Packing List and Tips
- Write down any phone numbers you may need while you are away – family, travel agent as well as your passport number, or other travel documentation, or better still, make a copy of the front page. This can be very helpful if you lose any of your documentation and have to get it replaced.
- Write down policy numbers and contact info for any travel/medical insurance plans you have.
- A good idea if you have access to your e-mail when away from home is to e-mail this information to yourself, so you’ll be able to access it from anywhere.
- Clean out your wallet before you go – you won’t need your Sears card or your Costco card, 5 credit cards, or any number of other cards you normally carry in your wallet. Leave them at home in a safe place.
- Luggage – identify your luggage with a sticker or brightly coloured ribbon. Make sure there is a luggage tag on it with your name and contact information. Also a good idea to put this information inside your luggage, as well.as the name of the hotel you are staying at.
NOTE: Before you start packing, check with your airline to see what items are allowed in your carryon luggage, and size and weight restrictions for carryon and checked luggage. (ie. there are restrictions/bans in place on liquids, creams, gels, etc. in carry-on luggage.)
Pack anything that might leak in ziplock bags
Most important – before you leave for the airport make sure you have all your travel documentation and money. Small bills for tipping (U.S. $1’s)
Suggestions on what to take on your trip:
- Prescription medications (carry medications in original labelled containers in carryon luggage)
- Stomach remedies such as Pepto- Bismal, Tums, Gravel, Immodium
- First aid – polysporin, bandaids
- For the sun – Sunblock, Lipbalm with SPF, Aloe gel, body butter
- Shaving kit, toothbrushes and toothpaste,
- Bathing suits
- Beach Bag and Beach shoes
- Sun hats, sunglasses
- Batteries (very expensive to buy in the DR)
Once you’re finished packing, go through your suitcase and take out half of the clothing you packed ? Remember, the more you take, the more you’ll have to wash and put away when you get home.
Go with the attitude this is your vacation and nothing is going to spoil it.
Do not expect the Dominican Republic to be like home. This is why you travel to get away from home and its trials and tribulations.
Enjoy this “Jewel of the Caribbean” and what we have to offer!