Travel Tips: What to pack on a journey to a remote island

A packing list of practical items to ensure your trip to paradise is a smooth one.

If your dream vacation involves venturing to a remote, undisturbed island you’ll want to plan ahead and anticipate what the journey and Mother Nature may toss your way. We’ve created a packing list to help you prepare for what may lie ahead to ensure your trip to paradise is a smooth one.

Aromaflage

Aromaflage botanical fragrance & insect repellent

This is a wonderful multitasking product – a botanical fragrance that doubles as an insect repellent. The 8ml rollerball format makes this perfect for travel. Free of DEET, chemicals and parabens, this Aromaflage fragrance combines notes of citrus fruit, warm cedarwood and silken vanilla. $30, aromaflage.com

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Hyland’s Homeopathic Motion Sickness

Because many remote islands are only accessible by boat, be prepared for what Mother Nature tosses at you with a remedy for motion sickness. This traditional homeopathic formula helps relieve symptoms of nausea and dizziness associated with or aggravated by motion. If you think you may be particularly susceptible you may want to bring in the big guns with something like a Scopolamine patch, commonly used by people on cruise ships or divers. $10, well.ca

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Ticket to the Moon Beach Blanket

This compact beach blanket is a great travel companion. Made of lightweight material it easily stuffs into its carrying case for easy portability. Each corner has a pocket intended to be filled with sand to keep the blanket sufficiently weighted from the wind and can easily accommodate three people sprawled out on it.  $36 USD, ticketothemoon.com

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Projekt Rig Pig Waterproof Rucksack

If your journey involves a jaunt by boat across the open ocean you’ll want to forego purses and tote bags in favour of something that will keep your belongings safe and dry. This roll-top rucksack with a two-way sealing system is 100% waterproof and floats safely if dropped in water. $129.99, projektco.com

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Havaianas flip-flops

You can’t go wrong with a great pair of flip-flops and you’ll definitely need them on this trip. Whether it’s hopping off the boat onto the beach or wandering the grounds, you are bound to get your feet wet. $34, shop.havaianascanada.com

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Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer

This chemical-free, non-greasy, 3-in-1 sunscreen is incredible, functioning as a face moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up primer all in one.  Red algae and certified organic aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea provide the face with additional sun defense and hydration. The consistency is great, it doesn’t leave a white tinge to your skin and the smell is amazingly fresh. $58, clementinefields.ca

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FRĒ WaterProof iPhone 6/6s case, Lifeproof

The rough-and-tumble journey to a remote island can take its toll, not just on you, but on your belongings too. Chances are your phone will be your primary camera and you’ll want to keep it protected from the elements. Be prepared with this ultra-durable case from Lifeproof. It is waterproof and can be submersed up to 6.6 feet for one hour, dirt-proof, snow-proof and drop-proof surviving drops from 6.6 feet.  $71.99 USD, lifeproof.com 

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Nuun All Day tablets

Travel can take its toll on the body’s hydration so it is important to rehydrate after a long journey. These multivitamin tablets that you add to water will get you back on track by helping to trigger your body to consume more water. Each tablet contains 17 vitamins and minerals, under 8 calories and no added sugars. One tube contains 15 tablets. $7.50 USD, nuun.com

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Zoe Organics Everything Balm

This versatile balm made with 100% organic ingredients is the perfect travel companion. The restorative and moisturizing properties of shea butter, coconut and jojoba oils work wonders on everything from chapped skin to sunburn and insect bites. $15, healthhutboutique.com

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Maroma Jumpsuit, Vitamin A

In the evenings when the breeze picks up and the bugs come out, you’ll want to cover up in something lightweight. This eco-linen jumpsuit from Vitamin A provides the perfect amount of coverage with an adjustable string neckline and low draped back.  Pair it with flip-flops or gladiator sandals for a laid-back look. $175 USD, vitaminaswim.com

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Ray-Ban Aviator Classic, Polarized Pink Legend

Sunglasses are a must-pack for any island vacay, and our go-to shades of choice are the Classic Aviators from Ray-Ban. Durable and comfortable, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. We’re partial to these polarized Pink Legend lenses that add a playful splash of colour. $150-$205 USD, ray-ban.com

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