Top 21 Travel Essentials for the Virgin Islands

Vacationing to the Virgin Islands (especially St. John) requires a little more thought than most vacations.  You will not have access to the same essentials on island as you will with a vacation stateside.  Plan ahead to take full advantage of the sites and beauty of St. John and the Virgin Islands by preparing yourself with our list of TOP 21 Travel Essentials for the Virgin Islands.

 OUR Picks:

1. iPhone or Samsung Galaxy – for all communication and music


2. Go-Pro Hero – for underwater videos and pictures

3. plus GoPro bobber

4. Backpack cooler – for beverages and snacks (doubles as a backpack for the plane) **Perfect for home and travel**

5. Sunscreen – functional and smells like the BEACH

6. Sunglasses – see all of the beautiful underwater creatures with POLARIZED lenses


7. Travel towel – multi-purpose towel for use at the beach, boating, hiking, or exercising **Dry’s 10x as fast as a cotton towel**

8. Waterproof bag – keep your possessions dry – Great for swimming over to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke so your money stays dry – no more Soggy Dollar’s

9. Passport – if you plan to escape to the British Virgin Islands to try the famous *Original* Painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar

10. Doodles – inflatable noodles for pool/beach floats

11. Water Bottle – great for hikes (keeps your beverages hot or cold all day!)

Growler Size for your mixed drinks

12. Chilly pad towel – keeps you cool

13. Water / hiking shoes

14. Flashlight – just in case power goes out

or if you need an underwater light during a dive

15. Ziplock bags for spices (watch out for security)

16. Coffee or you can buy JavaMon when you arrive (find it on the Cruz Bay map in Mongoose Junction

17. Sharp knives – for cooking or cutting up your limes (pack in your checked baggage!)

18. Extension cord – outlets can be scarce

19. Snorkel gear (if you already own) – no purchase necessary because it is reasonably priced to rent for the week
Snorkel Gear for USVI

20. Bug Repellent – (however, you can obtain some really good natural oils on island)
Insect Repellent

and last but most important,

21. Patience – Enjoy our Island time – No reason to rush through your VACATION!!

By Your St. John Guide

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