There’s always so much to do before you go on holiday and packing can be that last-minute rush to ensure you have everything you need.
Here are some tips to help you pack all the essentials for a trip to Bayahibe Dominican Republic quickly, whether you are rushing or have time to spare:
This is the tricky part! You want to pack enough that you aren’t making do without packing way too much and bringing things you never use. Expert travellers know how to pack a few things that can be mixed and matched for different occasions, transitioning elements from casual to dressy.
You will need:
- Bathing suits – at least two
- A beach cover up or wrap, as well as a beach bag
- Casual clothes for the beach, excursions and breakfast – a couple of pairs of shorts, cotton shirts (t-shirts are fine – but collared shirts could transition from casual to a bit dressier)
- Dressier clothes for lunch, dinner, special parties or church – one or two pretty dresses for women (the right choice can be a transition piece) and nice pants for men
- Sandals or flip flops for the beach
- One pair of closed-toe shoes for men or dress shoes for women
- A cardigan or sweater for cooler evenings, particularly if you are visiting from December to April
- Pyjamas if desired
- Sun glasses
- Sun hat
When you travel anywhere it’s a good idea to bring along some basic medicines so you have them ready just in case you need them. Obviously if you take prescription medications of any kind ensure that you have an adequate supply for your trip. It’s a good idea to have some in your carry-on bag (check with your carrier to ensure it won’t get confiscated at customs) as well as in your checked baggage.
If you visit international destinations in South America or the Dominican Republic it is wise to bring diarrhea remedies, water purification tablets and oral rehydration salts (the last two are available in most camping stores). That way, if you do ingest unsafe water and get hit with a bad stomach, you won’t be stuck trying to figure out how get better when you don’t want to leave to go to a local pharmacy.
A well-stocked little health kit will include:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Bug spray
- Cold medicine
- Diarrhea remedies
- Feminine hygiene products for women
- Oral rehydration salts (ORS)
- Pain relief medication (Advil, Tylenol)
- Prescription medications as required
- Water purification tablets
Comfort is important while you are away. While you can purchase most essentials at local shops, it’s just easier if you have what you need in your room.
- Your toiletry bag – with toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and hair products – because many people leave that at home because they forget to pack it after they get ready before departing! It doesn’t hurt to bring along a face cloth or two as well because some hotels don’t have them.
- A camera and batteries – you will want to record your memories – and batteries can be expensive to buy. Bring extras from home.
- An international plug adapter – if you are going to be using a hair dryer or want to charge a camera or phone, be sure to get a quality plug adapter so you can ensure the right voltage for your device.
- Something to read – you can bring a fancy tablet or Kindle but then you have to worry about losing it. Grab a few cheap paperbacks or magazines to enjoy while you laze at the beach.
- Contact information – be sure to record the phone numbers for family, friends and your travel agent in a safe spot so that you have a handy reference list while you’re away. It’s also wise to record your passport number and policy numbers for travel insurance documents as well. As a back-up precaution some people email this information to their own email account as well as carry a printed copy with them.
- Take time to purge your wallet or purse – don’t bring every card with you if you aren’t going to need it in the Caribbean. Just bring what you need – not just to make your wallet a little lighter but in case you lose it.
- Gifts for locals – some travellers make a point of bringing some special things for Dominican children or the maid who cleans their room. If you want to give something useful to local children, things like baseballs, gloves or bats – even used – are much appreciated. Other sports gear or clothing like sunhats or baseball caps are also useful, as are school supplies like notebooks and pencils or markers. Consider giving them to a local church or charity to distribute to the children who need them most because some tour operators worry that children will skip school hoping to get handouts from tourists. If you leave a present for hotel staff be sure to write a note so they are allowed to take the items home when they leave work – you don’t want to cause anyone trouble with an employer who thinks they’ve stolen items.
If you are travelling with children, packing compactly gets a little more challenging.
They will need the same clothing items as adults but you may also need to consider:
- Extra sunhats – because little ones seem to lose them
- Sun block for children that is water resistant
- A beach towel
- Inexpensive flip flops – a couple of pairs (again, in case they lose them!)
- A few books or small toys -they could have their own carry-on with these items
- Diapers or other baby supplies
A little advance preparation will ensure you have what you need most while you are away, but the right attitude will help you go with the flow if you have forgotten something… Remember that you are going away to experience the vibrant culture of the Caribbean and spectacular scenery, not to bring everything you have at home thousands of miles away.
As St. Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Enjoy your Bayahibe Dominican Republic adventure! Don’t hesitate to contact us to book your next adventure.