What to pack for Puerto Rico

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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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    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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    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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    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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  • Travel Supply List

    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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    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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    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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    by ddgarza Written Sep 7, 2002

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

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    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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    by fiamma Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Don't come with heavy luggage because you just need to be comfortable...unless you are going to stay in a five star hotel :-)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most of the time you should be wearing sport and light clothes. Here temperature is humid so you will be sweating a little bit...but don't worry...you will also be feeling the breeze, so that's a relief!
    You must bring sun block lotion so you can protect your skin from the sun, and sunglasses. A cap or a hat is also desirable but is not absolutely necessary.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Public rest rooms are available for everybody. You don't have to pay to use them. Is clever if you are always with some napkins in your pocket because sometimes you will not find bathroom tissue in the rest rooms.
    About medical supplies...you don't have to worry about it because here you can find with no kind of problems, pharmacy, doctors, hospitals...medicine here is good :-)

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    by photobf Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen!!!!

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    Packing List

    by b1bob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: You don't need a whole lot of clothes, so pack light unless you plan on taking your own hiking gear or scuba tanks.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You sure don't need a parka, but bring beach sandals for obvious reasons and an umbrella because it can come up a bad cloud in no time flat.

    Photo Equipment: A 35mm camera will do just fine.

    Kodak Advantix

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    by Gypsystravels Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: This is a tropical island, so warm clothes are the ticket. I try to take as little as possible and items that I can mix and match.

    2 pair of slacks usually one black and one white
    1 black jacket to dress up the slacks or for casual dinning)
    3 dresses, usually 1 black dress and the other two can be floral or solid cotton or linen which can go from day to night
    1 pair of Capri's
    3 skirts or shorts which can be worn either during the day or into the early evening
    2 white t-shirts or tank tops
    3 casual/dress shirts
    1 pair of flip-flops for the beach
    1 walking shoes for daytime touring
    2 pairs sandals
    2 bathing suits and 2 cover-ups
    one week’s worth of undergarments
    2-3 pajamas or oversized t-shirts for sleeping
    4 spare pairs of contact lenses
    contact lens solution
    spare glasses
    extra pair of sunglasses
    blow dryer (never leave home without it)
    travel iron
    cosmetics in a travel case
    my favorite shampoo and conditioner in travel sizes
    hand and body lotion travel size
    Tylenol, allergy medication and any other medication I am taking at the time
    Hair accessories, brush, hats or caps
    2 cameras, plenty of film and extra batteries for the camera
    Guide books, itineraries, maps, an extra ATM card for withdrawal from savings if my regular card fails, 2 credit cards, $500 in cash for just in case of emergency
    Extra travel bag to put all my purchases in.

    I usually where something that can go from any weather (if it is winter in NY, then I wear a pair of jeans, walking shoes, t-shirt with a sweather on tope and my jacket). I also carry my tooth brush (no morning breath here), something to read, glasses, contact case and travel solution, Tylenol (I usually get headaches during long flights).

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    by Pierangelo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Don't forget your driving licence! There are no trains and not regular buses lines. The only public choose is 'Publico' (vans by the letters P or PD) that are shared taxis for also twelve passengers. This option is an hallucinating experience also for short distances, like to go to the beach, due to the traffic jam and to the numbers of stops for each passenger!

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