What to pack for Puerto Rico

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    Bring Something With Long Sleeves, And A Hood

    by briantravelman Written May 24, 2014

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Contrary to popular belief, it DOES get cold in the tropics, especially when it starts to rain.
    We were at the beach next to our hotel, when it started to pour. I wanted to stay out just for the experience, but it got so cold, that I had to run back to the hotel, and jump into a hot shower.
    Than we went to another beach, and 1 minute, it was 85 degrees, and we were swimming, the next minute, it started to pour, and got chilly again.
    The rains don't last more than 5-10 minutes, but when it rains, it rains hard. If you don't have anything to cover your head, and upper body, you're gonna be very uncomfortable, very quickly.
    All we had on were swim trunks. We started running back to our car, but than realized, that we won't make it. Luckily, there were some rain shelters set up along the trail, so we quickly went under one, until it passed.
    Bring at least a light, hooded jacket. Just something to keep you warm, and keep the rain off you, when it starts to pour.

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    Mosquito Net and Mosquito Repellant

    by joiwatani Written Sep 27, 2011

    Luggage and bags: My daughter and I brought our own mosquito net and mosquito repellant because we travelled in the jungles of Puerto Rico. I don't think you needed a mosquito net if you just visit San Juan or the neighboring cities. But, if you travel to Maricao and head to the jungles, mosquito net is a must!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to pack light clothes because the weather of Puerto Rico is hot and humid! Also, pack some slippers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We brought our own toiletries since we know we are heading to the jungles of Puerto Rico. We brought our own soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotion, mosquito repellant, Advil tablets, dramamine for motion sickness, medicines for diarrhea, and towels.

    Photo Equipment: I brought two battery charges, extra SIMS cards, one professional camera and one Sony cybershoot camera. I also brought my zoom lense. I also brought a plastic bag to cover my camera bag to protect it from the rain.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sleeping bags and flip-flops.

    Miscellaneous: We brought some nails and hooks for our mosquito net. We also brought some ziplocs for our pack sandwiches.

    This is where we stayed- middle of the jungle The old coffee house My daughter and her friend
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    Comfortable Walking shoes

    by joiwatani Written Sep 18, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: When you have a camera bag, make sure to cover your camera with a plastic bag. It rains a lot in Puerto Rico!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are important. Make sure to wear them when you go to El Morro. T

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I would say, make sure to bring your own toilet paper. Take some from your hotel and pack some in your backpack. It's really important to have this just in case you needed to use the bathroom later. Most public bathrooms don't have toilet papers.

    Photo Equipment: Always bring extra chips for your camera and extra battery.

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    Puerto Rico Packing List

    by Natalllya Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: I found that everything I needed at any point was readily available in PR.

    Bring a beach bag that can be wrecked, the sand and water can take a toll on your stuff.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals for the beach, lots of flip flops.

    Bring running shoes if you plan on trecking in El Yunque and something a little warmer.

    Bring one pair of dress shoes and a fancier outfit in case you go to a club with a dress code or one of the casinos.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is pretty much available there.

    Photo Equipment: Underwater cameras, film and batteries are more expensive. Buy them at home, you'll save a lot of money.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flip Flops
    Running shoes
    Lighweight clothes
    Beach gear (bathing suits and sarongs)
    Beach Bag, Mini Cooler (can be bought there)
    Sunscreen, Aloe Vera
    One warm thing in case you decide to hit El Yunque

    Miscellaneous: Phone Card (a lot of american/canadian cell phones don't work there)
    Important Papers, you need proof of citizenship to leave Puerto Rico.


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  • Hate carrying stuff? Get a daypack

    by cruisingaroundflorid Written Feb 28, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: A daypack (lighter than a backpack) that folds and packs into your luggage. Holds everything you need for a sightseeing tour, beach or snorkling trip, shopping trips into town- just pack what you are going to need for the day and go. Get one with zippers and a cable combo-lock for security.

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    Sunscreen and Bug Repellant

    by kazander Updated Mar 22, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A waterproof jacket, hiking shoes, a bathing suit, sunglasses

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of Sunscreen and DEET free bug repellant

    Photo Equipment: A waterproof camera, or a housing for your camera. Wide angle and telephoto lenses, and definately a macro!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkle and fins, Towels

    Miscellaneous: Water, though if you forget, sooner or later a guy will come wandering down the road selling bottles for $1 piece....he comes right up to the car, quite convienient.

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    by keeper7 Written Apr 23, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandles area a must in Puerto Rico. The weather is too warm for sneakers. Unless you can planning to do alot of walking.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Puerto Rico has good toiletries and medical facilities.

    Photo Equipment: Digital Camera and/or a video camera must Puerto Rico is loaded with thousands of places to take great places.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In the summer season it's best to wear sunscreen even if you are not going to the beach. There are many places in Puerto Rico that don't have trees and the sun there shows no mercy.

    Water is a must while walking around.

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    Things to bring

    by maui_lover_in_Iowa Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Sunscreen
    Deet, with that I think we only got bite twice
    Lightweight clothing
    A couple of swimsuits
    Most restaraunts are casual- San Juan has some more formal dress restaraunts
    Underwater cameras for snorkling

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    Packing List

    by asturnut Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure to bring a beach bag so you don't have to lug around your beach accessories by hand.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Of course bring a bathing suit & suntan lotion. Bring or buy an umbrella, because it rains a lot in Puerto Rico. One minute it is sunny and the next it is raining.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy most everything you need if you are staying in San Juan, but if you are in the country, you might need to bring the necessities from home or drive a distance to purchase them.

    Miscellaneous: If you can, pack small gifts that you might be able to share with locals, room service, etc that have been nice to you. Because of the poverty in Puerto Rico, many people are very thankful for this kind of gesture.

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    Packing List

    by diver-x Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light! A back pack will do.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Women: For some reason I feel compelled to wear dresses in Puerto Rico. Maybe it's because they're so much cooler than pants & shorts. Bring at least a couple of casual dresses or sarongs.

    Sunglasses & sandals are a must.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock, eardrops & sinus medicine.

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    Packing List

    by ddgarza Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach Stuff ----- bring some

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    by Eseg Written Aug 26, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is hot and humid in Puerto Rico, so pack accordingly. Light clothes, shorts, sandals, sunglases, and a hat would be very helpful.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A strong UV protection lotion is a must. Also, some mosquito repellant will make your life a lot easier. You'll find modern pharmacies all over the island, so you can buy there all the basic things you'll need (Tylenol, cough syrup, etc.).

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    by lindabm Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: As little as possible. Lots of evening wear if you're going out. Same with makeup and perfume for women. I can do two weeks on two carryon bags (don't carry on any more, but still take). I use buses to get from airport to the Condado (75cents vs. $15) and have to be able to manage luggage with lots of people around. Also, sun screen.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes you can walk in. Things that dry fast as you'll probably get caught in at least one rain storm..they come in fast, and go just as fast.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of makeup for women. Aloe gel for when you get sunburned. You can get almost anything you need in the city, but once out on the island, it may be a little harder.

    Photo Equipment: A throw away camera works just fine. I take so few pictures, it doesn't matter.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun screen.

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    Packing List

    by Marianna68 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: From my own personal experience, take light clothing if travelling during the summer months such as shorts, cotten shirts and definately sandles.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find practically everything in regards to toiletries and medical supplies on the island, but things are a bit expensive so depending on how long you are going to be there, bring your supplies...


    Miscellaneous: If you have a chance, go visit the museums instead of the clubs and learn about the Puerto Rican culture, you will leave with a better appreciation of the island and its wonderful people!

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    Packing List

    by SuVaHa Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Take a suitcase with room to bring back presents.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a lot of bathing suits and shorts and tees. But also bring some nice clothes to go out at night.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of sunscreen!!

    Photo Equipment: Bring a lot of film. There is a ton of stuff to take pictures of. It is so beautiful. Be careful of getting sand in the camera.

    A crowded Puerto Rican Beach

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