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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    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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    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!

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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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    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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    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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    Camera

    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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    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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    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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    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.

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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
    -Runners
    -Shorts
    -Tank tops
    -Sunglasses
    -Towel
    -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
    -Tylenol
    -Medicine to help food digestion

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

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

    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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    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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    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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    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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