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17 Top Trinidad Packing List Items for 2022 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

What to pack for Trinidad
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Trinidad (often paired with its neighboring island Tobago) is a small tropical island just off the northeast corner of Venezuela in South America. Trinidad is the larger of the two with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and jungle trails to explore. Year-round the temps are beautiful, so pack your bags with these essentials and extras. The Trinidad beaches and its’ lovely people will enchant your heart with lifelong memories.

What to Pack for Trinidad – 17 Essentials

  • 1. Packing Cubes

    One of the best travel hacks for packing is the packing cubes. Organize them by clothing type and you can just fold back the top and set them in the drawer, ready for use on arrival. When you go to leave, you can keep all the dirty laundry together and separate from the clean.

  • 2. VPN for Internet Safety

    It’s always a good policy to stay safe online. This Virtual Private Network can help protect you while you surf the net and access sites with sensitive information. No matter where you stay, protect yourself and those you love by using a VPN to prevent credit card and identity theft.

  • 3. Neck Wallet

    This neck wallet is a must for safe travel. Use it to hold your cash, hotel key, passport, credit cards, and even your cell phone. There are always pickpockets looking for a quick grab. By using this neck wallet, you can ensure a smooth and safe trip. It also has RFID blocking so no one can scan your data without your knowledge.

  • 4. Universal Waterproof Phone Case

    If you’re not one of the lucky few with a fully waterproof phone, you’ll want to be sure to bring along this universal waterproof phone case. It’s large enough to fit most ultra-phones and is a must for all outdoor activities on a tropical island. Better safe than sorry with this protective phone case!

  • 5. Cooling Towel

    Even though the temperatures on the island are comfortable year-round, the humidity will often leave you second-guessing that weather report accuracy. Avoid the uncomfortable heat with a cooling towel! These towels are chemical-free and will provide instant relief from the oppressive heat. To get another boost of cool, just dunk the towel in water, wring it out, and you’re ready to go!

  • 6. Repel Insect Repellent

    There will be bugs (Trinidad is a tropical island), so don’t forget to pack this insect repellent. It’s safe and effective, even for children. This repellent is also plant-based and chemical-free, so you’ll smell good to each other and repulsive to the insects. It’s a win-win for everyone!

  • 7. Universal Travel Adapter

    Even if you are traveling to a place that uses the same style of plugs, it’s always safer to pack this universal travel adapter. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a location that hasn’t had plugs updated. Always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to charging your cell phone!

  • 8. Vibram Aqua Shoes: Men's & Women's

    These water shoes are the perfect go-between from in the water to on the beach and into town. They are perfect for keeping your balance on the underwater terrain and quick-drying once you hit the road. Stylish and all-day walking comfortable to keep you feeling and looking your best.

  • 9. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    Update your beach-going kit with this quick-dry travel towel. No more need to lug around giant bags stuffed with bulky beach towels. Pack this travel towel anywhere as it’s compact and lightweight. Don’t worry, it’s plenty large enough to spread out on the beach and it dries super quick to avoid getting all your other belongings wet.

  • 10. FlexSafe AquaVault Personal Safe

    Want peace of mind at the beach? Take along this personal safe. Pack your cell phone, keys, and small valuables inside, lock the safe, and enjoy your time in the water, worry-free. The bag is hack-proof and was featured on Shark Tank for its ingenious design. Secure it to a beach chair or palm tree and leave your worries behind!

  • 11. Sand Cloud Large Turkish Beach Towel

    Looking for that perfect beach towel? Look no further than the Sand Cloud large Turkish towel. This towel is ultra-soft, ultra-thin, and ultra-sand free! They are beautifully hand-loomed in Turkey and the designs are so beautiful you can double-use the towel as a sarong or wrap!

  • 12. Portable Charger

    Never leave home without this portable charger. It’s super compact and has a 5000mAh charging capacity. You can charge your phone to full once and even more with this portable charger.
    Slip it in your makeup bag or in your portable safe and you’ll always be prepared no matter where your day leads.

  • 13. AKASO Adjustable Underwater Action Cam

    If you’re going to check out the local underwater wildlife, be sure to bring along this small, underwater action cam. It’s perfectly sized for travel and even shoots 4K! Capture all the memories or your vacation, including the underwater ones, with this highly rated underwater camera. Be sure to pack the selfie stick extension for enviable photos!

  • 14. Zojirushi Stainless Steel 16Oz Locking Water Bottle

    If you want cold water all day, look no further than the Zojirushi water bottle. This bottle will keep your beverages cold the entire day and into the night. Want to bring along your hot coffee? No problem. Your coffee or tea will stay hot all day long. Be sure to put the beverage in the bottle at drinking temperature or you’ll have to wait half the day for it to cool enough to be drinkable!

  • 15. Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Hydrating Butter

    Even the best-laid plans sometimes need a bit of after-sun care. Best to be prepared with this hydrating butter. Better than aloe, this butter is extremely luxurious for your skin and absorbs to help protect and heal your skin when you are in the sun all day. It uses natural ingredients and with a blend of coconut and avocado oils, it smells amazing.

  • 16. Travel Insurance

    One of the necessities of traveling is travel insurance for those unplanned and unexpected times. Take a quick minute and purchase this travel insurance to make sure you and those at home feel safe knowing you are protected on your Trinidad trip. Forgetting this one essential item can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. We use TravelInsurance.com to compare plans from top companies to find the one that best fits our travel plans. Be sure to check it off your list before you go!

  • 17. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    If you choose to visit Trinidad during rainy season, you’ll absolutely need to bring this windproof travel umbrella. Be sure to pack it with you every day as you will need it. This sturdy umbrella is exactly what will keep your spirits high and your clothes dry during rainy season in Trinidad.

What to Wear in Trinidad

Most people choose to visit Trinidad during the tourist season from January through May. It’s a tropical island climate, so lightweight and breathable clothes are ideal, along with comfortable walking shoes.

Trinidad is a casual island and the people operate on “island” time. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and laid-back energy. Bring a dress casual outfit for a night out if you want to dress up a little. It can get a little chilly from the ocean breeze at night so include a jacket or sweater for those late-night dinners or walks on the beach.

What WOMEN should wear in Trinidad – (Click to expand)

Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

Trinidad is a casual and tropical island. Pack comfortable and breathable clothes. There are often restaurants on the sand right on the beach so a swimsuit coverup is exactly the right lunch-time attire.

Comfy is key. Good walking shoes for the water and the beach are the most important. Even in the cities, the dress code is comfy casual, so shorts and a cute tank are the perfect go-to items.

And for when the sun goes down, grab a cozy sweater or jacket and a maxi skirt to keep the wind off your skin and you’ll be the picture of island elegance!

What MEN should wear in Trinidad?– (Click to expand)

Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

Casual and comfy is king in the island of Trinidad. Bring lightweight and breathable shorts and shirts. A nice polo is perfect for a dressier option. It is sunny during the tourist season, so a good sun hat and sunglasses are essentials. And for all those beach hours, flip-flops and water shoes will take you through your whole morning and afternoon.
You’ll want a sweater when the sun goes does so a nice-looking cardigan will serve well as a comfy dinner jacket on the cooler nights.

Packing for the Seasons in Trinidad

Dry Season – January, February, March, April, May

Trinidad is a tropical climate, so the temperature remains the same year-round. During the tourist season, the humidity is lower and the climate is much more enjoyable. These are the best months to really enjoy the beach and mountains, and tour the ports. There are fewer bugs, but be sure to pack the repellant just in case. The island is casual so bring your comfy clothes, good sunscreen, and swimsuit!

 

Rainy Season – June, July, August, September, October, November, December

If you visit Trinidad during the rainy season, be sure to take an umbrella and good water shoes. It rains every day and can rain a lot so be prepared for flooded areas that aren’t equipped for the rainfall. Because of the amount of rain, the humidity level during rainy season is at an all-time high. You’ll want to remember to pack a cooling towel or two!

You’ll find the climate year-round to be a typical tropical temperature of the 70’s and 80’s. The water also remains warm year-round ranging from the upper 70’s to the mid 80’s.

Dressing appropriately for the activity– (Click to expand)

Beaches: The beautiful beaches will tempt you from all sides to come and enjoy. There are often restaurants right on the beaches and people bring various toys to play with as well as chairs to lounge. Bring your swimsuit, coverup, sunglasses, and sunhat. And don’t forget the portable safe and sunscreen for added security!

Historic Landmarks: Trinidad is not very formal, so don’t sweat it when visiting historic landmarks. A pair of shorts and a nice t-shirt or polo is all that is necessary. You’ll probably still want to bring your sunglasses and sunhat too! Flip-flops or good walking shoes are a must for the tours.

Nature Centers & Bird Watching: There are over 400 species of native birds on the island as well as many butterflies and different reptiles and amphibians. Bring your binoculars and comfy clothes. Good walking shoes and a sun hat are also highly recommended.

Snorkeling: There are several reefs around Trinidad. No need to bring your own gear unless you want to. There are rentals nearby and the locals are always keen to help outfit you. A great way to save money is to pack an underwater camera to bring along as well as a waterproof phone case.

What NOT to Bring to Trinidad

  • 1.Don’t bring fancy clothes

    This island is casual so bringing fancy clothes only brings the risk of losing or damaging them. There also aren’t places to wear them unless you want to really stand out as a tourist.

  • 2.Don’t bring expensive jewelry

    It is typically advisable not to bring expensive jewelry anywhere with you. If you must, be sure to keep it in your portable safe while you’re away. And make sure you wear it only in the best parts of town, just to be safe.

  • 3.Don’t bring extra books

    Bring your guidebook and a journal. Books take up space and weight unnecessarily. You’ll find your reading time taken with long strolls on the beach or late-night soirees.

  • 4.Don’t bring coats

    You’ll want a light jacket in the evenings but leave your winter gear at home. Use your travel infinity scarf if you need a little extra snuggle warmth.

  • 5.Don’t bring lots of makeup

    It’s an island so the humidity is high year-round. Too much makeup will melt off and be a hassle to upkeep. And if you like to swim or snorkel, the less makeup the better for the fishes and coral reef beds!

  • 6.Don’t bring your own water sports equipment

    Some hotels will have certain items for rent or discounts for guests. If your hotel doesn’t, there are plenty of local stores that will have snorkeling gear, boogie boards, and other water sports equipment for rent.

What NOT to Wear in Trinidad – (Click to expand)

Remember, Trinidad is a casual tropical island. Don’t bring fancy clothes and jewelry. The weather is hot year-round, so you don’t need to bring coats and scarves and mittens either. You might find some locals in tight-fitting clothes, but if you want to stay cool, the best options are flowy and loose-fitting outfits made of breathable fabrics.

FAQs About Trinidad

  • 1. What language do they speak in Trinidad?

    The official language of the island is English, but you will find that most people speak a version of English local to the island. It’s called Trinidad English and is a creole language. You can also find people that speak versions of French and Spanish on the island. Residents of any country will appreciate it if you make the effort to say basic words or phrases in the native language. Don’t be shy!

    What language do they speak in Trinidad?
  • 2. What currency do they use in Trinidad?

    Trinidad has their own dollar like the US. The exchange rate typically favors the US but remember that islands must bring everything in, so prices are naturally higher for that reason.

  • 3. How big is the island?

    The island is bigger than many in the Caribbean. It’s comparable in square miles to the state of Delaware.

  • 4. Is it worth planning a day for Tobago?

    Tobago has some great coral reefs for snorkelers and scuba divers. The Main Ridge of the Andes Mountains also extends into Tobago for mountain lovers. It’s definitely worth setting aside a day or two to explore Tobago. My trip felt more complete having visited both Trinidad and Tobago and seeing the beauty each place had to offer.

    Is it worth planning a day for Tobago?
  • 5. Is it safe to visit during rainy season?

    It’s usually safe to visit. The islands can be casualties of hurricanes so be prepared to evacuate should the need arise during your visit.

  • 6. Is there an airport on the island?

    Yes, the Piarco International Airport is in the northwestern part of the island, close to the capital city, Port of Spain. Tobago also has an international airport, the Crown Point International Airport so island hopping is made easier.

  • 7. What is the food like?

    The diverse cultural history of Trinidad has created a unique culinary palette on the island. Yes, there is fried fish on the beach. You’ll also find lots of Indian influences, Spanish influences, and South American influences. The resulting dishes are truly unique so be prepared to try new foods and new flavors!

    What is the food like?
  • 8. What country does Trinidad belong to?

    Trinidad and Tobago are both parts of the West Indies. They declared independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1960’s and are part of the United Nations.