Tropical travel packing list
Posted by dkwinter


  • Money belt to keep passport with you at ALL TIMES
  • Eating utensils/coffee cup/serviettes
  • Twin sheets and blanket or sleeping bag with a travel pillow
  • Rain gear
  • Sun block and hat
  • Protective footwear
  • Flip flops for shower area
  • Bathing suit
  • Mosquito repellent with 35% Deet
  • Handlamp, flashlight/batteries/reading light
  • Mosquito net
  • Earplugs
  • Batter powered personal sized fan
  • Sunglasses
  • Sharpie pens, ballpoint pens, ziplock bags
  • Work items
  • Travel journal


Personal hygiene/toiletries

  • baby wipes
  • toilet paper
  • bath towel/wash cloth
  • Kleenex/tissues
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer. Assume everything is contaminated. Use frequently.



  • snack items/quick energy foods (cliff bars, fruit to go, beef jerky, granola, nuts, pop tarts, etc). Individually wrapped items are best to prevent having to touch the food with your hands.
  • powdered drink mix in individual packets
  • stabucks instant coffee packets
  • reusable water bottle



  • personal prescribed meds
  • Cipro 500 mg BID start before you arrive (depends on where, but this was given prophylactically on a trip to Haiti)
  • Flagyl 500 mg BID to be started only if you develop diarrhea
  • Doxycycline (optional)
  • OTC meds: Advil, Tylenol, vitamins, cold/sinus meds, immodium, pepto-bismol
  • Sleep aids if needed
  • Anti-malarial to be taken daily as prescribed



  • Dependent on destination but:
  • Hep A/Hep B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus booster
  • Dukoral (optional)