Turks and Caicos is a beautiful island boasting some of the most amazing beaches in the world and some of the clearest water. If you are lucky enough to be going there for an island getaway, here’s what to bring!
Turks and Caicos Packing List
Written by: Evanne Allen
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Even though I knew it was a tiny island, I was still surprised at how casual Turks and Caicos was.
Embrace the laid back attitude and wear your breezy casual summer attire. Pack an extra swimsuit because you’re sure to spend most of your days on that beautiful pound cake sand!
What to Wear in Turks and Caicos
Swimwear to Lounge in All Day Long
Wear a cover up as a dress to run into any beach shops or bars (although it’s casual, you do need to cover up to go inside) or wrap a sarong around your shoulders when you’ve had enough sun. A sarong can even double as a scarf or shawl in case it gets a little chilly at night.
The secret to traveling light is to create a functional but minimalist capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!
Cute Sundresses to Wear On and Off the Sand
There are only a few restaurants that require a step up in dress, and even there you won’t need anything too fancy.
Still, sometimes it is fun for a night out with girlfriends or a special date to wear something dressier than shorts. Throw in a nice summer dress and wear it with your strappy sandals in case you end up at one of the high-class dining spots.
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Shorts and Casual Skirts
When planning what to pack for Turks and Caicos keep in mind that everywhere you go will be casual. Even at night, most locals will be sporting their denim shorts and tank tops from earlier in the day.
This is a perfect opportunity to wear your comfortable beachy threads to the bar. Pack a couple pairs of basic shorts and skirts to mix and match with different casual tops and you are ready to go.
Pack Sandals, Leave the Heels at Home
Like most places in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos is laid back and casual. Not only are they on “island time” but they are also on island dress, so leave those heels at home.
Use the space in your bag for an extra bikini instead, and pack just your flip-flops for the beach and a pair of sandals for everywhere else.
Packing cubes make the perfect shoe bags to protect your luggage from your dirty sandals!
Most of Turks and Caicos, apart from the beaches, is rocky and sandy. There is almost no shade as most plants are low shrubs and grasses. The palm trees you see were even imported from Florida to give tourists a little relief.
Even if you tan easily, your face and eyes will thank you for a hat. That beautiful white sand is bright and the sun is hot, so pack a fun, floppy hat for the beach or a breezy woven Panama hat to stay comfortable.
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Turks and Caicos is an island nation, which means pretty much everything is imported. Anything you would need for a beach holiday – beach chairs, towels, hats, sunscreens – is going to be twice as expensive as you’re used to!
What are your best packing tips on what to wear in Turks and Caicos?
For more Caribbean packing lists, please read:
- Caribbean Cruise Wear Essentials
- What to Wear in Grand Cayman
- What to Pack for the Bahamas
- What to Wear in Bermuda
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Author Bio: Evanne Allen is a traveler based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Unable to choose between bustling cities and remote villages, she bounces around in search of new cuisine and interesting people. She left her job at a museum in Washington, D.C., to see the world in person, and co-founded Poplar Travels, where she blogs about experiences with adventure, luxury, and culture around the world.