So your overwater bungalow in Bora Bora is booked and it is time to decide what to bring with you on your trip to Bore Bora! The good news is with the tropical weather it shouldn’t take too much luggage to make the trip. Here are our essentials to bring with you on a trip to Bora Bora.
There is no item more important than your suit! It is what you will wear most often so make sure it is comfortable and functional for all the water activities you will partake in.
Rash Guards or coverups
Your trip to Bora Bora will be centered around having fun in the sun. Make protecting yourself from the sun easier with a rash guard. This is perfect for jet ski and boat rides, snorkeling, and all your water activities.
If you are like me, you get tired of putting on sunscreen, and having a rash guard makes protecting yourself from the sun so much easier.
Are we being too obvious?
Even if you are paranoid of wrinkles, sun damage, and skin cancer, wear sunscreen or you will regret it. I recommend bringing some in your carry-on or personal item on the plane that is not larger than 3.4 fluid ounces. In addition, you will want a lot more in your checked luggage.
Bora Bora is a tropical climate so plan on wearing lighter, comfortable clothing. Beyond multiple swimsuits, you will want cotton and linens that are breathable.
No need to bring heels. You’ll be getting around wearing flip-flops. You might even buy a few while you are in Bora Bora.
For all your water activities, water shoes will make things easier, especially when snorkeling. They will also be helpful in swimming if your overwater bungalow is near a reef.
Make sure to bring some mosquito repellant. Bora Bora is a tropical island paradise but it does have mosquitos that will get on your nerves.
You are going to be spending a lot of time in the water where your iPhone can’t come with you. A GoPro will be perfect for taking underwater photos of your snorkeling adventure.
Rucksack or Backpack
You are going to want both hands free at times so I recommend bringing a backpack for all your water activities. It is also perfect if you want to spend some time on the beach and want to bring some snacks or for taking hiking if you plan to do that.
In that chance, you want to do some hiking while in Bora Bora, bring some shoes with you that are appropriate for a hike.
The cost of your drinks in Bora Bora can add up to a hefty amount. You are allowed to fly into Bora Bora with 2L of liquor or wine per person, so 3 bottles each. Take advantage of this and bring some in your checked luggage or purchase them in the Duty-Free zone before your flight. This can literally save you hundreds of dollars you would have quickly spent on drinks.
Speaking of saving money, bring some of your favorite snacks. Bring some fruit leather, m&ms, trail mix, dried fruit, whatever you like. It will be helpful in between meals when you do not want to leave your bungalow but are also not feeling up to ordering room service.
A Bora Bora essential is a swim cover-up. You are going to be wearing your swimsuit for most of your vacation so bring a couple of cover-ups for you to use when you want to walk around or to protect your skin from the sun.
In case it rains, a rain jacket will come in handy.
Women Swim Shorts
When you are out on activities you may be more comfortable with more than a bikini bottom. Bring some shorts to either put over your swimsuit or find swim shorts for women.
A sun hat is a tropical vacation essential. Bring a sun hat that can easily travel. You can find one that will fold up to be small enough to find in your purse, but also provide plenty of shade when you want that.
Snorkel and Fins
If you are planning on snorkeling in Bora Bora a lot, you may want to bring your own snorkel and fins. They can be very affordable, depending on what you are looking for. You can also just go on a snorkeling excursion and they will be provided to you.
Clothes for Dining
For when you go out to dinner, you do not want to wear your swimsuit. You also do not need to dress formally. You just need a smart casual/ resort formal outfit or two.