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Ultimate Female Packing List for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico packing list for women

Puerto Rico may be technically part of the United States, but its climate is more akin to its Caribbean neighbors than any of the other states. Here you’ll find historic cities, tropical rainforests and nearly private islands with secluded beaches.

Pack accordingly for a week-long getaway to Puerto Rico. I recommend packing as lightly as possible, as you may want to catch smaller flights between islands. I brought my Timbuk2 Aviator Travel Backpack and Litegear City Tote, which were ideal for carrying on.

The climate is mild throughout most of the year, but if you’re in the mountains, it could get cold at night. Otherwise, this Puerto Rico packing list should suit your trip year-round! Don’t forget to bring waterproof items like a rain jacket and sandals for those afternoon storms.

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Caroline packed light for her trip to Puerto Rico.

Clothing

2 pairs of shorts– 1 pair of athletic and one regular

2 tank tops– I love solid colored tanks for layering and mixing and matching.

2 swimsuits– Have one to dry and one to wear.

1 dress or skirt– They’re great to throw on over a swimsuit or wear out to dinner.

1 sarong or scarf– Same goes for the multipurpose sarong.

Undergarments– I recommend at least one sports bra for active days.

Rain jacket– Pack a light rain jacket for random storms.

TowelTravel towels are great, but not so much for laying on the beach. You may want to splurge on a full sized towel for this trip.

Hat– Keep the sun out of your eyes stylishly.

Shoes

Tevas, Chacos or athletic sandals– I wore my Tevas instead of flip flops to the beach and tramping around El Yunque National Forest.

Tennis shoes– For some activities, you’ll need closed toe shoes, but I packed mine to go running.

Flip flops or cute sandals– Bring a pair of sandals to pair with a dress or skirt for going out at night.

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Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

Toiletries

Sunscreen– Bringing from home is almost always cheaper.

Shampoo and conditioner– Pack in travel sized containers.

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Medications– “Farmacias” are available, but anything you need immediately should be brought with you.

Deodorant

Razor

Hair ties

Diva Cup

Electronics

Kindle or books– You may want to come prepared with a paperback in case your Kindle battery dies.

Camera

Laptop– WiFi is available, but not always free or reliable. I didn’t see any internet cafes to speak of, so this trip may be better if you disconnect.

Chargers and adapters– Puerto Rico uses standard American outlets.

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The Litegear braided clothesline: good for letting swimsuits and towels dry at the end of the day.

Et cetera

Purse or daypack– A tote or purse should work to bring to the beach and to carry around the city.

Sunglasses

Flashlight– Bring a flashlight with you on a bioluminescent bay tour.

Binoculars– You never know what creatures you might see!

Clothesline– My Litegear braided clothesline was perfect for drying my towel and swimsuits. You can buy this specific brand on Ebags, or you can read out another brand of clothesline here.

Puerto Rico is a great place to leave the troubles back home behind you, disconnecting from the world. I recommend packing as low-maintenance as possible, in both clothing, hair and mindset. Be prepared for any and all activities you might want to enjoy, whether it be kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, sailing or zip lining.

Renting a car is almost mandatory for getting around the islands, and between them you can take the longer, cheaper, less reliable ferries, or hop on an inter-island flight. If you get lost, don’t hesitate about asking the locals. Spanish is the most used language, but many people also speak English. Puerto Rico uses US dollars as their currency.

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Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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Gear We Use

Organization

Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

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Accommodation

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Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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Comments

  1. Sharon says

    Thanks so much! I was thrilled to see such a practical packing list! We’re going to PR for an active, interesting travel experience (but with plenty of book-on-the-beach time, too) and your recommendations are just what I was looking for!

  2. Kylie says

    You are so spot on with this list….i have been to PR many times and this is the list i always refer back to. San Juan is a great city so if you do forget something you can pick something up without any hassle.

  3. Jenny says

    This is a great packIng list. We are here in San Juan currently, the only thing I might add is a jacket or hoodie for restaurants. I’ve been freezing in these restaurants. Thanks for the list, I may have packed lighter if I had it beforehand.

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