If you are the kind of person who panics at the mere thought of packing for anything or frets on the way to the airport and even on the plane whether you’ve forgotten something – you’re not alone. If you love a list or are totally disorganised, either way – here’s the quintessential list of what to pack on your Dunk Island holiday!
Best to pack two, one you can have rinsed and drying whilst you wear another.
For the ladies – Sarong
The sarong is a fabulous accessory no matter what your size, great for throwing over the swimming costume, or converting to a shirt for dinner. A sarong can even be used as a bikini top if you are wanting to avoid suntan lines.
Broad rimmed hat
You really do need one of these – but please don’t embarrass yourself by attaching corks to it – ok, maybe because you’re on holiday you could get away with it.
Even if you aren’t sporty, you do need this – it will help keep you protected if you sweat a lot – Dunk is a tropical rainforest island so it can get humid.
After sun cream or gel
If you’ve had a slight kiss of the sun or you could pass for a lobster – Aloe Vera gels are a great idea to take on your island holiday!
Tropical Strength Insect Repellant
With the tropical climate sometimes, there are insects – buy this before you go and test them before you leave to ensure no allergies/reactions.
Pack lightweight cotton where possible, and depending on the time you visit perhaps a lightweight cardigan or long sleeve shirt for evenings. It’s also a good idea to take a lightweight raincoat or poncho for tropical rains! You want to be comfortable and your clothing should have adequate ventilation to keep you cool – so stay away from polyester for example!
Thongs and sandals are good, but you may also want to include a pair of hiking/running shoes – there is a fantastic 45 min hike up Mt Kootaloo with spectacular views. You may also want to go mountain biking or horse riding in which case closed shoes are more appropriate.
As above plus any swimming accessories such as goggles etc. A few activities that you can do if it rains – e.g. a sticker book, one special toy from home, colouring pencils and book. Don’t overdo it though as there is a fantastic Kids Club on the island!
if you have any specific medication requirements, please get your prescriptions filled before you leave home.
Camera, and spare batteries!
You really don’t want to miss a moment with a memory-maker (eg your camera or video camera!)
Something to read:
While you are lying in the hammock beside the butterfly pool, you may want to catch up on the latest novel from your favourite author.
Most of all..
Don’t pack your work or your worries, you’re on holiday remember, relax!
The good news is that if you forget anything, there is a lovely boutique on the island.
The above list was prepared in conjunction with Melissa… the Mum who blogged her way to Dunk Island. If you have any comments or additional suggestions, please let us know, by sharing below.