For those heading to the sandy shores of the Bahamas, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the trip. However, before you let thoughts of the sun, palm trees and snorkelling carry you away, get the essentials sorted to ensure your trip is the most enjoyable it can be.
If you're packing for a holiday to one of the 700 islands in the Bahamas, here are five things to add to your carry-on to help your trip go off without a hitch:
1. Insect repellent and sunscreen
As with any beach here at home, there are a range of summer essentials that will keep you safe and comfortable. Don't forget to pack insect repellent and sunscreen, as these items may be pricey at your hotel. Having a pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat is also important to protect your eyes and face from the constant sun.
2. Pack light
One of the biggest draw cards for the Bahamas is the year-round warmth and good weather. For this reason, the islands are among the few places where a single carry-on bag is likely to be enough for your whole holiday, though you may want to pack a larger bag to give you room to bring home your souvenirs.
Basically, a few pieces of light, casual clothing should be enough to cover your trip, but remember to keep the beachwear at the beach. If the casino or fine dining is on the menu, men will need to pack a collared shirt and women might want to include a nice frock or two in their luggage.
In December to February, a light jacket may be required in the evenings when the temperature cools, but no matter what time you visit it's vital to remember your bathing suit!
3. Sandals and walking shoes
Sandals are best for most of the holiday, especially if you are spending a lot of the time on the beach. However, having some comfortable trainers on hand will be beneficial to give you the freedom to enjoy the walking trails and avoid using taxis.
4. A power convertor
The Bahamas uses type A and B plugs and sockets – as are used in Japan and the United States. This means that Australian travellers, and those from other countries, will require a convertor in order to keep their electronics charged and working.
5. Your camera
It may seem like a given, but unless you put it on the list, you would be surprised how easily cameras are left behind on holidays. Keep loved ones at home updated on your adventures and don't miss a single awe-inspiring moment without your camera in hand.
By ensuring these travel necessities are packed for your trip to the Bahamas, you can make the most of the sandy beaches and ensure your holiday is one you will never forget.