What should I pack?

When it comes to packing, it can be hard to know what to take and what to leave at home.  

When choosing your clothing, keep in mind the cultural norms of your destination and keep your political, religious, and nation-focused clothing at home.  It’s best to also leave clothing at home that included profanity and nudity.

If you’re traveling to an area where you will visit religious sights, remember that covered shoulders and covered knees are required.  In some countries, such as Muslim-conservative areas, covered elbows and covered ankles are required.  Ask your advisor if you’re unsure of required dress.

Traveling in the Caribbean and Mexico can be laid back, but some dress codes still apply.  For your breakfast and lunch venues, shorts, tanks, t-shirts, swimsuits (dry) with a cover up are no problem, but dinner will be somewhat dressier.  Women, pretty much anything goes for dinner. Sundresses, maxi dresses, rompers, dress shorts, pants… basically anything other than cut off shorts/t-shirts is appropriate for the evenings.  For your shoes: wedges, sandals, even nice flip-flops would be appropriate.  Men, there are a few restaurants on almost every property that require long pants, closed toed shoes (no sandals, even dressy ones) and collared shirts.  

Looking for more packing ideas?  Eagle Creek has an extensive packing list that even includes steps to take before you leave home.  They also provide packing suggestions by location and activity (scroll to the bottom for location and activity packing tips).

Still have questions on what to pack? Contact your KaliKosmos Travel advisor to discuss what will work best for you.