One of the most amazing trips you can take is going somewhere in the Caribbean. There are a plethora of islands you can discover, relax on and enjoy but what should you bring? Like any trip, there’s going to be things that work better for particular destinations and the Caribbean is no different. This is even more important if you plan on flying with just a carry-on; something that is more than possible particularly if you’re traveling for two weeks or less.  Here are just some of the top carry-on essentials for your next Caribbean getaway so you can have the most amazing trip!

Top Carry-On EssentialsProtective Cremes and Gels

Whether it’s sunscreen, aloe vera gel or tanning lotion, bring any toiletries along with you that will help you maintain your island glow. If you plan on keeping this in your carry-on, be sure to have those products in travel variations so you don’t run into any problems.

Waterproof Phone Case

This is one of those things that we sometimes don’t think about until it’s too late, but having a phone case that can stand up to water will be the difference between fun oceanside photos and having a phone that’s severely damaged. These cases come in all kinds of flexible variations and often let you still use your phone inside, even with a touchscreen. While you should be cautious about going underwater with them (unless you purchase a high quality, hard case waterproof housing that specifies that it can be used this way) you should be okay using it to share a few memories from the shoreline without having to worry about a few splashes.

Rain, rain, go away

It’s true that there is generally beautiful weather all across the islands, but there are times when it rains – and when it rains it sometimes pours! It will be imperative that you bring at least one thing you can protect yourself with until you get inside! Go for a light, compact umbrella or a hooded parka to keep you dry until you find shelter to wait for the showers to pass. Hopefully, your trip won’t get rained out but it’s still something important to consider.

Equipment & GearTop Carry-On Essentials

Depending on what you plan on doing in your destination, bringing equipment with you might be your best bet. Often, borrowing items like swimming goggles or masks for snorkeling can add up if it’s something that you plan to do often, so try to bring your own if you have space. Think about an activity you’re likely to do several times during your trip and try to bring it with you if you can. Chances are high that buying one at home and bringing it along with you will end up saving you money in the long run. That being said, what you also pay for is a convenience when you rent – so keep that in mind as well. You should generally be able to bring these kinds of items in your carry-on luggage.

Leave Some Room

As much as you might want to bring important items like this along for the ride, it’s always a good idea to leave some space in your bag to bring things back home with you! Many of the islands in the Caribbean are full of talented artisans who make unique, one-of-a-kind items that will allow you to always remember your trip. Head to local arts and craft markets to find the best stuff, and leave a little bit of space in your carry-on to bring it all back!

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