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Aruba Packing List: What to Wear and Pack for the Beach

Attention beach vacationers! You’ve got your ticket to paradise in Aruba, but now comes the tricky part: deciding what to pack. The great news is that no matter the dates of your trip, you can expect temperatures of 80-90°F during the day. However, especially if it’s your first time visiting One Happy Island, you’ll want to ensure you bring all the essential items you’ll need during your getaway.

With this in mind, we’ve curated the ultimate Aruba vacation packing list to make sure you’re fully equipped for the trip of a lifetime. Sure, you’ve packed your swimsuits and stylish sundresses, but what about those essential extras like an external battery, a portable cooler, or a trusty reusable water bottle?

This complete Aruba packing list covers everything you need, starting with important essential items and what to wear on the plane. From there, we dive into what to pack for the beach, daytime attire, and even how to dress for dinner in Aruba. With our expert advice, you’ll be prepared to rock your vacation and create unforgettable memories.

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Important essential items to pack for Aruba

Woman packing suitcase for Aruba, including beach towels, passport, sunglasses, and a beach hat.Don’t let forgetfulness ruin your vacation to One Happy Island! There are a few items that are simply non-negotiable when packing for Aruba, such as your passport, driver’s license, and trusty credit card. With this in mind, let’s start our packing list with ten essentials that should be the first items in your suitcase, purse, or carry-on!

Read More: Travel Tips for Visiting Aruba


Traveling to Aruba is popular for American tourists looking for a sunny getaway. And while it’s true that you need a valid passport to travel to the island, there’s no need to worry about getting a visa. Americans can stay in Aruba as tourists for up to 30 days without any hassle.

Driver’s license

You’ll need a valid U.S. driver’s license when visiting Aruba because it’s the only way to rent a car on the island. While other transportation options are available, renting a vehicle offers much more flexibility and freedom.

With the wind in your hair and the open road ahead, you’ll have the power to explore every hidden corner at your own rhythm. No more waiting for taxis or relying on crowded buses— they just can’t compete with this level of convenience!

You do NOT need an international driver’s license to rent a car in Aruba. However, most companies require drivers to be at least 25 years old. 

Portable chargers and plug-in chargers

When contemplating what to bring to Aruba, people often overlook items they need to charge their devices. However, it’s important to remember that you’ll likely spend a lot of time outside, away from outlets. For this reason, we recommend packing a portable power bank.

This way, you can charge your phone while enjoying the pool or beach. Our favorite is the Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger. Additionally, make sure you pack all plug-in chargers for your devices, including a phone charger, camera charger, laptop charger, and possibly even an electric toothbrush charger.

Fortunately, if you’re American, you won’t need to worry about packing a converter or adapter; Aruba has the same voltage standard of 110V, and the plugs are almost always the same as those used in the United States (type A and B).

Cash in USD

It’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand, just in case. Although we wouldn’t suggest walking around with large amounts of money, $100 or less broken into small bills would be helpful. Remember that U.S. dollars are widely accepted in Aruba, so there’s no need to exchange your money for Aruban florins.

Furthermore, if you need more cash, you can withdraw both dollars and florins from most of the ATMs on the island. Many Aruba hotels have an ATM either on the property or nearby.

Debit and/or credit card

Since you can withdraw cash from the ATMs in Aruba, bringing your debit card along is a good idea. Additionally, most establishments accept major credit cards. We suggest having a credit card in your wallet that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is one of the most popular options.

Windproof travel umbrella

Although Aruba doesn’t experience much rain (only about 18 inches annually), it does have a “rainy season” running from October to January. During this time of year, rain tends to fall in short and light bursts. However, sometimes heavy rainfall can seem to come out of nowhere! Therefore, you should include a windproof travel umbrella on your packing list for Aruba, just in case.

Camera & SD card

You’ll definitely want to bring a camera to capture your favorite moments on One Happy Island. We brought a Nikon D5600 to be able to take high-quality photos during my Aruba vacation. You’ll also want to double-check that your SD card is in your camera before leaving home for the airport!

We travel with a 128 GB memory card to ensure enough space for our family photos. For an Aruba trip, it’s also worth looking into buying an affordable underwater camera. This way, you can capture photos and videos during water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing.

Aloe vera

Plan to use strong sun protection during your entire time in Aruba, such as sunscreen, chapstick with SPF, and sun hats with UV protection. However, you’ll want a backup plan if you get a little burnt. For this reason, we always suggest packing aloe vera for an Aruba beach trip. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Mosquito repellent bracelets

Mosquitos don’t pose as big of an issue in Aruba as on other Caribbean islands due to the consistent trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. Nonetheless, if you usually struggle with mosquito bites, bringing some repellent is advisable. We recommend the mosquito repellent bracelets because they’re easy to wear, and many are waterproof!

Prescription medications

On your checklist of things to bring to Aruba, prescription medications should be at the top. Remember that they should go in your carry-on bag and be kept in their original containers. U.S. health insurance isn’t accepted in Aruba, so you don’t want to forget any medications you might need!

What to wear on the plane to Aruba

Remember that although you’re traveling to a tropical destination, you may want to dress differently for the airport and your flight. Planes are typically kept cooler, so you’ll want to wear layers, like a tank top with a light sweater and thin jogger pants. We wouldn’t suggest wearing shorts unless you layer pants over them for the flight or bring a blanket.

Instead of wearing sandals on the plane, you’ll probably be more comfortable in sneakers. Tennis shoes take up more space in your suitcase anyway, so you’ll save a little room by wearing them. Additionally, you may want to carry any larger sun hats onto the plane so they don’t get squished in your suitcase!

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What to wear during the day in Aruba

Daytime temperatures in Aruba tend to be around 84/88°F (29/31°C), so consider packing clothing that will be comfortable in this climate. If you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, you may want to focus more on coverups and sandals than daytime clothing.

If you’re struggling with how to dress in Aruba, remember that the dress code is very laid-back. So, consider packing casual outfits you would wear in the summertime at home.

Light, breathable clothing

The key to dressing comfortably in Aruba is to bring light and breathable clothing. For example, linen is an excellent choice for fabric for hot weather conditions. You’ll also want to avoid wearing darker colors like black since they absorb more heat.

Regarding clothes to pack for women, sundresses, thin shorts, and tank tops/t-shirts all make great Aruba outfit ideas. Short-sleeve button-down shirts, t-shirts, and breathable shorts are ideal for men.

Athletic shorts are a must for more casual days! Regarding whether or not to bring pants, you won’t find many people wearing jeans in Aruba due to the heat.

Bathing suits

If you plan to spend one week in Aruba, we suggest packing around 3-4 bathing suits. For water activities, you’ll want swimsuits that are comfortable and fit well so that they don’t shift while you move! You’ll likely want to pack a one-piece swimsuit for this reason.

Men may wish to purchase swim trunks that can double as shorts to maximize packing space. Moreover, we suggest finding swimsuits that are quick-dry for the beach.


Since you’ll probably be in your bathing suit most of the time in Aruba, you’ll also want to pack plenty of cover-ups. If you’d like to quickly walk up to a beach bar or restaurant and grab food and drinks, throwing on a cover-up is the best option!

With this in mind, we suggest packing at least three cover-ups or sarongs in your suitcase. If you don’t want to spend on cover-ups, just bring some comfy athletic shorts and T-shirts.


Considering the island’s extremely high UV index, you’ll need at least one pair of sunglasses on your Aruba packing checklist. Ideally, your sunglasses should either be polarized or have some sort of UV protection. While you can find cheaper sunglasses that will do the trick, we tend to splurge for polarized Ray-Bans.

Sun hat

We’ve mentioned that the sun is intense on the island; however, the wind is also substantial. So, if you’re wondering what to take to Aruba, don’t forget a sun hat. When searching for a hat for your vacation, ensure it sits securely on your head and won’t blow away. Hats that are adjustable and fitted are your best bet! 

Comfortable sandals

When packing shoes for Aruba, you’ll want at least two pairs of sandals or flip flops. We suggest bringing one pair of designated beach sandals that will get sandy! Also, have a second pair of more formal sandals for dinner. You may also want to consider bringing water shoes or hiking sandals if you know you’ll be doing lots of water activities.


You may not immediately think of sneakers when thinking of what to pack for Aruba. However, in our opinion, it’s always worth bringing one pair of tennis shoes in your suitcase.

In fact, you may even want to wear them on the plane to save room in your checked bag or carry-on. Keep in mind that you’ll be required to wear tennis shoes if you participate in activities like off-roading in Arikok National Park or horseback riding.

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What to pack for the beach in Aruba

Beach bag sitting on the beach in Aruba with sunblock, flip flops, sunglasses, and other beach essentialsA trip to Aruba will involve plenty of time spent on the beach. Therefore, you’ll want to double-check that you pack all these vacation necessities in your suitcase! If you happen to forget any of these items, you will be able to buy them in stores around Aruba. However, they’ll likely be more expensive on the island than they would be at home.

Coral reef-safe sunscreen

Beginning in 2020, Aruba instituted a ban on suntan lotions that include oxybenzone–a chemical that contributes to coral reef deterioration. So, when you’re stocking up on supplies for your trip, be sure to purchase reef-safe sunscreen. Due to the high UV index in Aruba, it’s best to go with sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher.

Chapstick with SPF

People often remember to put sunscreen on but forget to protect their lips! We highly recommend packing chapstick that has at least SPF 30 and is reef-safe. Aruba is sunny and windy, so chapstick is necessary when hitting the beach.

Reusable water bottle

Did you know that you can drink tap water in Aruba? This fact makes it a lot easier to stay hydrated in the heat. With this in mind, you’ll definitely want to bring a reusable water bottle you can carry to the beach! An insulated bottle is an excellent way to keep your water cool while sunbathing. 

Waterproof phone case


Since you’ll be spending most of your time by the water, it’s 100% worth investing in a waterproof phone case. Whether you’re at the pool, the beach, or even visiting Renaissance Aruba Resort to see the flamingos, you don’t want to risk dropping your unprotected phone in the water.

Beach bag

You won’t be able to carry all your beach essentials without a beach bag! While you may be tempted to grab whatever tote or backpack you have lying around, it’s best to buy a sand-free or packable option. This way, you won’t find yourself carrying around unwanted sand, and your bag will fit into your luggage.

Sand-free beach towel

A sand-free beach towel is one of the best items you can buy for the beach in Aruba. We all know how annoying it can be to come home from the beach and find sand in random places for days! So, why not invest in a sand-free towel? They’re incredibly affordable, so it’s worth packing 2-3 for a week on the island.

Portable cooler

Some Airbnbs and hotels have portable coolers for guests to use. However, you might not want to take the chance of not having a cooler for the beach! If you have the extra room, we’d recommend packing a collapsible cooler in your suitcase.


If you’re an avid reader, one of the best ways to save room in your suitcase is to bring a Kindle instead of physical books. With a Kindle, you won’t be limited in space at all! Due to the lighting at the beach, the best option is the Kindle Paperwhite. This e-reader has a sharper screen and is waterproof. If you’d like a premium option, check out the Kindle Oasis.

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What to wear in the evening in Aruba

Beautiful sunset on a beach in ArubaAs far as what to wear in Aruba at night, evening wear on the island is very laid-back. So, don’t feel like you need to pack anything particularly formal. For women, maxi dresses with a light cardigan and comfortable sandals are your best bet. Due to the tropical climate, sticking to lightweight fabrics like linen and silk is recommended. If you prefer wearing pants, stick to linen wide-leg or palazzo pants.

For men, slacks with a belt, a thin button-down shirt, and a pair of comfortable loafers will do! A light jacket is one of the most important things to bring to Aruba for the evenings.

Additional important items

  • Aleve, Tylenol, or other pain relief
  • Hand wipes
  • Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner
  • Makeup
  • Face wash
  • Band-aids and other first-aid supplies
  • Cortisone cream
  • Brush or comb 
  • Sleep mask
  • Makeup remover
  • Glasses
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Moisturizer
  • Hair ties
  • Socks 
  • Razor
  • Contact lenses

Other items to consider

Scanned copies of important items

The U.S. Department of State recommends carrying a scanned copy of the information page on your passport. This way, if you misplace your passport, it’s easier to obtain a replacement. If you’d prefer not to pack a physical copy, you can also send the scan as a photo attachment to your e-mail in case of an emergency. You’ll also want a copy of your travel insurance!

Aruba travel guide book


If you’d like helpful travel advice at your fingertips, you may want to carry an Aruba travel guidebook. Especially if you prefer to make last-minute plans, having this resource in your pocket can be convenient.

Leave-in hair conditioner


Between the wind, sun, and saltwater, you may want to take some extra precautions to avoid damaging your hair. Packing a leave-in conditioner that you can apply after showering is a great solution!

Portable digital luggage scale

When planning a trip to Aruba, it’s a good idea to pack a luggage scale in your suitcase. With the weight restrictions imposed by airlines, having a luggage scale can help you avoid costly overweight baggage fees. Especially if you’re hoping to bring back gifts and souvenirs from your Aruba vacation, it’s easy to unintentionally exceed the weight limit! 

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Before leaving for your Aruba vacation, you'll want to double-check you have all the items on this Aruba packing list!

An earlier version of this article was published in October 2020 and has since been updated.

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Monday 26th of July 2021

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