Packing for a 1 day stop
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For kayaking and snorkeling we needed swim wear and a change of clothes, the sun is strong so you might want to wear a tshirt over your swimwear for the kayak portion. I brought a hat for the kayaking, it got soaked when I left it on the kayak while snorkeling. Don't dring anything you don't want to get wet.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is essential for me in Caribbean ports
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are planning on snorkeling, bring your own mask and fin unless you don't mind using a rental
Miscellaneous: We brought a bottle of water but didn't really need it as our hosts provided beverages and a snack. But if you are heading to the beach, you might want to bring some water and a snack in case you head to a beach without a snack bar. They ask you not to bring fruits or meats off the ship since you are going onto an island, so I usually grab some muffins or cookies just in case
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Luggage and bags: If you can go without checking your bags it'll be a big relief when you're leaving Roatan. Those checking bags had to wait in line over 45 mins to do so.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Deck shoes - light weight, waterproof, slipper type shoes. Good for getting on and off the dive boat and before you put your fins on.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Band Aids. Neosporin. Hydrocortisone. DEET mosquito repellant. Sudafed, Nasonex, Ibuprophen (all to help clear you out for equalizing your ears when diving). Motion sickness tablets if you may suffer on a dive boat. Not that we needed it, but I always recommend traveling with a 5 day course of Cipromyicin in case you get one of those stomach thingies taking up residence inside you. SPF 30 sunblock.
Photo Equipment: Underwater housing for your camera.
Miscellaneous: You'll need $35 departure tax on hand for when you leave Roatan.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Watershoes are great. Some of the areas are rockier than others and if you want something comfortable but good for the water this is a must.
Photo Equipment: An underwater camera. The snorkeling and diving sites available are unreal. You will regret it if you forget, or end up paying 3x as much at a local store.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkeling equipment! It is available to rent near many beaches, but its a great way to save money.
Miscellaneous: Make sure to bring bug spray if you will be in the rainforest type areas. The beaches vary.
- Family Travel
As much carry-on as possible
Luggage and bags: Make sure you have at least three days of clothing and essential toiletries for at least 3 days. Losing baggage seems to be TACA's expertise.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing is casual shorts, tee-shirts and sandals is accepted everywhere. A wide brimed hat is most usefull in the day time.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should pack all you need in your carry-on bag, just in case...
Photo Equipment: Also batteries, charger, films, memory cards should be in your carry-on bag. I was really regretful when my rechargeable digital camera battery died on the second day, my chager was somewhere in TACA land.
Miscellaneous: When you leave your car at the aiport parking do not put your car/home keys in your suitcase, you may never see them again. That would be a very difficult holiday return/.
- Budget Travel
Mosquito Repellent and more
Luggage and bags: Always bring some big zip lock bags for packing your wet stuff in and for keeping your dry stuff dry. Remember that there is a rainy season here from October to December and things do get wet in the suitcases.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts and sandals and if you are there during the rainy season the bring some wet weather gear or a poncho.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: When traveling around anyplace that has mosquitoes and other biting insects like sand flies it is best to arm yourself to the teeth with bug guards of some sort.
Skin so Soft is sold by Avon and works real well to keep the little buggers from biting you and Cactus Juice works as well.
Cactus Juice can be purchased online at www.cactusjuicetm.com or you can find it on the island in the local shops.
Cactus Juice also sells an Â“after the factÂ” cream that will take the itch away and sooth the sunburn as well.
Photo Equipment: Bring a good underwater camera for those underwater shots and a good digital camera for the sunsets.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Beach Paradise and Philanthropy
Luggage and bags: Bring an extra bag packed with school supplies, extra medical supplies, and children's clothing.