There are plenty of ways to pack for an island escape depending on the trip you have in mind. Enthusiasts, like avid golfers and divers, tend to pack heavy, checking clubs and gear, along with bags. If you're headed for a high-end stay or formal event, you may need to pack dressy, requiring a suitcase as well.
But one thing the islands offer more than anything is an opportunity to get away from it all. Not just work and weather, but the weight. Of everything. Islands, no matter which you choose, are inherently casual. You can get away with minimal clothing and still enjoy all they have to offer, even dining out. If the goal is to take in the beach and sun, to eat, drink and find some adventure, everything you need can fit in a carry-on and be worn on the plane.
One thing to consider when traveling light: you can buy a lot of what you need. You’re not going to the moon. It's an island, but it's still civilization. The money you save on bag fees will cover lotions and sundries (that won’t fit in a 3.4-oz bottle).
So get your passport and tickets together—along with some underwear, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Everything else you'll need for a fun, lightweight trip is right here.
Minaal Carry-On Bag
You can check a bag if you want, especially if you need to bring dive gear or plan to smuggle antiquities. But the idea here is water, beach, and sun. Fortunately, Minaal has made the most practical and best looking carry-on yet — perfect for any adventure.
The Minaal Carry-On Bag is a backpack but with easily concealable straps if you want a sleeker duffel. It unzips fully for easy lie-flat packing and is made of tough cordura fabric in a sharp, clean design that is equally suited for business. With a long list of features like a lockable and protected device compartment, zip-away straps, and an easy pull-on rain cover, it's brilliantly designed. It holds more than a rolling bag with no space wasted on wheels, and fits carry-on dimensions for all major airlines. No need to try rolling a bag over cobblestones or up a muddy island path — just grab the handle or throw it on your back. [$299; minaal.com]