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10 Packing Tips for your First Trip to the Cayman Islands

On my first trip to Christopher Columbus Condos I had several questions about what to pack and how to prepare for the Cayman Islands, so I've put together a quick list of suggestions and answers to common questions.

The Technicalities

  1. The plug-ins in Cayman are the same as US & Canadian outlets, so there is no need for converters if you're coming from the US or Canada.
  2. There are blow dryers in every room, so you don't need to pack that. If you're picky, I understand if you have one that just does the trick unlike any other. I do too!
  3. Don't worry about beach towels. The condos are fully stocked with these and you can switch out used towels for fresh towels any time during office hours. We're big on conservation, though, and recommend that our guests only trade out towels once a day in consideration of our beautiful environment.
  4. Almost all Caymanian merchants accept US Dollars, so if you're coming from the US, don't fret too much about currency. I would recommend calling your credit/debit card companies to let them know you will be travelling outside of the country though to ensure unlimited use of your cards. Also, ask your credit card provider if they apply international fees for usage.
  5. Bring your phone or laptop (unless you're on an electronic detox) because the condos have free WiFi. Some units even have speakers with phone docks for playing your tunes! Plan to put your phone in airplane mode while on the island to avoid data roaming fees. Or if you plan to use your phone a lot off the property, call your carrier before your trip to purchase international data and minutes at a better rate.
  6. DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!
  7. Fun to Have Along

  8. Purchase a cheap underwater camera if you don't have a GoPro or other underwater camera. You can get disposable underwater cameras for around $10.
  9. Bring a book or magazine for pool side reading.
  10. Grab a fun sunning hat to add some perk to your beach time.
  11. Athletic clothes. I know it's your vacation, but hear me out: There are some exciting opportunities for bike tours, horseback riding and hiking that you won't want to miss!

Of course, don't forget the necessities: swimsuit, flip flops, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothes, toiletries; you know the drill! And if you have any additional questions don't hesitate to call our office at 1 (866) 311-5231.

If you've visited Cayman before add your packing tips for other guests in the comments below!

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Austin Bollinger NOVEMBER 5 2014
Great article, Toni. Lot's of things I would have not thought of.
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J Way FEBRUARY 10 2017
Been to Cayman and Christopher Columbus many times. Don't forget the sunscreen..and be sure to pack a small carry-on with a change of clothes and a swimsuit because if you check your bag and it is delayed...you'll want to just wait on the beach and relax whilst the airline brings your bag to the condo! Also...don't forget to NOT pack your work, worries and stress....you won't be wanting or needing any of that here!!!
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Toni Eftink FEBRUARY 14 2017
J Way, I love your suggestion to leave your work, worries and stress at home because you most certainly don't need those in Cayman! Thanks for adding to this post. : )
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Reymundo Tobar JUNE 3 2018
What I’d like to know is about our carry on, the one I have and I have been traveling with to Europe, is the type that fits in the regular American airplanes. I hope you can answer my question, Imve been all over the States and Europe. Thank you,
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Toni (Eftink) Keesee JUNE 4 2018
Hi Reymundo, We suggest checking out the size restrictions for carry ons on the airline that you will be flying on to Cayman. :)
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