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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.
Updated Sep 5, 2005
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.
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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.
Updated Sep 5, 2005
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!
Written May 9, 2005
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.
Written Dec 8, 2004
Luggage and bags: Mosquito Repellent
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts
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! :)
Written Dec 2, 2004
Luggage and bags: Think light colors and think cotton. Don't overpack. Even at inclusive resort. Men bring one pair slacks for restaurants otherwise shorts. Ladies couple skirts, shorts, shawl for cool nights.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfy sandals great. Watershoes came in handy. Lots of rocks and sometimes broken glass in water.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring any meds you need from home.
Bring your own small alarm clock.
Photo Equipment: bring camera. Water camera if plans include either tour on beach or snorkeling.Don't buy camera or lotion in DR, 3 times the price and limited selection!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I brought one swimsuit and water shoes. Then a skirt wrap and tank top to put on over suit for tours/lunch by beach. I put suit on iron board under fan at night, dry by morning.
Miscellaneous: Small flashlight for blackouts, but they only lasted about 5 to 10 minutes at resort, so not a biggie. We left maid coloring books and big box of crayons, most of them have kids.The maids make hardly any cash, so don't forget to tip the hardworking souls!
I also brought small handheld English to Spanish book for shopping since my Spanish stinks.
Bring lots of one US dollar bills for tips.Travelor checks a pain here. Bring US dollars, anyone takes them easily.
Bring pen for airport to fill out tourist card and have in carry-on. No one else has one there and you will wait in line sometimes for a dumb pen.
Book tours online in advance if possible, easier.
Updated Oct 14, 2004
Luggage and bags: Remember to bring your own suntan lotion beacuse they charge a lot of money if you have to buy it there!
Miscellaneous: Bring an expired phone card or grocery store card with you to put into the slot to keep the A.C. running while you are not in the room. Otherwise it takes a long time for the room to cool off.
Written Sep 30, 2004
Luggage and bags: Most people in the group brought one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Also, a money belt is safer than a purse or fanny pack, since it can't be seen by pickpockets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer clothes - tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, light skirts. Comfortable shoes - sneakers or sandals. A raincoat, plastic poncho, or umbrella in case it rains.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must (at least SPF 15). It's extremely hot in the DR, and if you don't wear sunscreen, you'll burn to a crisp. One girl in the group got so badly burnt on her legs that she could barely sit down.
Your own prescriptions, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, and anything else that can help in case you eat/drink something your body can't handle.
Bug repellent, stop-itch lotion for bug bites, cream to cure bug bites. One of the girls in the group is a pharmacist and she brought a bag full of medicines for us to use. After I got bitten all over by mosquitoes, she gave me a lotion with cortisone in it to reduce the swelling and itchiness.
Photo Equipment: A normal camera and several rolls of film. If you want to go to the mountains or countryside, these places are great to take pictures with a panoramic camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A swimsuit, beach sandals, wrap skirts and shorts, comfortable walking shoes. I must stress the sunscreen.
Miscellaneous: If you wear glasses or contacts, bring an extra pair, just in case you break or lose your original pair.
It's also a good idea to bring little toys and nick-nacks (like hairclips, crayons, bouncy balls, etc.) for children you might meet. They love things like this, especially since many of them are too poor to afford real toys.
Updated Feb 9, 2004
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Because of the climate in the Dominican Republic there is a lot of Mosquitoes, and the likelihood is you won't be covering all your body up with clothes in the scorching heat!
So bring along some repellent and consider mosquito nets.
You should only need the repellent of a night time, but do consider taking some along if you visit any dubious rivers or lakes, as mosquitoes thrive on water sources like that.
It isn't too bad though, so don't let the thought of mosquitos put you off visiting the DR.
Updated Dec 28, 2003
Photo Equipment: I can't imagine traveling without camera, but I can imagine and I even experienced films' shortage. Of course you can buy some at Dominican Republic but you will probably overpay and never be sure about its quality (the caribbean climate doesn't has a good influence on the quality).
Written Oct 2, 2003
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