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What to Pack for Your Cayman Islands Vacation

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From choosing the perfect villa to arranging bespoke culinary experiences, our dedicated team is here to assist you with planning an unparalleled island getaway. To ensure a flawless experience—and soothe any pre-trip stress—we curated this short guide to help you pack for your Cayman Islands vacation.

Begin with a carry-on and one large suitcase with wheels. Pack lightly! Remember that Grand Cayman has a variety of shops with a range of clothing and toiletries should you forget any necessities.

Pack essentials in your carry-on

  • All travelers need a passport valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Secure your passport and other important documents (driver’s license, credit cards, boarding pass, rental car confirmation and health insurance information) in your carry-on or purse.
  • Include mobile phones, cameras and electronics, as well as any medications. If space permits, pack a change of clothes and a swimsuit, though it is rare for luggage to be lost.

What to wear in the Cayman Islands

  • Comfort is key: Stay cool and comfortable in the heat with lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics, such as cotton and linen.
  • Relaxed by day: For daily activities, choose casual T-shirts, polos and shorts for men, or camisoles, blouses, shorts, skirts, sundresses and sarongs for ladies. Account for the tropical Caribbean air by packing extra swimsuits to ensure that one will always be dry.
  • Island casual by night: Evenings call for a smarter version of casual, or “island casual.” For a stylish dinner outfit, pack a modest sundress or a long skirt for ladies, or a pair of long pants and a collared shirt for men. Jackets and ties are never required. While rarely needed outdoors, a light wrap or pashmina can be a welcome addition when dining in air-conditioned restaurants or al fresco at night, which can feel cooler after you’ve spent the day lounging under the sun.
  • Beachwear for the beach: The Cayman Islands may be more conservative and family-oriented than home. While swimwear is acceptable on the beach and around the pool, stay-over visitors tend to keep the suits to the shore and refrain from wearing swimwear when shopping, dining or walking along the street.
  • Simple, lightweight footwear: Flip flops and slip-on shoes are perfect for most island excursions, and stylish sandals or boat shoes are suitable for evening events. If you plan on jogging or tackling the Mastic Trail, pack sneakers or sturdy hiking shoes.

Prepare for outdoor activities

  • Sunscreen is essential: Since you will likely spend most of your time in or near the water, choose reef-friendly, waterproof sunscreen with at least 50 SPF, plus a lip balm with SPF.
  • Additional sun protection: Pack a chic, wide-brimmed sun hat to protect your face, neck, and ears, a pair of UV-coated sunglasses, and a rash guard for water-based activities.
  • Diving and snorkeling gear: Grand Cayman boasts world-class dive sites and below water entertainment. Depending on your preference, pack your own equipment or rent gear from local dive shops through our concierge. If you’re planning on diving, don’t forget your PADI card.
  • Other leisure gear: Fishing supplies are available to rent or buy, and the island has two world-class golf facilities offering equipment rental. Avid tennis players may wish to pack a personal racket, and we encourage bird watchers to bring binoculars to enjoy the island’s resident and migratory birds.
  • Fitness gear: With a bounty of water sports and fitness centers, it’s easy to stay fit on Grand Cayman. Alternatively, pack a jump rope, resistance bands and a yoga mat to create a private beachfront gym.
  • Beach essentials: Luxury Cayman Villas supplies stylish Turkish-T beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and portable coolers at most properties to take with you on your island adventures.

Things to leave at home

  • Travel adaptors: The standard voltage in the Cayman Islands is the North American standard of 110 volts / 60 cycles with three-prong grounded outlets. Visitors from the United States and Canada do not need special adaptors or converters, and hair dryers are available in every villa.
  • Bulky toiletries: Every bathroom offers luxurious bath amenities from Malin+Goetz, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash and lotion.
  • First-aid kits: First-aid kits with bandages, alcohol wipes and similar non-medicinal items are offered in each villa. Although local pharmacies can fill prescriptions, we do recommend packing a supply of medications to cover the duration of your trip. Include aloe vera or after sun cream for sunburns and your favorite remedies for headaches, colds, upset stomachs and insect bites.

Final packing tips

  • A collapsible bag can double as a beach bag or market tote.
  • Protect valuables from wet swimsuits and bottle spills with a stash of reusable plastic baggies.
  • Keep cameras and electronics safe from seawater and salt air with a waterproof dry bag.
  • A refillable water bottle will help you stay hydrated in the Caribbean heat.
  • Your villa is stocked with a variety of kid-friendly games and activities, but you may wish to pack your child’s favorite snacks, inflatable arm floaties, water shoes and a kiddie snorkel set.

You’re ready for paradise! Now your only task is to daydream about your upcoming island escape.