With the airline carry-on restrictions, fees for checked bags and baggage weight limits, knowing what to bring versus what to buy locally can make a big difference in cost and comfort. Some of these items may be available for purchase on Cat Island. (US Airlines have a 50 lb weight limit per checked bag and Sky Bahamas has a 40 lb weight limit per checked bag).

  • Sun block or sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with brim for sun protection
  • flip-flops
  • swim suit (beaches are not clothing optional in the Bahamas)
  • Personal Insect repellent, for use while outside during dusk and dawn
  • Benadryl capsules (for insects outside)
  • Enough cash for your trip as there is only one ATM on the island


  • Snorkeling gear
  • Unlocked GSM cellphone for using a Bahamas’ prepaid SIM
  • laptop, tablet, reading materials
  • Prescription Medications (no pharmacies on Cat Island)