What to pack for Dominican Republic

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    Protect yourself!

    by busty_soldier Written Jan 25, 2010

    Luggage and bags: Backpack and Carry On sized suitcase. DO NOT check your bags unless you have a non-stop flight. You will more than likely become the victim of theft or loss. Pack light.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light casual clothing, and some slightly dressy clothing. Don't brink just flip flops; bring casual dress shoes and athletic or hiking shoes. Light windbreaker or hoodie. Emergency poncho and or small umbrella. Swimsuit. Women should not wear skimpy clothing in this country unless at beach. Shorts are ok, but not everywhere. Men should wear long pants and collard shirts when out in town.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Condoms! Casual hook ups are BIG here and happen frequently. Condoms are not always the easiest to find. STD's including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS are rampant here. Water prification tablets. Upset stomach medicine. Contact case, solution. Antibiotic, anti-fungal, and hydro-cortisone cream. Water/Sweat Proof Insect and mosquito repellent w/DEET (comes in lotion form).

    Photo Equipment: Inexpensive digital camera or disposable film camera. Especially if you plan on venturing away from your resort/hotel. Crime is high in this island paradise.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Super absorbent, compact towel (you can find at any outdoor store like REI), Canteen and a thermal mug or cup with cover.

    Miscellaneous: Condoms!! Passport!! Do not carry your credit cards and do not allow vendors to take your card away from your sight if you do decide to make a purchase with it. Avoid using ATM's when ever possible bc of theft and fraud. Take travelers checks. Be on the look out for dangers and don't "flaunt" that you are American. Talk in a British or Australian accent if you can. Or say you are from Canada. Try to speak as much Spanish as possible even if you are horrible and be respectful to all of the locals. I would not advise bringing children with you.

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    Sunscreen, contact solution, painkillers

    by SydneyBoundBabe Written Aug 30, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Be sure to write your name, permanent address, local address, and contact numbers on tags ALL OVER your bags. Keep as much in your carry-ons as possible. If the airlines/airport/security/anyone loses your bags (like they did mine), you won't be seeing your luggage for 3-7 days, and the delivery person will still expect a tip.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals are great for the coastal areas, but not so good for walking around the dirtier urban areas. I highly recommend sturdy sneakers for avoiding trash, glass, polluted water, or other obstacles you may encounter while exploring cities.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Certain basics like sunscreen, deodorant, contact solution, and painkillers (Advil, Tylenol, Midol, what-have-you) are expensive in stores, limited in variety, and can be hard to find. These are things you may need straight off the plane, so be sure to have them handy in your carry-on!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bug repellent is a MUST in the summertime or when visiting coastal areas.

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    What you need

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light. You can always buy clothes here :)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Comfortable shoes
    * Sunscreen is a must!
    * Light, breathing clothes. A light jacket if you're like me and get cold easily.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Diarrhea pills
    * Seltzer salts
    * Any prescription medication you need to take
    * Condoms (better safe than sorry)

    Photo Equipment: * Film or memory cards

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: * Swimming wear
    * Sandals/flip flops
    * Water shoes if you don't want to get into the ocean barefoot
    * Again, sunscreen is a must
    * Sunglasses

    Miscellaneous: * Your cell phone charger, if you travel with your cell phone. Be aware that we have 110V contacts with 2 flat pins (like in the US of A) so an adapter might be needed.
    * A good book maybe or batteries for your mp3 player
    Anything else you can buy here.

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    Extra Toiletries!!! & Mosi Guard!!!

    by Perfectsam06 Written Sep 21, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Secure over shoulder handbag... Towns & Markets are very busy so ensure you take a good bag that you can zip up!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: extra toiletries! The staff will appreciate them as tips! They cannot afford such luxury items so they are absolutly chuffed when they get odd bottle of Shampoo, Shower Gel.. but if you really want them to love you ~ Perfume! I left a bottle of Cheap perfume out for the maid on the first day with some small change and a letter saying it was a gift (you have to do this! if they don't have proof it is a gift it is taken from them!) We were there for two weeks and everyday without fail we had fresh flowers, in every room! extra towels for the baby( we didn't ask!) and fresh fruit in the fridge... When we left we gave a tip and left the majority of our toiletries with a letter... The maid came running at us in reception where we were waiting to board the coach... She looked like all her christmas's had come at once! It was a bit of a shock to have a maid running at you full pelt and giving you a hug! for about £20 GBP and some half used toiletries! But look after them and they will look after you very well!

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    Bug spray for the rooms

    by razorbladekiss Written May 24, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: the usual bag is fine

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bathing suits and shorts and just allaround WARM weather clothing

    Photo Equipment: Whatever u have, cause there is lots of opertunity for some great pics

    Miscellaneous: Bug spray for the room and mosquito repelant for the night time.

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    Stuff you will need

    by Arial_27 Updated May 12, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: -Beach bag
    -Money belt (makes it harder for you to get robbed)
    -Locks for your luggage

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: -Sandals
    -Tank tops
    -Sweaters (it can get suprisingly cold sometimes)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: -Malaria pills (they're anywhere from $10-$75 CAN) and you will need them especially if you're in the mountain/forest area
    -Medicine to help food digestion

    Photo Equipment: -Disposable cameras (not as likely to be stolen)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: -Bug repellent
    -Bug netting
    -Suntan lotion
    -Goggles and snorkel equipment

    Miscellaneous: -Spanish dictionary and/or phrasebook
    --Snacks, granola bars, candy, chocolate (They don't have as many good snacks here)
    -Dominican pesos (you can change money at a local mall or at the airport, but you'll need it as most places don't accept American money)
    -Calculator (would be helpful to calculate the difference between USD and pesos)

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    Supplies for local schools

    by Samscalling Written Mar 23, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: When you go on excursions through local villages, the children will often run after you as they're used to getting things from tourists. Although our guide said he didn't want us to give them things - as it encouraged begging - he took some pens, pencils & sweets that people had brought along with them & took them to the local schools. If you take some pens & pencils then the children will be thrilled - they really are short of basic supplies!

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  • Packing List

    by BABYA Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: a normal suitcase is fine but i would suggest taking a holdall for your presents or other things you might like to bring back.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: i would recommend wearing trousers in the evenings as thats when the mossies come out.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: make sure you take mossies sprays with you,headache tablets, stuff for stomach upset,good suntan lotion as it does get very hot during the day.
    a first aid kit can come in handy.

    Photo Equipment: a video cam or digital camera is a must the sites are fantastic

    Miscellaneous: take plenty of film with you as there is some amazing places to go.
    the waterfalling are well worth visiting.

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    Plug/energy adaptor

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: For those traveling from Continental Europe, the energy is different in Dominican Republic. In Continental Europe we have 220v and in DR it works with 110v. Apart from this, the plug has a different shape, so don't forget to take a converter.

    If you only use a shape adapter (but not energy transformer) your appliances won't break but will work much slowly. I tried to charge the camera batteries and it took much longer than at home. But no harm done, just take in account that it make take more time or work slower than usual.

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    by micas_pt Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Photo Equipment: Don't forget to take a camera!! Make sure you take enough films with you, since the ones you buy there are more expensive and probably of doubtful quality. Although they sell the same brands I was told that they don't have the proper conditions to keep them, might get to much heat, or humidity; just in case, you'd better take your own.

    If you travel with a digital camera, don’t forget to charge batteries or carry extra ones(see tip about energy). Also Gb of available space on cards!

    If you haven’t a protection bag for diving with your camera, I also recommend taking one (or more!) of those discardable cameras to shoot in water. I know that photos aren’t of great quality, but better these than none.

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    Clothing and bags

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Don't forget a backpack, which might be useful if you’re planning to travel around or sail. If you're sailing you might want to pack a beach towel or if traveling around it might be useful to carry some water or food. In both cases don't forget the sunscreen and the photo equipment!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beware to take natural fabrics (such as cotton or linen) clothes, since they can be fresher than fibers. Don't forget to take a hat if you're planning to travel around or sail.

    If you are a "male" and you are staying at an all inclusive resort you will have to wear trousers or kakis (not jeans) at the "a la carte" restaurant. For the buffet restaurant I guess there is no "dressing code". Ladies, relax, virtually everything is allowed.

    You should take a light coat since some nights are fresher. I traveled to DR in March and since there was a light breeze at night I felt comfortable with a cotton sweater.

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    Sunscreen and medical supplies

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: . Medical supplies .
    I was advised to take my own, since they may be hard to find. The recommendations were - some analgesic (for headache and other pain), something for diarrhea, something to put at bugs' bites (namely mosquitoes) and some kind of stronger medicine for sore throat or cold.

    Obviously if you regularly take some medication you should take that into account and not forget to take them – such as allergies.

    . Vaccination .
    Not required.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: . Repellent .
    Don't forget to take some spray or stick to keep the mosquitoes away from you. They can be pretty annoying and let you felling itchy.

    . Sunscreen .
    The sun is very strong, so be sure to take a good sunscreen. Especially if you're going to the sea, you should use a high spf. I used "total protection" when traveling by boat.

    Beach at the Resort
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    Don't follow my example! - Travel Light!

    by Firestar24 Written May 9, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Take the Biggest Beach Bag In The World...EVER!!! It's a good idea to have one that's comfortable to wear over your shoulder and that zips shut - this is a friendly country but you can never be too careful.

    How do men survive without handbags? I really can't understand it.... I keep trying to convince Jonathan to get one of those cool "over-shoulder" bags that are made for men... but he won't have it.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're a woman and plan on visiting the Cathedrals, it's a good idea to have a shawl handy to throw around your shoulders - People don't like to have arms and legs flashing around when they're busy doing their bit.

    I also took a pair of jeans and I was really glad of them. They were great for horseriding, quad-biking and shopping in Santo Domingo.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, soap, razors -They all cost a bomb out here.... and don't forget the suntan lotion - factor 1,000,000 or you end up like a lobster (ouch!)

    Photo Equipment: Take a digital camera if you have one... I'm not the world's greatest photographer, but even I usually manage to do better than the pitiful album I came back with! I ended up buying a disposable camera from a tour guide at an inflated price and most of the pictures didn't turn out........ erm..... I'm really, probably not the best person to get travel advice from, huh?! Ah, well.... We live, We learn - As Alanis so rightly sang.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack swimming costumes/bikinis (depends how brave you are!) as you would underwear - because you will wear them rather than underwear most of the time... That means p'raps it's better to get cheap ones so that you can wear clean every day. Also something to put over the top... a selection of sarongs? ... just to walk to the bar in.

    Miscellaneous: A travel kettle, coffee, teabags & powdered milk.... we had no tea/coffee facilities in out room and had to haul ourselves to the restaurant pre-caffine for a brew.... v. v. bad!

    The Biggest Beach Bag EVER!!!
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    gereral punta cana

    by paul&gwen Written Dec 8, 2004

    Luggage and bags: bring plenty of sun lotion, womens downstairs thingies, as the hotel shops are run by Dick Turpin. go into them for a laugh at their prices, honestly they think of a number and double it.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: we took a gore-tex sheet to cover the family when the rain started if you had to walk about the resort or were out and about, it`s also handy to sit on at the beach and for shade as it`s very light.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: elasterplasts

    Photo Equipment: digital camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hat

    Miscellaneous: dinky toys. stupid mcdonalds toys we throw in the bin, water guns, balloons anything along these lines as it`s not just the dom rep kids who are totally amazed as they have nothing but also thier parents faces light up also.spend a tenner in poundland.$ 1 bills for tips , this gets better service believe me.

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    Some things you SHOULDNT forget

    by Adidi Written Dec 2, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Mosquito Repellent
    Tanning Lotion
    Sun Block

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts
    Flip Flops
    Bathing Suit (of course)
    a Hat or Cap

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I recommend to all visitors to bring their own medicine, since our tourism hospital are really expensive.

    Photo Equipment: camaras and photo equipment are easy to find here

    Miscellaneous: make sure you come here full of happiness and prepared to enjoy the trip of your life! :)

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