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How To Pack for Roatan

Pack smart for your next Roatan trip with our Easy Packing List plus the Top 5 items to leave at home!

If you've never travelled to the island of Roatan before, you may be wondering what you should pack, as well as what to leave behind... We've created a packing list to make it easy for you!

Roatan is a lush, tropical island. It's warm and humid and so damn gorgeous it's hard to believe sometimes! But, with the amazing heat and humidity, comes some responsibility...

What To Pack

Chances are you'll be visiting from a drastically different climate, which means you'll need to fill your suitcase with items that you probably don't use on a regular basis. It can be especially hard to know what to pack for a place you've never been, so we encourage you to use our packing list to make it as easy as possible.

What NOT to Pack!

The island is as visitor friendly as it gets, but there are still some items that you would do well to leave behind...

  • High Heels - take it down a notch and slip on those flip flops

  • Makeup - humidity isn't kind to the 'matte' finish...

  • Perfume - gone in sixty seconds, really

  • Jeans - take advantage of the warm weather, don't torture yourself, please!

  • Hair Styling Tools (straighteners, curlers, etc.) - sure, your hair will look great... for about 10 minutes


Bad Attitudes - hopefully no need to explain this one. Gratitude is the name of the game!

What Others Suggest

Many visitors share the knowledge they've gained from their experience on Roatan, some more helpful than others but all appreciated just the same.

If you want to make double sure that you're packing the perfect suitcase for your upcoming Roatan trip, we suggest checking out Madison's Footsteps blog post for her take on what to pack.

"Packing for a tropical vacation seems like a simple task…until you land on a Caribbean island and realize everything in your suitcase is completely useless." – Madison

Environmentally Conscious Packing

Roatan is home to the Mesoamerican Coral Reef, unique species of animals and a variety of beautiful flora and fauna. We work hard to keep our environment clean and safe for all living creatures that reside here.

Our delicate ecosystem depends on residents and travellers alike to make smart, eco-conscious decisions about the products they use. For this reason, Unalome Yoga Roatan supplies a full line of eco-friendly products such as shampoo, body wash, bug spray, body butter and more.

Unalome's special line of Ayurvedic Skin Care products is provided free of charge to guests and is also available for purchase. We are proud to use simple, healthy ingredients in all of our products so that it's not only good for your body but also good for the environment!

Reef Safe Sunscreen

If you're packing your own sunscreen from home, we ask that you make sure it is Reef-Safe. This means that it is free of toxic ingredients such as:

  • Oxybenzone

  • Octinoxate

  • Octocrylene

  • Homosalate

  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor

  • PABA

  • Parabens

  • Triclosan

  • Any nanoparticles or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium

  • Any form of microplastic, such as “exfoliating beads”

Final Packing Suggestions

Packing smart for your trip to Roatan can seem like a daunting task, but following our packing list and taking advice from others who have visited will have you ready in no time. Knowing what not to bring is half the battle so make sure you don't waste space on the non-essentials!

At the end of the day, no matter what you end up filling your suitcase with, make sure that you're bringing a positive attitude with you wherever you go. The world opens up when you travel with gratitude and Roatan is no exception.

If you have any questions about what to bring or would like to book a retreat with us at Unalome Yoga Roatan, please contact us. We're happy to help & looking forward to your visit!

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