The Dominican Republic is a dream with its sun-drenched beaches, warm winds and clear waters. If you’re currently sitting on a ticket to this Caribbean gem, we can only congratulate you on a great choice. Everything is set up for a trip that will give you memories for life!

In the Dominican Republic you can really relax to the max and get big doses of vitamin D. You can also explore national parks, visit sights and enjoy a rich culture. But, how should you pack?

How to pack for your trip to the Dominican Republic

You don’t need a thick winter jacket when you fly to the Caribbean, that much is clear. But, surely you need more than a swimsuit or a pair of swimming shorts?

If you’re not sure what to put on your packing list for a trip to the Dominican Republic, you’ve come to the right place.

If you scroll down, you’ll find a packing list complete with clothes, equipment, hygiene, important papers, smart items and goodies to have. Now it’s time to start packing!

Clothing packing list for the Dominican Republic – general

Sun and bathing packing list

  • Bathing suit/bikini/swim shorts
  • UV clothing
  • Rash guard
  • Cover-up/sarong
  • Swimming goggles
  • Goggles
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Bathing cap
  • Bathing shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Wet bag
  • Dry bag
  • Bath towel (Need a new one? Buy with our Dunelm discount codes)
  • Beach blanket

Pharmacy and hygiene products

  • Toiletry bag
  • Sun protection factor (high SPF!)
  • Stick with SPF for lips/face
  • Soap/shower cream (Need a new one? Buy with our AllBeauty discount codes)
  • Hair care products
  • Hair clips/towels
  • Lenses and lens solution (Do you need new ones? Buy with our Mister Spex discount codes)
  • Oral hygiene
  • Things for shaving
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup
  • Sanitary products
  • Wet wipes
  • hand sanitizers
  • Insecticides/Miticides
  • Cream against insect bites
  • Melatonin/sleeping pills
  • Axiety tablets
  • Pills for an upset stomach
  • Pain killers
  • Fluid replacement
  • Small first aid kit
  • Chafing plasters
  • Your medicines (with prescription)

Smart gadgets/things that are good to have

  • Travel adapter
  • Powerbank (Need a new one? Buy with our Robert Dyas discount codes)
  • Camera (e.g. GoPro)
  • SD card
  • Surfboard/tablet
  • Headphones
  • Portal WiFi
  • Waterproof mobile phone case
  • Underwater camera
  • Travel towel/Smaller towel
  • Lightweight backpack (for day trips)
  • Crossbody bag/bag
  • Portable washing machine
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Electrical insect protection
  • Guide to the Dominican Republic
  • A good book (Need a new one? Buy with our Waterstones discount codes)
  • Handheld fan

Travel documents and money

  • Passport
  • Passport case
  • Driving licence
  • Visa (optional)
  • Travel insurance (printout with conditions)
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Card holder
  • Reservations/bookings (printouts)

Smart packing tips for your trip to the Dominican Republic

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A packing list for a trip to the Dominican Republic can be quite extensive. However, it’s your requirements and needs that determine what you end up putting in your suitcase. Our packing list is meant to serve as inspiration.

When we put together the packing list above, there were a few things that particularly struck us. There are a few things we’d like to highlight. Keep scrolling to read about them!

Everything is in its place!

When travelling to the Dominican Republic, you’ll probably have quite a large suitcase with you. There are some (maybe you’re one of them?) who pack meticulously and meticulously, but we’re guessing it’s a bit more common to pack a bit more sloppily.

Sloppy packing takes up more space. Careless packing also makes it difficult to find things. The end result can be clothes and gadgets in a mess in the hotel room. Then everything has to be packed again for the trip home…

Our tip is to pack smart according to the motto “everything in its place”. Here are some things to consider:

  • Use packing cubes/packing bags (packing cubes help you save space and sort out your clothes and gadgets)
  • Place all electronics and cords in an electronics bag (or a packing cube)
  • Pour hygiene products into smaller bottles and put them in a travel bag
  • Roll clothes so they take up less space (it works, we promise!)

Make sure mosquitoes don’t ruin your holiday

There is a small problem with tropical paradises. The problem is flying insects and mosquitoes in particular. The little bloodsuckers can make a mess of things, but luckily there are smart solutions.

There are a few ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Clothing is one thing – the more skin you cover the better! When it comes to handy tools against mosquitoes, we can mention:

  • Mosquito Bracelet
  • Electric mosquito hunters
  • Insect spray
  • Classic mosquito repellent

You may wonder if you can’t buy these products on the spot? Of course you can. However, you’d be wise to bring at least one product from home that you know works and that you know won’t irritate your skin.

Packing clothes and shoes for adventure

There’s more to do in the Dominican Republic than just sunbathe and swim. For example, you can explore caves, swim in lagoons, climb waterfalls and go on adventures in the jungle. Lots to do!

Even if your holiday to the Dominican Republic is mostly about relaxing, you may feel the urge for adventure. Then it’s a shame if you don’t have the right clothes and shoes.

Exactly what to wear on your body and feet when you go on an adventure depends, of course, on the nature of the adventure. Here are some tips on what to include in your packing list for a trip to the Dominican Republic:

  • Cool clothing (rash guard, UV clothing, functional shirt, quick-drying shorts or leggings…)
  • Shoes or sandals with good grip (sturdy swimming shoes are actually a good alternative) – the toe should be closed
  • Rain poncho or thin rain jacket
  • Dry bag – waterproof bag for your valuables

Watch out for pickpockets!

Unfortunately, the risk of pocket theft is quite high in the Dominican Republic. The risk of theft in general is quite high.

What can you do about this risk when packing? There are several ways.

A good way to protect yourself from pickpockets is to carry valuables “on” your body. These include crossbody bags and fanny packs. If you can wear them under your sweater, linen or dress, even better. Put a cross body bag on your packing list now!

If you want to take a backpack with you on excursions, it’s a good idea to choose one with back zips. This makes it very difficult for pickpockets.

Finally, as in any other country, you should keep valuables in the safe in your hotel room.