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What to wear in Aruba (Packing List + Outfits)

What to wear in Aruba (Packing List + Outfits)

Are you wondering what to wear in Aruba? This guide tells you exactly what to pack for Aruba for activities, weather and more to form the perfect Aruba packing list alongside some amazing outfit inspiration no matter the month you are visiting.

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But before we get onto the specifics of what to wear in Aruba along with some outfit inspiration we thought it would be worthwhile to talk about exactly how the seasons and dress codes will affect your Aruba Packing List. 

Aruba Weather

View of a sandy beach with palm trees in Aruba
Aruba packing list

Aruba like many Caribbean islands has a wet season and dry season. And which one you are visiting in will affect the activities you do and what you need to pack for them.

The wet season in Aruba is actually relatively short only running from September to January. And even though Aruba has a wet season it isn’t as wet as some other islands. Of these months thought November tends to be the wettest.

Overall, you shouldn’t expect too many long days of rain when you visit Aruba, however when the rain does come it is usually in a quick heavy downpour.

By comparison the dry season in Aruba runs from February to September. However it is also worth noting that Aruba can be effected by hurricanes. The Hurricane season in this region tends to star in June and finishes by the end of November with September being the most affected.. It is something to definitely take into consideration when booking your Aruba vacation.

And while rainfall in Aruba is seasonal, the temperatures actually tend to be pretty consistent with temperatures of 27C / 81F to 29C/84F.

Considerations for your Aruba Packing List

Couple next to palm tree on beach in Aruba
What to pack for Aruba

Before we get onto the exact items to include to make your Aruba outfits, we thought is would be worth outlining some considerations for your packing list. These are:

Pack Light

As the weather in Aruba is pretty consistent and most visitors are heading their for beach vacations we recommend packing lightly.

For more information on how to pack light we recommend checking out our guide on the 5 4 3 2 1 packing method or the sudoku method which will help you create the perfect Caribbean Capsule Wardrobe without overpacking.

Natural Fabrics

Natural fabrics are your best friend Aruba.

Cottons, silks and linen are well known for being more breathable than man made fabrics. Linen in particular is very in fashion among locals and tourists alike.  


As most people will be spending lots of time on the beach and pool side in Aruba swimwear is obviously going to be an important part of your packing list. I usually take at least 2 pieces of swimwear and 2 covers with me on a week long vacation so I can always have one piece to wear and one that is drying but you may want to add some more. 

Just try and select covers and 2 piece swimwear (if you want this style) that can be mixed and matched together for different beach looks.

What to wear in Aruba

Woman lying in sea next to two flamingoes on flamingo beach in aruba with huts in background
What to wear in Aruba

So now you know what to consider when packing for Aruba and the weather by month, we will turn our attention to what to wear in Aruba.

Dresses and Skirts

As I mentioned above there is lots of beach wear and resort wear seen in on island resorts in the Aruba.

Maxi dresses are one of my favorite things to wear especially loose and flowing dresses. They are also great for wearing down on the beach and out for dinner. 

Click here to shop dresses for tropical beach vacations.

Linen Trousers / Linen pants

Linen trousers are a great pick for Aruba. I like to pick linen pants in a neutral color such as cream, beige or white as they work well no matter the color you pick for your capsule wardrobe.

I tend to use these as day to night transition pieces for on the beach and at resort restaurants.


Shorts are a definite must for The Maldives. Personally I like to avoid denim shorts as I find these more uncomfortable on sand. Instead I like to pack a mix of cotton shorts foron the beach and smarter chino style shorts for beachside restaurants.

Quick Dry shorts are another essential to add to your Aruba packing list. It is easy for shorts to get wet on the beach and in the humid weather it can be hard for things to dry so picking quick dry pairs is a practical choice.

T Shirts

A basic t shirt is a great staple and an essential of any packing list at any time of year. Now depending on the color scheme you are going for will depend on what color you should have. But in my opinion you can never go wrong with a plain white tee.

For Aruba I tend to stick to short sleeve t shirts but you could also add a tank top too. Just be sure to keep to natural fabrics such as cotton as these are more breathable on hot beaches. I like to add bright colored t shirts and things with palm leaf and leaf patterns to add a tropical flavor.

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Blouse / Shirt

A shirt or blouse is a great addition to a tropical capsule wardobe. Again I stick with tops in natural fabrics such as cotton and linen to reduce sweat.

Personally I love a leaf pattern blouse especially an oversized linen shirt version.

Waterfall Cardigans

A light waterfall cardigan is my favorite top later for tropical destiantions. They aren’t chunky or too hot but are good protection on chilly nights.

You can choose the color based on the palette you have in your wardrobe.

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A lightweight beach hoodie is great for airplane outfits when you are heading to beach destinations and can be good for lounging around the pool on cooler days.

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I never travel to any tropical island without a pashmina. It is great in the evenings in case you get chilly, especially during the cooler months and for dining al fresco. They can also be used to make an outfit more modest for visiting religious sites. Click here to shop pashminas.


We always pack at least 2 pieces of swimwear for tropical resort vacations one for wearing and one for drying.

I tend to stick with one piece swimsuits but you should pick the style you feel most comfy in.

As one of the most famous things to do in Aruba is see the flamingoes on Flamingo Beach. If you plan on doing this it can be fun to add some flamingo patterns into your capsule wardrobe.

Rash Vest

Also if you plan to snorkel in Aruba we recommend having a rash vest with you as it is very easy to burn your back while snorkelling.

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Beach Cover

We always pack at least 2 pieces of swimwear for tropical resort vacations one for wearing and one for drying.

I tend to stick with one piece swimsuits but you should pick the stle you feel most comfy in.

Sun Hat

Sun hats are a staple on any Aruba packing list. Be sure to pick a wide brimmed straw hat for maximum sun protection. Click here to shop sun hats.

For more information on how to pack sun hats for travel check out this post.



Goes without saying 


We recommend packing lightweight PJs for the tropical island. 

Best Shoes for Aruba


Teva Women’s Midform Universal, Black, 9 M US
  • Water-ready polyester webbing upper is extremely durable and dries quickly after getting wet
  • Easy hook-and-loop closure comes on and off quickly and gets the fit just right
  • 1 1/4″ Lightweight EVA Platform

Sandals are a definite must for Aruba. I would pick a pair with arch support and without a heel. Teva are my favorite brand for walking sandals if you plan on doing some hikes. However espadrilles or wedges are a great evening shoe choice particularly for nicer restaurants. 


Sneakers are great for Aruba whatever time of year you visit. Just be sure you pack a lightweight pair they can cope well in the heat and are also good for your feet on uneven surfaces around the island.

However we do recommend wearing sneaker socks in the summer with them to reduce sweat and odour in your shoe. Personally I like a pair of white lightweight sneakers sure as the adidas cloudfoams.


The water in Aruba is beautiful however it can have hazards by way of coral and sharp rocks. For these reason we recommend packing water shoes with you.

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Flip Flops

Although I don’t recommend these for walking in towns or in the rainforests these are useful for on the beach and round by the hotel pool.

What to Pack for Aruba (non-clothing)

Couple stood next to some flamingos on Flamingo beach in Aruba
What to wear in Aruba

So know you know what to wear in Aruba in both the rainy and dry season, we will turn our attention for what to pack for Aruba.

Travel adaptor

Travel adaptors are always on my international packing lists.

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On top of the travel adaptor you will also need

Sun Cream / Sunscreen

No matter whether you are traveling in the rainy or dry season you will need sun cream with you. We recommend getting a high SPF, we recommend SPF 50, as the sun is always strong in Aruba.

Also as you are going to spend a lot of time in the water we recommend only bringing reef safe sunscreen with you to help protect the marine life of Aruba. Click here to shop coral safe sun screen here.

Aloe Vera

No one wants to get burnt on vacation but the strength of the sun can take some people by surprise in Aruba. Therefore we recommend packing aloe vera / aftersun.

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Lip Balm with SPF

Although it is very important to protect your skin from the sun, it is also important to protect your lips. For this reason we recommend packing a lip balm with SPF. Our current favorite lip balm with SPF is Sun Bum. Click here to shop lip balm with SPF.


As with any tropical island destination you will find that things like toiletries are expensive so be sure to get your toiletries packing list right.

I always bring shampoo and conditioner that is reef safe but also can help calm by hair from the humidity and to cope with damage from sea water.

Click here to shop the best shampoos and conditioners for tropical climates.

Also when looking at packing makeup remember to pack waterproof mascara as you will be spending lots of time in the water.

Snorkel Gear

Although you will be able to rent snorkel gear in Aruba you will never know the quality. For this reason we recommend bringing your own snorkel gear with you.

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Beach Bag

For use on the beach.


If you like to use swim aids or inflatables in the pool we recommend bringing these with you as they will be more expensive in Aruba.

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Aruba is one of the most beautiful islands in hte Caribbean so it should come as no surprise that you will want to take a lot of photos. Be sure you have a good quality camera with you. On top of a regular camera you may also want


On top of the regular camera we also advise packing a go pro or another underwater camera. The underwater scenery is amazing in Aruba . To capture the beauty of it we recommend using a go pro. Click here to shop underwater cameras.

Waterproof Phone Case

If you plan on using your phone on the beach and in the pool we recommend taking a waterproof phone case with you. This will not only keep your phone safe from water but is also a good theft deterrent. Click here to shop waterproof phone cases for travel.

Battery pack

A requirement of any packing list. Click here to shop battery packs.

What not to wear in Aruba

Synthetic Fabrics

We recommend sticking with natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton for Aruba. That is because synthetic fabrics actually make you hotter and sweat more which is something you won’t want in Aruba.


Jeans are too hot in Aruba even lightweight ones or ripped ones. Instead we recommend packing linen or cotton trousers.


Heels are not that useful in Aruba except in restaurants at night. Instead of heels we recommend packing a more versatile shoe such as a wedge or just a dressy pair of sandals.

What to wear in Aruba FAQs

What to wear on flamingo beach in Aruba?

Flamingo beach is one of Aruba’s most famous attraction. If you want to know what to take here we recommend packing swimwear and beach covers. We like things with a flamingo pattern just for fun.

You will also want a beach bag, sun safety items and a waterproof phone case to keep your valuables on you.

What to wear on a cruise to Aruba?

ARuba is one of my favorite stops on a cruise. This packing list works for cruises as well as a vacation on the island. However if you are taking a caribbean cruise you may also be interested in checking out our cruise capsule wardrobe guide.

What to wear on honeymoon in Aruba?

Regardless of whether you are in the Aruba on honeymoon or not the packing list will stay the same. However if you have some fancier dinners you may want to add some extra maxi dresses for evenings.

What to wear in Aruba at night?

If you are wondering what to wear in Aruba at night I would advise that you dress comfortable for heat.

For me the perfect outfit for Aruba at night is a maxi dress with a pashmina or some long linen trousers with a long sleeve blouse and maybe some costume jewelry too!

Have you been to Aruba ? What else would you add to our Aruba packing list? Let us know in the comments below.

Visiting other parts of the Caribbean? Be sure to check out our other Caribbean packing lists: