What to bring
Given most of your time in the Caribbean will be spent in tropical weather we suggest you pack as you would for a warm summer holiday. Even in winter time, the temperature very rarely gets low enough that you can’t wear shorts and t-shirts. However, for the days you are hiking, there are some things we definitively recommend you put in your suitcase as the weather in the mountains can be colder and wetter than on other parts of the islands:

RucksackYou won’t be staying out overnight on any of the hikes so a lightweight 20 or 30 litre pack is easily big enough. All you will need to carry is a waterproof jacket, spare T-shirt, water and some food (depending on the length of the hike). Make sure it is fully waterproof and has somewhere to store valuables, such as a camera, phone and wallet.
Water bottle or bladderIt’s hot in the tropics and the hikes are strenuous. Make sure you carry at least a 2-litre bottle or bladder. All the treks are in rainforest so there is normally ample opportunity to fill up along the route!
Long trousersLightweight breathable trousers that cover all your legs are worth bringing. You can easily get cut on sharp branches and plants. Trousers where the bottom half detaches are a great option, so you can wear them as shorts as well.
Wicking t-shirtYou want T-shirts that draw sweat away from the body to keep you dry in a hot and humid environment.
Waterproof jacketIt can be colder up in the highest peaks and it is certainly likely to be wet so it’s worth having a lightweight but fully waterproof jacket.
Hiking bootsA sturdy worn in and waterproof pair are essential as the going will be rough! We wouldn’t insist you have high top boots as low top ones can be more comfortable given the heat. We would avoid training shoes though as you need something tougher with a better grip.
VaselineWithout going into the gory detail, friction burns are possible anywhere and the heat can make things worse. A well applied bit of lubricant can make all the difference!
SudocreamVery good for baby’s bottoms but also a miracle cure for grazes, bumps and burns.
Insect repellentMosquitos are an unavoidable hazard in the Caribbean. Although they prefer some people to others (apparently some of us have sweeter blood) don’t be caught out. We recommend something with a minimum of 50% DEET. Herbal remedies don’t work, strong drugs do!
First aid kitOur guides will carry kits but worth having a basic kit with you with ante-septic cream and plasters.

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