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What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

Monroe, Michigan
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What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

Hi. We are preparing for our first island trip (first trip out of the states)and wanted some input on any "necessities" we should put on our packing list? Any input would be appreciated. Thank you!

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1. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

Bring plenty of sun block, we use 30 spf. Also I always bring a couple of baseball caps, it is very windy on the beach and they do help. I have also started to bring bug spray (just the last couple of years) sometimes masquitos get out of control.

We also bring our own snorkel stuff, just dont like to use others.

Plenty of $$$$, lol. We do go to the Casinos and we love to eat at the nicer restauarants so we do spend plenty.

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2. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

My *musts* are: clothespins, gallons of SPF 30, and a bucket of conditioner for my hair.

I hope you have a wonderful time--you've chosen well for your first excursion abroad!!!

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3. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

Sunscreen, towel clips (to keep beach towels on your chairs), beer koozies (helps keep your beer cold), a soft sided cooler (to use on the beach for water, pop, beer, etc.), sunglasses, extra baggies and Gladware (for snacks like cheese and crackers), beach bag, corkscrew, beach flip flops, 4 to 5 swimsuits, beach coverup........

Cumming, Georgia
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4. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

Twice as much sunscreen as you would think you will need. It is almost twice the price to purchase in Aruba. Pack bottles in Ziploc bags in case of leakage. They must go in your suitcase, not carry on.

The hat is extremely important, make sure it will stay on in the wind as well as cover your ears. You have never had a bad burn until the tender tops of your ears have been fried.

I wear prescription glasses and travel with a spare pair should the first pair break. Same with sunglasses. Who has not lost a pair of sunglasses?

Murphy's law, I also travel with a can of bug spray as insurance. If I did not have it I would need it, and when I do have it, I do not use it.

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5. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

i put all of my must haves in my carry on, just in case our luggage doesn't arrive when we do.

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6. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

"You have never had a bad burn until the tender tops of your ears have been fried"

Boy, do I second that sentiment!

In my September suitcase:

-SPF 30 or above for the face/body, and plenty of it.

-SPF stick for the tip of the nose and ears

-SPF 15 lip balm! A must have, IMHO (Aruba Aloe makes an excellent lip balm - available in most stores on the island)

-Trial sizes of toiletries. Use them up and discard!

-Small first aid kit/Advil

-3 swimsuits/cover-ups

-4 pair flip-flops

-Sunglasses

-Extra baggies and garbage bags for wet/dirty clothes

-Collapsible cooler

-Beach bag

-Digital camera w/extra memory card/travel bag

-Snorkel gear

-Five mix/match outfits for dinner (like most, you will likely spend most days in your swimsuit)

-One pair of dressier sandals

-Small silver earrings

-Turquoise necklace

That's as much detail I can provide pre-caffeine! Have a wonderful trip!

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7. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

A nice thing about Aruba is that you can buy/replace almost anything you need. On some islands, it can be a challenge, but because Aruba is what it is, consumer goods are available.

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8. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

I agree with burning the tops of your ears but I've also managed to burn the back of my hands...they swelled up for about a week and boy it was painfull!

Cumming, Georgia
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9. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

...and do not forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your FEET as well as your hands ;) YES, painful.

Also if horseback riding, riding on a bike or ATV, the tops of your thighs!!!

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10. Re: What is in your suitcase for Aruba?

In my suitcase for Aruba:

Cash.

My thong.

Sunglasses.

Enjoy the visit.

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