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Whether you're a seasoned traveller or not, packing for an island getaway is part of the holiday fun! For those who find packing a chore, we've got you covered with a tropical holiday packing list. 

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip, look no further... 

1. Sun Protection: With the sun shining bright overhead, the old Australian saying “Slip, Slop, Slap” is a must! Don't forget to pack high-SPF sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, polarised sunglasses and rash shirts - particularly for the younger ones. This combination will keep the UV rays at bay while you explore the island, in the water and on land.

 2. Swimwear: It's all about living the island life, so be sure to pack plenty of swimwear. Whether you prefer bikinis, board shorts, or a classic one-piece, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show them off around the island with the WAHI pool + spa, Catseye beach, a mere 2 minutes walk from the WAHI doorstep and 2 free use island pools. Did we mention the island's famous swim-up bar? 

3. Light, Breezy Clothing: Embrace a laid-back vibe with lightweight, breathable clothing. Think cotton tees, flowy sundresses, and comfortable shorts that will keep you cool. Depending on the time of year that you travel, you may also need something warmer for the evenings.

4. Footwear for Every Occasion: From sandy beaches to rocky shorelines, you can encounter a variety of terrain in the Whitsundays. Bring your comfortable sandals for beach days, sturdy water shoes if you are going reef exploring, and comfortable sneakers for long walks or hiking adventures.

5. Snorkelling Gear: Dive into the mesmerising underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef with your own snorkelling gear if you don't want to miss the chance of encountering colourful coral gardens, tropical fish, and maybe even a sea turtle. Snorkelling gear can also be hired when you travel to the island!

6. Camera or GoPro: Capture the best moments of your Whitsundays adventure with a camera or GoPro. From breathtaking sunsets and sunrises to unforgettable underwater adventures, you will want to re-live these memories long after your island holiday.

7. Insect Repellent: Keep pesky bugs away with a reliable insect repellent. While the Whitsundays is definitely paradise on earth, the occasional mosquito or sandfly encounter may occur, particularly during dawn and dusk.

8. Your Sense of Adventure: Last but certainly not least, don't forget to pack your sense of adventure! Whether you're snorkelling with exotic marine life, hiking to panoramic viewpoints, or simply relaxing on deck with a cold drink in hand, the Whitsundays offer endless opportunities for excitement and exploration.


With this essential packing list, you can feel well-equipped for a tropical vacation to one of Australia's most breathtaking destinations!

For a home away from home experience, Book your stay at WAHI! It's not only accommodation; it's a front-row seat to nature's nightly spectacle.