Packing for Puerto Rico

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As you read this I’m most likely already on my way to San Juan, Puerto Rico for 5 days in the sun! After that, I’m headed to Tampa, Florida to visit family for a few days. You can probably imagine how excited I am to get out of the Chicago winter that will never end and to somewhere warm and sunny. I promise I won’t even complain about the humidity!

I’ve gotten pretty good at packing over the past two years (this blog has helped a lot with that!) but for some reason this trip was really throwing me off. I made a conscious decision not to plan every second of our trip and instead have a few ideas of things we could do and decide when we got there. However, this made packing a bit difficult since I wasn’t sure exactly what activities I’d need to be ready for.

So, instead, I stuck to a simple blue, green and black color palate (note: that tank in the top left? I do not own it but I really, really want to. I just chose it because I couldn’t find a good representation of the tank top I am bringing) with five tank tops, one dress, three pairs of shorts, two pairs of jeans, and two cardigans.

Of course, we can’t forget the reason we’re going to San Juan in the first place: so I can run the Puerto Rico Half Marathon! I won the race entry (but not the trip; don’t get too jealous) from Swirlgear so I’m totally going to represent them while I’m enjoying paradise.


Also, while I’m visiting family I can do laundry so if I have the desire to rewear something I can wash it when I get to Tampa.

Finally, for those of you like lists, here’s the basics of what I’m bringing in list form!

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14 replies on “Packing for Puerto Rico

  1. Nikki Crews

    My husband and I honeymooned in OSJ, Puerto Rico and fell in love with it! We rented a car and drove all over the island doing fun things. We’re planning a graduation trip back there next spring when I’m done with school. We went in mid-May and it was already hot. You definitely need shorts, skirts, and short(er) dresses. I hope you have a fabulous time and tomar un poco de sol para mí (get some sun for me)!

    NCsquared Life

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    You’re going to have a such a great time! I can only imagine how hard it is to pack for somewhere like Puerto Rico after this winter. I had a hard enough time packing for D.C., and it was only going to get barely over 60 for one day while I was there. It’s crazy how you totally forget how to dress for warm weather after five months of hiding beneath a parka! Have a great run, and enjoy your time off 🙂

      1. kilax

        We actually have an itinerary planned for a trip there from years ago, but we ended up being unable to go (with a friend who is from there). I bet we would love it! 🙂

  3. Jalpa

    Have the best vacation ever! And good-luck with that run. I am loving this very helpful packing list. Btw, I want that lilac maxi dress.

  4. Valerie

    That tank top you mentioned you wanted is SUPER cute! I bet you can make a ton of outfits based on everything you packed! Hope you had a fab time!!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      The tank top is from Mod Cloth but it’s sold out!! So sad. Although, I made plenty of outfits out of what I brought so I’m probably set in the tank-top department 🙂

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