What to pack for Dominican Republic

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    Suntan lotion, higher number, sweat/water resist.

    by jodssmile Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    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.

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    Suntan Lotion

    by Coombsie Written Sep 30, 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.

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    For 3 weeks in the sun

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    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.

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    Mosquito Repellent !

    by MrKarl Updated Dec 28, 2003

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    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.

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    Just remember

    by Spinka Written Oct 2, 2003

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    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).

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    Do not forget

    by Spinka Written Oct 2, 2003

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen is a must if you will not want to be burn.
    Medicines depend on how your body usually reacts for climate changing. Some people for first few days may have a little raised temperature, but this trouble wear off quite quickly.

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    What to wear

    by Spinka Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Because of the climate the best way is to take clothes made from natural fabric.
    Do not forget to take swim-suite, and a few things to wear when going for dancing or to restaurant.
    Sport wear will be useful for sightseeing and for tours around Dominican Republic as well as just during the usual day...
    A cap with peak can be useful.

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    How to pack

    by Spinka Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: The size of your luggage depends on what you want to take with you :)
    Personally, I hate to carry many suitcases, bags etc. I hate to worry if I leave behind something of my luggage... So I always take 1 suitcase with weels and small knapsack as a handy luggage.
    I know, sometimes is difficult to decide not to take some things you wish to take, but... well life is a difficult art of making choices... I constantly try to be a master ;)

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    The sun lives here: 40 C° / 26C° or 100 F°/ 80 F°!

    by ScubaVirgilio Updated Jun 2, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: " Just add you FUN and ADVENTURE !! "

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: " Here the weather is wonderful: the sun will give you a shining suntan!!!
    Don't worry about the humidity because there isn't: here is totally DRY !!!!
    And if you'll forget something, no problem: Venta Club "Marsa Alam" has an excellent boutique!!! "

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring with you the best suntan oil!!! So, when you' ll came back home, your friend will die of ENVY!!! " :-)

    Venta Club "Marsa Alam" has a free medical service...no problem, enjoy your vacation!!!

    Photo Equipment: Absolutely necessary!!!
    Because you' ll must scan to me !!! :-)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring with you the best sexy bathing-suit....for your best pictures!!! :-)

    Miscellaneous: " You' ll can use here your GSM cellular....so you' ll can phone your friends and ask them to came here and ENJOY WITH US!!! "

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    THE ESSENTIALS

    by REYNALDOPICHARDO Updated Apr 24, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Pack Lightly as if you where on the run, otherwise you'll get stuck on the spot you landed, beeing able to move from your hotel to other locations is by far A+

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: First thing first: Cotton, Cotton, Cotton!
    it's easier to keep cool with long cotton pants and a well aerated shirt than with shorts and tees, the sun it's homicidal there!, clothes are cheap and easy to get, that goes for the best appareal too, don't load dark colors as you'll keep all the sun's beams on you, do take many under-shirts!, it helps a lot with the cooling, hiking boots a must, sandals, tennis shoes, and your choice for a romantic night, do take some warm wear, very few, the weather sometimes gets cool at nights and some regions are very different to the norm(Like Constanza), if you plan to hit the beach a lot I guess it's a no brainer!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ointments for insect's bites, sun blocker!!!(Very high one), forget the mosquito repellent, they don't work and really make you stink more, aspirins, pepto-bismol, anti-acids tablets, ban-aids, and your usual load of first aid to carry.

    Photo Equipment: forget the video!, will waste your time and not enjoy the action yourself, bring a camera, optionally with an auto-focus or AF, and lots of rolls of film, you'll get to use them all!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: if going camping---everything but the soil you're going to camp at, to the beach use what you'll bring like always with the addiction of a very strong sun-blocker, if hiking the gear, all of it, the only thing there is the trail, and equipment is avaliable but, the usual is top notch expensive stuff, so come ready with gps and all if going at it on your own.

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  • hot! hot! hot!

    by strawberrymanda Written Apr 6, 2003

    Luggage and bags: Pack a beach bag for your books and sun tan lotion, preferably a bag w/ a zipper, it helps prevent pick pocketers!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light! Most of the time I spent in my swim suit and a wrap. At night, make sure you bring some nicer clothes when you go out to eat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun tan lotion, it's a must! The UV rays are strong, even when it's cloudy. You don't want sunburn.

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    I don't care how good your tan is....

    by Canadian_girl Written Mar 28, 2003

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For the love of God, Allah AND Buddha, don't forget your sunscreen (SPF 20 minimum!) or you will spend the whole trip peeling and crying in a darkened room.
    Medical supplies tend to be very expensive so bring everything you think you might need (particularly stomach remedies).

    Miscellaneous: Bring large insulated mugs for drinking on the beach, otherwise the drinks get warm very quickly and you have to get up every 10 minutes for refills.

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    mosquitoes, mosquitoes, mosquitoes

    by acohiba Written Feb 20, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Domincan's weather is quite tropical and rarely gets below 60. However the only way to truly keep the mosquitoes from biting you is to where long pants and long sleeve T-shirts or live on the island for about three months. These mosquitoes are vicious.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent DOES NOT work. Not much of anything works on these mosquitoes. These are the mosquitoes from hell, these are the type of mosquiotes that you read about in Bible prophecies. The only thing that I found that worked was rubbing alcohol. I applied this all over my arms and the mosquitoes would stay away for a couple of hours.

    Miscellaneous: If you stay at a resort make sure you get a place off the ground. The higher the better, because you will deal with less mosquitoes. Though it usually is cheaper to stay on the ground this is the only reason it is cheaper, because everyone knows about the mosquitoes.

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    Packing List

    by rachel_sun Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Take the normal suit case,hand luggage and a back pack to put water,towels in when you go on trips and walks.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take a wardrobe of light summer clothing of linen and clothes made from natural fabric.Take comftable shoes for walking and an old pair to go in the sea with.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Do take a air bed for the beach and shoes for the sea.

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    Take a mini fan

    by rachel_sun Written Feb 25, 2003

    Miscellaneous: Take a mini fan for your room if you have the space and plenty of magazines to read on the long flight there and home.Do take tampons with you and do take a torch for when there are power cuts.Do take your travel adaptor which fits american sockets.

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