Insider Tips on Packing for a Tropical Vacation

It’s getting to be that time of the year when everyone is planning their big tropical vacation. The thought of white sand beaches, unfamiliar cuisines, and warm waters is enough to make you book a flight ASAP. Since you probably don’t venture to such locations too often, packing for the trip can seem like a bit of a mystery. Because we want every aspect of your tropical endeavor to be as relaxing as possible, we reached out to professional surfer and Reef brand ambassador Paige Maddison for some insider packing tips.

It is part of her job description as a Reef ambassador to travel the world to surf, explore, and adventure in the most beautiful locations, which for the most part are in fact tropical. I was lucky enough to travel with the Reef team and Paige to Nicaragua and join in on Reef’s “Just Passing Through” lifestyle and motto. It was there that I got to see Paige’s vacation style in action; she seemed to effortlessly have just the right thing to wear at all times, consistently stylish and practical.

With everything from sensible footwear to hats that actually protect you from the strong sun, how many bathing suits you should reasonably pack, and last-minute travel essentials you’ve never thought of before, this list will ensure you are packed and ready for your most amazing vacation yet.

Keep scrolling to read our interview with surfer Paige Maddison and to shop some of the essentials she never travels without!