The Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Long Weekend on Bermuda

Packing: The worst part of travel, am I right? But the need to pack means you’re going somewhere amazing. Especially if it means you’re going to Bermuda! It’s such a short flight from the East Coast of the United States, and actually, I can’t believe it took my husband and me so long to go ourselves! If you’re planning a long weekend (or weeklong) trip to Bermuda, this is just the packing list for you!

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2-3 Dresses or Rompers

Bermuda is a bit more “refined” or “classy” than other islands tend to be. A little less rough around the edges, if you will. As a result, the dress code, even unspoken, is also a little more classy, a little more refined. You’ll want to go for longer dresses and skirts, or even flowy pants. No mini skirts or dresses, no short shorts, nothing super revealing. Again, there are literal fashion police who will tell you to cover it up! Here are some fun, flowy, yet modest options.

And, of course, it never hurts to have a scarf handy, just in case!

More here: What to Know Before You Visit Bermuda

1-2 Bathing Suits +1 Coverup

Now, when you’re at the beach, you can wear the bathing suit you want! Don’t worry about it. Even at a hotel pool, your bikini is totally fine. But you’re not going to feel comfortable walking around town like that. No, shorts and a bikini top are not an acceptable duo–sorry! Here are some cute bathing suit options (two will be plenty to get you through a long weekend!), and a cover-up that can also double as an extra dress!

Also helpful: The Ultimate Guide for What to Pack for the Beach


There are so many fun things to do on Bermuda besides the beach! There are trails to explore, a jungle to walk through, and one of the best ways to get around is via bike! Here are some comfortable activewear options in case you want to get a little more up-close and personal with Bermuda.

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I like to pack light, so I have a shoe strategy: Wear your heaviest pair on the plane, and pack no more than two others. If you like to pack more than that, it is totally okay to have that preference! But if you’re going light for your island vacation, these are the only three you’ll really need: Walking or running shoes (to wear on the flight), water shoes for the pool and beach (hello, rocky shoreline!), and a nice pair of sandals that won’t make you regret your life choices at the end of the day!

(Coming soon) Read on: What to Do in One Day in Hamilton, Bermuda

Hat & Sunglasses

Always take a hat! Choose something beachy and fashionable, or be like me and go for a sporty visor instead. Trust me, you will be glad you have one! The same goes for sunglasses. Never go to an island without a pair!

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Dry Bag

Never go to an island without a dry bag! This is a great strategy for solo travelers, since it can go in the water instead of having to leave the bag–and your valuables–on the beach without you. But my husband and I like to get in the water together (because who wants to be the one sitting on the beach while your travel buddy has an underwater adventure?), meaning it’s great for us even when we don’t go solo! Here is my favorite one that has literally gone around the world with me.

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Last but not least, this is an absolute island essential! My dermatologist recommends an SPF of 50, and basically every island with a reef system (like Bermuda!) wants you to use a mineral-based, reef safe sunscreen. As a traveler, I always recommend a solid sunscreen to cut down on your liquids and make carry-on travel easy. This one fits every requirement!

Keep reading: The Best Sunscreen for Travelers (according to my dermatologist!)

Want more? Get everything you need to know on my dedicated Bermuda Page!

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