How to Travel Without Luggage

Although we normally think of traveling with luggage and we have gotten used to traveling with luggage, traveling without luggage can be done. It may not be the most convenient thing but it definitely can be done and can make traveling a lighter load. This also prevents you from having to worry about the dimensions of your luggage, the things inside of your luggage, and paying extra baggage fees while traveling by plane because you will not have any luggage. It can make traveling a lot easier. Follow these tips in order to begin traveling without luggage.

The Basics

If you are a woman, you will want to carry a large purse. If you are a man, you can use a duffle bag or a backpack. This can be packed full of your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, change of underwear, pajamas, and makeup if you wear it. These basic items will hold you over and get you through needing the basic things if there is an emergency while traveling and you get delayed.

Shipping Packages

The best thing to do when traveling without luggage is to have your packages shipped to your vacation villa seven to ten days ahead of time. Island Abodes provides this service at no extra charge. We will just keep your packages and keep them safe and have them in your rental at check in.  Be sure that your packages do not have much value in case they are lost in the shipping process. You want to ensure that you address your packages correctly. Please let us know you are mailing a package and mail it to the following address:

Island Abodes

Your Name

Rental Name & Check in date

5000 Estate Enighed PMB 567

ST John, USVI 00830

Small Purchases

All Island Abodes rentals come equipped with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, sunscreen, bug spray etc.  so no need to purchase. Things like shaving cream, razor or specialty items can be purchased at any St John market or Chelsea Drug Store.

Only Take What You Need

The best way to avoid traveling with much luggage or any luggage at all is to only take what you need, swimsuit, few clothing items and flats. Most people overpack and don’t wear or use have of what they bring on vacation. If you are staying with us, we basically provide everything you need, you may get by with just bringing a couple of outfits and a swimsuit. Be sure to think about what you will do on your vacation and only take what you need. It will be nice to have less to keep track up while on vacation.

Things to book before you arrive on St. John

We are thrilled to offer you discounts with some Island Abodes partners.

It is important to have great snorkel gear while vacationing with us, so be sure to reserve yours today with St John Beach Bum and a promo code for a 10% discount is sent to you after booking.

We are also happy to offer you a discount on your power boat trip with Salty Daze Charters and Sunshine Daydream Charters.  More information is sent to you after booking. Morningstar Sailing offers 20% off for Island Abodes guests.

All discount info is emailed to you once you book with us.

We also recommend the following:

Jeep Rentals

Powerboats

Salty Daze Charters  

Sunshine Daydream Charters

Palm Tree Charters (BVI or US waters, up to 12 passengers)

Born to Rhumb (BVI or US waters, up to 15 passengers)

Ocean Runner (BVI or US waters, up to 12 passengers)

Cruz Bay Watersports (private or group charters, BVI or US waters, sailing or powerboat options)

Sail Boats

Morningstar Charters (BVI or US waters, also offers diving)

Cimarron (private or group charters, BVI or US, up to 12 passengers)

Kekoa (love this boat- Robert and Brittany got married on it)

Diving

Low Key Watersports (courses available)

Rentals and Adventure Trips

Arawak Adventures (kayak, paddleboard, flyfish, snorkel)

Fishing

Ocean Surfari  (sport fishing and sightseeing charters)

Just Fish

Salty Daze (they also offer a discount for Island Abodes guests)

Island Tours

News of St. John (private tours, 5 hours, you pick the places)

Star Fish Tours and Taxis (private tours, 2 1/2 or 4 hour tours, predetermined places)

Wedding/Event Planning

Island Style Weddings

Paradise Planning

In Villa Massage

Paradise Massage

Escape Massage and Body Works

VI Body Spa

St John VI Massage

5 Reasons to Rent a Car While on St. John

We recommend renting a car while you are staying with us. Here are some of our reasons…

  1. Money. Taxis can be pricey. You pay by the person not by the ride, so this can add up quickly. Especially if you are staying for an extended period of time, you will actually save money renting a car. Plus, there is almost always free parking in town. Just ask us about our favorite spots!
  2. Time. When you are here for a short period of time, you want to make use of every second. You don’t want to waste time waiting on a taxi. Most taxis will not leave until the taxi is full costing you precious time.
  3. Beaches. Taxis don’t always trav
    el to every beach on island. This means that you may miss out on what could be your favorite beach.
  4. Adventure. It can be fun driving around and finding new things while on island. Plus you get to experience the adventure of driving on the left side of the road! Our roads can be an adventure in itself to explore the hills and turns.
  5. Freedom. You want to be able to go where you want, when you want. After all, it is your vacation! You don’t want to wait until a taxi is full to go to where you want to go, or be restricted on where you can go or what time you do it.

Book your rental jeep today!

Here are a few of our guests favorite companies:

St John Car Rental

Just Sun Jeep Rentals 

Sunshines Jeep Rental

Aqua Blu Car Rental

L&L Jeep Rental

Destiny Car Rental

Mr. Pipers Jeeps 

St. John Tips: The Baths at Virgin Gorda

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Crystal Clear water and rock formations at the Baths

A day trip to the British Virgin Islands is a must-do while vacationing on St. John, and the Island Abodes team recently visited one of our favorite spots in all the BVIs, The Baths on Virgin Gorda. The Baths are home to huge granite rock formations, crystal clear secret pools, and exquisite white sand beaches. Along with St. John’s North Shore, The Baths are known for being one of the best beach destinations in the world.

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A look through a rock formation.

We booked our excursion with Cruz Bay Watersports and met at the Westin Resort dock for an early start. After about an hour boat ride, with snacks provided enroute, we reached Virgin Gorda and took a taxi to the entry of The Baths National Park. From there, we hiked to Devil’s Bay, a glorious white sand beach, for swimming, snorkeling. and low key rock climbing. Our tour guide, Megan, told us about a “secret spot” located on a trail away from the beach; so naturally, our team took the opportunity to find seclusion and came across a beautiful and completely deserted rock beach.

Next, we headed to the actual Baths. What an adventure as we climbed over rocks and through caves to find hidden grottos with crystal clear water! The Baths are an otherworldly beautiful place. After the exploring ended, we retired for a frozen pina colada at Mad Dog (one of our favorite bars in the world) followed by lunch at the Top of the Baths restaurant, which featured a fresh water pool, great food, yummy drink specials, and stunning views.

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Unbelievable water clarity at the Baths.

At Island Abodes, we love St. John and all of the wonderful things to do here, but if you’re here for a full week and want to explore the Virgin Islands as a whole, this excursion should definitely be on your list. Check out our Facebook photo album to see more photos form Virgin Gorda and stay tuned for a blog on the Norman Island part of our BVI tour!