20 Must Pack Items for Antigua

by Female Abroad

Traveling to each island in the Caribbean is slightly different but no matter where you go, when it comes to packing it is good to know at least the most important items to pack / debate on packing based on your trip. Here are my 20 MUST have items for Antigua.

  1. Lightweight clothing
    Pack lightweight and breathable clothing like linen and/or cotton t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, and skirts to stay cool in the tropical climate. Chub rub is real so if your thighs touch then you will want to pack shorts to wear under your dresses/skirts or invest in chub rub and bring it with you everywhere.
  2. Swimwear
    Don't forget to pack your swimsuits, bikinis, or trunks, as Antigua is known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  3. Sun protection
    Carry reef safe, sweatproof, waterproof, high SPF sunscreen along with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a lightweight, long-sleeved cover-up to protect yourself from the strong Caribbean sun. If you burn easily then you may even want to look into SPF clothing.
  4. Insect repellent
    Antigua has mosquitoes and other insects, especially in the evenings. Pack a reliable insect repellent to avoid bug bites. If you are going to be mixing it with your sunscreen, then pick a deet free kind, as deet can reduce the potency of sunscreen and cause your body to absorb high levels of deet which is a known carcinogen.
  5. Beach towel
    Bring a lightweight, quick-drying beach towel for lounging on the sandy shores. Check to make sure your cruise / accommodation does not provide one as this does take up space in the suitcase.
  6. Comfortable walking shoes
    Pack a pair of comfortable shoes for exploring the island, especially if you plan on hiking or walking in nature reserves.
  7. Sandals/flip-flops/water shoes
    Don't forget to bring a pair of sandals or flip-flops for casual wear and beach excursions.
  8. Light rain jacket or poncho
    Antigua can experience brief tropical showers even in the summer, so a light rain jacket or poncho can come in handy.
  9. Travel adapter
    Antigua uses Type A and Type B electrical outlets, so make sure to pack a travel adapter if your devices have different plug types.
  10. Snorkeling gear
    If you enjoy snorkeling, consider bringing your own snorkel, mask, and fins to explore the vibrant marine life around the island. If you are taking a snorkeling excursion, there may be gear already included. You can also look into renting while on the island if you do not have space in your suitcase.
  11. Reusable water bottle
    Staying hydrated is crucial in the Caribbean heat. Carry a reusable water bottle to refill and reduce plastic waste. Just check with your accommodation as to whether the tap water is safe to drink since you do not want to be stuck in the bathroom the entire trip.
  12. Camera or smartphone
    Capture the beauty of Antigua by bringing a camera or smartphone with a good camera for memorable photos/videos.
  13. Beach bag / day bag
    A spacious beach bag will be handy for carrying your essentials to the beach, such as sunscreen, towels, water, and snacks. However, a light weight day bag can make exploring the island a lot easier.
  14. Travel documents
    Remember to pack your passport, travel insurance, flight tickets, and any necessary visas in a waterproof and secure bag.
  15. Medications and first aid kit
    If you have any prescribed medications, ensure you bring an adequate supply. Also, pack a basic first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic, and pain relievers. If you are planning on "experiencing" a more erotic form of tourism, then also make sure to pack condoms.
  16. Cash and credit cards
    It's a good idea to have some local currency (Eastern Caribbean Dollars) and international credit cards for transactions and emergencies.
  17. Portable charger
    Keep your electronic devices charged while on the go with a portable charger or power bank.
  18. Travel guidebook or maps
    If you prefer offline references, carry a travel guidebook or printed maps to navigate the island and discover its attractions. Make sure to grab my travel guide if you are headed to the island for a cruise or short trip - click here for more information.
  19. Snacks and water
    Carry some light snacks and bottled water for long journeys or when exploring remote areas.
  20. Sense of adventure
    Finally, don't forget to pack a sense of adventure and open-mindedness. Antigua offers a wealth of experiences and breathtaking sights that you won't want to miss!

Remember to check the weather forecast closer to your travel dates and make adjustments to the list accordingly. Have a fantastic trip to Antigua!