What to Pack for Puerto Rico – Getting Ready for a Worry-Free Vacation

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There really is a little something for everyone in Puerto Rico. Some families opt to stay in a resort and enjoy the beach and the water sports, while others come to see the national forests, popular for zip line activities and hiking.  For some travelers, the joy of relaxing with a round of golf or a day of sport fishing is what draws them to the tropical paradise.


Puerto Rico is an island that features many different ecosystems giving travelers a great selection of activities to choose from while on their vacation. So what do you pack when you’re visiting?


To The Beach!


Snorkeling, surfing, beach chair lounging, there are plenty of beach activities for all travelers. Here’s what you should bring to have fun and enjoy a worry-free vacation:

  • Swimwear – swimsuits, swim shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach cover ups
  • Sunscreen
  • EPA-approved insect repellent


What comes first, the sunscreen or bug spray? According to the CDC, first apply sunscreen according to the directions and follow with insect repellent. Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently and check the directions for number of times you can reapply insect repellent.


Climb Every Mountain


  • El Yunque, Guanica State Forest and Mona Island are some of the most popular hiking areas in Puerto Rico. Nothing is more tropical than waterfalls, palm forests and exotic wildlife like the iguanas and turtles on Mona Island, so here is what to bring to make the most of your adventure: Hiking boots/closed toe shoes
  • Swimsuit – just in case you find that waterfall
  • Permethrin treated clothing, preferably long sleeve shirts and pants to protect your skin from tropical insects
  • Water and snacks


You’re entering a tropical forest so prevention is key to protect yourself from insect bites. The CDC recommends using an EPA-registered insect repellent with the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.


Take Me to Old San Juan


Historic architecture, restaurants, museums, music and dancing, there is so much to do in San Juan during the day and after the sun sets.


When perusing the museums and old streets of San Juan, bring:

  • Lighter fabrics due to the humidity
  • Comfortable shoes – think cobblestone streets
  • Hat and/or umbrella to protect from the sun
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant


Whether you’re dancing the night away or exploring forts, evenings in tropical and humid climates are known for having insects. As with all travel destinations, it’s important to pack insect repellent and sunscreen to protect yourself when traveling. Prevention is key, always check the CDC’s site for tips on how to protect against insect bites.