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Effective Preparations — What Makes Your First Tropical Vacation Awesome

22 October 2020

“Sunglasses, swimwear, shorts… Oh, God, what else do I need?” This is what’s going on in the mind of a newbie traveler. When it’s time to pack for your holiday, typically you end up pacing back and forth, trying to find everything you need. If you’re one of these travelers, we invite you to read this article. 

It doesn’t matter whether you have dreamt about a tropical cruise since your childhood or the idea of visiting a tropical island has just recently popped into your mind. In both cases, you need to be fully equipped for this adventure. 

Tropical trips are an adventurous, exciting, mind-blowing experience, and lousy preparation can spoil even the best moments. So, we’ve gathered an ultimate guide for you on how to prepare for your first tropical vacation

Spoiler: Flip flops and swimwear are not the only things you’ll need.

First Tropical Vacation with Ragnar

You won’t be prepared if you don’t have any information about your destination. So, before you step on board the ship, do your research. Google is awesome; it will provide you with all the necessary data, such as location, climate, tourists’ reviews, accomodation, etc. You can watch a variety of videos on the net, scroll through the sites, and look at thousands of photos on Pinterest that will tell you more about your destination. 

It’s not as tedious a process as you may think. You will find thousands of amazing photos and interesting facts that will only fuel your motivation to visit this place. It will also allow you to focus on issues you may face, sights you may see, food you may savor, and animals you may meet. What’s more, it helps you to pack your bags properly, taking all the stuff you’ll need on your voyage. 

Before deciding on the tropical destination, it’s important to spend time on your research. Scout out where the place is situated, discover more about the weather conditions, local people, culture, natural amenities and landscapes, and even the language used there. 

Research a tropical destination

You are a human, which means you are not invincible. And life is fussy, which means you cannot avoid all the stress it gives to you. Stress, as well as other misfortunes, affects your well-being. But it’s alright! You just need to become a motherly figure for yourself. Relax a bit. Ignore the fuss and noise of the outside world. Consider such practices as meditation, walking for a long distance, painting, or writing your thoughts down. Why do you need it? It will help you solidify your experience from your tropical trip later. 

Pay attention to your well-being. If you’re not feeling well, it’s better to postpone your voyage till better times. If your body is not prepared for the expedition, your effort to have a great time will fade into oblivion. However, it does not mean you should be a gym bunny. Just do some physical activity to feel fit enough for the expedition ahead. 

Take care of your body. It is useful to visit a doctor before the trip to make sure your body’s fully prepared for a tropical vacation. You are unlikely to spend the whole time lying on a sunny beach as you might want to walk around and explore all the sights. Because of this, it is always a great idea to make sure you’re ready for it. 

Tropical vacation - explore sights

After some profound research and a well-being check, you can get down to packing. What should you put in your bag? You’ve already read about this place you’ll visit, and you may already know what to take with you. Let us help you make this list compelling. 

Your kit will become your best partner in all of your tropical endeavors, but that does not mean you should pack 100,500+ items. Keep it simple but rational. 

Lifehack: You can pack more things if you roll them. 

Prepare kit for your tropical endeavors with Ragnar

Here is what you’ll need:

Documents and Some Cash 

The moment you join the expedition for the tropical cruise, you may say goodbye to most of the hassles of your everyday life. However, it doesn’t mean you should lose your head since there are some things you still should care about. You might leave your documents or purse somewhere in the café. Our advice is to make photocopies of all of your documents so you can quickly restore them. In addition, make sure you have enough cash with you and don’t expect all stores to accept credit cards. 


Taking care of your health is a number one priority on any trip. Our crew includes professionals who will take care of you in any situation. We have experienced practitioners on board, and most of the crew have been through medical training. So you can be sure you are in safe hands. However, a nice first aid kit will be much in demand while traveling around the Tropics. Sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, allergy medicine, seasickness medicine, remedies for upset stomach, and analgesics are essential. And don’t forget to purchase travel insurance so you won’t have to worry about your well-being on tropical tours. 

Sun Protection

Sun is the devil on tropical islands. You should take headwear, sunglasses, and sunscreen if you don’t want to get sunstroke and sunburn. Your gentle continental skin will be dumbfounded by the blistering tropical sun. So pack strong sun-protectors, and your skin will not be affected by brutal sunburns. 

Bug Spray

Maybe insects are not the first thing that springs to your mind when you think about your best first tropical vacation. But believe us, there are quite a few of them. Unless you want to be covered with dozens of bites, take an effective bug spray with you or even several of them for different types of mosquitoes so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

Raincoat and Warm Fleece Jacket

We have to dispel the myth that the Tropics is a place when the sun shines all the time, and the weather is kind and friendly. In fact, it can be naughty. Sometimes it rains cats and dogs, and sometimes it is really cool. That’s why it’s best to be on the safe side and pack a fleece jacket to warm you on a cold night and a raincoat to keep your clothes dry during the rain. 


Swimwear and flip flops are not the only things you’ll need on a tropical trip. The weather as well as nature in such regions is diverse, contrasting between beach strolls and jungle hikes. Here is a list of the essential clothes you’ll need so you won’t be perplexed when deciding what to pack:

  • Several pairs of shorts
  • Several T-shirts
  • Swimsuits (at least two)
  • A long pair of trousers
  • Several hiking or track pants
  • Several pairs of good socks
  • High-quality broken-in shoes
  • A brimmed hat
  • A jacket

Toiletry Bag

Clothes are important, and so are your toiletry items. Landing on a tropical island does not mean that now, since you’re detached from civilization, there is no necessity to do such daily procedures as brushing your teeth. You’ll still need you toiletry bag, including:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine items
  • Razors
  • Moisturizing cream

Something to Preserve the Memories

A tropical cruise is undoubtedly a mesmerizing experience, and you would regret it if you did not capture as many memories as possible. In order to not regret it, be sure to bring your camera (with extra memory cards and battery packs) and a diary. These memory keepers will allow you to relive all the experiences when you get back home. 

A tropical cruise - a mesmerizing experience | Ragnar

 Dive into Picturesque Tropical Nature with an Expedition

Now you know how to prepare for a tropical vacation, and you are fully armed with all the necessary items. The last step is to embark on the tropical cruise and select a preferable destination. And voilà! You are the lucky owner of mind-blowing memories and a participant of head-spinning adventures in the Tropics!

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