Wondering What to Pack for Tahiti?

Funny image of suitcase with beach, blue sky, and beach chair with umbrella for Tahiti vacationTahiti is more than just a beach. With over a hundred different islands, each with its own unique identity, your vacation in Tahiti could involve lots of rugged hikes to visit little-known waterfalls, riding on all-terrain vehicles, snorkeling and diving, and much more.

When planning your Tahitian vacation, knowing what to pack is an essential step. You don't want to arrive, only to realize you can't enjoy your planned and prepaid excursions because you just didn't bring along what you needed.

We've put together a short list of must-haves for your Tahitian vacation.

What to Pack for Your Vacation in Tahiti:

Plenty of Light and Breezy Clothing

Casual and comfortable is the name of the game when it comes to a beach vacation. Even the high-end restaurants in Tahiti are generally "island casual" when it comes to dress code.

A few light sundresses or linen shorts will let ladies make the most of that ocean breeze. The right sundress easily goes from casual daytime stroll to elegant evening dinner-wear, if paired with different jewelry and shoes.

As far as footwear goes, plan to bring along rugged hiking sandals as well as easy espadrilles.

Men will likely feel most comfortable in shorts paired with T-shirts or short-sleeved button-ups in light colors and airy fabrics like linen or pure cotton. They should bring sandals, and likely won't have much need for ties or dress shoes.

A pair of slacks in a light fabric may come in handy when out to dinner.

If you're bringing children along on your vacation in Tahiti, just plan for miniature versions of whatever you are wearing! Kids should be comfortable first and foremost. We don't suggest bringing flip-flops, however — wearing flip-flops can cause pain and discomfort when you spend much of the day walking.

If you are dead set on packing flip-flops, just be sure to only wear them when strolling the beach or lounging by the pool.

A final note on clothing: Most Tahitian vacations include at least some water activities. Pack at least two bathing suits per person, to give you plenty of time to let one suit dry before wearing it again. You'll also want to bring amphibious shoes (sometimes called "water shoes") to wear whenever you head into the ocean, since some Tahitian beaches have coral just below the water.

Don't Skimp on Sunscreen and UV Protection

When packing sunblock for a vacation to Tahiti, pack about twice as much as you think you'll need. One of the most common sights in Tahiti is beet-red tourists who forgot to apply sunscreen or simply didn't bring enough!

Buy broadband UV protection in SPF 30 at minimum, reapply at least every two hours (sooner if you head into the water), and make sure you are thoroughly applying your sunscreen each and every time. This means about 1 ounce minimum per person for each application. Calculate about how much sunscreen you think you'll need, then pack double that amount.

For extra UV protection, bring along sunhats and consider shirts with built-in UV protection. For kids, we recommend investing in rash-guard style swimsuits, which provide extra protection from the sun for a child's more delicate skin. Since rashguards tend to have sleeves, they can easily be worn with shorts as a comfortable outfit on their own!

Don't Rely on Picking Up Necessities When You Arrive

Nearly all those basic essentials that get you through the day must be imported into Tahiti, so not only can they be harder to find, they'll be far more expensive than you're used to.

Plan to bring toiletries and essential items, and make sure you pack enough to last your whole vacation.

This means items like:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Any other hair care product
  • Deoderant
  • Makeup (concealer, foundation, mascara, blush, etc)
  • Specialty foods if needed for family (such as safe snacks for those with allergies)
  • Basic medications
  • Prescription medicines
  • Electronic devices, if needed
  • Charging cords and cables
  • Any other necessity

... all of these will need to be part of your packing strategy! Tahiti has grocery stores with basics available in case of emergency, but it will be far less stressful to simply plan to bring these items along with you.

Finally... Money for Dining

We understand that this seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people simply forget to budget enough money to enjoy the delicious local cuisine Tahiti has to offer!

If you have already picked out a few restaurants you're planning to visit, see if you can get an idea of how much they cost, on average, to dine at. Buffet-style restaurants sometimes charge up to $30 per person, and traditional restaurants may cost $15 or more per meal, so it's important to be absolutely certain you've budgeted enough!

Even if your resort includes meals at the onsite restaurant in your stay, you may find yourself dreaming of an oceanside picnic with a freshly baked baguette, fresh cheese, and local fruit. Keep some extra money in your budget for these unforgettable dining experiences!

Turn Your Tahitian Vacation Dream Into a Reality

Planning a vacation, picking out the right resort, hotel, or bungalow, choosing outdoor excursions, trying to decide which island to stay at... putting together a Tahitian vacation can be overwhelming. That's where Journeys of a Lifetime comes in!

We put together full vacation packages that aren't based on impersonal preplanned itineraries that don't work for you — instead, we get to know you and what kind of vacation you're dreaming of, then help you put together a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you'll never forget.

Contact us by phone at (864) 979-0160 or schedule an appointment online at any time to get started planning your Tahitian getaway!

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