Anytime you are planning a vacation somewhere new, you may be unsure what items to pack. You don't want to pack too much and have to lug around items you don't need. But at the same time, you don't want to under pack and forget things you will use. Here are a few of the must have items to bring with you when you are planning a Captiva and Sanibel Island trip.

Your Beach Gear

Captiva and Sanibel Island have beautiful beaches. As such, you want to bring along your beach gear. This includes a swim suit, hat, cover up, beach towel, sand bucket, beach shoes and sun block. Additionally, you can bring along larger items like an umbrella, beach chairs, and snorkeling gear, or just rent it on the beach.

A Sweater

When you are planning a beach trip, the last thing you think about packing is a sweater or sweatshirt. However, it can get a bit chilly in the evenings on the beach, even during the summer. The breeze begins to roll in and things cool down quickly. So be sure to pack a sweater or sweatshirt so you can enjoy yourself when walking along the beach in the evenings or sitting at one of the beachside bars at night.

Lightweight Clothing

When packing, try to pack clothing that is light in weight. Items such as jeans can feel heavier than normal due to the humidity levels around the island. This can make you feel hotter faster and can weigh you down. Instead, opt for lightweight items like cotton sundresses, khakis, basketball shorts or flowy tops. If the item dries quickly, it is typically lightweight. If it takes awhile to dry, you may want to avoid bringing it on your trip to Captiva and Sanibel Island.

Guide Books That Interest You

Sanibel Island and Captiva are home to many interesting things. You can bird watch, learn about a variety of seashell types or learn the history of the area. Pick up a guidebook or two to learn about these specific things during your stay.

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