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 tell you exactly what to wear in the Dominican Republic, so you can be comfortable and prepared, but also stylish!
- Toiletries – this travel-sized kit from vegan, non-toxic company Meow Meow Tweet is perfect for animal-loving DR tourists
- Makeup – I recommend only the very basic makeup: RMS Un-Cover Up and Living Luminizer which work well in hot climates, mascara, and eyeliner
- Sunscreen – go with non-toxic so you don’t put toxins in the water
- Bug spray
- Something light and cotton to sleep in
- Yoga clothes, especially if you’re going to Cabarete, where fitness is a thing. I like Manduka, which strikes a balance between modern and just a little bit hippy, Patagonia, and Prana.
- Long-sleeved tee to protect from sunburn
- Casual, easy dress
- Cotton summer shorts
- Easy tunic or wrap dress
- Cotton summer pants
- Tank or crop top – Try ASOS Eco Edit or Urban Renewal for affordable tops
- Quick-drying shorts – for hiking or sports
- Beach coverup
- 2 bathing suits – one to wear while the other is drying. Try one sport bathing suit, one for lounging on the beach, the third up to you. (Here’s a full list of eco bathing suit brands.)
- Sports bras
- 3 bras and 8 pairs of underwear. Here’s my 5 rules for packing undies for travel.
- Teva’s – so crucial for water sports, hiking to waterfalls, etc.
- Flip flops
- Cute summer sandals
- Sunglasses – here’s my shopping guide to the best eco sunglasses
- Light, colorful scarf – Get one you can use for both the beach and dinner
- Visor or baseball hat – something that will stay on your head and protect your face from sunburn when you’re in a boat and the wind is trying to take it off.
- Packable wide-brimmed hat
- Reusable plastic zip bag for dirty/wet clothes
- Nice t-shirt
- Sneakers – I like People’s Movement because they are high tops and sturdy for hiking, plus dry quickly relative to running shoes, but are cute enough to wear in the airport.
- Inexpensive watch
Backpack – go with a roomy backpack that you can take on the plane and on a day hike or tours. Here’s my favorite for traveling.
- 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!
- Magazines, books, or iPad
- Journal and pens – you’ll want something to write info in when you don’t have service
- 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
- 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