrying your essentials and looking adventurous; and a camera or Smart phone to capture those ‘OMG I was there!’ moments,” she lists.

“Of course, always check the specific requirements for each tour or excursion, as needs may vary. You can also contact your travel advisor or, if in-destination already, your Amstar rep. With the right prep, you’re sure to have a blast!”

 

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