The Dominican Republic offers everything: luxury resorts, sports, and nature hikes. This packing list is for the traveler headed to the North Coast, where you can go whale watching, have a nice locally sourced dinner, hit the beach, go horseback riding, and go on a yoga retreat, al within a few days. (Read up on my favorite eco activities for the conscious traveler.)

To that end, this packing list will prepare you for all of that, so you can be comfortable and prepared, but also stylish!

Basics

Clothing

Travel Outfit

Backpack – go with a roomy backpack that you can take on the plane and on a day hike or tours. I like Hiptipico.

  • Mini crossbody purse – I recommend this instead of a travel wallet, because you can keep it in front of you and it gives you easy access when you’re in the airport to your passport!
  • Passport
  • Magazines, books, or iPad
  • Journal and pens – you’ll want something to write info in when you don’t have service
  • Smartphone
  • Phone charging cord
  • Portable charger
  • Purifying water bottle – you can’t drink the tap water there. This will not only ensure you don’t contribute plastic waste to the island, but will also save you money in the long run.
  • SPF chapstick
  • Sunglasses
  • Earbuds
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Portable spork – so you don’t have to use disposable ones
  • Camera, battery charger, other accessories
  • Printed itinerary and confirmations – there’s not much Wifi, so don’t rely on your smartphone!
  • Fold-up reusable bag – this will really come in handy when you get there