The key to packing for a Caribbean getaway is moderation. Sand and sea require a minimal dress code, and hotels will provide the basic amenities you'll need to make your stay clean and comfortable.

Nonetheless, a few essential items in your overnight bag can minimize stress and maximize fun in the sun.

The biggest danger you'll likely face is a trip-spoiling sunburn; so packing the right protection will keep you from being mistaken for a walking Gumbo-limbo, known to locals as the tourist tree owing to its peeling red bark.

Express a little style in your island fashion with a brimmed hat, a travel-friendly bathing suit or two, and a cover-up to wear from bedroom to beach and back again.

And for aquatic adventurers, bringing your own water gear can save you time and rental fees. You'll also have the flexibility to explore on your own.

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