Island-hopping Must-haves

Island hopping is a great activity for a pair of travelers or whole families when going to beautiful tropical paradises. It instills a sense of adventure and discovery in you that may seem to have been lost in your days of childhood and can be a rewarding experience when you discover hidden havens and attractions that photographs just can’t give justice to.

But island hopping can be a real pain if you’re not fully equipped to take on different kinds of terrain, weather conditions, hunger and more. Here are five types of items you might need to have around while you explore:

The Right Clothes

Island hopping is a fun activity where you get to explore different islands with different features and attractions. But that can also mean different obstacles and terrain for you and the family. When you’re climbing up 350 steps to climb a mountain, there’s a high probability it could get caught and torn in a stray branch or sharp rock face. Pick clothes that look good and are durable/functional. Wear something that covers your body but breathes so that you don’t succumb to heat related fainting, exhaustion and being sunburnt. Sandals or slippers that can hug both rocky terrain or wet stone steps are ideal for any situation on a tropical island.

Shorts just above the knees help avoid netting you some really nasty cuts and bruises while a versatile jacket can help shield you from extreme sunburn and/or chilly showers of rain. Make sure to ask if there’s going to be swimming involved beforehand so you can bring your bathing suit or board shorts as well (or just travel in them if they’re light enough to wear under your clothes.)

A Compact Medical Kit

This type of item is especially handy for those who are not exactly outdoor people. Even with the right equipment and clothes, professionals themselves can still get scrapes and cuts. A handy little first aid kit should contain a few band-aids, disinfectant, a roll of gauze, some cotton and some optional capsules and meds if you or someone in your group is prone to certain illnesses or allergies which can be found in nature. A compact kit should also include a some suntan lotion so you don’t get burned when the coat you applied before the trip starts to dry up. It’s never fun to come home and find your skin fried bright red and painful to the touch.

A Little Snack Box

Food is the fuel which keeps us going. One of the greatest enemies of an adventurer is an empty stomach because it can render us helpless and unable to continue our journeys if it continues to stay that way. Even after having a large breakfast before the trip, it really helps to have some light snacks and sweets around. Sometimes it can be a great act of kindness to give a light snack to help another person who’s feeling a little faint, themselves. If you’re going to have lunch on the beach, why not bring a small, airtight container with some pre-made or pre-cooked food too? If there’s a grill area on the beach you’re going to, just bring some of your own fish, meat and cooked rice to prepare on the venue itself. Remember to clean after yourselves and pick up garbage when you’re done.

Portable Water Source

Staying hydrated is necessary, especially on very hot days within tropical climates. Water is believed to be the source of life, so you’ll be wise to have some with you on your journey. A moderate balance between drinking too much and not drinking at all should be observed to avoid constant trips to the bathroom and dehydration. While canisters and bottled water can be an effective way to carry lots of the refreshing liquid during travels, it can be a pain to carry it constantly if you cannot fit it in or you don’t even have a bag of your own to carry it. Another option is a canister with a strap so you can carry it on your shoulders to save on bag space for cameras and a multitude of other things.

A Small Bag

Where most of the items on the list come together. Bringing a bag with you during island hopping adventures is essential for keeping your hands free for other things like taking pictures or for holding on to crevices or ropes when exploring an island. While a small bag is most ideal for any kind of situation, sometimes necessity can call for bigger ones. Just make sure you can actually carry it while you climb up hills and cross rivers. It reassures a person to know their bag is waterproof and can keep securely shut while traveling to eliminate that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that something terrible might happen to your precious items while you glide over the ocean on a boat or you explore dark caves.

Island hopping can lead you to some of mother nature’s greatest gifts to mankind. It’s an adventure, a chance to learn and an opportunity to see the beauty of the natural world rolled into one trip. Being well-equipped and ready for any kind of situation can make even the most tiring of trips worth it, so always keep your destination in mind and pack accordingly for the adventure you need to experience.