Travel light! Captiva Island is a laid-back kind of place to land. After a dozen+ visits, I’ve learned to pack a couple pair of shorts, favorite tee-shirt, light jacket for sunrise/sunset breezes, capris, sundress, flip flops, water shoes (note: Solace provides lightweight pull-on water shoes from sizes 5-10, only purchase if there’s a certain style or arch support that you prefer) and a couple of swimsuits. Translation: you’ll see me wearing the same thing a time or two during the week. Solace-wear is up to you! If you’d like to kick it up a notch, have at it. If this is one of the few weeks that you can bum around in the uber casual wear you love, do just that. And, if you plan on being in a bathing suit from sunrise to sunset every day, well, now you’re really talking Solace.
If you are particularly fair-skinned or have not seen the sun for awhile, we strongly advise the purchase of UVA sun protection shirt, cover, and/or capris. You can purchase inexpensive items here. And find a bit more fashionista choices here. It’ll save you a lot of pain, lost time at the beach or pool, and discomfort as you slather on the cooling blue goop of sunburn doom. Such water shirts (mostly long sleeve) are also available on Captiva Island (if you’d like a memory to take home as well).
That’s about it, truly. And remember we’ll have a washer and dryer and plenty of room for drying out items in the sun.
~ Sunscreen. If checking luggage; bring larger container of 30+ sunscreen. We’ll have some on-site, but you’ll want to be well-protected; if you bring a checked bag, place a bottle in a zip-lock baggie and bring it along.
~ A sunhat, cap, or visor. These can be purchased on the Island as well.
~ Not-so-favorite sunglasses. It’s the beach, you may very well lose them or reach for a sea shell and have them fall off your face into the tide. Not that I know anything about that, of course.
~ If you have a Bible, bring it, or pull one up on your smartphone. (If you don’t own one we’ll have extra.)
~ Books, Kindle, or e-reader.
~ Cash. Credit card(s): for personal shopping, our one dinner out on the Island, and/or excursions of your choice not covered by Solace Gathering.