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    Mosquitto Repellent or Suffer!

    by Alfine5 Written Dec 24, 2010

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to bring mosquito repellent and After-bite. At certain times of the year, mosquitoes are plentiful and if you do not have mosquito repellent on, you will be bitten up all over. Certain beaches have swarms of mosquitoes and should be skipped if possible. These include Salt Pond Bay on the south shore and Jumbie Beach. After-bite is a must if you have already been bitten as it helps stop the itch. It can be purchased at most grocery stores on St. John.

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    by catalysta Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: *Bring a large tote &/or daypack
    *If you are big on the duty free shopping, bring an extra duffel for your loot
    *Ziplock bags of large & small size are great to have, both for keeping things dry & for putting wet things away in your tote
    *WATERPROOF BELT PACK for swimming, so you can keep your passport, money etc. with you - thefts on the beach happen all the time, often the cute little local kids that you see playing nearby who swoop in while you are napping

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: *sport sandals are indispensable
    *reefwalkers are also great
    *you'll need one slightly nicer outfit if you want to go into nice restaurants, but keep it cool & simple
    *don't wear beach attire in town, it's considered rude & tacky
    *remember it's usually well into the '80's F & for the most part quite casual, so bring shorts etc., don't overdress
    *I can't do without several sarongs, but then that's just me

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: *bug spray! the mosquitoes at night will get you when you least expect it
    *I bring several levels of sunscreen, and I use the organic kind that won't harm the sealife when in the water
    *MotionEaze (see link below) is the best I've found yet for combating any seasickness issues
    *I always bring my own little meds kit with Neosporin, bandaids, tweezers, & a few other useful items, but anything you forget can be purchased easily

    Photo Equipment: *LOTS of film or disc space
    *water resistant pack for your camera (even big ziplocks work)
    *disposable underwater cameras for snorkeling
    *underwater housing if you dive, the disposables just don't cut it in deeper water (even the ones rated to 60 ft.) - there's not enough light down there

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: *waterbottle - you don't want to get dehhydrated!!!
    *I bring my own snorkeling gear, which I also use when diving - that way I've got it when I want it, and I don't have to rent something god knows who else has been sucking on

    Miscellaneous: Most of the items listed above can of course be bought in the main towns on all 3 islands, but they will be a bit more expensive.
    Still, remember to pack as light as possible, & leave room to bring some fun items back with you.

    Coki Beach, snorkel reef, Coral World
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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches

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    What to Bring on US Virgin Islands Outdoor Trips

    by jtb2inky Written Apr 26, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Pack light if you going to do any island hopping.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In February it is a good idea to bring a sweatshirt or light sweater – especially if you are camping on St. John (as we did). It never gets too cool, but the breezes can really move in off the ocean. It is all really quite comfortable.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can bring your own camping gear to Cinnamon Bay if you wish, but they also offer fully stocked campsights for little extra money. This save you the hassle of checking your gear at the airport.

    Miscellaneous: Sandals (appropriate for hiking), shorts, sun block, insect repellant, a good broad-rimmed hat, snorkel gear, a warm heart, a big smile and eager desire to explore are all quite helpful.

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    • Camping
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Bring your shades!

    by Sophie1980 Written Mar 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sun glasses! Bring them. I went for 2 weeks without a pair, only wearing a hat, and I'm now using eye drops. My eyes are dry, and they're not normally, so bring sunglasses, a hat, and moisturising eye drops.

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    Mosquito repellent a must

    by Sophie1980 Updated Mar 17, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The temperature always stays between 70-90 degrees here (average of 80s), so pack light clothes like shorts, t-shirts, sandals and of course a hat and sunglasses. It does rain here but only for short periods of time so forget your umbrella.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent is a must as I was bitten a lot during my first week here. Also, something like 'Dermoplast' will help relieve itching and sunburn, one of which you'll get.

    Miscellaneous: As with all sun holidays with children, make sure you have enough water/other drinks, with you and a stroller is definitely useful, because Charlotte Amalie is pedestrianised or has paths, so you can walk freely in the main town.

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    • Family Travel

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    Packing List

    by nnoah Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: There isn't really any specific type of bag you shouldn't take, but I do recommend taking a backpack you are comfortable carrying around with you for cameras, and other personal items.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate is quite warm year-round, but you might want to take a light rain-proof jacket just in case.
    Do take shorts, bathing suits, your favorite sandals, tank-tops, etc... generally anything you would take with you to the beach is a good idea.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take plenty of sunscreen. While the air temperature itself isn't opressively hot (generally in the 80's with comfortable humidity) the strength of the sun in the tropics is quite amazing. Also take some after-sun lotion (aloe, etc...) in case you do get a sunburn.

    Photo Equipment: I had no problems in this regard. I took an SLR camera and 35mm film. If you take a digital or video camera (we took a video camera as well), it depends on where you stay as to whether or not you'll be able to recharge batteries. We were on a cruise ship, so there was no problem there for us.
    As for film, my tip is always take more than you think you'll need, because as is typical with tourist locales, the film on sale there can be expensive.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: N/A

    Miscellaneous: N/A

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    by mmcnie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Travel light! You won't need heavy, bulky clothes so use a small bag. Chances are you'll encounter stairs, ferries, or small planes so you'll want to be able to manage your luggage easily.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's hot and humid so light breathable materials are best. Who really cares about wrinkles! Bathing suit (obviously) and beach shoes (like Tevas) for hiking down to those more secluded areas. Dining around town can be casual, but you'll probably want one nice sundress/collared shirt for more fancy restaurants. Afternoon rain showers are common so a light rainjacket can be helpful. Also mosquitos abound so in the evenings you may prefer lightweight long-sleeves and long pants.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant! Sunscreen! Everything is more expensive and harder to find on the island so make sure to bring any possible medications like allergy tablets, etc. Most hotels & tourist shops sell toiletries, and on St.Thomas there is a Kmart.

    Photo Equipment: There are camera shops, but they may not stock special items and everything will cost you double. Bring specialty items, and throw in a couple disposable cameras (one for underwater shots).

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: All you really need is a towel & sunglasses. Beach sandals or reef-walkers are good for rocky beaches and short hikes. Anything that battles mosquitos (netting, candles) will make you more comfortable.

    Miscellaneous: Protect against sun & heat. Nothing can spoil a vacation like sunburn or heatstroke. Always wear sunglasses, especially on the water. Always use sunscreen and carry a water bottle.

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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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    by Jayspin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take a soft foldup cooler - they will lie flat in your suitcase and you can pack ice from your hotel and drinks & snacks while you are out exploring - Magens Bay has great picnic site.

    Miscellaneous: Small billfolds you can hang from your neck inside your shirt. Has small zipper pockets for credit cards and cash.

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    by dambrosi Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: The best type of bag to take is one that is easy to carry, and not too heavy. Chances are, if you rent a car, most likely you will recieve a small, SUV type vehicle, we had a side-kick to negotiate the terrain we had to drive on to get to my cousin's house, but also the main attractions on the island such as the rainforest and remote beach access. I would recommend a large back pack or duffel bag, you might want to leave space for any soueviners you might find.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, T-shirts, bathing suit, sandals, rain coat. Basically summer atire, but defenitely bring lots of sunscreen!!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Screen, spf of more than or equal to 45. You can get a sunburn from walking outside unprotected for 5 minutes!

    Photo Equipment: Bring extra film and photgraphy supplies, you're on an island so anticipate price inflation as compared to the main land.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkel gear, scuba gear, beach umbrella, beach towel, etc.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a sense of adventure and excitement.

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    by bhodgson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Take a bathing suit or two, some shorts and shirts and maybe one more casual outfit for evening ding. they do not like to see bathing suits in the shops and restaurants but that is not a big surprise.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: take only what you need-they just put in a big new outlet shopping center and they have discount stores too.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film-the scenery is great

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    by bhodgson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack several suits , something to wear to dinner, a beach coverup, a pair of shorts, 2 or 3 shirts and some underwear. we usually wear a suit under our clothes cause you never know when you will find the perfect beach and you want to be ready.

    Photo Equipment: Take a land camera and some kind of under water camera-they are lots of fun-disposable is fine. Get your film before you leave-it adds up anywhere that you buy it.

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    by bdbrewer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: The smaller the better.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Only shorts, t-shirts, sandals/tennis shoes. Bring casual wear for a nice dinner out

    Photo Equipment: You need both underwater and whatever 'normal' camera you use.

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