What to Pack for a Vacation in the Bahamas

What to Pack for a Vacation in the Bahamas
Vacationing in the Bahamas offers the outdoor enthusiast a plethora of activities. Nassau and Grand Bahama Island are the most popular destinations; however, Bimini, The Berry Islands, Andros, The Abacos, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Cat Island, The Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Actklins and Crooked Island, Mayaguana and Inagua are also tropical paradises for relaxing retreats.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Reading material Snacks Carry-on suitcase Swimsuit Cover-up Change of casual clothing Passport or passport card List of emergency contacts Extra swimsuit Non-slip shoes Sunglasses Sunscreen Wetsuit Diving gear Comfortable walking shoes Extra suitcase Hiking shoes Long skirt Long pants Sports jacket Shorts Tank tops Tennis shoes Flip-flops Sandals T-shirts Sundress Camera Memory cards Batteries Film Fanny pack
  • Reading material
  • Snacks
  • Carry-on suitcase
  • Swimsuit
  • Cover-up
  • Change of casual clothing
  • Passport or passport card
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Extra swimsuit
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Wetsuit
  • Diving gear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Extra suitcase
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long skirt
  • Long pants
  • Sports jacket
  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Tennis shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Sandals
  • T-shirts
  • Sundress
  • Camera
  • Memory cards
  • Batteries
  • Film
  • Fanny pack
Step 1
Wear comfortable, loose clothing for traveling to the Bahamas. If flying, take along reading material and snacks. If you're taking a cruise, take a carry-on suitcase with your swimsuit and a cover-up, and a casual clothing change to wear while you're waiting for your bags the first day. According to the U.S. State Department, "U.S. citizens do not need to obtain visas to visit The Bahamas and may enter using either a passport or, if traveling by sea, a passport card. The Bahamas does not accept Enhanced Driver's Licenses (EDLs) for entry." Consider getting traveler's insurance in case you need medical treatment on your vacation. Make a list of emergency contacts and put it in your purse or wallet.
Step 2
Decide what outdoor activities you'll be participating in on your vacation to the Bahamas. The Abacos draw boating and sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. Pack an extra swimsuit so you can wear one and hang the other to dry. Take nonslip shoes for sailing, along with sunglasses and sunscreen. The mostly uninhabited Berry Islands have fabulous places to scuba dive; pack your wetsuit and diving gear if you don't want to rent them. If you plan to visit Nassau, take comfortable walking shoes for guided tours and an extra suitcase for shopping. Put on your hiking shoes for the Bimini Nature Hiking Trail; you can take a guided tour or take off on your own.
Step 3
Pack a long skirt or pants for walking around the cities or towns on the islands. Beach clothing is not appropriate in restaurants, hotels, churches, casinos or on the streets; men will need a sports jacket for evenings in these places. Take shorts, tank tops, T-shirts and a sundress for walking or relaxing on the beach.
Don't forget your camera for unforgettable shots of the colonial architecture; carry extra memory cards, batteries and film.

Tips & Warnings

 
Pack a fanny pack so you can keep your credit cards and money close to your person.

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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