10 Travel Essentials For Island Adventures

There’s something about the island life that makes us want to escape to one every now and then. Blue waters, clear skies, palm trees and beauty surrounding all around you. Tropical islands usually give us a sense of escaping reality and entering a dream land. While it’s important to disconnect from the real world, here are some essentials for your island adventures that I highly recommend you to take with.

Travel Essentials
1. Adult Inflatable Snorkel Vest Life Jacket
If you’re like me, afraid of drowning, or not a great swimmer, you can always count on this vest life jacket to float on to. It’s easy to use and only takes up a little bit of space in your suitcase.

2. Snorkeling Mask
Where there is blue water, there’s always a snorkeling spot somewhere around. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the underwater world. Snorkeling is a beautiful experience. In the past I’ve rented snorkeling gear but with time I’ve appreciated having my own snorkel mask. You get to maintain hygiene, which should really be enough reason to own your own mask. Additionally, some places don’t rent out masks and if you’re up for an adventure you can take it along with you anywhere.
Speedo Adult Adventure Mask/Snorkel Set – Blue

3. Waterproof case
This case has helped me carry quite a few things while swimming through the ocean. Island hopping can be an adventure, especially when the shore has shallow waters and the boat has to dock far from it. The only way to get to the shore is to swim through the waves. Who would want to leave behind their precious cell phone/camera or even a lipgloss, if you may? I’ve carried quite a few things in this case and the locks are so solid that there was no leak. This is a legit investment.
Mpow Floatable Waterproof Cell Phone Bag, iPhone 8/iPhone X Waterproof Case for Swimming, Snowshoeing,Skiing,Skating,Sledding,Ice Fishing,Kayaking Universal Waterproof Cell Phone Pouch for iPhone 7/ 7 Plus/6/6 Plus, Google Pixel, LG G6, Huawei P9/ P9 Plus, Galaxy S8 and More

4. Go PRO Mounts
For those of you who use Go PRO or anything similar, this set of mounts can really help capture your adventures. You can use them on a surfing board, as a head mount or on your chest while you’re snorkeling or even mount it on a selfie stick. These mounts can not only be used for your island adventures but all sorts of adventures!
Zookki 39-in-1 Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 Black Silver, SJ4000 SJ5000 SJ6000, Camera Accessory Kit for Xiaomi Yi/DBPOWER/WiMiUS/SJCAM

5. Travel Blow Dryer
I love this dryer because at one point I felt like it was much better than my regular dryer, which actually costs way more than this. Its durable, easy to use and compact to carry. You can use it anywhere in the world (dual voltage). Comes in handy when you’d want to wash the salt off your hair and style it for a nice summer night by the beach bar.
Berta 1875W Negative Ionic Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Travel Blow Dryer US Plug 100-240V, Silver with Red

6. Microfiber Swim/Sport Towel
I love this because it also feels very nice on your skin. It can be used as a beach towel – the sand slips off without sticking to the towel and you can also wipe yourself dry with it. Easy to carry and dries super fast. You don’t have to wait for this to dry before you can put it back in your bag.
Sunland Ultra Absorbent Thirsty Travel Sports Microfiber Towels Swimming Towels Bath Towel w/ Carry Bag(Slate Grey 24″x48″)

7. Water sports shoes/slippers
Personally, I love the feel of sand underneath my feet but sometimes when it’s unbearably hot you’d want to wear your slippers. This product is quite useful for that purpose but also because they feel like you’re wearing nothing while working as a pair of shoes and also protecting you from the shells and other things under water. You can definitely use this for water sports such as snorkeling, paddle boarding or even kayaking. They come in sizes for men, women and children.
OOLIVUPF Water Sports Shoes Barefoot Beach Pool Shoes Quick Dry Aqua Yoga Socks for Men Women Love 40/41

8. Sunscreen Lotion
What an obvious essential! I personally like this brand the most because it makes me feel like it’s actually working! Don’t forget your sunscreen when you’re under the sun. It’s important to protect your beautiful skin.
Banana Boat Sport Performance Ultra-Lightweight Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, Value Size (315mL)

9. Aloe Vera Gel
Sometimes skin can burn even though you’re wearing sunscreen. Aloe vera gel comes in handy for times like those. When you have a burning sensation or skin peeling, this helps soothe your skin. I recommend carrying it because it can really help you recover from an awful pain without having to leave your hotel room.
Aloe Vera Gel Pure Juice – For Face & Dry Skin Psoriasis Eczema Treatment Cold Sore Scar After Bug Bite Redness Relief Rash Razor Bump Sunburn DIY Body Lotion Skincare Moisturizer Women 100 Percent Pure Premium Nature


10. Swimwear and sunglasses
Everyone has their favorite brands for swimwear and accessories. Personally I really love Aerie for their swim collection. As for sunglasses, the world is your oyster!

Cairns, Queensland

I started the year of 2015 by flying to Cairns early in the morning and what an amazing start! Cairns is very up north along the coast of Queensland. It has very hot temperature and this is usually a gateway to the great barrier reefs. 

 

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One thing I’ve learnt from this trip is to stay away from Flight Centre, because their deals will rip you off. It’s best to just do your own bookings because you save quite a lot. I went with a couple of friends and didn’t really look through this but you live and you learn, right? 
I was there for 2-3 days. It was a short trip but fun! Cairns is really hot, especially in the summer time. The heat is actually exhausting there. It’s true that I would rather have hot than cold any day! Cairns is a small town. The downtown side of it is quite lively since many tourists go there. Unfortunately Cairns doesn’t have any beaches except for this man made pool area called the Esplanade. This is where most people go to cool off and there’s even a DJ that plays music. I would rather prefer a beach but sadly Cairns lacks this. What I noticed in town was that there are more flying foxes (bats) than people. Holy hell, they are just everywhere! I find them cute because their faces are like foxes, hence the name. They are quite noisy during the day, when they are hanging by the trees since this is their bed time. The ones in Cairns were much bigger than the ones in New South Wales. You can’t miss them, they have literally taken over the entire town! I miss flying foxes though… You can’t find them in Ontario. 

 

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Flying foxes hanging from the trees

Food

 
The restaurants there are also quite expensive but the food is amazing. They have everything you want; lobster,  kangaroos, crocodile… Yes crocodile! Very Australian. I have only tried kangaroo and it’s actually not as bad as the thought of it.

 

Nightlife

 

Cairns also has a nightlife which consists of a few clubs. It has a nice atmosphere. You can still hangout by the pool at the Esplanade. There are some bars along the street as well. It gets kind of crazy in the night time.

 

Beaches

 

The nearest beach is Palm Cove beach. If you’re not driving, your best bet is to take the public bus which takes about an hour. I assure you this journey will be worth it. Palm Cove is such a nice beach with beautiful scenery. You will notice danger signs for crocodiles in water and so they recommend that you swim within this huge net that they put up. It is quite scary and I haven’t heard of any mishaps but I can imagine it won’t be a fun experience to be attacked by crocodiles. Many people also go fishing by Palm Cove. 

 

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Palm Cove Beach

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Great Barrier Reef

 
I did a day trip to the great barrier reefs from Cairns. They took us to a pontoon which was in the middle of the ocean. This was not good for me since I get so much anxiety from big waves. The currents, I felt, were strong and there was no shore to go to. Since I fear drowning in water, this was not good!!! I always feel safer when I see the shore or a beach to go back to. This had just the pontoon and once you leave the pontoon, the water is quite deep and the currents are quite strong so you can feel the force. I tried to snorkel near the pontoon but sadly enough didn’t get to go far. I wish to overcome this fear one day, although it seems quite impossible at the moment. There was an underwater observatory also, where I spent most of time. The things you see underwater – it’s a whole another world down there and it’s so colourful and beautiful! 

 

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If you have this phobia as I do, I would recommend you stop over the “Green island” or there are a few islands within the great barrier reef where they take you to snorkel or dive. When they say “Great barrier reef” they mean the middle of the ocean. I prefer the islands because you can at least kind of walk around and explore, then also get to snorkel in shallow water. Well, this really depends on your preference but if you are anything like me then you would prefer the islands rather than the pontoon. 

 

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Stopover at this island before the Great Barrier Reef (Pontoon)