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Puerto Rico Packing List: What to Wear and Pack 

Planning a vacation to the tropical island of Puerto Rico? Besides booking and planning your Puerto Rico itinerary, your next important step is figuring out what to pack! Therefore, I have put together this ultimate Puerto Rico packing list to have you covered on your vacation!

Rincon Sandy beach Puerto Rico add sunscreen to your packing list
Rincon Sandy beach Puerto Rico

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Weather in Puerto Rico

Since Puerto Rico is a part of the Caribbean, you will generally find warm temperatures all year. On average, the temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect to pack for a warm and humid climate. 

The hottest months in Puerto Rico are from May – September. The average temperature will be around 80-90’s with very high humidity.

We were in Puerto Rico at the end of August and some nights, the humidity was insanely high. During the days, we could just be sitting in the shade and sweating.

The cooler and most popular months to visit Puerto Rico are between the months of November through March.

If you are visiting Puerto Rico during the winter months, you might even want to consider a light jacket, especially in the mountain area.

Keep in mind that June through November is hurricane season in Puerto Rico. Plan to have a more flexible schedule, and I’d highly recommend getting travel insurance, just in case. 

Add a bathing suit for el Yunque rainforest to your Puerto Rico packing list
El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. You will want to add a bathing suit to your packing list

Essential things to Pack for Puerto Rico

How much you pack really depends on how many days you are staying, so we are going to start with the essential things you should consider packing for your Puerto Rico vacation. 

Beach items for beach bag vacation

Quick Dry Towel

Quick-dry towels are one of my go-to items on any trip. They are compact, act as a squeegee, and are basically sand-proof.

For this beach vacation, you will definitely want to pack one in your bag. These are my favorite quick-dry towels.

Coral-Reef Safe Sunscreen 

Since you are vacationing in Puerto Rico, a beach destination, you need sunscreen. I always recommend wearing reef-safe sunscreen since you will be spending time in the water. 

My go-to is Juice Beauty (I prefer this one more) or Blue Lizzard. I also have very sensitive skin, and both work well. 

Isla Verde Beach Carolina Puerto Rico Sunrise
Isla Verde Beach

Bug Repellant

This tropical island has its bugs. So I would definitely add bug spray to your Puerto Rico packing list. You can also purchase this while you’re in Puerto Rico. I’d highly recommend it for visiting El Yunque Rainforest.

Waterproof Phone Case

I always add a waterproof phone case to my packing list when my trip involves a beach or lake. I plan on taking lots of photos on my phone, so I can’t have anything happen to it! 

Underwater Camera

If you love snorkeling, I’d recommend getting a GoPro. I especially use my GoPro for underwater photography.

To get even cooler photos, you can also use dome casing for half under-the-water and half over-the-water shots. 

Interested in more of my favorite camera gear? See what’s in my camera bag.

You can also fly drones in Puerto Rico recreationally. I have the DJI Air 2 and love it!

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GoPro Photo Swimming with turtles

Dry Bag

I usually also add a dry bag to my packing list and Puerto Rico is one place I wish I actually brought it. Specifically when we were kayaking to the bioluminescent bay.

We had to leave our valuables in a locker instead of being able to bring them. So I’d recommend a dry bag!

Battery Pack

A battery pack is one of my favorite travel accessories. Mainly because, as a content creator, I use my phone a lot, therefore, having this battery is a life-saver!

Small one | larger one

Reusable Water bottle

I always pack my Lifestraw water bottle no matter where I go, however, any reusable water bottle will work. The water is technically safe to drink in Puerto Rico, but I still prefer having the Lifestraw filter.

Solid Shampoo and Soap

If you dislike dealing with liquids when traveling, consider getting bar shampoo and soap. I use both the Lush Shampoo (Jumping Juniper) and conditioner (American Cream) bars. They make traveling so much easier. 

I’ve also been using their solid face wash (Herbalism) for years and still love it. I have very sensitive and acne-prone skin. 

If you want to go with liquid shampoos and conditioner, I would recommend getting electric tape and wrapping it around the lid and opening, to prevent leaking further.

Lush Shampoo bars
Screenshot from Lush’s website

Other Toiletries to Pack

Here are some of your other basic Toiletries to pack for your Puerto Rico vacation.

Packing List

What to Wear in Puerto Rico

Since Puerto Rico is generally really hot, you will want to pack summer and beach clothes for the most part. 

Believe it or not, I actually packed all of this into my carry-on suitcase and my LowePro Camera bag backpack.

Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico
Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico

Summer Dress

I would add at least 1-2 summer dresses to your Puerto Rico packing list. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may want to opt for a short summer dress as opposed to a maxi dress.

I also find cute (and very affordable) outfits at Shein. I’ve found they are also pretty well made and some of the best sweaters I have now.

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Shein Red Dress
Lake Norman State Park is one of the best things to do in Mooresville, NC.
Cute two piece from lululs

Summer Skirts 

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, know I love a twirly skirt. I actually always get questions about these skirts, and I get them mainly from Chicwish. 

I usually pack 2-3 skirts with me to throw on over my shorts for a photo lol, but you can wear them all day! Both of the below skirts come from Chicwish. They are lightweight, which is great for Puerto Rico.

Denim Shorts 

I really live in denim shorts, and I packed 2 pairs with me for Puerto Rico. They were a great addition to my Puerto Rico packing list on days I knew we were going to be a little more active, like when we visited El Yunque Rainforest.

Fortaleza Street Old San Juan
Fortaleza Street Old San Juan where umbrellas used to be hung

Pair of  Sandals 

For this Puerto Rico Packing list, let’s include 2 pairs of sandals. I always bring my Birkenstock sandals because I find they are the most comfortable for a lot of walking.

Then bring one extra pair that may not be as bulky, and you don’t care if they get wet.

I usually don’t pack heels with me because there is just not enough room. Also, we tend to be very active travelers. However, feel free to add a wedge if you must!

For men, a pair of slides will do it for the beach. Alex has these slides.


If you plan on visiting El Yunque and hiking through the rainforest, I’d recommend a pair of sneakers that you won’t care if they get muddy. 

Light Raincoat

Again, this one is mainly for El Yunque Rainforest. It rains a lot, so if you have room for it, I’d recommend a light rain jacket. This is the raincoat I have

You could also bring one of those compactable umbrellas instead. 

Fun Fact: El Yunque is the only Tropical Rainforest in the United States. 

Visit El Yunque Tropical Rainforest for as one of the fun things to do in Puerto Rico
El Yunque Tropical Rainforest lookout

Light T-shirts & Tanktops

You will likely be sweating a lot, so I’d recommend packing a couple of very lightweight t-shirts and tank tops. For the most part, I live in a tank top. 

For men, I’d recommend the same.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro Puerto Rico
View from El Morro Fort in Old San Juan

Bathing Suits

You can’t go to Puerto Rico without a swimsuit. I’d pack 2. Linking some of my favorites. You can also find some pretty cute beach cover-ups and sarongs on amazon.

Cute Cutout One PieceCute Bandeau BikiniRibbed Checky Two Piece | Bright Color Block One Piece | Cover-up

Carolina Beach Puerto Rico

Sunglasses and Sunhats

You of course, can’t go to Puerto Rico without a pair of Sunglasses and a cute sunhat. 

When packing a sunhat, I find it is best to either wear it on the plane. Or, when packing your clothes, leave a hold in the middle and turn the hat upside-down. Then fill the head part with smaller items. Two of my go-to hats are:

Oversized hat from Lulus | Floppy hat

Walking through the Fields at the Lavender Oak Farm in Chapel Hill, NC. Wearing oversized sun hat and white dress.
Lulus big Floppy hat

Shoe bag or Reusable Bag

I always pack my shoes in a shoe bag, to not get my suitcase or clothes dirty, along with a reusable bag. I put all my dirty clothes in the re-usable bag to keep myself organized.

I have a handful of shoe dust bags that I use, but if you don’t have any, check out these shoe bags.

Small Day Bag

If you are more of an adventure traveler, I’d recommend a small backpack to carry your things. 

Also not to be forgotten are your socks, undergarments, belt (My husband always forgets this), and Pjs.

Other Things You Might Want to add to Your Puerto Rico Packing List

Now that we have the main things to pack for Puerto Rico, here are some other things I pack or use for my trips. 

Carry-on Suitcase ( I personally love Delsey) | Large SuitcasePacking Cubes (makes it easier and more organized packing)Noise Canceling Headphones (these are the ones I have)

Puerto Rico Packing List: Wrap-up

This concludes my Puerto Rico Packing list of what you should pack and wear on your trip! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and I will get back to you! 

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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